Research

The Kelly Adirondack Center at Union College is committed to research that focuses on the study of the Adirondack Park. The Center encourages scholars, students, researchers, and faculty to utilize the Center’s rich resources to undertake an interdisciplinary approach to studying political, sociological, environmental, economic, and historical issues impacting the Park. Over the next several years, the Center will focus on pursuing an aggressive research agenda with particular attention to the tensions that exist between economic development and the protection and conservation of the blue line. The Center will engage student and faculty fellows to pursue this research agenda.

Adirondack Research Library

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Research | Comments Off on Adirondack Research Library

Adirondack Research Library

  The Adirondack Research Library is a vibrant educational and research unit of the Kelly Adirondack Center which supports Union College’s educational mission.  The ARL actively collects and maintains a collection of archives, manuscripts, and published works documenting the Adirondacks, concentrating on all aspects of the conservation movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Research at the library is interdisciplinary in nature. The focus is not only on the importance of ecology, but also social and political issues...

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Adirondack Museums and Historical Sites

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Research | Comments Off on Adirondack Museums and Historical Sites

Adirondack Museums and Historical Sites

  The Kelly Adirondack Center has compiled this list to raise awareness of the many counties, towns, institutions, and organizations sharing their histories with the public at facilities throughout the Adirondacks. It is not a complete list. It is constantly being updated as new digital materials are made available.   Adirondack Experience, Blue Mountain Lake Adirondack History Museum Adirondack Interpretive Center of SUNY ESF Adsit Log Cabin Alice T. Miner Museum American Maple Museum Anderson Falls Heritage House Museum Babbie...

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Adirondack Research Resources Online

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Research | Comments Off on Adirondack Research Resources Online

Adirondack Research Resources Online

  The Kelly Adirondack Center has compiled this list of online resources to raise awareness of the many government agencies, institutions, and organizations sharing their digital collections. It is not a complete list. It is constantly being updated as new digital materials are made available.   Adirondack Experience Online Collections Database Adirondack History Museum Library Essex County History Digital Collections Adirondack Research Library, Kelly Adirondack Center, Union College Collection Finding Aids Grassroots Activism in...

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Announcing 2016 Summer Research Fellowships

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in Opportunities, Research | Comments Off on Announcing 2016 Summer Research Fellowships

Announcing 2016 Summer Research Fellowships

The Kelly Adirondack Center (KAC) funds two eight-week summer fellowships. The goal of the program is to support students doing scholarly work on the Adirondacks under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Preference will be given to students submitting proposals for work using collections of the Adirondack Research Library (ARL). The Adirondack Research Library is located at the Kelly Adirondack Center in Niskayuna. It is the largest collection of materials about the Adirondacks outside the Park. The collections are particularly strong in the...

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Elias Springer: “Microfinance and its role in promoting small business development in the Adirondacks”

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Research | Comments Off on Elias Springer: “Microfinance and its role in promoting small business development in the Adirondacks”

While quality of life continues to improve in urban America, there is growing concern that rural America is falling behind, and in harmony with this trend, the continued economic hardships associated with living in the Adirondacks highlight the increased need for tools to promote economic development within the region. While increased access to capital is widely accepted as a necessary improvement in order to create economic development, there are many techniques for increasing this access each with varying levels of success, and the...

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Laura Johnston: “Watershed Management in the Adirondacks”

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Research | Comments Off on Laura Johnston: “Watershed Management in the Adirondacks”

Is water a commercial good like running shoes or Coca-Cola? OR, is it a human right, like air? So asks water-activist Maude Barlow (2011) in the documentary, Water on the Table. This conceptual divide of water as a commodity vs. human right determines how we incentivize water conservation. Within the larger environmental discourse, environmental protections are often paired with (or more so justified) by economic incentives. Our assessment of water’s value as a public trust directly affects management strategies of watersheds and groundwater...

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Elias Springer: “Saving rural communities by saving their banks”

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Research | Comments Off on Elias Springer: “Saving rural communities by saving their banks”

There is an ongoing debate in this country regarding the extent to which national level policy makers should consider the special circumstances and conditions of rural America while making important decisions about the country’s economic future. I would advance that in light of the many banking regulations established as a result of the bailouts paid to what have been called “too-big-to-fail” institutions during the 2008 economic crisis, there needs to be an increase in resources devoted towards adapting current regulations to differentiate...

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Elias Springer: “Bringing the Internet to the Adirondacks: Communities losing touch with their greatest asset”

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Research | Comments Off on Elias Springer: “Bringing the Internet to the Adirondacks: Communities losing touch with their greatest asset”

Rural America has the benefit of being surrounded by nature, and as infrastructure continues to improve in these rural communities, and more and more households have access to cable and high-speed Internet, there remains a smoldering unease among some who believe this progression may damage residents’ quality of life. The Adirondacks should be front and center of this unease. While it is true that increased infrastructure will further economic development for local communities within the Adirondacks as well as increase quality of life as it...

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Samantha Muratori: “Tourism Threatening Adirondack Solitude”

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Research | Comments Off on Samantha Muratori: “Tourism Threatening Adirondack Solitude”

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.” In his epic work “Nature,” he describes solitude as a critical factor in the delicate relationship between man and the wilderness. He and Henry David Thoreau capitalized on this idea along with spiritual renewal during the transcendentalist movement while in the Adirondack region. As time has passed, many have worked to preserve the healing powers of nature within the Adirondacks; however, the importance of jobs and economic...

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Samantha Muratori: “Has Conservation of the Adirondacks Come to a Halt?”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Research | Comments Off on Samantha Muratori: “Has Conservation of the Adirondacks Come to a Halt?”

For the better part of a decade, there has been a movement to re-invigorate and re-imagine Tupper Lake, NY. There is no denying that the Tupper Lake community needs economic revitalization, for without it the town will continue to experience economic decline. One major economic development project that could revitalize Tupper Lake’s economy is the Adirondack Club and Resort (ACR), a proposed mixed-use development project that includes residential and recreational spaces. Despite the need to deal with the economic difficulties that Tupper Lake...

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