Holley Gene Duffield was born in 1934. He has taught at several universities. His publications include Tolstoy and the critics: literature and aesthetics (1965), Problems in criticism of the arts (1967), and Historical dictionary of the Shakers (2000).
Duffield’s interest in Shakers developed from reading short stories and novels of the 19th and 20th centuries about them and modern woodworker journals lauding their furniture. He was thus inspired to visit their defunct villages and Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, the home of extant Shakers. In 1994 Duffield founded the Society for Shaker Studies, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the sect. In the same year he established the Journal of Shaker Studies, for which he has written several articles. His publications on Shakers have appeared in the Shaker Messenger and the Journal of Kentucky Studies.
Now a retired professor Emeritus of the English Dept. at Central Michigan University, Prof. Duffield and his wife, Pamela, live in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (This information is from the donor.)