Goodsell Museum  
P. O. Box 513, Old Forge, NY 13420 ~ Phone/Fax: 315 369-3838
Museum Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday - 10am - 3pm  ~  or by appointment

TOWHA Research Room Collections

Adirondack History & Classics
Alfred Donaldson’s "History of the Adirondacks," Beetle‘s "Up Old Forge Way,"
Marleau‘s, "Big Moose Station,"
Byron-Curtiss "Nat Foster,"
Simm’s "Trappers of New York,"
H. A. L. Brown’s "John Brown’s Tract."


Colvin's Annual NYS Survey Reports;

Early NYS Forest/Fish & Game/Conservation Reports;

Adirondack League Club Annual Reports & 100th Anniversary of the Adirondack League Club publication;

Lake Associations Histories: 6th & 7th Lake, Rondaxe, & Stillwater;

Twitchell Lake Fish & Game Club Minutes; 1870-1930 Federal Census Records for Wilmurt/Webb

Maps/Guide Books

Early Fish & Game Commission Maps;

Adk. Development Corp. Old Forge Village maps; H. C. Weller’s Eagle Bay Development; Wallace’s 19th Century Guides to Adks. & maps


Electronic index to over 5,000 photos including the 50-year negative collection of local photographer William Weedmark.


Electronic index to over 2,000 regional postcards

Periodicals & Newspapers

Adirondack Arrow – 1926-1950 (microfilm)

Adirondack Echo – 1950-1978 (random)

Adirondack Express – 1987-present

Adirondack Weekly – 2005-present

Adirondack Life Magazine Collection

Special Collections

78 McKenney Native American Prints

Guideboats from the Fulton Chain of Lakes

President Benjamin Harrison's Berkley Lodge History & Artifacts

Regional Native American clothing, snowshoes, arrowheads, & birchbark canoe

Town of Webb School Yearbooks

Town of Webb Tax Books & Town Records

Vertical Files

Business Brochures, Pamphlets, & Journals; Hotels Registers; Steamboats, Railroads, Children’s Camps, Local Churches & Logging Histories; Family Genealogy files including oral history collection.


Clara O'Brien - "God's Country" research notes & correspondence;

Cohen, Cohen, Masters, "Old Forge: Gateway to the Adirondacks" Acadia Postcard Book - research notes & photos

Materials in the collections do not circulate. The research room is open during regular museum hours. Donations are always appreciated. Advanced appointments are encouraged to maximize your research time. Photocopies of most paper records or copies of photographic materials are available at a reasonable cost.


Major Construction Project - 2004

Thanks to a Line-Item Grant for $20,000 from Senator James Seward, the TOWHA was able to renovate the "woodshed" - former summer kitchen of the Goodsell Museum in the Summer of 2004.


The Dedication of the New Research Room was held December 5, 2004 at the Town of Webb Historical Association's Annual Holiday Open House. Cutting the Ribbon from left to right: Chris Cardner, TOWHA President, State Senator James Seward, Town of Webb Supervisor Robert Moore, TOWHA Trustees & Building & Grounds Committee Members Reed Proper and Roland Christy, and Director Gail Murray.

The research room houses our archival photo collection, the extensive vertical & genealogy files, the oversized photo & map cabinets, and other reference materials used by our staff and visitors. It also serves as a meeting room for the Trustees and other community groups.

Information provided is from the best knows sources and is subject to change. Permission to copy any or all of this document must be obtained in writing by contacting the Town of Webb Historical Association, P. O. Box 513, Old Forge, NY 13420
These records are provided for not-for-profit research purposes only.
Please contact the Historical Association’s Director at 315-369-3838 or by E-Mail. To share additional information about information that can be added to our files.
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