Captain Myron Avery (1899-1952) was born in Lubec, Maine. He followed a career in the U.S. Navy, but his true avocation was the out-of-doors and mountain climbing. He was the first president of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and an enthusiastic developer of the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

The Avery Collection at the Maine State Library is a collection of materials belonging to Captain Avery and relating to the Appalachian Trail, the Katahdin area and lumbering in northern Maine. It includes:

  • Paintings by George Hallowell;
  • Pamphlets, slides, negatives and photographs covering the years 1876-1936. Among those contributing photographs to the collection were Fannie Hardy Eckstorm, Edward Draper, George Hallowell and the National Park Service;
  • Maps of the Katahdin and northern Maine area; and
  • Correspondence of Captain Avery related to his work on the Appalachian Trail.

A portion of this collection has been digitized and made available online here.


Browse the Myron Avery Collection:

Avery Collection Video

Avery Documents

Avery Images

Avery Maps

Avery Scrapbook Images

History of the Appalachian Trail in Maine