A life-long resident of Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts, and a third-generation Spiritualist, Louise Shattuck was an artist, teacher, and noted breeder of English cocker spaniels.
Shattuck’s work as a teacher, writer, artist, and dog breeder are documented in this collection through decades of correspondence and diaries, artwork, publications, and newspaper clippings. Of particular note are the materials associated with the Spiritualist history of Lake Pleasant, including three turn of the century spirit slates, samples of Louise’s automatic writing, a ouija board and dowsing rods, and an excellent photograph album with associated realia for the Independent Order of Scalpers, a Lake Pleasant.
Background on Louise F. Shattuck
Louise Shattuck, ca.1945
In her long life, Louise Shattuck wore many hats — artist, teacher, dog-breeder, writer, and Spiritualist — but to her, she only wore one: that of an art-making, skill-teaching, dog-breeding, writing, and spirit-talking resident of Lake Pleasant, Mass. Somehow, Shattuck managed the difficult feat of knitting these disparate strands into a single, seamless life, her professional and personal interests weaving together in a uniquely creative way.
Geographically, intellectually, and spiritually, the center of Shattuck’s life was the village of Lake Pleasant, Mass. One of five villages in the town of Montague, Lake Pleasant was established in 1870 when George Potter, a real estate agent from neighboring Greenfield, sensed a business opportunity. Acquiring the land around the southern tip of the lake, Potter set up picnic tables and invited local residents to use the area as a park. It was an instant success, so much so Potter rapidly decided to cash out, selling the property to the Boston and Maine Railroad Company in 1872 so that it could be expanded into a regional destination for summer tourism. Taking advantage of the scenic lake front and deep woods, the Railroad erected a railroad stop, a pavilion and bandstand, hotel, and other amenities. Waging an aggressive marketing campaign, they lured dozens, and eventually thousands of tourists per year. From the outset, some of these visitors came in groups: Odd Fellows, Freemasons, Congregationalists, Unitarians, and Spiritualists among them.
It was Spiritualists, more than any other group, who exerted the greatest influence on the development of Lake Pleasant, and particularly those associated with the New England Spiritualist Camp-meeting Association (NESCA). Formed in 1874 and incorporated in 1879, NESCA was part of the first wave of truly successful regional- and national-level Spiritualist organizations, built upon the evangelical model of holding seasonal (and later permanent) camp meetings. From the beginning, NESCA found a home in Lake Pleasant, paralleling other Spiritualist groups that attached themselves to camps in Etna, Maine, Lilydale, N.Y., Chesterfield, Ind., and Cassadaga, Fla. Spiritualism soon transformed the look and feel of the community in the pine woods. “There never was a summer night when one did not have a choice of attending any number of [Spiritualist] ‘circles’,” Shattuck wrote in Yankee Magazine in 1968 (p.141). In 1913, a number of Lake Pleasant Spiritualists affiliated with NESCA split with their peers over some philosophical differences (reincarnation among them) to form the National Spiritual Alliance (TNSA). For over sixty years, the village hosted two Spiritualist temples, one for each faction.
When Louise was born on December 24, 1919, the only child of a railway electrician Frank Shattuck and his wife Sarah (Bickford), Lake Pleasant was in its heyday. Like their adopted village, the Shattucks were committed Spiritualists: Louise’s maternal grandmother, Anna (Dyer) Bickford, was one of the early mediums at the resort, and Sarah Shattuck (also called Sara or Sadie) followed suit, delivering spirit messages and inspiration from spirit sources up until the time of Louise’s birth. Louise inherited mediumistic tendencies from her women forebears, and although she never acted as a professional medium, throughout her life she engaged in automatic writing and in use of the planchette and Ouija board to contact spirit beings.
In the years following the First World War, Lake Pleasant experienced a slow decline, driven in part by the decrease of summering as a middle class activity and of Spiritualism as a religion. Although the rise of the automobile and decay of the American rail system hurt many summer resorts, Lake Pleasant was hit particularly hard after access to the lake was curtailed, then shut off, when its waters became a reservoir for the town of Montague. The Shattucks, however, remained loyal. Although Louise was born and raised in Medford, Mass., she and her family continued to summer in the cottage that Frank had built barely twenty yards from the TNSA temple, and following Frank’s death in 1948, Sarah became a full time resident.
Louise emulated her mother in more than just mediumistic talent: the two shared a passion for animals, particularly dogs, for art and teaching. By her senior year at Medford High School, was already set on her future life course, entering Massachusetts College of Art (class of 1941) intent on making a career in the graphic arts. Although she taught art off and on for many years, beginning with a stint teaching ceramics at Garland Junior College in Boston (later absorbed into Simmons College), she began as early as 1943 to produce ceramic, clay, and bronze figurines for commercial distribution. Striking her first contracts with the Boston firm Contemporary Arts, and taking her grandmother’s maiden name (Ann Dyer) as a pseudonym, she began to distribute work through Hudson Pewter, Lance Corporation, and the American Pewter Company.
Thematically and stylistically, Louise’s early work was quite diverse, ranging from a figurine of a ballet dancer to a small sculpture of an Arab rider on horseback (one of her favorite pieces) that was sculpted under the influence of a spirit named Charles Memling. By the mid-1940s, however, her work acquired a real focus when she settled into a niche as an animal artist, dogs being her distinct favorite subject. An early member of the Society of Animal Arts), she also did a great deal of graphic work for magazines, particularly those associated with dog breeding, producing pen and ink drawings and cartoons, as well as pastels and paintings, both for private commission and retail distribution. Her love of dogs extended well beyond her artwork, and dogs assumed a greater prominence in her life as she grew older. As proprietor of Carry On Kennels, she became well known as a breeder of English Cocker Spaniels and stalwart in the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.
Louise also became an author. In addition to two humorous works on her experiences with dogs, From Riches to Bitches (1979) and In Stitches Over Bitches (1983), Louise wrote and illustrated a children’s book, The Donkey and the Tree (1999). Her last book, co-written with her friend David James, was “portrait of the body, mind, and soul” of her beloved Lake Pleasant, Spirit and Spa (2003).
Never married, Louise joined her mother in Lake Pleasant in 1967 as Sarah’s health began to fail. Louise remained active as a sculptor and illustrator well into her 80s, remaining in her family cottage until her death in October 2005.
Contents of Collection
The Shattuck Papers offer a window onto the eclectic life of artist, dog breeder, and Spiritualist Louise Shattuck and onto the equally eclectic Spiritualist community of Lake Pleasant, Mass. Organized into five series, the collection documents Louise’s life from her childhood until her death, with an emphasis upon her connections to her community. Her diverse interests interweave throughout the collection, appearing in correspondence and writings, newspaper clippings and photographs, and in her voluminous diaries, kept sporadically between 1928 and the mid-1970s and regularly from then until 2005.
Of particular note in the collection are a small, but rich assortment of materials relating to Spiritualism. Among the photographs, pamphlets, and realia are items reflecting both Louise’s Spiritualist practices and her interest in the history of Spiritualism and the Lake Pleasant community. A Lake Pleasant photograph album, along with a few publications and objects provide sketchy, but intriguing documentation of the Independent Order of Scalpers, a fraternal club in the village, but the collection also includes extensive samples of Louise’s automatic writing, transcripts of Ouija board sessions, and four excellent examples of spirit slates with chalk inscriptions, dating from the time of Louise’s grandmother (ca.1900-1910). Also included in a small assortment of Spiritualist pamphlets published by the Star Publishing Co. of Springfield, Mass., is H. A. Budington’s History of the New England Campmeeting Association at Lake Pleasant.
|Series 1: Personal and Business||1902-2006||5.5 boxes (3.75 linear feet)|
Shattuck’s private and professional lives were intricately interwoven, and as such, the contents of this series pertain both to Louise’s personal affairs and business ventures. With a few exceptions, the correspondence dates from Louise’s childhood in the 1920s forward, with somewhat uneven survival through the years. Among the relatively few letters of Sarah Shattuck are some fascinating glimpses into her mediumistic activities, including a “Translation of a Persian message to the world given through the mediumship of Sara Bickford” (undated), written on the letterhead of the Spiritualist historian of Lake Pleasant, H.A. Budington, and a letter from John E. Coover of Stanford University (1915) discussing his views of automatic writing.
Series 1 also includes a large number of pen sketches and cartoons, largely depicting dogs, and numerous contracts for figurines Shattuck created for Contemporary Arts (mostly under the pseudonym Anna Dyer), the American Pewter Company, Hudson Pewter, and the Lance Corporation. Together, these provide a sense of the range of Shattuck’s commercial work and how her interests evolved through the course of her career. Other miscellaneous items include newspaper clippings and a variety of legal documents, including birth certificates for Louise and other members of her family.
|Series 2: Diaries||1919-2004||10.5 boxes (5.25 linear feet)|
Shattuck kept a diary regularly from 1928 to 2005. At the end of almost each day, she wrote at least one full page discussing the day’s work and events, often commenting that she was not getting enough done, and occasionally referring to money issues or personal conflicts. Two diaries in the series (1916, 1952)belonged to Louise’s mother, Sarah Bickford Shattuck.
|Series 3: Lake Pleasant and Spiritualism||1881-2004||1 box (0.5 linear feet)|
While not born in Lake Pleasant, Louise was in a sense born to Lake Pleasant. From her mother and mother’s mother, she inherited mediumistic abilities. Series 3 contains abundant evidence of Louise’s efforts at spirit communication, including extensive sheafs of automatic writing, spirit writing, and transcripts of Ouija board sessions, along with a small number of relatively scarce Spiritualist pamphlets published by the Star Publishing Company of Springfield, Mass. While Lake Pleasant postcards have been included in this series, photographs and other audio/visual materials pertaining to Lake Pleasant and Spiritualism are to be found in Series 4: Audio/Visual.
|Series 4: Audiovisual||1895-2004|
This series contains primarily photographs, dating from the late 1800s to 2005. Several photograph albums are dedicated to documenting Louise’s English cocker spaniels as they progressed in their training, while others pertain primarily to recording her artwork, especially sculpture. Of note are a number of photographs of Louise herself, from when she was less than a year old to very near the end of her life. Also included are slides and negatives as well as CD-ROM slide shows and a single video cassette. All audio or visual materials relating to Spiritualism and Lake Pleasant are to be found in this series.
|Series 5: Realia||1907-circa 1970|
Among the realia in the Shattuck Papers are several examples of Shattuck’s artwork, most notably her statue of an Arab rider on horseback, created under the influence of the spirit, Charles Memling. Also included are Spiritualist artifacts such as a feathered headdress (from Lake Pleasant’s Independent Order of Scalpers), a set of divining rods, and a Ouija board, and less directly three unidentified locks of human hair, and Shattuck’s cremated remains, housed in a sealed vessel in the shape of a dog’s head. Finally, the series includes a framed self-portrait by Sarah Bickford Shattuck, ca.1920?, dressed in a white gown worn during a Spiritualist play.
|Series 1: Personal and Business||1902-2006|
|“Accept the Glory of Easter”||undated||Box 1: 1|
|Adams, Willis Seaver||1921-1968||Box 1: 2|
|“A Real History of How the Tomahawk was Buried in 1902”||1902||Box 1: 3|
|Art and Writings, Childhood||1920s-1930s||Box 1: 4|
|Art, Copper Print Plate, “Ex Libris”||undated||Box 1: 5|
|Art, Fliers and Advertisements||1960s-2000||Box 1: 6|
|Art, Portrait of Sarah Bickford Shattuck by Louise Shattuck||undated||Box 1: 7|
|Art, Other||undated||Box 1: 8|
|Art, Pamphlets||1934-1954||Box 1: 9|
|Art, Pastels/Other||undated||Box 1: 10|
|Art, Sale Invitation Card, Sara Louise Bickford||undated||Box 1: 11|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 1: 12|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 1: 13|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 1: 14|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 1: 15|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 2: 1|
|Art, Sketches/Cartoons||1930-2005||Box 2: 2|
|Art, “The English Cocker Spaniel Cookbook”||undated||Box 2: 3|
|Art, “The Lake Pleasanter”||1945||Box 2: 4|
|Athol Orchestral Society Schedule||1902||Box 2: 5|
|“A Visit from St. Nicholas”||undated||Box 2: 6|
Re-creation of the 1849 illustrated edition.
|Award of Merit Card, American National Red Cross, Mrs. F. R. R. Shattuck||1953||Box 2: 7|
|Baby Book||1919||Box 2: 8|
|Bickford, Frank A., “Carpenter and Builder,” Stationary||undated||Box 2: 9|
|Bickford, John R., Construction Service Flier||undated||Box 2: 10|
|Bickford Newsletter||1999-2000||Box 2: 11|
|Calendar, Christian||1970||Box 2: 12|
|“Canine Collector’s Companion”||1985||Box 2: 13|
|Correspondence, Business, Art||1957-1999||Box 2: 14|
|Correspondence, Business, Art, American Pewter Company||1975-1982||Box 2: 15|
|Correspondence, Business, Art, Lance Corporation||1977-1981||Box 2: 16|
|Correspondence, Business, Art, Silva Enterprises/JEB Casting||1982-1983||Box 2: 17|
|Correspondence, Business, Art, The Tropical Shells Co.||1979-1981||Box 2: 18|
|Correspondence, Business, Dogs||1979-1985||Box 2: 19|
|Correspondence, Business, Dogs, Heredities Limited||1981-1983||Box 2: 20|
|Correspondence, Business, Teaching||1941-1957||Box 2: 21|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing||2001, 2005||Box 2: 22|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing, Galde Press||1998-2000||Box 2: 23|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press||1978-1979||Box 2: 24|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press||1980-1983||Box 2: 25|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing, Howell Book Press||1993||Box 2: 26|
|Correspondence, Business, Writing, Macmillian/Simon & Schuster||1993-1994||Box 2: 27|
|Correspondence, Legal, Zissu, Stein, Bergman, Couture & Mosher||1978-1982||Box 2: 28|
|Correspondence, Other, Assorted||1920-1983||Box 3: 1|
|Correspondence, Other, Assorted, Concerning Boyle, William Glenn||1990||Box 3: 2|
|Correspondence, Other, Hicks, Varion||1945||Box 3: 3|
|Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Legal||1961||Box 3: 4|
|Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Personal||1910-1935||Box 3: 5|
|Correspondence, Other, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Personal, with Adams, Willis Seaver||undated||Box 3: 6|
|Correspondence, Personal||1925-2005||Box 3: 7|
|Correspondence, Personal||circa 1965||Box 3: 8|
Letters between Charles Bickford and Sarah Bickford Shattuck and Louise Shattuck.
|Correspondence, Personal, Childhood||circa 1930||Box 3: 9|
Letters between Louise Shattuck and Frank R. Shattuck.
|Correspondence, Personal, Childhood||circa 1930||Box 3: 10|
Between Louise Shattuck and Sarah Bickford Shattuck.
|Correspondence, Personal, Boyle, William Glenn||1953-1990||Box 3: 11|
|Correspondence, Personal, Genealogical||1974-2004||Box 3: 12|
|Correspondence, Personal, Medical, Kalia, Kamal K.||2004||Box 3: 13|
|Correspondence, Personal||undated||Box 3: 14|
Reply to a personal ad placed by Louise Shattuck.
|Diploma, Bickford, Sara Louise, Massachusetts Normal Art School||1907||Box 26|
|Documents, Art, Assignments and Agreements||1944-2004||Box 3: 15|
|Documents, Birth Certificates||1940-1976||Box 3: 16|
|Documents, Copyright||undated||Box 3: 17|
|Documents, Copyright||undated||Box 3: 18|
|Documents, Dogs||undated||Box 3: 19|
|Documents, Education, Diplomas||1908-1941||Box 3: 20|
|Documents, Financial and Receipts||1944-2000||Box 3: 21|
|Documents, Funeral||1936-1960||Box 3: 22|
|Documents, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden Agricultural Society, Life Membership Ticket, Bickford, Louise||1907||Box 3: 23|
|Documents, Legal, Casey vs. Shattuck||1980-1985||Box 4: 1|
|Documents, Marriage||1916||Box 4: 2|
|Documents, Publication Agreements, Galde Press, Inc.||1998||Box 4: 3|
|Documents, Publication Agreements, Howell Book Press||1978-1982||Box 4: 4|
|Documents, Results, Pewter Chemical Composition Test||1981||Box 4: 5|
|Documents, Royalty||1991-2005||Box 4: 6|
|Documents, Shore Leave, Hicks, Varion||1940||Box 4: 7|
|Documents, Social Security||1919-1978||Box 4: 8|
|Documents, Vaccination||1926||Box 4: 9|
|ECSCA Review||2006||Box 4: 10|
|English Cocker Spaniel Handbook||1955, 1974||Box 4: 11|
|Flood Views||1938||Box 4: 12|
|Garland Junior College Pamphlets||undated||Box 4: 13|
|Genealogy Information, Shattuck Family||undated||Box 4: 14|
|“Home Town Recipes of Lake Pleasant”||undated||Box 4: 15|
|Honorable Discharge Card, Women’s Relief Corps: Shattuck, Sara Bickford||1917||Box 4: 16|
|Howell Books Catalog||1987||Box 4: 17|
|Hudson Pewter Catalog||undated||Box 4: 18|
|Ladies’ Dog Club, Inc.||undated||Box 4: 19|
|Martha’s Vineyard “Tabernacle”||1979||Box 4: 20|
|Massachusetts School of Art, Brochure||circa 1930||Box 4: 21|
|Massachusetts School of Art, Yearbook||1938||Box 4: 22|
|Massachusetts School of Art, Yearbook||1941||Box 5: 1|
|Medford High School, Class of 1937, Yearbook; 50th Reunion Book||1937, 1987||Box 5: 2|
|Newspaper Clippings||various dates||Box 5: 3|
|Newspaper Clippings||various dates||Box 5: 4|
|Newspaper Clippings, Boyle, William Glenn||undated||Box 5: 5|
|NGS NewsMagazine||2004||Box 5: 6|
|Postcards and other cards||undated||Box 5: 7|
|Puppy Primer||1990||Box 5: 8|
|“Sappho and Sophocles”||1902||Box 5: 9|
|Scholarship Noticification Card, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston||undated||Box 5: 10|
|Scrapbook, “The Opera”||undated||Box 5: 11|
|Scrapbook, individual pages||undated||Box 5: 12|
|Shopping List, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford||circa 1920||Box 5: 13|
|Society of Animal Artists News||2006||Box 5: 14|
|“Theta”||1974||Box 5: 15|
|“Whalom Breeze”||1908||Box 6: 1|
|Writings, Assorted||various dates||Box 6: 2|
|Writings, Drafts, Periodicals||undated||Box 6: 3|
|Writings, Assorted||various dates||Box 6: 4|
Not by Louise Shattuck.
|Writings, Poetry||undated||Box 6: 5|
Not by Louise Shattuck.
|Writings, Poetry||undated||Box 6: 6|
Not by Louise Shattuck.
|Writings, Notebook||undated||Box 6: 7|
|Writings, Publications, Books, Advertisements||circa 1996||Box 6: 8|
|Writings, Publications, Books, “The Donkey and the Tree”||1999||Box 6: 9|
|Writings, Publications, Books, “From Riches to Bitches: Pick of the Litter,” Cover mock up||undated||Box 6: 10|
|Writings, Publications, Books, Reviews of||1978-1984||Box 6: 11|
|Writings, Publications, Periodicals||1968-1969||Box 6: 12|
|Writings, Publications, Periodicals||undated||Box 6: 13|
|Writings, School and College||1925-1941||Box 6: 14|
|Series 2: Diaries||1916-2004|
|Bickford, Jon R., Diary||undated||Box 19|
|Diary, “Our Wedding Trip”||1916 Sept 11||Box 15: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1928 May-June||Box 6: 15|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1930||Box 21|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1930||Box 21|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1932||Box 25|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1936||Box 25|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries, Missing Pages||1937 Feb 22-23||Box 6: 16|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1939||Box 21|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1974-1976||Box 25|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1976 Mar-Aug||Box 6: 17|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1976 Aug-Nov||Box 6: 18|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1976 Nov-1977 Apr||Box 6: 19|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1977 Apr-Sept||Box 7: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1977 Sept-1978 Feb||Box 7: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1978 Feb-Aug||Box 7: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1978 Aug-1979 Jan||Box 7: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1979 Jan-June||Box 7: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1979 June-Sept||Box 7: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1979 Sept-1980 Feb||Box 7: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1980 Feb-July||Box 8: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1980 July-Oct||Box 8: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1980 Oct-Dec||Box 8: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1980 Dec-1981 Mar||Box 8: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1981 Mar-Aug||Box 8: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1981 Aug-1982 Jan||Box 8: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1982 Jan-July||Box 8: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1982 July-Sept||Box 8: 8|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1982 Dec-1983 Mar||Box 9: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1983 Mar-Aug||Box 9: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1983 Aug-Oct||Box 9: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1983 Oct-1984 Jan||Box 9: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1984 Jan-June||Box 9: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1984 June-Sept||Box 9: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1984 Sept-1985 Feb||Box 9: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1985 Feb-July||Box 9: 8|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1985 July-Dec||Box 10: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1986 Jan-June||Box 10: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1986 June-Aug||Box 10: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1986 Aug-1987 Feb||Box 10: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1987 Feb-July||Box 10: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1987 July-Dec||Box 10: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1987 Dec-1988 Apr||Box 10: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1988 May-Aug||Box 11: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1988 Aug-1989 Jan||Box 11: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1989 Jan-June||Box 11: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1989 June-Nov||Box 11: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1989 Nov-1990 Feb||Box 11: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1990 Feb-July||Box 11: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1990 July-Dec||Box 11: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1991 Jan-June||Box 12: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1991 June-Nov||Box 12: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1991 Nov-1992 Feb||Box 12: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1992 Feb-July||Box 12: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1992 July-Dec||Box 12: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1992 Dec-1993 May||Box 12: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1993May-Dec||Box 12: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1993 Dec-1994 Sept||Box 13: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1994 Sept-1995 June||Box 13: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1995 June-1996 Jan||Box 13: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1996 Jan-June||Box 13: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1996 June-1997 Feb||Box 13: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1997 Feb-Nov||Box 13: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1997 Nov-1998 Nov||Box 13: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1998 Nov-199 Aug||Box 14: 1|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1999 Aug-Dec||Box 14: 2|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||1999 Dec-2000 Apr||Box 14: 3|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||2000 Apr-2001 Feb||Box 14: 4|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||2001 July-2002 July||Box 14: 5|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||2003 Jan-Sept||Box 14: 6|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||2003 Sept-Nov||Box 14: 7|
|Shattuck, Louise, Diaries||2004 Aug-2005 Apr||Box 15: 1|
|Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Diaries||1952||Box 25|
|Series 3: Lake Pleasant and Spiritualism||1881-2004|
|Automatic Writing||undated||Box 15: 3|
|Automatic Writing, Shattuck, Louise||1945||Box 15: 4|
|Banner of Life||1923-1933||Box 31|
|Bowles, Samuel, Spiritualist Pamphlets through the medium Carrolinn E.S. Twing, Later Papers: A Supplement to the Experiences of Samuel Bowles… in Spirit Life (1881) and Visiting in Heaven (1909). Springfield, Mass.: Star Publishing Co.||1881-1909||Box 15: 5|
|Budington, H. A., History of the New England Campmeeting Association at Lake Pleasant, Mass.. Springfield, Mass.: Star Publishing Co.||1907||Box 15: 7|
|“History of Lake Pleasant” Lecture Flier||2004||Box 15: 6|
|Independent Order of Scalpers, 28th Annual Trail Pamphlet||1921||Box 15: 8|
|Independent Order of Scalpers, 31st Annual Trail Pamphlet||1924||Box 15: 9|
|Independent Order of Scalpers, By-Laws||undated||Box 15: 10|
|Lake Pleasant Centennial Envelope||1974 Aug 6||Box 15: 11|
|Lake Pleasant Postcards||undated||Box 15: 12|
|Messenger||1930 Oct||Box 31|
|New England Spiritualists Campmeeting Association, Constitutions and By-Laws||1895||Box 15: 13|
|New England Spiritualist Camp Meeting Association, Programs||1948-1950||Box 15: 14|
|Ouija Board Messages||1967-1969||Box 15: 15|
|Prof. William Denton Speaks Again. Springfield, Mass. : Star Publishing Co.||circa 1899||Box 15: 16|
|Spirit Session||1968 Oct||Box 15: 17|
|Spirit Writing||1945 Jan||Box 15: 18|
|Spirit Writing||1945 Feb||Box 15: 19|
|Spirit Writing||1945 Mar||Box 15: 20|
|Spirit Writing||1945 Apr||Box 15: 21|
|Series 4: Audiovisual||1895-2004|
|CD-ROMs, Lake Pleasant||2004||Box 16: 1|
|Photograph Album||1948-1964||Box 16: 2|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 16: 3|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 16: 4|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 20|
|Photograph Album||undtaed||Box 24|
|Photograph Album: Portfolio of photographs of Louise Shattuck’s dog art||ca.1980s||Box 27|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 27|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 29|
|Photograph Album||undated||Box 29|
|Photograph Album, Lake Pleasant||undated||Box 16: 5|
|Photograph Album, Pages, “Remember 1977′||1977||Box 16: 6|
|Photograph, framed, Shattuck, F. R. R.||undated||Box 22|
|Photograph Album, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford||Box 16: 7|
|Photograph Album, Shattuck, Sarah Bickford||1895-1940||Box 30|
|Photograph, Louise Shattuck and Dog||1989||Box 30|
|Photograph, Louise Shattuck and Dog||1991||Box 30|
|Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, “Bronze Boxer Pups”||undated||Box 30|
|Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, “Bronze Retrievers”||undated||Box 30|
|Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, “Clay Model”||undated||Box 30|
|Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, “Great Dane”||undated||Box 30|
|Photograph, Shattuck, Louise, “Stoneware Trophy”||undated||Box 30|
|Photographs||circa 1920||Box 16: 8|
|Photographs||various dates||Box 17: 1|
|Photographs||circa 1900||Box 17: 2|
|various dates||Box 17: 3|
|Photographs||circa 1940||Box 17: 4|
|Photographs||various dates||Box 17: 5|
|Photographs||various dates||Box 23|
|Photographs, Art||undated||Box 17: 6|
|Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise||undated||Box 17: 7|
|Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise||undated||Box 17: 8|
|Photographs: Art, Shattuck, Louise||undated||Box 17: 9|
|Photographs: Bickford Family||circa 1910||Box 17: 10|
|Photographs: Bickford Family||circa 1910||Box 17: 11|
|Photographs: Bickford Family||circa 1910||Box 17: 12|
|Photographs: Dogs||various dates||Box 18: 1|
|Photographs: Dog Shows||undated||Box 18: 2|
|Photographs: Dog Shows||circa 1970-1990||Box 18: 3|
|Photographs: Hobart Family||undated||Box 18: 4|
|Photographs: Lake Pleasant||undated||Box 18: 5|
|Photographs: Shattuck, Louise||various dates||Box 18: 6|
|Photographs, Tintype||circa 1895-1920||Box 18: 7|
|Photogravure plate||circa 1880s-11910s||Box 22|
|Photogravure plate||circa 1900-1920||Box 22|
Possibly Sarah Bickford Shattuck.
|Slides and Negatives||undated||Box 18: 8|
|Video Cassette, “How I Helped To Win The War”||2000||Box 18: 9|
|Series 5: Realia||1907-circa 1970|
|Art, Shattuck, Louise, “Shaddaq’s Summer”||circa 1937||Box 30|
|Art, Shattuck, Louise, Pastel Portrait of Sarah Bickford||undated||Box 30|
|Feathered Headress, Shattuck, F. R.||undated||Box 26|
|Hair||undated||Box 18: 10|
Possibly Shattuck, Louise or Shattuck, Sarah Bickford.
|Ouija Board||circa 1970||Box 31|
|Paperweight, “Spiritualistic Temple, Lake Pleasant, Mass.||undated||Box 22|
|Pocketed Sash||undated||Box 26|
|Shattuck, Sarah Bickford, Self-portrait in white gown (worn in a Spiritualist play)||ca.1920||Framed artwork|
|Fan, The National Spiritual Alliance||ca.1924||Box 28|
|Fan, National Spiritual Alliance||ca.1924||Box 28|
|Somerville Grange Ribbon||undated||Box 26|
|Spirit slates||ca.1900||4 items||Box 26|
The slates include messages from Dr. Joseph H. Beals (a dentist from Greenfield and founder and past-President of the New England Spiritualist Camp-meeting Association) and other spirits addressed to Mrs. [Ann Dyer] Bickford.
|Trophy Plate, New England Dog Training Club||1948||Box 22|
|Woven Pocket Basket||undated||Box 26|
|Woven Pocket Basket||undated||Box 26|
|Wooden Statue, “Lake Pleasant Fire,”||1907 Apr||Box 22|
Acquired from David James in 2006.
Processed by Alex Lent, 2008.
Several books were separated from the Shattuck Papers and added to the Rare Books collection.
- Gatlin, Dana. Unity’s Fifty Golden Years: A History of the Unity Movement 1889-1939. Kansas City, Missouri: Unity School of Christianity, 1939.
- Massey, Gerald. The Historical Jesus and the Mythical Christ. Springfield, MA: Star Publishing Co.
- Miller, Peter S. and Kyle J. Scott. Images of America: Montague. Charlston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2000.
- Shattuck, Lemuel. Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck. Boston, MA: Dutton and Wentworth, 1855.
- Shattuck, Louise F. In Stitches Over Bitches and Now Your Vet Wants a Rolls-Royce! New York, NY: Howell Book House Inc., 1983.
- Shattuck, Louise F. From Riches to Bitches and a Cadillac for Your Vet! New York, NY: Howell Book House Inc., 1985.
- Shattuck, Louise F. From Riches to Bitches: Pick of the Litter. Wheat Ridge, CO: Hoflin Publishing, Inc., 1996.
- Shattuck, Louise and David James. Spirit and Spa: A Portrait of the Body, Mind and Soul of a 133-Year-Old Spiritualist Community in Lake Pleasant, Massachusetts. Greenfield, MA: Delta House Press, 2003.
- Spiritualist Hymnal: A Revised Collection of Words and Music for the Congregation. Boston, MA: R.D. Music Company, 1998.
- Thompson, G. Tabor. Is the Devil the Father of Spiritualism? Philadelphia, PA: G. Tabor Thompson, 1911.
- Thompson, G. Tabor. Ministry of Song. Philadelphia, PA: G. Tabor Thompson, 1892.
- Thompson, G. Tabor. The Psychic Songster. Kila, MT: Kessinger Publishing, Inc.
See also the Aurin F. Hill Papers (MS 579), President of the National Spiritual Alliance and sometime resident of Lake Pleasant.
Cite as: Louise Shattuck Papers (MS 563). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.
- English Cocker spaniels
- Lake Pleasant (Mass.)--History
- Montague (Mass.)--History
- Shattuck, Louise F
- Shattuck, Sarah Bickford
Types of material
- Photograph albums
- Spirit slates
- Spirit writing