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Donation to research room

August 6, 2014
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Shirley Morgan, right, Saranac Lake historian and author, recently donated her new book, “Well Diary … I Have Tuberculosis: Researching a Teenager’s 1918 Sanatorium Experience,” to Michele Tucker, curator of the Adirondack Research Room of the Saranac Lake Free Library. The book is based on Evelyn Bellak’s diary, held by Tucker, that is part of the library’s Adirondack Collection. At age 16, Bellak began curing at Ray Brook State Hospital, and she began a diary in January 1918. She wrote faithfully about the days’ events and her stay at the hospital until the diary stopped abruptly on Nov. 18, 1918. Morgan was curious about why the diary stopped so suddenly. She began searching among materials in the Adirondack Room and elsewhere, resulting in this book about the history of tuberculosis, the Bellak family and what happened to Evelyn. Morgan also donated a circulating copy to the library’s upstairs collection.
(Photo — Pat Wiley)


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