25 research outputs found

    Arthur Crocker Collection, 1950-1993

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    Born in New York City in 1909, Arthur Crocker earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from Princeton and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He went on to become a security analyst and account executive for the United States Trust Company of New York, a lieutenant in the US Navy, and independent investor. He was President of the Tahawus Club, President and Chairman of the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, a member of the Constitutional Council for the Forest Preserve, Vice Chairman of the Adirondack Council, and a board member of various other environmental organizations. The collection includes materials relating to his work with the AfPA and other environmental organizations. The collection strongly documents issues and events in the Adirondacks during the 1970s and 1980s and the AfPA’s reactions to them. Heavily represented are matters related to public and private land use and the balance in the ethical use of State lands between responsible forestry, conservation, and recreation. Issues such as acid rain and invasive species are well documented. The establishment of the APA and the public reaction to the agency’s work and its members and the resulting public outcry are also well documented. The collection closely follows the AfPA campaigns to generate public support through documentary films. Folders remain in their original titles and order.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1003/thumbnail.jp

    Norman VanValkenburgh Papers, 1935-2003

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    The Norman J. VanValkenburgh papers consist primarily of records from the Forest Preserve Centennial and research files for publications and reports by VanValkenburgh.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1017/thumbnail.jp

    Ranger Major Robert Rogers Collection, 1765-1987

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    Ranger Major Robert Rogers was an American colonial frontiersman serving in the British army during both the French and Indian War and American Revolution. His Rangers operated in the Lake George/ Lake Champlain region during the French and Indian War. The collection is copies of books pertaining to Ranger Major Robert Rogers.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1022/thumbnail.jp

    Lake Placid Club Publications, 1898-1946

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    Melvin Dewey organized the Lake Placid Club (LPC) in 1893 on the shore of Mirror Lake. Dewey’s desire was that the Club would be a place not only of year-round relaxation but of instruction. The LPC became known for their distinctive customs and celebrations. The collection was donated by Smiley Brothers, Inc. whom inherited them from Daniel Smiley, former owner of Mohonk Mountain House. The collection consists of primarily printed materials, newsletters, menus, rates and pamphlets listing and describing Club activities. Many of the contents are written in “Simpler spelling,” a reformed method which sought to eliminate duplicated, unpronounced letters and any ambiguity in pronunciation.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1015/thumbnail.jp

    Orson Schofield Phelps Collection, 1878-1973

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    Orson Schofield Phelps (1816-1905), or “Old Mountain Phelps” as he became known was one of the most notable of all Adirondack guides. He became the first white man to ascend Mount Marcy in August, 1849, bushed out the “Round Trip” trail in 1874 and brought over 500 tourists to its peak. Among the prominent figures that hired Phelps were Verplanck Colvin and Seneca Ray Stoddard. The collection includes genealogy of the Phelps family as well as photographs and family documents. The majority of the papers are Phelps’ essays on nature and philosophy. They also include weather data from the High Peaks, a collection of poems on nature and publications referring to Phelps. The items were collected by descendant Shirley Putzig.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1019/thumbnail.jp

    Orra A. Phelps Collection

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    The collection consists of correspondence, notes, and other research materials used by Mary Arakelian in writing a biography of her aunt entitled, Orra A. Phelps, M.D.: Adirondack Naturalist and Mountaineer (2000). Orra A. Phelps was a physician, naturalist, botanist, hiker, mountaineer, teacher, and writer responsible for publishing the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Guide to Adirondack Trails (1934).https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1030/thumbnail.jp

    Vincent Schaefer Papers, 1921-2001

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    Shortly after founding the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club in 1929, Vincent Schaefer conceived of a trail of notable places hikers could visit from New York City to the Adirondacks. Re-imagined in the 1960’s as a more traditional hiking trail, it now runs from Ft. Lee, NJ to Altamont, NY. There are plans to continue the route to the Canadian Border. In 1991 Vincent Schaefer wrote a guide to the Long Path. The collection consists primarily of Schaefer’s notes on Benton MacKay as inspiration for the project and notebooks kept while researching and developing the trail. Included in the collection is biographical material on Vincent Schaefer and his work in atmospheric science at General Electric.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1025/thumbnail.jp

    Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College

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    Presentation on the Kelly Adirondack Center and Adirondack Research Library of Union College given by Margie Amodeo at various events

    Peter Fish Papers, 1969-2003

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    Peter Fish served New York State as Forest Ranger from 1969 to 1998 in the Catskills and the Adirondack High Peaks regions. (In an interview from 2008, Fish told a reporter that he had climbed Mt. Marcy 707 times.) During this time his duties included search and rescue, law enforcement, education, trail maintenance, disposition of facilities, and environmental protector of the delicate alpine High Peaks region. In cases where Ranger Fish’s judgment in search and rescue were challenged, his support from hiking clubs and individuals around the State is well documented. The collection consists largely of correspondence between Ranger Fish and DEC administration. Topics range from recommendations on changes facilitating performance of daily duties to failures in institution-wide policies. Some photographs of Rangers and administrators along with selected maps, booklets of government regulations and park usage statistics are included in the collection. Also included are files on specific noteworthy cases involving Ranger Fish and his operations in the High Peaks. In such cases, letters in support of Ranger Fish not only contain detailed accounts of his personal interactions with hikers in the Peaks but lend insight into the role models Rangers became to generations of visitors to the Adirondacks.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1021/thumbnail.jp

    The Marshall Family Photograph Collection, 1900-1969

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    Photographs of the Marshall Family and friends at Knollwood on Lower Saranac Lake and hiking, camping and fishing in the Adirondacks. The collection also contains a few photographs of Bob Marshall sent to the family after his death by Mrs. Virginia B. Olmstead.https://digitalworks.union.edu/arl_findingaids/1016/thumbnail.jp
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