Spotlight Collection

The Richard Linke Collection of Adirondacks Re-Viewed Photographs

This month, New York Heritage Digital Collections proudly spotlights digital selections from the Richard Linke Collection of Adirondacks Re-Viewed Photographs from the Adirondack Museum.

From the collection description:

This collection is a result of a project commissioned by the Adirondack Museum to have Richard Linke photograph historic and significant sites in the Adirondack Park from 1973 to 1974. These sites include both man-made and natural areas that played significant roles in the exploration of the park from 1820 to 1900. The subjects of these photographs include nature preserves, special interest scenic and geological areas, historic areas and structures, and historic routes and trails.

About the repository:

The Adirondack Museum has been collecting and interpreting objects that represent the lives of Adirondack visitors and residents for more than fifty years. The stories these objects tell form a rich documentary of the ways people have understood and interacted with the environment of the Adirondack Park. These are stories that touch on our innate need to connect with nature, our struggle to survive and adapt to a changing environment and, ultimately, lessons in balancing the needs of human communities with the natural world. Although the stories we tell are Adirondack, they have meaning and relevance for people around the world.

The Adirondack Museum opened in 1957 in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Over more than five decades, it has grown to encompass 23 buildings on 32 acres. The museum’s permanent collection includes about 30,000 artifacts, 3,500 works of art, and more than 75,000 photographic prints and negatives. The historic photograph collection documents nearly 150 years of work, life, and recreation in the Adirondacks and includes works by Seneca Ray Stoddard, Edward Bierstadt, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke-White, Eliot Porter, and many other professional and amateur photographers. The museum library collections include books, manuscripts, government documents, maps, atlases, serials, microfilms, ephemera, and audio recordings relating to the history and culture of the Adirondack Mountains and northern New York State. With about 65,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Adirondack Museum is the largest cultural organization in the North Country.

When the Adirondack Museum opened, its stated mission was described by the museum’s first director Robert Bruce Inverarity as “ecological in nature, showing the history of man’s relation to the Adirondacks.” The current mission statement, adopted in 2006, remains true to that early vision: The Adirondack Museum expands public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the future.


The Adirondack Museum is a member of the Northern New York Library Network, a member of the Empire State Library Network.