The Curtis Mountaineering Collection in Sterling Memorial Library includes climbing guides and maps, biographies, search and rescue handbooks, high altitude medicine resources, works on climbing technique, videos, and accounts of various expeditions, both contemporary and historical. All areas of the world are represented, and more than a third of the collection is in a language other than English. The collection is generously supported by L. Perry Curtis ('53) in memory of his brother, Michael E. Curtis ('52).
Many books relating to mountaineering are located in the Mountaineering Collection in the L & B (Linonia and Brothers) Room at SML.
[Note: The L&B Room is currently closed for renovation and the books have been temporarily relocated. They are still accessible, but need to be requested from the catalog (Feb, 2023).]
To get an idea of the contents and scope of the Mountaineering Collection in the L&B Room, click here. You can filter the list of results by publication date, language, subject, or region. Click request, scan, or mail to address to access during L&B Room renovation closure (2023).
A subject browse for mountaineering in Orbis basic search will display a browsable list of mountaineering Library of Congress subject headings. A subject search in Orbis advanced search or Books+ will find any title with "mountaineering" in the subject field. Other possibly relevant subject headings include:
Altitude, influence of
Alps (or other mountain ranges)
Schweizer Alpen-Club (or other organizations)
Mountaineering in literature
Snow and ice climbing
Mountaineering guides (persons)
Also, take note of subheadings in Orbis records to find more specific information. Examples include:
Mountaineering—Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)—Exploring expeditions
Gros Ventre Range (Wyo.)—Guidebooks
A keyword search such as mountaineering and travel will result in many items. Using the links for subject headings from individual titles that are most appropriate to your search will lead to browsable subject headings lists. Clicking on the call number link from a record will list all titles shelved nearby, which may lead you to other appropriate sources.