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Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection

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SCRC 8

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Collection Summary

Title
Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection

Dates
1910-2020

Collection ID
SCRC 8

Creator
Camp Kennebec alumni

Quantity
3.1 linear feet (9 boxes) including 2 VHS and 2 audiocassettes
700 KB (1 .txt file)

Repository
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries

Language
Materials in English.



Detailed Collection Information

Historical Note
Camp Kennebec, an overnight summer camp for boys ages 9-18, was established in 1906 in North Belgrade, Maine, by three Philadelphians, Louis Fleisher, Charles Edwin Fox, and Milton Katzenberg. In July 1907, the first campers arrived at Camp Kennebec, located on Salmon Lake. Campers hailed from east coast and mid-west cities, including Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago. Although Camp Kennebec wasn’t explicitly a Jewish camp, many of the campers and staff were Jewish. Members of the camp faculty, referred to as “uncles,” were university educated men, recruited from the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Amherst, Michigan, Swarthmore, and similar institutions. The faculty provided specialized instruction in woodsmanship, nature studies, manual training, hygiene, first aid, and literature. Campers slept in army tents and engaged in a variety of competitive athletics including swimming, rowing, canoeing, baseball, and tennis. Other activities included a camp orchestra, dramatic society, camera club, and horseback riding. Faculty-led wilderness trips varying from a day to two weeks were also common. In 1920, on the opposite shores of Salmon Lake, Kennebec Junior was established for boys under the age 13, and, in 1925, Camp Kennesuncook was established in Chesuncook, Maine, for boys, age 16 and over. 

As early as 1924, alumni and faculty of the Kennebec camps organized reunions and established an alumni association to foster relationships among former campers and provide scholarships. From 1965 until 1999, the Kennebec Alumni Foundation served these purposes in a more formal capacity. The camp ceased operated in 1991 when it was turned into the Maine Golf Academy. After the Alumni Foundation’s dissolution, various camp alumni continued to organized periodic alumni reunions in Philadelphia.

Description of Collection
The Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection consists of materials gathered by alumni campers of Camp Kennebec during organized reunions for the purpose of long term preservation. The records consist primarily of yearbooks, camp publications, photo albums, reunion planning documents, and souvenirs.

Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged into eigth series as follows:

Series 1: Publications and printed matter, 1912–1977
Series 2: Camp activities, 1910–1972
Series 3: Yearbooks, 1925–1990
Series 4: Photographic materials, 1911–1975
Series 5: Camp alumni, 1952–2007
Series 6: Alumni association, circa 1959–2011
Series 7: Souvenirs, 1949–2007, undated
Series 8: Website versions in Archive-It, 2014-2020
Series 9: Accession 2016-34, 1944-1950, undated

Series 1: Publication and printed matter, 1912–1977, is arranged alphabetically and includes documents produced by the camp administration and publications about the camp’s operation and history.

Series 2: Camp activities, 1910–1972, is arranged alphabetically and consists of materials produced by campers documenting the various activities they engaged in. This series contains audiovisual and sound recordings.

Series 3: Yearbooks, 1925–1990, is arranged chronologically, with the yearbook content representing the most comprehensive material in terms of its coverage of the camp’s operation.

Series 4: Photographic materials, 1911–1975, is arranged chronologically. “Photo album, 1911” and “Photo album 1916–1930s” were previously housed in three ringed binders, but have since been removed for easier access, preservation, and storage. “Photo album, 1930s” and “Kennebec Junior photo album, 1936” are housed separately from the series due to the size of the albums.

Series 5: Alumni, 1952–2007, is arranged alphabetically by last name of camp alumnus and includes correspondence to and from camp and staff alumni, reminiscences of camp events and activities, certificates, and photographs.

Series 6: Alumni association, circa 1959–2011, is arranged chronologically and consists primarily of reunion planning communications and programs. Photographs taken at alumni reunions are included in this series. A portion of the correspondence in this series is accessible in electronic format.

Series 7: Souvenirs, 1949–2007, undated, consists of cloth pennants, key chains, refrigerator magnets, fabric patches, a pendant necklace, and a camp knife with the Camp Kennebec logo.

Series 8: Website versions in Archive-It, 2014-2020, contains preserved versions of the Camp Kennebec Alumni website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Jewish Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4280

Series 9: Accession 2016-34, 1944-1950, undated, contains material acquired after the main portion of the collection was processed and includes camp publications and yearbooks, photocopies of camper correspondence and photographs, a fabric patch, and swimming medals.

Patron Information

Catalog Record
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://librarysearch.temple.edu/catalog/991036440439703811

Research Access
Collection is open for research.

Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research.

Technical Access
Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy. Certain digital files may also be inaccessible. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Accurals
Additions to this collection are expected. Websites are captured using Archive-It periodically, and the latest additions may not yet be included in this finding aid. For information on material–physical and digital, including captured websites–that may have been added since the last finding aid update, please contact the Special Collections Research Center.

Publication and Copyright Information
The Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection is the property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. The donors have not assigned their rights to Temple University Libraries.  Other creators’ intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to them or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.

Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], [Box/folder number], Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection, SCRC 8, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Related Material
Alumni of Camp Kennebec maintain the following website http://www.kennebecalumni.com which includes a small portion of digitized material from this collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Donated by Milton Snellenburg in 2007 and Edward Block, Victor Frank, Andrew Kirwn, Art Loeb, Bob Rossheim, Tom Wilson Weinberg, and others, in 2011 and 2016, with possible future accruals. A portion of this collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.

Processing Information
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in 2012 by Jessica M. Lydon, Project Archivist. Finding aid revised in July 2016 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist. Finding aid reformatted and patron and administrative information updated in January 2020.



Index Terms

The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:

Personal/Family Names:
Block, Edward
Fleisher, Louis M.
Langsfeld, Morton
Wilson Weinberg, Thomas A.

Subjects:
Camps -- Maine -- Kennebec County
Jewish youth -- United States
Outdoor recreation -- Maine

Places:
Allagash (Me.)
Chesuncook (Me.)
Katahdin, Mount (Me.)
North Belgrade (Me.)

Material Types:
Audiocassettes
Born digital
Correspondence
Photographs
Slides
Sound recordings
VHS (TM)
Video recordings
Web sites
Yearbooks

 

Inventory, Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection

Series 1: Publications and printed matter, 1912-1977

Box   Folder Description

1          1          Across My Fifty Years as a Camp Director          1962

1          2          Camp catalog          undated

1          3          Camp enrollment form          1912

1          4          Greetings from Kennebec after 25 Years          1931

1          5          History of Camp Kennebec          1973

1          6          History of Camp Kennebec          1977

1          7          Honor Society obligation          undated

1          8          Kennebec Totem          1936

1          9          Louis M. Fleisher Master Camper          circa 1969

1          10          Newspaper clippings          1972, 1982, undated

1          11          Race circular          undated          

 

Series 2: Camp activities, 1910-1972

Box   Folder Description

1          12          Activity log book          1910

1          13          Adventures of Kennebec Camps VHS cassette          undated

1          14          Camp songs and sheet music          1962, undated

1          15          Dramatic scripts          1965, undated

1          16          First section show audio cassettes          1971–1972

 

Series 3: Yearbooks, 1925-1990

Box   Folder Description

2          1          Camp Kennebec Yearbook          1925

2          2          Kennebecamper          1929

2          3          Kennebecamper          1930

2          4          Kennebecamper          1931

2          5          Kennebecamper          1932

2          6          Kennebecamper          1933

2          7          Kennebecamper          1934

2          8          Kennebecamper          1935

2          9          Kennebecamper          1936

2          10          Life at Kennebec          1937

2          11          Kennebecamper          1938

2          12          Kennebecamper          1939

2          13          Time at Kennebec          1940

3          1          Kennebecamper          1941

3          2          Kennebecamper          1942

3          3          Kennebecamper          1943

3          4          Kennebecamper          1945

3          5          Kennebecamper          1946

3          6          Kennebecamper          1947

3          7          Kennebecamper          1948

3          8          Kennebecamper          1949

3          9          The Playbill presented by the Kennebecamper          1951

3          10          Kennebecamper          1952

3          11          Kennebecamper          1957

3          12          Kennebecamper          1958

3          13          Kennebecamper          1959

3          14          Kennebecamper          1960

3          15          Kennebecamper          1961

3          16          Kennebecamper          1962

3          17          Kennebecamper          1963

3          18          Kennebecamper          1968

3          19          Kennebecamper          1969

4          1          Kennebecamper          1972

4          2          Kennebecamper          1973

4          3          Kennebecamper          1974

4          4          Kennebecamper          1975

4          5          Kennebecamper          1976

4          6          Kennebecamper          1977

4          7          Kennebecamper          1978

4          8          Kennebecamper          1979

4          9          Kennebecamper          1980

4          10          Kennebecamper          1981

4          11          Kennebecamper          1982

4          12          Kennebecamper          1983

4          13          Kennebecamper          1984

4          14          Kennebecamper          1985

4          15          Kennebecamper          1986

4          16          Kennebecamper          1987

4          17          Kennebecamper          1988

4          18          Kennebecamper          1989

4          19          Kennebecamper          1990

 

Series 4: Photographic materials, 1911-1975

Box   Folder Description

5          1          Photo album          1911

5          2          Photo album           1916–1930s

5          3          Gordon Block Jr. photo album          1926–1927

9                    Photo album          1930s

9                    Kennebec Junior photo album          1936

5          4          Mt. Katahdin trip photo album          1938

6          1          Edward Block photo album #1          circa 1938

6          2          Edward Block photo album #2          circa 1938

6          3          Color slides          1974–1975

6          4          Miscellaneous photographs          1954, undated

6          5          Miscellaneous negatives          undated

6          6          Negatives for Kennesuncook and Kennebec Junior postcards          undated

 

 

Series 5: Camp alumni, 1952-2007

Box   Folder Description

6          7          Dorff, Martin R.          1964

6          8          Goldenberg, Alan          1952

6          9          Lese, William M.          2007 

6          10          Strasburger, Art          undated

6          11          Wilson Weinberg, Thomas A.          1956–1972

 

Series 6: Alumni association, circa 1959-2011

Box   Folder Description

6          12          Scholarship report          circa 1959

6          13          Correspondence          1961, 1994–1999

6          14          60th reunion attendance list          1967

6          15          70th anniversary reunion          1977

6          16          75th anniversary reunion          1982

6          17          Big 80 anniversary reunion          1987

6          18          Donation and membership list          1989, undated

6          19          85th reunion correspondence          1992

6          20          Camp sign photographs          2000

Morton Langsfeld email correspondence.txt file          2000–2001

6          21          Morton Langsfeld correspondence          2000–2001, 2007, 2011

7          1          Reunion committee correspondence          2000–2001

7          2          Reunion program and attendance list          2001

7          3          Reunion photographs          2001

7          4          Reunion VHS cassette          2001

7          5          Kennebec reunion          2004

7          6          100th anniversary reunion          2007

 

Series 7: Souvenirs, 1949-2007, undated

Box   Folder Description

8          Cloth pennants, key chains, refrigerator magnets, fabric patches, a pendant necklace, and camp knife          1949-2007, undated

 

 

Series 8: Website versions in Archive-It, 2014-2020

Series 8 contains preserved versions of the Camp Kennebec Alumni website. To access these sites, see the Temple University Special Collections Jewish Archives Archive-It web page: https://www.archive-it.org/collections/4280

 

Series 9: Accession 2016-34, 1944-1950, undated

Box   Folder Description

7          7          Kennebec Totem (photocopy of September 1985 issue)          undated

7          8          Songbook: Camp Kennebec and Kennebec Junior          undated

7          9          Kennebecamper          1944

7          10          Life at C. K.          1950

7          11          Ralph Blum 1907 correspondence and photographs (photocopies)          undated

8          Fabric patch and swimming medals          undated