Dear AAC Member,
I was recently working on the first volume of my new autobiography, To Be Brave, when I called the AAC Library and asked about information from Mugelnoos, the long-time newsletter of the Rock Climbing Section of the Sierra Club. I was looking for a few particularly rare issues and to my delight, the library had them! The staff was gracious and helpful and sent me photocopies of the relevant issues, helping in my efforts to piece together parts of the puzzle from so long ago.
It is from this personal experience that I feel compelled to ask for your help in supporting the American Alpine Club Library. Since 1916, the library has played a key role in the AAC’s mission to promote and preserve the climbing way of life. The Library has furthered the AAC’s mission by taking steps toward:
- Digitizing historic photographs and oral histories and making them available online.
- Upgrading the library’s online catalog to a new system that will make searching the collections more fun.
- Integrating the library’s collections with those of the American Mountaineering Museum.
The library is at a critical juncture. To maximize its relevance to the climbing community, it must continue to acquire, care for, and establish an online presence for all types of climbing material.
Will you give us the support to take the library into its next stage of development?
Remember, the AAC Library is the most comprehensive resource of its kind in the world. It is through the support of donors like you that we can ensure that our heritage of climbing is protected and made available to researchers around the world. Please help us plan for the future with a financial gift to the library. Every dollar you donate is tax-deductible.
Thank you, and be sure to visit this blog, High Places, for news and updates.