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Collection Anne LaBastille papers
Catalog Number 2014.060.0229
Call Number MS 14-013
Object Name Manuscript
Creator LaBastille, Anne
Scope & Content The collection documents 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 field notes from a 1957 trip to Poudre Canyon in Colorado as well as a study of wildlife habits at a community dump in Big Moose, NY. Journals describe hikes along the Northville-Lake Placid trail; observations from these hikes would eventually be used for a National Geographic article on the Adirondacks region, which is also in the collection. Her life as a published author is documented through correspondence with her publishers regarding Woodwoman II and Women and Wilderness. Passports dating from 1952 - 1984 indicate LaBastille's international travel as a researcher, lecturer and writer. Several years of LaBastille's annual Christmas letter are also included.
Physical characteristics .5 cubic feet [1 legal-sized document box]
Admin/Biographical History 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.
System of arrangement The collection is arranged thematically and by format.
Notes Collection Box List:
Location // Description // Date

Box 1, Folder 1 // Letters from Goodson-Todman Enterprises regarding LaBastille's (then LaBastille-Bowes) appearance on CBS show To Tell the Truth (3 pages) // 1959

Box 1, Folder 1 // Contract for appearance at Miramar Hotel in Miami, FL to lecture on "Yucatan and "Central American Countries" (1 page) // 1961

Box 1, Folder 1 // Form letter from LaBastille, indicating that in the wake of increased attention after publishing Woodswoman she is un-listing her phone number (1 page) // No date, c. 1976

Box 1, Folder 1 // Explorers Club correspondence and programs (3 pages, 2 brochures, 1 lapel pin) // 1984

Box 1, Folder 1 // Sierra Club Books correspondence (3 pages) // 1984, 1992, 1995

Box 1, Folder 1 // W. W. Norton & Company correspondence (1 page) // 2000

Box 1, Folder 1 // Woodswoman III book signing flier (1 page) // 2004

Box 1, Folder 1 // Christmas letters from LaBastille (10 pages) // 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 2000

Box 1, Folder 2 // United States passports for Anne LaBastille/Bowes (7 booklets) // 1952, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1979, 1984, 2007

Box 1, Folder 2 // International driving permits (2 booklets) // 1967, 1980

Box 1, Folder 3 // Marriage announcement, Mariette Anne LaBastille and Claude Vernon Bowes, Jr. // 1956

Box 1, Folder 3 // Dog license for Pitzi, German Shepherd // 1973

Box 1, Folder 3 // Newspaper clipping announcing World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal award to LaBastille // 1974

Box 1, Folder 3 // Annotated chapter from unknown guidebook describing Northville-Lake Placid trail // No date, c. 1973

Box 1, Folder 3 // "New Farm", handwritten journal (3 pages) // 1988

Box 1, Folder 3 // "Seminar: 'Silver Lake Silence. Acid Rain Impacts on the Adirondack Park and Selected Critical Ecosystems around the World'"; annotated typewritten lecture notes (9 pages) // c. 1981

Box 1, Folder 3 // Photograph of LaBastille near railroad mile post eaten by acid rain (1 5x7 in b&w photograph) // No date

Box 1, Folder 3 // "Inside Nature Writing"; annotated typewritten lecture notes (2 pages) // No date

Box 1, Folder 3 // "Wilderness Writing"; annotated typewritten lecture notes; photocopies of excerpts from pieces written by other female nature writers (29 pages) // No date

Box 1, Folder 3 // "Thoreau and the Woodswoman"; annotated typewritten lecture notes (8 pages) // No date

Box 1, Folder 3 //The Woodswoman Project, a tribute to Anne LaBastille; program for tribute to LaBastille held at Lake Placid Center for the Arts (15 pages) // 2014

Box 1, Folder 3 // National Geographic, vol. 147, no. 5; includes LaBastille article "My Backyard, the Adirondacks" // 1975

Box 1 // Journal, spiral bound: "Northville-Lake Placid Trail - Part I"; documents 7-day hike along trail // 1973

Box 1 // Journal, spiral bound: "Northville-Lake Placid Trail - Part II"; documents second hike along trail; also includes notes on APA // 1973

Box 1 // Journal, cloth bound: seasonal journal, typically documenting spring and fall at Twitchell Lake in Big Moose and Kestrel Crest Farm in Wadhams // 1989 - 2006

Box 1 // Journal, in binder: notes from Big Moose garbage dump and from trip to Poudre Canyon, Colorado // 1957, 1959

Box 1 // Journal, cloth bound: guest book for "West-of-the-Wind" Camp, Twitchell Lake, Big Moose, NY; includes notes from visiting guests as well as journal entries by LaBastille; photographs // 1964 - 1984

Box 1 // Paperback book, sealed: Woodswoman // 1978

Box 1 // Paperback book: Women and Wilderness (2 copies) // 1984

Box 1 // Paperback book: Woodswoman II; beyond Black Bear Lake // 2000

Library Vault, Map Box F // "Map of the Adirondack Forest and Adjoining Territory, compiled from maps and field notes on file in the State Departments at Albany, N.Y. and from the topographical sheets of the U.S. Geological Survey", Forest, Fish and Game Commission; 6 maps, 4 comprise 1911 edition, 2 comprise 1917 edition (incomplete) // 1911, 1917
People LaBastille, Anne
Search Terms Acid rain--Environmental aspects--New York (State)--Adirondack Mountains;
Big Moose (N.Y.);
Conservationists;
Journals, notebooks, and diaries
LaBastille, Anne (1935-2011);
Northville-Lake Placid Trail;
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862;
Twitchell Lake;
Westport (N.Y.);
Women naturalists--United States;