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Oral history interview with Amy Bess Miller, 1985 July 10

Oral history interview with Amy Bess Miller, 1985 July 10

Miller, Amy Bess Williams

Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 2 sound files (1 hr., 11 min.) : digital, wav file

Format: Originally recorded on 1 sound cassette. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 1 hr., 11 min.

Summary: An interview of Amy Bess Miller conducted 1985 July 10, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art.

Miller speaks of her awareness of the Shakers in her childhood, through visits to their communities; her further acquaintance with them, and her interest in collecting Shaker objects upon moving to Pittsfield, Mass. in the 1930s; her involvement in a group which purchased the Shakers' property in Hancock, Mass. in the late 1950s; restoration and educational programs developed at Hancock since then; current plans to establish a library and research center at Hancock.

Biographical/Historical Note

Amy Bess Miller is the administrator at the Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Mass.


This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.


Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.

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Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Amy Bess Miller, 1985 July 10. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.