The secondary sources I have been using address the philosophy that led to the creation of Brook Farm. While this is useful to understand the perceptions of some members of Brook Farm, it excludes some of the less prominent members of the community. In my research, I’ve turned to primary sources to understand the lives of ordinary members. Fortunately for me as a reader, Brook Farmers tend to be optimistic. Letters and memoirs that I’ve searched through for information are interesting and quick to read. In addition, specific thoughts about the community are easy to locate. Their notes on their lives at Brook Farm are a useful addition to the secondary source material I’ve used because they make the personal aspect of Brook Farm, which my project aims to understand, more easily interpreted.