THE ADIRONDACK RESEARCH ROOM
Visiting the Adirondack Research Room is by Appointment Only, Monday- Friday
To Make an Appointment Contact Michele Tucker
Materials in the Adirondack Collection do not circulate. Strict rules set by the Adirondack Committee govern use of the Collection. A copy of the rules is obtainable at the library. The room is open to researchers at no charge.
The Adirondack Room welcomes gifts of letters, manuscripts, journals, albums, photographs, and other Adirondack historical materials for the documentation and preservation of our Adirondack heritage. Purchases are possible if warranted.
Anonymous Person Donates $20k to Local Library's Adirondack Research Room
An anonymous local donor has given the Research Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library a substantial gift to bolster and preserve the significant collections under its care.
This donation has already resulted in the construction of additional cabinetry to securely house rare pamphlets and manuscripts. It will also enable additions to the collections such as out-of-print books, maps, old photographs, and paper ephemera. Michele Tucker, Curator of the Room, notes that other projects, now possible and under consideration, include book restoration, an updated brochure, and a microfilm reader-printer. She adds that visiting historians and researchers---as well as local patrons---will all benefit from the upgrades and additions that this gift has made possible.
Library Director Peter Benson and the Board of Trustees are extremely grateful for this gift. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, the Room is not able to be open at present. However, Curator Tucker is available to provide assistance by phone (518-891-0807) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org). This special collection was established in 1923 when Alfred L. Donaldson, author of the seminal two-volume History of the Adirondacks, bequeathed his collection of regional historical material to the library. With subsequent gifts and support, the Room and its collections are now recognized far beyond Northern New York as a major resource for "students" of Adirondack history.
In our collection:
Todd, Lundy, Street, Headley, Murray, Hammond
Donaldson, Hochschild, White, Campbell,
Landon, Masten, Adirondack Country,
local and oral histories
MAPS, ATLASES, GAZETTEERS, GUIDE BOOKS
French, Stoddard, Wallace, Sanborn
Tuberculosis, Logging and Forestry, Adirondack Geology
Colvin, Forest Commission, Forest Fish and Game Commission
Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks reports,
Early hotel circulars, hundreds of others of Adirondack historical importance
Lundy, Donaldson, Reben and other local biographers and historians
Forest and Stream, Journal of the Outdoor Life
Forest Leaves, Adirondack Life, ADK Publications,
Directories, Saranac Lake High School Yearbooks
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON COLLECTION
3500 glass plate negatives
4500 catalogued photographs; Distin,
Kollecker, Stoddard, Baldwin
1200 lantern slides
Over 2500 Adirondack postcards
GEORGE MARSHALL ADIRONDACK COLLECTION
Books, NYS Conservation Reports, Colvin Reports, Travel Guides,
Periodicals, Correspondences, Pamphlets,
Maps, Photographs, Lantern Slides