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Adirondack Research Library: Personal Papers

This guide serves as a starting point to introduce faculty, staff and students to resources held by the Adirondack Research Library located at the Kelly Adirondack Center of Union College.


The Adirondack Research Library contains many personal papers. These provide researchers with an inside view of how conservationists helped to safeguard wilderness areas from harm or how recreational opportunities helped people understand and appreciate the great outdoors. Other collections document what every day life was like for someone living in the North Country or detail research on Adirondack history. For more information on other personal papers and collections held by the Adirondack Research Library, please see this website.

Paul Schaefer Collection (ARL-013)

Schaefer was an environmental grass roots organizer and author. This collection documents his environmental conservation work as well as home building, historic restoration projects and his family life.



George Davis Papers (ARL-027)

George D. Davis was a wilderness preservationist. His papers document his work in land-use planning and environmental policy at the state and national levels. He was involved with numerous state sponsored studies and commissions.



Jeanne Robert Foster papers (ARL-037)

Foster was a poet, fashion model, and social worker from the Adirondacks.  She was involved in European artistic and political circles in the 1920s.  Union College awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1970.