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Guide to the People's Educational Society and Camp Tamiment Records TAM.007.003

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
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New York, NY 10012
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Peter Meyer Filardo, 1995

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 08, 2018
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: People's Educational Camp Society
Source: People's Educational Camp Society
Title: People's Educational Camp Society and Camp Tamiment Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1920-1972
Abstract: The People's Educational Camp Society (PECS) owned and operated Camp Tamiment, an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, Pa., from 1920 until its sale in 1965 to commercial interests. Camp revenues helped support the Rand School of Social Science and other progressive organizations. Camp Tamiment's success led to the revoking of PECS' tax exempt status in 1963. In 1972 PECS became the Tamiment Institute, thus taking the name of, and becoming identical with its subsidiary, founded in 1935 as the educational arm of Camp Tamiment. This collection contains minutes, correspondence, documents pertaining to PECS' tax status, brochures, programs, announcements and a brief history of the camp and the Tamiment Institute.
Quantity: 4.75 Linear Feet (10 boxes)
Call Phrase: TAM.007.003

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Historical/Biographical Note

The People's Educational Camp Society (PECS), incorporated in New York in 1920, owned and operated Camp Tamiment, an educational and recreational summer resort (originally) for socialists and their families near Bushkill, Pa., until its sale in 1965 to commercial interests. As envisioned by its founders, members of the American Socialist Society, the Rand School's governing body, Camp Tamiment revenues helped support the Rand School and other progressive organizations, and provided the majority of the Rand School's funds between 1937 and 1956. In 1951, PECS took title to People's House, the home of the Rand School, and in 1956 the the title to the Rand School was transferred to PECS from the American Socialist Society. Camp Tamiment's success as a recreational resort under managing director Ben Josephson came to overshadow its educational activities, in the opinion of the Internal Revenue Service, which revoked the tax exempt status of PECS in 1963. This action contributed to the decision, later that year, to donate the Tamiment Institute Library (formerly the Meyer London Memorial Library of the Rand School), to New York University. On September 11, 1972, PECS became the Tamiment Institute, thus taking the name of, and becoming identical with, its subsidiary which was founded in 1935 as the educational arm of Camp Tamiment, and which later administered the Tamiment Institute Library for PECS from 1957 to 1963.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains minutes of the board of directors (1920-1968) and membership meetings; articles of incorporation and by-laws; reports, including those of the managing directors (including Ben Josephson) and educational directors of the Camp; correspondence, including that of Bertha Mailly, first director of the camp, of board chair Stephen C. Vladeck, and also correspondence with the Rand School of Social Science; documents pertaining to the PECS tax case; financial records; brochures, programs, announcements and a brief history of the camp and Tamiment Institute.

Arrangement

The folders in each series are arranged alphabetically.

Organized into three series:

Missing Title

  1. 1. Incorporation and Minutes
  2. 2. PECS Tax Case and Camp Tamiment History and Activities
  3. 3. Addendum

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Mailly, Bertha Howell
  • Josephson, Ben, 1895-1980
  • Vladeck, Stephen C.

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Brochures.
  • Annual reports.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Histories.

Subject Organizations

  • Rand School of Social Science
  • Camp Tamiment (Pa.)
  • People's Educational Camp Society
  • People's Educational Camp Society

Subject Topics

  • Socialism -- United States.
  • Adult education -- United States.
  • Camps -- Pennsylvania

Subject Places

  • Bushkill (Pa.)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The People's Educational Camp Society and Camp Tamiment records were transferred to New York University in 1963 by the People's Educational Camp Society (later renamed the Tamiment Institute), as part of a larger transfer of records of the Rand School of Social Science and of organizations associated with the founding and maintenance of the School (including the American Socialist Society, The Society of the Commonwealth Center, and the People's Educational Camp Society) as well as the contents of the School's library, the Meyer London Memorial Library.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by the People's Educational Camp Society, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Collection name; Collection number; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Related Material at the New York University Archives

Tamiment Institute Records (TAM 007.004)

Tamiment Playhouse Records (TAM 107)

Tamiment Playhouse Photographs (Photographs 41)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the People's Educational Camp Society, 1963. The accession number associated with this gift is 1963.007.

A Camp Tamiment Schedule of Rates was found in repository in April of 2014 and added to this collection. The accession number associated with this material is 2014.057.

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Container List

Series I: Incorporation and Minutes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Box and Folder List; item level lists for minutes and reports folders
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Socialist Society: Certificate of Incorporation [Copy]
1901
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Annual Report of the Managing Director of Camp Tamiment
1925-1959
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Application for Loan on Second Mortgage upon Camp Tamiment
1921
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Board of Directors- Correspondence
Jan 3, 1920-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Board of Directors- Correspondence
1930-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Board of Directors- Educational Committee Minutes
Oct 22, 1951-Jan 24, 1957
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Board of Directors- Joint Educational Committee (w. Rand School) Minutes
Dec 8, 1950
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Board of Directors- Joint Negotiations Committee Minutes
Feb 21, 1956
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Board of Directors- Members List
1944-1969
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Board of Directors- Minutes
Dec 15, 1920-Dec 31, 1921
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Board of Directors- Minutes
Jan 6, 1922-Sep 22, 1925
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Board of Directors- Minutes
Oct 13, 1925-Dec 18, 1928
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Board of Directors- Minutes
Jan 8, 1929-Dec 23, 1931
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Board of Directors- Minutes
Jan 6, 1932-Dec 21, 1934
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Board of Directors- Minutes
Apr 9, 1935-Sep 10, 1939
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Board of Directors- Minutes
Oct 9, 1939-1941
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Board of Directors- Minutes
Jan 19, 1942-Dec 23, 1944
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Board of Directors- Minutes
1945-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Board of Directors- Minutes
1950-1954
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Board of Directors- Minutes
1955-1959
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Board of Directors- Minutes
1960-1965
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Board of Directors- Minutes: Membership Meetings
1942-1965
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Board of Directors- Memoranda, Misc. Reports
1928-1953
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Board of Directors- Population Graphs
1923-1932
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Board of Directors- Publications "At Fifty: two profiles of Ben Josephson"
1945
Box: 3 Folder : 6 By Laws
1920
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Certificate of Authority, Pennsylvania
May 6, 1933
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Certificate of Incorporation, NY
Dec 6, 1920
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Costack, Ada: Last Will and Testament [$10.000 to Rand School]
1917
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Lee, Algernon: Letter to the Lusk Committee
Jun 6, 1919
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Mailly, Bertha: Letter to Bank of Manhattan (re: Lusk Committee)
Jul 14, 1919
Box: 3 Folder : 12 New York Call Certificate of Incorporation [copy]
1919
Box: 3 Folder : 13 New York Call Certificate of Increase in Capital Stock
1919
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Rand Educational Institute: Certificate of Incorporation
Mar 11, 1939
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Report of the Head Counselor of Camp Sandyville
1951
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Reports of the Education Director of Camp Tamiment
1955-1962
Box: 3 Folder : 17 United States of America vs. Scott Nearing and the American Socialist Society
1918
Box: 3 Folder : 18 West, Ilona: Letter to Bertha Mailly, Agreeing to Loan Debs Portrait to Rand School
Jun 2, 1918

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Series II: PECS Tax Case and Camp Tamiment History and Activities.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Activities- Correspondence re: Camp Tamiment Forum
Aug 10, 1945 -Sep 24, 1945
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Apfel & Englander, CPAs- re: tax case
1953-1959
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Camp Tamiment Activities
1920-1964
Flat-file: 6 Drawer : 8 Camp Tamiment Building Plans (Oversize)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Camp Tamiment History typescripts
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Tax Case- Miscellaneous
1936-1954
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Tax Return- Form 990 (IRS) FY
1940-1955
Box: 4 Folder : 7 U.S. Tax Court Case Decision- Docket # 82223
Feb 12, 1963
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Waldman and Waldman, Attorneys re: tax case
1950-1954

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Series III. Addendum.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 9 PECS Apfelt Englander CPAs
1954-1964-1964
Box: 4 Folder : 10 PECS Board of Directors Bond Issuance Contract ($50,000)
Oct 19, 1931
Box: 4 Folder : 11 PECS Board of Directors Election
1956
Box: 4 Folder : 12 PECS Bond Issuance Contract ($80,000) with Stroudsburg Security Trust Company
Apr 1, 1942
Box: 4 Folder : 13 PECS Bond Issuing Contract ($60,000)
1926
Box: 4 Folder : 14 PECS Bonds, First and Second Mortgage, etc.
Apr 1905-1958
Box: 4 Folder : 15 PECS By-Laws
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 16 PECS Camp Tamiment: Blaker Ben
May 1905-1963
Box: 4 Folder : 17 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence
Apr 1905-1945
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Camp Tamiment Schedule of Rates
1929
Box: 5 Folder : 1 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence
Apr 1905-1947
Box: 5 Folder : 2 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence
1948-1952
Box: 5 Folder : 3 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence
1953-1955
Box: 5 Folder : 4 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence
1954-1962
Box: 5 Folder : 5 PECS Camp Tamiment: Board of Directors Correspondence: Re Meetings By Laws
Nov, 1963
Box: 5 Folder : 6 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1922
Box: 5 Folder : 7 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1930-1939
Box: 5 Folder : 8 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1940-1949
Box: 6 Folder : 1 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1950-1959
Box: 6 Folder : 2 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures
1960-1969
Box: 6 Folder : 3 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures (Repros)
1921-1932
Box: 6 Folder : 4 PECS Camp Tamiment: Brochures (Repros)
1933-1939
Box: 6 Folder : 5 PECS Camp Tamiment: Correspondence
1948-1956
Box: 6 Folder : 6 PECS Camp Tamiment Post-1965 History
1965-1986
Box: 6 Folder : 7 PECS Camp Tamiment: Property Deeds
1920
Box: 6 Folder : 8 PECS Camp Tamiment: Property Deeds
1965-1969
Box: 6 Folder : 9 PECS Certificate of Incorporation
1956
Box: 6 Folder : 10 PECS Certificate of Incorporation: Amended
1967
Box: 6 Folder : 11 PECS Correspondence
1968
Box: 6 Folder : 12 PECS Correspondence
1969
Box: 6 Folder : 13 PECS Correspondence
1970-1972
Box: 7 Folder : 1 PECS Correspondence re Pennsylvania Tax Matters
1935
Box: 7 Folder : 2 PECS Debenture Bonds, Correspondence
1930-1939
Box: 7 Folder : 3 PECS Debenture Bonds, Schedule of
1928
Box: 7 Folder : 4 PECS Financial Reports (annual)
1948-1955
Box: 7 Folder : 5 PECS Financial Reports (annual)
1956-1965
Box: 7 Folder : 6 PECS ILGWU: Sale of Land to PECS for 1$
1928
Box: 7 Folder : 7 PECS IRS Tax: Protests Against Ruling Revoking…
1954-1965
Box: 8 Folder : 1 PECS Kurt Wagner, Captain of Waiters v. Camp Tamiment [Small Claims Court]
1957
Box: 8 Folder : 2 PECS: Lectures and Concerts
1955-1956
Box: 8 Folder : 3 PECS: Membership / Dues
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 4 PECS: Miscellaneous
1965-1975
Box: 8 Folder : 5 PECS: New York Call Articles re Camp Tamiment
1920-1922
Box: 8 Folder : 6 PECS New York University
1967
Box: 8 Folder : 7 PECS Rand School Bookkeeping Records; Reorganization Committee
1951-1952
Box: 8 Folder : 8 PECS Rand School Correspondence
1953-1956
Box: 8 Folder : 9 PECS Rand School Reports and Related Items
1947-1954
Box: 8 Folder : 10 PECS Re Estate of Algernon Lee
1954
Box: 8 Folder : 11 PECS Retirement Plan
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 1 PECS Sandyville: Tenants, etc.
1952-1960
Box: 9 Folder : 2 PECS Smith, Philomen H. Donation of Land to PECS
1946
Box: 9 Folder : 3 PECS Society of The Commonwealth Center
1933-1956
Box: 9 Folder : 4 PECS Tamiment Ad, Brochures / Conventions, Meetings
1960-1962
Box: 9 Folder : 5 PECS Tamiment Institute Events
1947-1956
Box: 9 Folder : 6 PECS Tamiment Institute, Name change to
Jul 5, 1972
Box: 9 Folder : 7 PECS Tax Exemption Application
1966
Box: 9 Folder : 8 PECS Unity House (ILGWU)
1951-1954
Box: 9 Folder : 9 PECS: Vladeck, Stephen C.: Board of Directors Minutes, Notes, Correspondence
1960-1963
Box: 9 Folder : 10 PECS: Vladeck, Stephen C.: Board of Directors Minutes, Notes, Correspondence
1963-1965

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