The Apperson-Schaefer collection at Union’s Kelly Adirondack Center will be catalogued and showcased on an interactive website under a Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
The project, “Grass Roots Activism and the American Wilderness: Pioneers in the Twentieth Century Adirondack Park Conservation Movement,” was recently selected from among 75 applicants.
The Apperson-Schaefer collection, which spans from 1899 to 1996, provides a remarkable window into the history of the American environmental movement and the tensions that erupted over efforts to conserve the Adirondack Forest Preserve and expand the Adirondack Park. The materials also give a broader understanding of the history of national park and wilderness preservation and the critical role activism played in those efforts.
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