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Adirondack Research Library: Historic Images

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 photographs, postcards and prints throughout its collections. Below are a sample of some of the richest collections for this material type.

Osmond D. Putnam Photographs (ARL-081)

The Osmond David Putnam photographs feature historic images of Warren and Essex Counties taken in the 1880s. Originally shot on glass plate negatives, they feature labor and industry, the effects of the logging, landscapes, architecture and everyday life as the Adirondacks were moving from an isolated wilderness to a permanently settled part of the State.


Kay Flickinger Dockstader Papers (ARL-048)

Kay Flickinger Dockstader was an employee of General Electric and an avid outdoorswoman. An early 46er, she was the first woman to ascend Mt. Iroquois on skis. She encouraged winter recreation in the Adirondacks and took many photographs while hiking. 

Adirondack Research Library Postcard Collection (ARL-028)

The collection consists of over 1400 postcards. They date primarily from 1915 to 1940 and  include images of cabins, clubs, boats, wildlife, and scenery from Lake Placid, Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes, Lake George, St. Regis Lake, Sacandaga Lake, the Saranac and Oswegatchie Rivers, Mount Marcy, Whiteface and the other High Peaks.