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Green Mountain Club records, 1910-
Green Mountain Club.
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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 182  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Corporate Author : Green Mountain Club.
Title : Green Mountain Club records, 1910-
Physical Description : 24 linear ft.
General Note : Continued in 183-185, 225-226, 228-311, 241, 292-293, 300-301, 334-336, 591, 595-597, 619, 666, MSA 64-65, 462.
Summary :

The Club records are arranged chronologically commencing with the minutes of the first annual meeting on March 11, 1910. The first financial reports date from 1916 to 1918 and continue on an irregular basis. Minutes of the Trustees meetings are also included; the first is 1918 and and also occur irregularly. Occasional correspondence related to annual meetings and finances as well as by-law revisions, reports of the officers, and membership lists appear irregularly. Minutes of the earliest annual meetings were photocopied from the Secretary's notebook. The original notebook is presumably at Club headquarters.

The Section records are arranged alphabetically by the name of the section when the records were created; any name changes have been disregarded. Active and inactive Sections are interfiled. The type and amount of material for each Section varies widely but they often include annual reports, membership lists, newsletters, correspondence, and history.

The Subject Files contain material which does not fit into any other category and include various subjects, proper names, and place names arranged in one alphabetical sequence. Material spans the period 1910 to 1989, with the bulk from the period 1910 to 1970s. Included in this series are papers accumulated by several prominent members of the Club often from the years of their presidency. Other topics include the Clarendon Gorge Bridge, the Long Trail Lodge, the Public Information Committee, diaries and records of hikes on the Long Trail, inquiries, and publicity about the "Three Musketeers" who were the first three women to hike the Long Trail in 1927. Also included are brochures and pamphlets about the Long Trail and the Green Mountain Club.

The End-to-end Report series contains reports written by people who have hiked the entire distance of the Long Trail, in one trip or many, in one year or several. While some of the reports are rather brief, a sizeable proportion are quite detailed and provide many insights about problems encountered and satisfactions received by the hikers on their journeys. The Club began keeping official records of these achievements in 1943.

The first Guide Book of the Long Trail was published in 1917 and revisions have been issued. About 1960 the Club began publishing updates but rather than calling them new editions they were called new printings. In December 1922 the Club began to publish its own journal called Green Mountain News. This continued until December 1925 when the title was changed to The Long Trail News. The GMC records contain a complete set of both of these publications.

Maps have been an integral part of the publishing program of the Club since the early years. Most are found in the Guide Book of the Long Trail. The collection includes a number of unique manuscript maps as well as annotated published maps and sundry others.

Biographical or historical data :

The Green Mountain Club (GMC) was founded in 1910 largely upon the initiative of James P. Taylor (1872-1949). Taylor had been assistant principal of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River where he took students on hiking excursions in the Green Mountains. He was discouraged by the lack of suitable trails and shelters and vowed to do something about it. He contacted many prominent Vermonters and convinced them that there was a place in Vermont for a hiking club to build and maintain trails and shelters in the state. On March 11, 1910, the Green Mountain Club was formally organized with twenty-three members and a broad vision, "to make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people."

From the beginning the Club undertook the huge project of building a trail from the Massachusetts border to Canada along the crest of the Green Mountains. The project was finally completed in 1930, and the Long Trail remains the major focus of the Club.

The Club is organized into sections by geographic regions, most in Vermont, but some out-of-state as well, and an at-large category of membership for those who prefer not to affiliate with a section. The sections sponsor hikes and excursions and also maintain certain portions of the Long Trail system. Sections publish calendars of events and newsletters to keep their members informed.

The Club is governed by a board of directors elected from the membership. Annual meetings are held in the spring with quarterly meetings of the trustees. Members are kept advised of Club activities by The Long Trail News, published four times a year. The Club's first headquarters were in Rutland; they then moved to Montpelier about 1973; and in 1992 moved to buildings and land purchased by the Club in Waterbury Center. The Club has approximately 8,000 members who support the Long Trail system consisting of 270 miles of main trail and about 175 miles of side trails. In addition, the Club has built and maintains 70 shelters along the main trail.

Personal Subject : Taylor, James P., 1872-1949.
Corporate Subject : Green Mountain Club.
Subject Term : Hiking Vermont.
Trails Vermont.
Geographic Term : Long Trail (Vt.)
Genre/Form : Minutes.
Financial records.
Added Title : End-to-end reports.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.