"How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered." – Thoreau, Walden
The Edmund A. Schofield Collection consists of materials collected and created by Edmund A. Schofield, Jr. — botanist, ecologist, educator, editor, writer, and conservationist; former director and president of the Thoreau Society; a founding director and president of the Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance; and president of Walden Forever Wild. Among materials in the Collection are research materials, institutional records, memorabilia and ephemera, artifacts, clippings, audio and video tapes, CDs, maps, photographs (including aerial photographs), scientific reports and papers, and correspondence.
The Schofield Collection was given to the Walden Woods Project in honor of its founder, Don Henley, in gratitude for his valiant efforts to preserve Thoreau's natural, literary, and spiritual heritage for future generations.