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Katherine (Kay) Flickinger was born in 1910 in Schenectady, NY, the fourth of six children. While she grew up in Niskayuna, her father purchased the Shew home in Fish House on Sacandaga Lake in 1924 launching a life-long love of the outdoors. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1932 and took a job as a lab assistant at General Electric. In her 38 years with the company she would rise to technical editor at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. She was a 46er (she ascended 24 mountains in winter on cross-country skis), a member of ADK, the Mohawk Valley Hiking Club and Otyokwa young peoples’ group. In 1969 she moved to Galway where she renewed her friendship with Clayton “Doc” Dockstader and in 1971 they were married. They traveled extensively from 1974 to 1978.

The collection includes a large number of photographs (many with negatives) taken by Flickinger Dockstader during the years she hiked with clubs sponsored by General Electric, ADK and the YMCA. The images vary in size but most are 2”x3” as are the negatives which would imply that they were made as contact prints. Some notes include film and filters used. All photographs are in excellent quality and in excellent condition. Subjects vary from hikers, skiers, lodges, scenery, rivers of logs and burned forests. (Although they’ve not been included in this finding aid, many photographs include names of hikers.) Yearbooks narrate trips and fill in the subjects of photographs and times in which they are set. Maps include notations by Flickinger Dockstader.

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General Electric, YMCA, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Park, 46er, High Peaks, photograph albums


Collection is open to research.

Kay Flickinger Dockstader Papers, 1910-1995



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