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Green Mountain Club Records

Identifier: mss-648

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of ten boxes and a loose item. These mainly consist of correspondence to or from Theron Dean and Will Monroe regarding all things about the club including membership, trail information, dues and more.

The first seven boxes are correspondence to and from Theron Dean, arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically. These papers are the bulk of the collection and are an assortment of topics regarding the Green Mountain Club. Included with the correspondence are administrative documents, newspaper clippings, and brochures.

Box eight contains correspondence from Will Monroe. Like the Dean letters, these are letters to and from Monroe with a member of the club regarding any topic of the Green Mountain Club.

Box Nine contains assorted papers related to the Long Trail and the GMC. There is a small collection of Appalachian Club bulletins, registers, and correspondence between the two clubs that show cooperation. There are books on tips and what to bring or wear on a hike, there are member lists, information about the trail and the club and even newspaper articles. The final section in the box holds trail maps of the areas surrounding the Emily Proctor Lodge, the Monroe Skyline Section and some various other trails of the Long Trail.

Box ten contains photos of people and the trail itself. The dates of the photos range from late 1918 and late 1919. The subject of these photos are of hikers groups, the trail, the surrounding scenery, lodges, trail signs and more. The collection also includes an old Green Mountain Club trail post.


  • circa 1916-1919



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Green Mountain Club is responsible for the creation and the maintaining of the Long Trail in Vermont. It was created on March 11, 1910 by James Taylor, who wanted to open up the mountains for people. His vision soon took hold of many Vermonters and they began the work on the Long Trail.

The Long Trail spans from northern Massachusetts to the Canadian Border in Vermont and it is the oldest long distance trail in America. To create this trail, the Green Mountain Club split up into 14 different sections all of which are responsible for a certain part of the trail for which they created and now maintain. These sections are run by volunteers and members who then work on their area of responsibility. It took the club 20 years – from 1910 to 1930 – to finish the Long Trail.

Now the club is hailed as the “Founder, sponsor, defender and protector” of the Long Trail by the Vermont General Assembly. They now maintain and keep the Long Trail clear for anyone who wishes to hike any part of the trail.

Some very prominent early members of the Club include James Taylor, Theron Dean, Will Monroe, Judge Clarence Cowles, Herbert Congdon and Roy Buchanan. They photographed the trail, created shelters, and did much to help maintain it.


3.8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Collection consists mainly of correspondence of Theron Dean, the GMC Treasurer, and Will S. Monroe, with others regarding membership, dues, trail maintenance, and other club activities. There are also some maps and trail information, as well as some materials on the Appalachian Mountain Club.


Silver Special Collections, Howe Library; contact for access.


Guide to the Green Mountain Club Records
Fred Torde
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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