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Noel Riedinger-Johnson papers

Identifier: ARL-080

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the personal papers and research files of Noel Riedinger-Johnson, primarily relating to her work editing and writing about Jeanne Robert Foster and Paul Schaefer. The papers include writings, notes, and photographs used for her multiple book projects with Syracuse University Press from 1986 to 1993. Research materials include newspaper clippings, catalogs, and biographical materials on family, friends and associates of Foster. Additional materials contain Friends of the Forest Preserve, Inc. records, correspondence, writings and memorials for Paul Schaefer. The collection also contains lecture notes and slides used in promotion of her books.


  • Creation: 1912 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Biographical Note

Noel Riedinger-Johnson is an author and former director of the Adirondack Research Center. She was born in Schenectady, New York, in 1943. Her parents, Ruth and Albert Riedinger, were friends of Jeanne Robert Foster and republished her book, Neighbors of Yesterday in 1963. On the death of Foster in 1970, Ruth was willed a significant amount of Foster's manuscripts, correspondence and personal effects from her Adirondack and Schenectady periods which later passed to Noel. After a life-long fascination with Foster's work, Noel obtained a contract to edit and publish a volume of her poems and prose in 1986 entitled, Adirondack portraits: a piece of time. Noel was also involved with film production and editing, working on projects for both General Electric and the Couch-Sa-Chra-Ga Association, Inc. In addition, she was also involved in environmental advocacy in the Adirondacks, belonging to the Friends of the Forest Preserve, Inc.


5.8 Cubic Feet

8 Boxes

1 Folder (oversized photographs)

Language of Materials



Research files, writings, articles, photographs, and other materials used in editing Adirondack portraits: a piece of time and other research on Jeanne Robert Foster and Paul Schaefer.


The papers are arranged as two series, both of which are arranged alphabetically:

Series 1, Adirondack Portraits, 1926-2014.

Series 2, General, 1912-2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were donated by Noel Riedinger-Johnson to the Adirondack Research Library in July of 2019. An addition was donated in August 2022.

Guide to the Noel Riedinger-Johnson papers
Matthew Golebiewski
Fall 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Repository Details

Part of the Adirondack Research Library Repository

897 St. David's Lane
Niskayuna NY 12309