Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls - Vol. 1

Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls - Vol. 1

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Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls - Vol. 1

Anthology and Bibliography of Niagara Falls - Vol. 1

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For years it has been the desire of the Commissioners of the State Reservation at Niagara to make the park around Niagara Falls a center of information concerning the history of that great natural spectacle. Unfortunately, however, means were not available for the building up of a complete, or even extensive, Niagara Falls library on the Reservation. It is true that from the beginning the records of the commissioners have been faithfully kept and such material as has come to hand has been carefully treasured, filed and cataloged, so that the archives in the Administration Building on the Reservation are a veritable storehouse of information concerning the Reservation, the Reservation movement, and the struggle of the last thirty years for the preservation of the Falls and the surrounding scenery. The annual reports of the commissioners also abound in information of all sorts and contain many valuable articles by writers of note. But none of the material mentioned goes farther back than 1879, whereas there are some 250 years of written history of the Falls previous to that date.

The writer realized that the public libraries at Niagara Falls and Buffalo and the historical societies in both these places had accumulated a wealth of rare material, while various individuals in the vicinity had valuable collections of greater or lesser extent. He could not help feeling, however, that very few of the millions who make their hurried pilgrimage to the wonder of the western world ever trouble to avail themselves of these facilities, if, indeed, they ever dream how fascinating anc old and vast the literature of the Falls is. It seemed a pity that it should be so. But how to put the quaint and often fantastic accounts by the earliest writers, the innumerable descriptions by travelers, the literary and scientific masterpieces having to do with the Falls, within reach of the sight-seeing and pleasure-seeking tourist and . . .

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