Featuring scholarly articles focusing on those American communities that have intentionally separated themselves from society in general and live according to a shared set of principles, whether religious or secular, in common ownership of property.


New scholarship pertaining to American intentional communities as well as reprints of, and critical introductions to, important historical works that may be difficult to find or out of print.

Shaker Studies

Monographs focused on the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, a religious community with English origins that first established itself in Watervliet, New York, in 1774.

Occasional Publications

Features topics highlighting the collection of the Hamilton College Library Special Collections and Archives

About the Couper Press

The Couper Press was established in 2006 under the direction of Couper Librarian Randall Ericson and named in honor of Richard W. Couper ’44, a Hamilton alumnus, life trustee, and benefactor of the Burke Library.

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