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Guide to the William Golden Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Photographs PHOTOS.156

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Collection processed by Rachel Schimke, 2013

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 25, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Golden, William (Bill)
Source - dnr: Vogel, Ruth
Title: William Golden Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Photographs
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1940-1955
Abstract: William Golden was an optometrist and amateur photographer. His relationship to Camp Wo-Chi-Ca is unknown. Camp Wo-Chi-Ca (which stood for Workers Children's Camp) was a children's summer camp in New Jersey. The camp, which was founded in 1934 and ran through the early 1950s, was mainly organized by the International Workers Order (I.W.O.) and was affiliated with the Communist Party, USA. The collection consists of approximately 300 negatives, nine mounted prints and a few smaller photographs, and photocopies of three promotional pamphlets or flyers. Photographic materials in the collection depict scenes of Camp Wo-Chi-Ca and camp life in the 1940s and early 1950s.
Quantity: 0.75 Linear Feet in 1 small flat box
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: PHOTOS.156

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Historical/Biographical Note

William Golden was an optometrist and amateur photographer. His relationship to Camp Wo-Chi-Ca is unknown.

Camp Wo-Chi-Ca (which stood for Workers Children's Camp) was a children's summer camp in New Jersey. The camp, which was founded in 1934 and ran through the early 1950s, was mainly organized by the International Workers Order (I.W.O.) and was affiliated with the Communist Party, USA. The camp was coeducational and racially diverse. Campers lived together in huts or tents, helped with camp chores, and participated in sports, concerts, plays, and political discussions. Camp Wo-Chia-Ca also received well-known visitors like Paul Robeson, Howard Fast, and Aaron Krammer.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of approximately 300 negatives, nine mounted prints and a few smaller photographs, and photocopies of three promotional pamphlets or flyers. Photographic materials in the collection depict scenes of Camp Wo-Chi-Ca and camp life in the 1940s and early 1950s. The negatives appear to be mostly from a few days in August of one year. A few negatives are from visits to Hyde Park. Some negatives and photographs are housed in annotated paper sleeves or envelopes; the annotations may provide descriptions of individuals, places, or events in the images. There are also two promotional flyers or pamphlets for the camp and an advertisement for "Paul Robeson Day."

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976
  • Krammer, Aaron
  • Fast, Howard, 1914-2003.
  • Vogel, Ruth

Document Type

  • Photographs.
  • Negatives (photographic)

Subject Organizations

  • International Workers Order
  • Camp Wo-Chi-Ca (N.J.)

Subject Topics

  • Children -x Political activity -- United States.
  • Camps -- New Jersey.
  • Communists -- New Jersey.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

William Golden's photographs were given to Arthur Vogel when Vogel was serving as program director for the Metropolitan Fraternal Club, a Jewish secular progressive club. The photographs were entrusted to Vogel by Club members older than Vogel who had been involved with Camp Wo-Chi-Ca. Arthur Vogel's wife, Ruth Vogel, then donated the photographs to the Tamiment Library, possibly around 1993. The accession numbers associated with this collection are 1950.188 and NPA.1993.012.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; William Golden Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Photographs; PHOTOS 156; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Related Archival Materials at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Researchers interested in Camp Wo-Chi-Ca may also wish to consult the Lea Lerner Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Graphics and Photographs (GRAPHICS 016), the Camp Wo-Chi-Ca Records (TAM 206), and the Ernest Rymer Jewish Peoples Fraternal Order (I.W.O.) Photographs (PHOTOS 245).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ruth Vogel, Arthur Vogel's wife, circa 1993. The accession numbers associated with this gift are 1950.188 and NPA.1993.012.

Processing Information

Materials have been rehoused in archival folders. Photographic materials are housed in their original paper sleeves or envelopes.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Camp Life: Negatives
August 13 and August 20 [circa 1940-1955]
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Camp Life: Negatives
August 27-August 30 [circa 1940-1955]
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Camp Life: Negatives
circa 1940-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Camp Life: Photographs
circa 1940-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Howard Fast and Aaron Krammer
July 1949
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Photographs and Negatives in Annotated Envelopes
circa 1940-1955
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Promotional Materials (Photocopies)
circa 1940-1955

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