Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection

Collection ID: 
SCRC 8
Date: 
1910-2016, bulk 1910-2011
Footage: 
3.1 linear feet (9 boxes) including 2 VHS and 2 audiocassettes

Collection Summary

Title
Camp Kennebec Alumni Collection

Dates
1910-2016, bulk 1910-2011

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
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, 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: http://diamond.temple.edu/record=b5500941~S30

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. Literary rights including copyright belong to the organization, authors, 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.

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.



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: Crusaders of the "Lost Art" VHS cassette, undated

1          14        Camp songs and sheet music, 1962, undated

1          15        Dramatic scripts, 1965, undated

1          16        First section show audiocassettes, 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

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

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

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