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Women's History Month and the ARL

As part of Union College’s celebration of Women’s History Month, I am honored to write about several women who have left their mark on the history of the Adirondacks and whose lives are documented in our collections.

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Study Zones

Schaffer Library has three designated study zone types throughout the building that is enforced all year round, but especially becomes important during finals week. Please check to ensure you are in the right zone by noting the sign here, which is also posted around the building. 

What is quiet study? 

  • NO cellphone use 
  • NO conversations 

Where is quiet study? 

  • Lally Reading Room (1st floor, behind the glass doors)
  • Second Floor Stacks (behind the glass doors)
  • The entire THIRD floor. 

What is quiet collaboration? 

  • LIGHT conversation 
  • LOW speaking voice
  • NO cellphone use

Where is quiet collaboration? 

  • Second Floor (all except behind the glass doors)
  • Basement

What is open collaboration? 

  • Conversation permitted 
  • SHORT cellphone conversations

Where is open collaboration? 

  • First Floor Learning Commons
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A Careful Historian: the Legacy and Papers of Edith Pilcher

While many employees have diligently done their duties throughout the various eras of the Adirondack Research Library, Edith Pilcher has left us the most to illustrate both what her daily work entailed as well as her career outside the auspices of running a library.

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Forest ranger history now available: The Louis Curth Papers (ARL-033)

The allure of wilderness and its uses for society have shifted over time, but for as long as the Adirondack Forest Preserve has existed, New York forest rangers have played a major role in serving to protect it.

View the Louis Curth Papers on the ARL Libguides site here

1 Curth, Louis. The Forest Rangers: A History of the New York State Forest Ranger Force. (New York State   Department of Environmental Conservation, 1987): 24

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The Paul Schaefer Library and the Genesis of ARL

Continuing to work through historical collections at the Adirondack Research Library, I have come across something fascinating that lies at the core of the present daily operations. A red binder sits quietly in a heap of records in the archives. Forgotten and lost to time. Until a chance discovery - a brilliant mission statement from the past comes stirring back to life.



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Hiking the High Peaks in the Snow and Ice: The legacy of Kay Flickinger

With fall winding down and colder weather upon us, we often look to winter as a time of indoor projects and staying warm. As a seasonal hiker of the Adirondacks for the last 18 years, I have often been curious about hikers who brave the elements to complete High Peaks during winter.

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A new archivist at the Adirondack Research Library!

Greetings! My name is Matthew Golebiewski and I am pleased to post my first blog entry to announce that through a generous Presidential Senior Leadership grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, I have been hired to serve as the Adirondack Research Library’s (ARL) Project Archivist for one calendar year, beginning September 17, 2018.

The Mellon grant aims to advance an emerging academic initiative at Union College: Adirondack Studies, which will better leverage the college’s unique location to wilderness areas and its information resources.

I’m often asked about what makes up an archive. In the context of the ARL, the archival collections are one of a kind records created by individuals and organizations throughout daily life or the course of business. Unlike library collections, archival materials are mostly comprised of unpublished, unique, and sometimes rare books. Archival materials can range from photographs and letters, to three dimensional objects and ephemera.

Archivists are professionally trained to arrange and describe materials in order to preserve and provide access to these unique collections. Because of their unique quality, archival records require different user policies and procedures. For example, the ARL archival collections may not be checked out, but researchers are welcome to visit and view the materials in-person. In this case, the archivist is available to help patrons find archival materials for their research or study.

I am a Certified Archivist with a B.A. in History and MS in Library and Information Science from SUNY Buffalo. I first came to Schaffer Library in January of 2018 and accepted my current position in September. I have been hiking in the Adirondacks for almost 20 years.