Gather Up the Fragments

The Andrews Shaker Collection

Mario S. De Pillis and Christian Goodwillie

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Struck by the beauty of every visible object in a Shaker kitchen they chanced to visit in 1923, young Edward Deming Andrews and his wife, Faith Young Andrews, embarked on a collection that became the passion of their lives. During the following decades, at a time when the art and artifacts of the Shakers were considered “low” art and unworthy of collecting or exhibiting, the Andrewses energetically collected objects, studied sources, and eventually mounted exhibits and published books on Shaker culture.


This beautiful book is the first to document their unparalleled collection, presenting some 600 photographs, most never before published. In addition, the book brings to light the extraordinary story of the Andrewses’ collecting and scholarship, their relationships with members of the United Society of Believers (commonly called Shakers) and with important New York City art-world figures of the 1930s, as well as their contributions toward the birth of the field of Shaker Studies. More than passionate collectors, Edward and Faith Andrews were intent on saving a distinct culture, and their accomplishment was to preserve for future generations the most comprehensive body of knowledge ever assembled about the Shakers.

Mario S. DePillis is professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was a member of the Founding Board of Trustees, Hancock Shaker Village, at the time the Andrews Collection was acquired. He lives in Amherst, MA. Christian Goodwillie is curator of collections, Hancock Shaker Village, and author of many books and articles on Shaker topics. He lives in West Stockbridge, MA.


Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA  (May, 2008 - October, 2008)

Fresno Metropolitan Museum, Fresno, CA (October, 2009 - December,  2009)

Frist Museum, Nashville, TN (May, 2011 - August, 2011)

“The Andrews’ passion is conveyed in the pages of this book, which is beautifully illustrated with over 600 photographs of objects from their collection, accompanied by detailed descriptions.”—Maine Antiques Digest

"A particularly enlightening volume, focusing as it does on the superb collection formed by Edward Deming and Faith Young Andrews, starting in the 1920s. . . . The comprehensive text chronicles the fascinating story of the Andrews' collecting, scholarship, and relationship with the Shakers."—Linda Rosenkrantz, Metropolitan News-Enterprise

"It is a story as full of intrigue as an Italian Renaissance poisoning, but the book's real story is still in the engaging simplicity displayed in the pictures."—Antiques

"De Pellis and Goodwillie assembled this companion book to the Hancock exhibition [of the Andrews's Collection], combining images of the exhibition artifacts with insightful biography. . . .Well researched and beautifully illustrated, this book will be valuable for collections focusing on art, history, or religion. Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraudates and above; general readers."—Choice
ISBN: 9780300137606
Publication Date: July 8, 2008
400 pages, 10 x 10
69 b/w + 599 color illus.