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Adirondack Research Library of Union College: Online Resources

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Adirondack Resources

Carl B. Heilman, Adirondack Research Library Collection

"...wilderness everywhere, lake on lake, river on river,mountain on mountain, numberless..."

- Verplanck Colvin




Protect the Adirondacks! Inc.

Protect the Adirondacks!, Inc (PROTECT) is a grassroots, membership organization dedicated to the protection, stewardship and sustainability of the natural environment and human communities of the Adirondack Park and the New York State Forest Preserve for current and future generations.

Lake George Historical Association

The Lake George Historical Association (LGHA) is a not-for-profit (501c 3) organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Lake George region.

Adirondack Wild: Friends of Forest Preserve

The mission of Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve is to advance New York’s ‘Forever Wild’ legacy and Forest Preserve policies in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks, and promote public and private land stewardship that is consistent with wild land values through education, advocacy and research.


Adirondack Architectural Heritage

The Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York State's Adirondack Park. Created in 1990, the organization protects a range of rustic buildings, along with a range of other places, including railroad buildings, quarries, and lighthouses. The photos here are derived from an extensive slide collection which was digitized as part of the New York Heritage Digital Collections initiative. The Recent Additions section is a great place to start as it has images of small town buildings and dramatic military installations, such as Fort Ticonderoga.


The mission of The Wilderness Society is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places.  They contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of public lands, preserving the rich natural legacy for current and future generations.

Government Agencies

Adirondack Park Agencies

The Adirondack Park Agency administers the Adirondack Park Agency Act (Executive Law, article 27), the Freshwater Wetlands Act (Environmental Conservation Law, article 24) within the Adirondack Park and, for private lands within the Adirondack Park, the Wild Scenic and Recreational Rivers System Act (Environmental Conservation Law, article 15, title 27).

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Mission: "To conserve, improve and protect New York's natural resources and environment and to prevent, abate and control water, land and air pollution, in order to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of the state and their overall economic and social well-being."

Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board

The Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board consists of Members appointed by the governing bodies of the twelve counties wholly or partly in the Adirondack Park. We work to insure that the interests of the people of the Adirondack Park and their local governments are protected as the Adirondack Park Agency carries out its duties set forth in the Adirondack Park Agency Act.

Programs, Libraries & Museums


The Adirondack Guide Project of Hamilton College

Hamilton College's Adirondack Guide Project will expand access to resources documenting the region’s history and culture through the creation of a website featuring online discovery and project development tools. The guide will provide a single portal for finding articles, books, maps, and other Adirondack-related materials that would otherwise require daunting searches of multiple sites and interfaces. In addition, the project will provide a nexus where both groups and individuals can share Adirondack-related projects. Finally, the project will provide a sustainable framework for the site’s continued development through crowdsourcing and the fostering of collaborative relationships between colleges and universities with Adirondack programs and Adirondack NGOs with an interest in enhancing the public’s understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Park.

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry: 
Adirondack Interpretive Center

The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) offers outstanding learning opportunities in the heart of the Adirondack Park—New York's unique natural, cultural and recreational resource and is managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Adirondack Museum - Blue Mountain Lake

Our Mission: The Adirondack Museum expands public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the future.

Paul Smith's College- Joan Weill Adirondack Library

The Joan Weill Adirondack Library is dedicated to providing quality service, instruction, and access to collections and facilities to meet the needs of the Paul Smith's College community and to foster a community of lifelong learners.

Crandall Public Library-The Center for Folklife, History, & Cultural Programs

The Center for Folklife, History & Cultural Programs at Crandall Public Library is an award-winning program created by the Library’s Board of Trustees in 1993, charged with the mission to research and present the cultural traditions of the upper Hudson valley and southern Adirondacks of upstate New York through its research and documentation, special collections, public programs, gallery and educational services.

The Wild Center

Mission: Ignite an enduring passion for the Adirondacks where people and nature can thrive together and set an example for the world.