Collection Facts

Extent: 
16 items
Dates of Original: 
1890 - 1920
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

John H. Champney was an Adirondack "stickman" who made rustic furniture in the early 1900s. He was originally from West Parishville in Saint Lawrence County, but lived in the hamlet of Moody near Tupper Lake. Champney was a skilled carpenter and made many types of furniture, gun stocks, and agricultural implements such as sleds. He was a caretaker and guide for Mrs. John Sprague at her camp near Moody from 1912 to 1917.

Scope of Collection

The collection contains black-and-white photographs featuring John H. Champney at various Adirondack locations. Many of the images relate to boating, camping, and hunting. The collection dates from the late 19th century through early 20th century.