Skip to main content

Fast Facts

Format: The Hopedale Community Collection, 1821-1938: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition, edited by Jack T. Ericson. Free with collection.
Media: 6 reels of 35mm microfilm
Sources Covered: Call for more information

Intended For

Get Started


  • Download a short description
  • Share


The Hopedale Community Collection provides, on microfilm, a thorough record and unique insight into one of America's 19th-century forerunners of the shared community concept.

Students and researchers in sociology, history, and religion will value access to this collection, as it contains not only the philosophical material of Hopedale's founder, Adin Ballou, but also a detailed documentation of the practicalities of daily life at Hopedale Community. Students will be able to analyze the theoretical ideals versus the reality of human communal existence using this community as a starting point.

The Hopedale Community was founded in 1841 in Mendon, Massachusetts, and its ethos was solidly Christian. Under Ballou's leadership, the community grew to some 300 persons in the first 14 years, and supported mills, shops, and schools on its 600 acres of land as a joint-stock company. In 1856 the community collapsed due to a moral and economic decline.

Featured in this collection are:

  • the official minutes and records of Hopedale Community, including photographs of the village and its residents
  • nine periodicals, including a complete run of The Practical Christian (1840-1860) plus The Non-Resistant, both works by Ballou that provide information on the philosophy that became central to Hopedale's communal lifestyle
  • books, pamphlets, tracts, and broadsides printed by and about Hopedale Community

This collection was filmed in cooperation with the Bancroft Library in Hopedale, Massachusetts.

  • Content Type: The Hopedale Community Collection, 1821-1938: A Guide to the Microfilm Edition, edited by Jack T. Ericson. Free with collection.

Our Products


Pivot™ accelerates the research process by integrating funding and collaborator discovery into one powerful tool. Beyond connecting researchers to funding and collaborators, Pivot™ users are able to communicate and share these matches.

Learn More

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination

ProQuest Dissertation and Theses Dissemination takes responsibility for preserving and disseminating graduate research for our university and college partners.

Learn More


Intota -- Discovery, Management and Assessment for a Transformed Library.

Learn More


Coach, Confidante, Communicator: The Library Manager’s Role in Change Management

Whether the change involves a print-to-electronic transition or a space reclamation project, there are bound to be questions, concerns and even resistance.

Learn More

Students Gain Valuable Insight with Access to Genocide Testimonies

“These testimonies take the historical stories out of the realm of history and place them in the realm of the human.”

Learn More