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About the Collections



The current collection development policy dictates areas of interest, which include focus on international mountainous regions, and on mountain craft, equipment, expeditions, safety and rescue, survival, accidents and risk behavior, climate and weather, history and mountaineering clubs, avalanche, volcano and glacier study, environmental conservation, mountain medicine, art, biography, cartography, travelogues, ethnology, fiction and poetry, geography, geology, socio-political study, mythology, natural history (especially above timberline), philosophy and religion.

The AAC collections range from 16th-century bound volumes to 21st-century items, with the bulk originating from the 19th and 20th centuries.  The focus of all collections is on the history and practice of human exploration and recreation in all mountain regions.

Visit each of the collections:

Rare Books

Circulating Books




Magnetic and Digital Media

Serial Publications


Realia (Artifacts)

Framed Artwork and Documents