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Appalachian Trail Conservancy records

Identifier: C0336

Scope and Content

This collection is unprocessed. To view a basic box inventory and access the collection, please email

The records of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) span the entire history of the trail, from before the foundation of the Appalachian Trail Conference in the 1920s to 2021. The records include material created by individuals responsible for the creation of the trail and early hikers (such as Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, George Masa, and Orville Wright Crowder), including maps, correspondence, and photographs. There are extensive administrative records and files kept by ATC leaders, mostly from the 1960s through the 2010s, such as Bob Proudman, Dave Startzell, Ray Hunt, Jean Cashin, Margaret Drummond, Les Holmes, Brian B. King, and others. These include correspondence, land management records, biennial conference meeting files, trail incident records, board of managers files, files on ATC publications, thru-hiker (2000-miler) applications, and more. There are also chronological files, press clippings, scrapbooks, memorabilia, maps, photographs, shelter logs, audiovisual material (slides, VHS, cassette, and reel-to-reel tape), signs, and framed items from throughout the ATC's history.


  • Creation: 1800s-2021
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1920s-2010s


Access Restrictions

This collection is currently unprocessed. To view a basic box inventory and access the collection, please email

Use Restrictions

The copyright and related rights status of this collection have not been evaluated (See


523 Linear Feet (733 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Appalachian Trail Conservancy records document the creation, management, and use of the Appalachian Trail, which extends over 2000 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in February 2022.

Guide to Appalachian Trail Conservancy records
Appalachian Trail Conservancy records
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Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center Repository

Fenwick Library, MS2FL
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax Virginia 22030 United States
703-993-8911 (Fax)