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PG-262249-19Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsAppalachian Mountain ClubHistoric Outdoors: A Preservation Initiative1/1/2019 - 4/30/2020$6,000.00RebeccaMaxwellFullerton   Appalachian Mountain ClubBostonMA02129-3740USA2018U.S. HistoryPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access6000060000

The purchase of high density shelving units for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Library and Archives collections, which offer a rich history of mountaineering from the 19th century to the present.  A 10,000 photographic slide collection visually documents the club’s early history, recreation gear, trails, as well as wilderness camps, cabins, and alpine mountain huts in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire.  Additional collections include the writings, correspondence, and scrapbooks of Thelma Bonney Hall Towle, a journalist and rock climber who chronicled her experiences in the 1930s and 40s.  Institutional records dating from the club’s founding in 1876 document hiking trails, such as the 230-mile Bay Circuit Trail circumnavigating Boston, programmatic and education programs, and partnerships with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Northern Forest Alliance.

The project will focus on Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) Library & Archives Special Collections and Institutional Records. These materials range from outdoor photography from 1870s, manuscript collections of outdoorspeople of the 19th through the 21st centuries, and complete business records of the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. Our primary and secondary source materials document over 140 years of the wilderness experience in this country through the lens of history, writing, visual arts and culture. Our specific goal within this project to is to upgrade our storage capabilities to meet modern standards of preservation by incorporating high density shelving into our new Archives location.