The Adirondack Experience collects and interprets objects that represent the lives of Adirondack visitors and residents. Opened in 1957 in the heart of the Adirondack Park, it encompasses 23 buildings on 121 acres and is the largest cultural organization in New York’s North Country. The Experience’s research library collections include books, manuscripts, government documents, maps, atlases, serials, microfilms, ephemera, and audio recordings relating to the history and culture of the Adirondack Mountains and northern New York State.
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.
Collection of oral history interviews and accompanying documents, slides, photographs and ephemera assembled by folklorist Tom Carroll and submitted to the museum as the “Living Traditions in the Adirondacks” project in 1996. The collection aims to “chronicle and preserve living memories of continuity and change, work and culture in Adirondack forests, with special emphasis on the lives and experiences of women.”
Collection of oral history interviews and accompanying documents, fieldnotes, slides and photographs assembled by folklorist Tom Carroll for his “Hunting Traditions in the Adirondacks” project in 1997. Carroll’s goal was to “gain insights into the history and significance of hunting in the region, and to connecting hunting activity to other pressing concerns of Adirondack residents” and in addition to chronicling hunting and hunting camps, his reports detail a complicated relationship between native Adirondackers, the land and private/state interests in the region.