The Roland Wells Robbins Collection in the Thoreau Society Collections

Roland Wells Robbins (1908-1987)


As an archaeologist, Roland Robbins discovered the precise site of Thoreau’s house at Walden Pond in 1945. He excavated it, documented it, and published a book about this experience entitled Discovery at Walden.

The Roland Wells Robbins Collection at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods consists of his field notes, photographs, and other documentation of the Thoreau site as well as other excavated and restored historic sites throughout the eastern United States.

Cairn dig 1 (Robbins) copy
Roland Wells Robin at the Cairn dig at Walden Pond (1945) (The Roland Wells Robbins Collection)