Edith Pilcher papers
Scope and Contents
The Edith Pilcher Papers consist of research materials, correspondence, notes, writings, photographs, and other materials compiled and created during the writing of four books on Adirondack history. The collection demonstrates the process of preparing a book manuscript in the pre-internet age. For each publication extensive research was undertaken by photocopying or requesting copies of primary sources, publications, and articles. Copious notes were taken to assemble chapter outlines and fill out details on specific topics, with further information filled in by extensive correspondence and revisions. Illustrations and photographs were also similarly laborious to produce, often through making copy negatives through visits to museums or via correspondence with organizations and individuals.
- Creation: 1790 - 2007
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1980 - 2004
- Pilcher, Edith, 1928-2018 (Person)
Biographical / Historical
Edith Pilcher (1928-2018) was a founding member of the Adirondack Research Center (later the Adirondack Research Library) and author of four books. Her and her husband Ennis, a professor at Union College, were long-time residents of Schenectady and spent much of their time in the Adirondacks and at their cabin on Big Moose Lake. Edith was Chairman of the Adirondack Research Center from 1979-1981 and later in charge of collection development. In addition to her library duties, she wrote freelance articles and books on Adirondack history and was involved in numerous historical and conservation organizations.
5.13 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials
The Edith Pilcher papers measure 5.13 cubic feet and date from 1790-2007, with the bulk of the collection falling between 1980-2004. The papers reflect her work as a freelance writer outside duties as Collection Development Chair of the Adirondack Research Library. The collection consists of research materials, correspondence, notes, photographs, and drafts of each of her four books on Adirondack History.
The collection was arranged into series based on the original order of the records as maintained by Edith Pilcher. Original folder titles were retained when possible. Each series consists of materials prepared for each publication. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Series I. Castorland, 1793-1995.
Series II. Up the Lake Road, 1858-1987.
Series III. The Constables, 1790-1996.
Series IV. Big Moose Lake, 1849-2007.
On April 22, 2011, Protect the Adirondacks! placed the collection on permanent loan with Union College.
Processed by Matthew Golebiewski and Margaret Amodeo, fall 2018.
- Guide to the Edith Pilcher Papers
- Matthew Golebiewski
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English
- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation