William Chapman White Memorial Adirondack Research Room

The Adirondack Research Room is currently open by appointment only.

Our Archivist, Michele Tucker, can be reached via phone or e-mail as described below.

THE ADIRONDACK RESEARCH ROOM


Visiting the Adirondack Research Room is by Appointment Only, Monday- Friday

To Make an Appointment Contact Michele Tucker
Telephone: 518-891-0807
Email: slfl.michele@gmail.com

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.


Tuberculosis Research List


 

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 (slfl.michele@gmail.com). 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:

 

ADIRONDACK CLASSICS

Todd, Lundy, Street, Headley, Murray, Hammond

HISTORY

Donaldson, Hochschild, White, Campbell,
Landon, Masten, Adirondack Country,
local and oral histories

MAPS, ATLASES, GAZETTEERS, GUIDE BOOKS

French, Stoddard, Wallace, Sanborn

REFERENCE MATERIALS

Tuberculosis, Logging and Forestry, Adirondack Geology
Botany, Zoology

REPORTS

Colvin, Forest Commission, Forest Fish and Game Commission
Conservations Commision

PAMPHLETS

Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks reports,
Early hotel circulars, hundreds of others of Adirondack historical importance

MANUSCRIPTS

Lundy, Donaldson, Reben and other local biographers and historians

PERIODICALS

Forest and Stream, Journal of the Outdoor Life
Forest Leaves, Adirondack Life, ADK Publications,
Directories, Saranac Lake High School Yearbooks

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON COLLECTION

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

3500 glass plate negatives
4500 catalogued photographs; Distin,
Kollecker, Stoddard, Baldwin
1200 lantern slides

POSTCARD COLLECTION

Over 2500 Adirondack postcards

GEORGE MARSHALL ADIRONDACK COLLECTION

Books, NYS Conservation Reports, Colvin Reports, Travel Guides,
Periodicals, Correspondences, Pamphlets,
Maps, Photographs, Lantern Slides

Adirondack Research Center

 

Address: Saranac Lake Free Library
109 Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: (518) 891-4190

Hours of Service

Hours of Operation:


Monday - Saturday

10:30am -5:30pm

 

We are closed for the following holidays:

New Year's Day, MLK Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day Weekend, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day