This collection consists of selected images taken by East Petersburg, Pennsylvania photographer Dennis L. Hughes of Amish life and culture in the United States with a special emphasis on the Amish in Lancaster County. Images date from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Hughes first became interested in the Amish when he was a young boy growing up in Lewistown, Pennsylvania near the Big Valley area. The physical collection housed in the Hess Archives contains over 18,000 images, primarily color slides. Subjects include buggy styles, agricultural work, mud sales, Amish schools, Amish children, and more. The collection includes photographs taken for Dr. Donald Kraybill’s books Amish Enterprise and The Riddle of Amish Culture.

Amish men walking into tent

Amish men walking into tent

Amish and non-Amish men talk at mud sale

Amish and non-Amish men talk at mud sale

Amish and non-Amish men talking

Amish and non-Amish men talking

Two Amish men and young girl at mud sale

Two Amish men and young girl at mud sale

Amish boy standing in front of tent

Amish boy standing in front of tent

Non-Amish women at mud sale

Non-Amish women at mud sale

Amish woman at mud sale

Amish woman at mud sale

Amish woman inspecting buggies at mud sale

Amish woman inspecting buggies at mud sale

Amish woman looking at buggies

Amish woman looking at buggies

Amish woman examines buggies at mud sale

Amish woman examines buggies at mud sale

Amish woman browsing buggies

Amish woman browsing buggies

Amish men talking

Amish men talking

Amish men lean on buggy

Amish men lean on buggy