Appalachian Mountain Club Library and Archives

The AMC Library & Archives have been an integral part of the AMC since the Club’s founding year. They anchor a remarkable landscape in which the past lies alongside the present and future of the Club and the Northeast outdoors.

The AMC Library & Archives welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to AMC’s history. Find out more about donating under our “Policies” tab below.  To access to the Library & Archives visit our online Library Catalog.

Hours of Operation (By Appointment Only)
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location and Contact Information

Appalachian Mountain Club Library & Archives
AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch
Route 302
Bretton Woods, NH 03575
Phone: 603-278-3814

History of AMC’s Library and Archives

The AMC Library & Archives have been an integral part of the AMC since the Club’s founding year. They anchor a remarkable landscape in which the past lies alongside the present and future of the Club and the Northeast outdoors.

The Library’s collection consists of over 3,000 titles. It represents one of the most extensive outdoor recreation book collections in the Northeast and counts among its holdings works on the history of mountaineering, early climbing expeditions, and early explorations. The book collection also contains a vast amount of background information on environmental issues and outdoor activities. At the center of the historical book collection is the Kilbourne Collection of over 500 books on the White Mountains of New Hampshire, one of the largest White Mountain rare book collections in the world. Other mountain areas of the Northeast are also well documented. The library has no less than 22 titles on Mount Katahdin alone!

The Archive’s collection consists of meeting minutes, annual reports, AMC bulletins and journals, scrapbooks, climbing journals, manuscripts, summit registers, photographic works, films, memorabilia, and maps. Logbooks that are no longer sound enough to reside in AMC’s historic White Mountain huts can be found here, recording the thoughts and feelings of mountain travelers from decades past.

The Archives are particularly rich in visual images, with well over 20,000 images covering the 1870’s to the present. The library owns an extensive collection of lantern slides documenting the AMC’s early history, and hundreds of postcards and stereograph cards with views of the mountains of the Northeast. The Frederick Endicott and Ralph C. Larrabee photo collections contain hundreds of photographs by these two local photographers of the White Mountains and Adirondacks taken between 1895 and 1935.

The historic map collection consists of cartographer Edward G. Chamberlain’s detailed maps and itineraries documenting AMC outings from 1876 to 1935. Other maps include contemporary and historic maps of the Northeast, and those published in conjunction with our many guidebooks.

The Library & Archives are strongly linked to the AMC’s mission. They help to build awareness of AMC through the use of the club’s images and information in a wide range of publications. The Library & Archives support the Communications Department, which promotes the club through its magazine, journal, website and marketing campaigns. The long history of the organization that is housed by the Library & Archives lends credibility and understanding to the Club’s current organization and its initiatives.

AMC library and Archives policies


Books and Periodicals

Due to space constraints, the Library is very rarely able to accept book and periodical donations. The Library accepts donations of books and periodicals at the Librarian’s discretion. Materials should have a direct bearing on the history of AMC. If you would like to donate books or periodicals, please contact the Librarian/Archivist and have a prepared list of the titles you would like to donate.

Documents, Photographs and Artifacts

Donations of documents, photographic works and artifacts relating directly to the history of the Appalachian Mountain Club are appreciated. We particularly interested in items related to the Club’s history, including photos, slides, albums, films, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia.

Volunteering and Support

Numerous opportunities are available for volunteering in the AMC Library & Archives at the AMC Headquarters in Charlestown. Organizing files, data entry, research, general collections management and preservation tasks are a few of the essential activities for which extra hands are needed! Contact the Librarian/Archivist for details.

Rights and Reproductions of Materials and Associated Fees

Image Reproductions and Licensing, for Publications and Personal Use

  • The Appalachian Mountain Club Library & Archives offers two options for obtaining copies of images:
  • Copy prints may be purchased for personal use
  • Digital files may be licensed for publication.
  • Delivery, use and policy differ for each option. Please see below for details.
  • By submitting an order to the AMC Library & Archives, you agree, on behalf of yourself individually, to the following terms and conditions. By submitting an order for use of an image by an organization, you are representing that you are authorized to enter into this Agreement on behalf of the institution. This agreement places legally binding limits on how you may use the image, please read them carefully before submitting an order.

  • Copy prints or digital files may be obtained by contacting the Librarian/Archivist. You must state your intended use before the order will be processed. Anyone submitting an order must be 18 years of age or older.

  • If you purchase a copy print, upon receipt of payment in full, you will be entitled to possession of a single print copy only. The print copy will be delivered through the U.S. mail in four to six weeks. Purchase of a copy print does not carry with it the right to publish or to make a reproduction in any format or medium. Only electronic copies are available for publication.

  • All licensing orders require that you state your intended use prior to completion of your order. Your use of the image is restricted to the purposes specified in a written contract drawn up between you and the Librarian/Archivist and the other conditions set forth below. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • If you license a digital file, upon receipt of payment in full, you will be granted a non-exclusive, one-time license to use the image in a single publication in one medium only, with no other rights.

Image Duplication (Personal Use)    
8 x 10 inch print $30.00 per image
11 x 14 inch print $50.00 per image
16 x 20 inch print $70.00 per image


Single-Use Licensing    
Not-for-Profit Organizations $ 10.00 per image
For-Profit Organizations/Individuals $35.00 per image
Other Services    
CD Burns $ 15.00 per CD
Post Mail Delivery $ 2.00 per order



Images are provided "as is". The AMC Library & Archives makes no warranties, express or implied, as to any image. The AMC Library and Archives specifically disclaims any and all implied warranties, including without limitation any implied warranties of merchantability. fitness for a particular purpose, title or non-infringement of third party rights.


  • All sales are final. Neither prints nor electronic files may be returned for refund or credit.
  • Please contact the AMC Library & Archives if you need additional information about the image you plan to obtain.