"How much we see depends on what we bring to the encounter." — Paul Brooks "The Art of Seeing"
The Paul Brooks Collection at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods consists of the natural history and environmental writing library of Paul Brooks — environmentalist, writer, editor. As Editor-in-Chief at Houghton-Mifflin for twenty-five years, Paul Brooks was editor for both Rachel Carson and Roger Tory Peterson. As an environmental activist, he was a prolific writer and editor. For his work, he was awarded the John Burroughs Medal, the Sierra Club's John Muir Medal, the Thoreau Society Medal, and the National Audubon Society's Hal Borland Award, among others. Former Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Stewart L. Udall, called Paul Brooks "a modern Thoreau, filled with radical, healing forthrightness."