The Arlene Blum papers include photographs, writings, diaries, articles about the Annapurna expedition in 1978, a year-long
trek across the Himalayas, and various other climbs. Also inlcuded are drafts of articles and books by Arlene Blum, photographs
albums and writings of her father Ludwig Blum, school work, letters, etc.
Arlene Blum (born March 1, 1945) is an American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health scientist. She is best known
for leading an all-woman ascent of Annapurna, a climb that was also the first successful American ascent. In the early 1960s,
she attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Blum graduated from Reed and attended MIT and UC Berkeley, where she earned
a Ph.D. in biophysical chemistry in 1971.
61.5 Linear feet
(73 boxes, 10 cartons, 11 flat boxes, 1 map folder)
The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted
to a digital use copy.
Materials are open to research, except that diaries of individual climbers (Box 3) are closed until 1/1/2028 unless permission
is granted by that individual.