Collection ID: MS 14-013

Collection context


LaBastille, Anne
Collection of personal papers from Anne LaBastille’s (ALB) life and career, including licenses and certifications, academic degrees and awards, lecture notes, passports, correspondence with peers and fans, a guestbook from her camp at Twitchell Lake, and copies of published materials.
6.5 cubic feet, 7 legal document boxes, and 3 storage cartons
Preferred citation:

The Anne LaBastille Papers, MS 14-013, Adirondack Experience Library


Scope and Content:

The collection covers a wide range of topics, documenting LaBastille’s daily life while living at her “West-of-the-Wind” Camp at Twitchell Lake in Big Moose, NY, as well as her activities as a writer, conservationist, student, and backpacker through the latter half of the twentieth century. The collection includes notes and transcripts from various lectures, workshops, and speeches including writing and photography retreats, adjunct courses, and acceptance speeches; materials from LaBastille’s tenure on the Adirondack Park Agency board; research notes taken on her travels; guest books and signage from the Twitchell Lake camp; a large quantity of new and magazine clippings including LaBastille’s travel columns; university degrees and other accolades; copies of LaBastille’s resume and CV; published materials including copies of her books and graduate thesis; certifications, licenses, and passports; correspondence regarding a variety of topics, including collaboration with Jane Goodall and copies of annual Christmas newsletters; several years’ worth of fan mail; materials prepared for the Adirondack Museum; and other miscellaneous items including camera manuals, marriage announcements, letterheads and business cards, etc.

Biographical / Historical:

Anne LaBastille was born November 20, 1933 in Montclair, New Jersey. Graduating from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology in 1969, LaBastille travelled and wrote extensively for publications like National Geographic, focusing on topics of ecology, acid rain, and animal extinction. She received accolades from the World Wildlife Fund and Explorers club for her advocacy efforts. LaBastille died on July 1, 2011. The Adirondacks served as a home base for LaBastille, whose work took her all over the world. She built a cabin for herself at Twitchell Lake and lived there with her dogs, writing about life there in her popular Woodswoman books. LaBastille also worked as a wilderness guide and served on the board of the Adirondack Park Agency board for 17 years.

Acquisition information:
Accession number 2014.060
Custodial history:

Purchased from the estate of Mariette Anne LaBastille in 2014.


The collection is arranged thematically and by format. Oversize items have been housed in separate, larger boxes, and are included in the container list below. There is one folder of oversize materials (OS 1) stored separately from the collection, in Library Flat File XIII.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: a Content Standard



There are no restrictions regarding access to this collection.


Fair use copy permitted for research, study, or investigational purposes citing the Adirondack Experience. Any other use requires written permission.


The Anne LaBastille Papers, MS 14-013, Adirondack Experience Library

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