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Jack Leadley: An Adirondack Legend

Here's a video memory of my friend, Jack, and his mastery of Black Ash basketry and other things Adirondack. It is the second episode of a series called From the Archives, highlighting years of work documenting the folklife and traditions of our region. This grant funded research from 1986 to 1994 led to the creation of the Folklife Center, and these photographs, interviews, notes and writings continue to be archived at the Folklife Center in Glens Falls, NY.

For more information:

Todd DeGarmo's memories of Jack Leadley (1927-2018) in words and pictures first appeared in Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, Fall/Winter 2017, Volume 43: 3-4, pp. I, 2, 11.

Jack Leadley’s black ash basket and rustic chair in the Folklife Center’s permanent folk art collection can be found at

Inside the Blue Line: Leadley's Legacy (1997) and How to Make an Adirondack Pack Basket (2000), 2 videos by Mike Camoin,


Todd DeGarmo, founding director, The Folklife Center at Crandall Public Library, 518-792-6508 x237

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