Author, poet, naturalist and environmental activist. Was the first "through-hiker" of the Appalachian Trail, in 1948.
Papers documenting the life and work of Earl Shaffer, including his pioneering hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1948. The papers include Shaffer's early school records, papers relating to his army service in World War II, correspondence, photographs, notes and writings, notebooks, trail logs, poetry, manuscripts from his book, papers relating to his activities as Corresponding Secretary of the Appalachian Trail Club, maps, guidebooks, news clippings about his activities, and newsletters and other printed materials relating to various mountaineering and hiking clubs and environmental activist groups Shaffer was involved with. Addendum includes an inscribed copy of Benton MacKaye's article proposing the development of the Appalachian Trail. 2008 addendum consists of one and one half cubic foot of additional photographs, slides, letters, and poems. 2009 addendum consists of two and one third cubic feet of additional photographs, slides, letters, maps, newsletters and publications.
Earl Shaffer Papers, 1803-2007, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. 2012 addendum consists of additional letters and poetry, and a book of poetry entitled "South of the Sunset"