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Guide to the Camp Kinderland Records TAM 439

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Collection processed by Alexander Bloom and Michael Beebe, 2009.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 05, 2018
Finding aid is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Series VIII added by Heather Mulliner. Glass Plate Negatives described by Nicole Greenhouse. Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2017 accretion. 20132014 , January 2018

Descriptive Summary

Title: Camp Kinderland Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1924-2014
Abstract: Camp Kinderland was founded on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1923 by members of the Workmen's Circle who worked in the organization's New York City schools. The camp's founders sought to create a summer youth camp that would not only provide a recreational escape for the children of working people from the tenements of New York City, but also one whose culture would encourage and foster a commitment to socially progressive activism and the embracing of a rich Jewish secular tradition. The camp's founders, including some activists in the Communist Party, were associated with the left wing of the Workermen's Circle. From 1930 the Camp operated under the auspices of a branch of the International Workers order. In the 1950s, under the pressure of New York State "anti-subversive" investigations, it was incorporated independently. The collection contains administrative records (including legal and financial records, property and maintenance files, registration and membership records), files relating to Camp Kinderland's cultural programs both in and out of season, publicity materials, oral histories, and photographic and audiovisual materials.
Quantity: 30.75 Linear Feet in 27 record cartons, 2 oversize flat boxes, 1 manuscript box, and 1 half manuscript box
Quantity: 1 websites
Call Phrase: TAM 439

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Historical Note

Camp Kinderland was founded on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1923 by members of The Workmen's Circle who worked in the organization's New York City Schools. The camp's founders sought to create a summer youth camp that would not only provide a recreational escape for the children of working people from the tenements of New York City, but also encourage and foster a commitment to socially progressive activism and the embracing of a rich Jewish secular tradition. Responding to a growing demand from parents of campers and other visitors, many of whom had already taken to sleeping on dining-hall floors, Kinderland would quickly establish an adult wing, Camp Lakeland.

Both the youth and adult camps provide summer recreation opportunities found at most camps. Recreational activities include swimming, hiking, camping and outdoor sports, as well as cultural activities such as music, drama, dance and the arts. The camp's culture is both officially and informally grounded in the Jewish tradition of progressive activism, with its core values of peace, social justice, activism, civil rights, Yiddishkeit, and friendship.

From less than one hundred campers in its first year, Camp Kinderland grew quickly, and by 1933 close to 500 children filled over thirty bungalows and tent groupings. In 1930, the leftist wing of the Workmen's Circle, along with Camp Kinderland, split off to form the International Worker's Order (IWO). The Camp was formally sponsored by the Jewish People's Fraternal Order of the IWO. Although New York State declared the IWO a "Communist-allied" organization in 1954 and revoked its charter, Camp Kinderland was able to continue by incorporating independently. Kinderland did come under scrutiny from the FBI as a Communist-affiliated organization, and its manager, David Greene, was called to testify before the House Committee on Unamerican Activites in 1955.

In 1971, after years of increasing county taxes and declining numbers of campers, the board and directors sold the Camp's property in Hopewell Junction and relocated to a rented property in Fitchville, Connecticut. After five years of renting sites for the Camp in Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York, Kinderland purchased property in 1976 in Tolland, Massachusetts. In the same year camp was re-incorporated by the state of NY, with offices at 1 Union Square in Manhattan. Among the prominent participants in the Camp's cultural program have been Paul Robeson and Pete Seeger, and notable alumni include Chesa Boudin, Jules Dassin, Max Kellerman, Spencer Ackerman and Marisa Tomei.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains administrative records (including financial records, property and maintenance records, registration and membership records), and records relating to Camp Kinderland's cultural programs both in and out of season, publicity materials, oral histories, and photographic and audiovisual materials. These materials document the the founding, incorporation history, physical plant, staffing and day to day operations of Camp Kinderland, at its various locations. The Camp's underlying political commitments, values and cultural programs are also documented. A number of files illustrate the Camp's reunions, and the continuing ties it maintained with several generations of former campers.

Arrangement

The collection is organized into 11 series:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1925-2006
Series II: Financial Records, 1934-1996
Series III: Property and Maintenance Records, 1933-1999
Series IV: Registration and Membership Office Records, 1953-2008
Series V: Cultural Programs, 1937-2003
Series VI: Publicity, 1947-2007
Series VII: Off-Season Programs, 1957-2009
Series VIII: 2013 Accession of Camp Kinderland Records
Series IX: Photographic and Audiovisual Materials, 1924-2010
Series X: Archived Website
Series XI. 2017 Accretion, 1937-2014

Files are arranged alphabetically within each series, with the exception of Series XI which has not been arranged by an archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Suller, Elsie.
  • Segal, Edith, 1902-
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
  • Falk, Huey
  • Itzkowitz, Fay

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Financial records
  • Correspondence.
  • Photographs.
  • Minutes (administrative records)
  • Songbooks.

Subject Organizations

  • United States. Congress. House. |b Committee on Un-American Activities
  • Camp "Kinderland" (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Camps -- New York (State) -- History -- 20th century.
  • Camps -- Massachusetts -- History -- 20th century.
  • Camps -- Pennsylvania
  • Socialism and youth.
  • Jewish children -- United States.
  • Jewish socialists -- United States.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Archived website was migrated from the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service to the Internet Archive's Archive-It Service in November 2015. The link to California Digital Library was removed in October 2017.

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 Camp Kinderland, was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Camp Kinderland Records; TAM 439; Box number; Folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to the fragile nature of the original materials, researchers must use the digitized versions of the glass negatives in Boxes 27-30.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at https://archive-it.org/organizations/567.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were donated by Camp Kinderland in 2008; additional materials were donated by Huey Falk in 2011 and by Fay Itzkowitz in 2013 and 2017. The accession numbers associated with these gifts are 2008.024, 2008.025, 2011.110, 2013.028, and 2018.001.

Processing Information

Photographs separated from this collection during processing were established as a separate collection, the Camp Kinderland Photographs (PHOTOS 267). In 2014, the photograph collection was reincorporated into the Camp Kinderland Records (TAM 439). In 2014, the archived websites were added as Series X. In 2018 an accretion from late 2017 was accessioned, rehoused, and intellectually incorported into the collection as Series XI. in accordance with the collection's existing series strucutre.

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Container List

Series I: Administrative Records, 1925-2011

Scope and Content Note

The first series of the collection contains the camp's administrative records; Executive meeting minutes, office records, program audits, and other materials related to the running of the camp. This series includes legal records relating to New York State's investigation of Kinderland as an alleged subversive institution. Of particular interest are transcripts from the State Legislative Committee hearings conducted in 1955 with the Camp's director/instructors David Greene and Edith Segal. A copy of Kinderland's FBI file, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, is also in this series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Administrative Meetings: Minutes
1925-1949
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Administrative Meetings: Minutes
1980-2006
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Administrative Records: Friends of Camp Kinderland Committee, Membership
1960-2000
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Administrative Records: General
1926-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Board of Directors Records
1987-1992
Box: 1 Folder : 6 By-Laws and Constitution
1979
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Conferences
1984-1987
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Conferences: Annual, Administrative
1958-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Corporate Records (bound, includes Board of Director's and Administrative Committee Minutes and Audit Reports)
1976-1981
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Corporate Records (bound, includes Board of Director's and Executive Committee Minutes)
1977-1983
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Greene, David: State and Federal Investigation
1955
Box: 1 Folder : 12 FBI Investigation
1955-1980
Box: 1 Folder : 12A Itkowitz, Fay: A Brief History of Camp Kinderland
2011
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Joint Legislative Committee to Study Charitable and Philanthropic Agencies and Organizations (NY State): General
1951-1962
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Joint Legislative Committee to Study Charitable and Philanthropic Agencies and Organizations (NY State): Minutes of Hearing
Apr 22, 1955-Apr 24, 1955
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Executive Board/Board of Directors
1956-1991
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Executive Board/Board of Directors
1992-2001
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Legal Records: Not-for-Profit Incorporation
1925-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Member in Good Standing Cards
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Seasonal/Annual Reports: Cultural/Programmatic
1970-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Seasonal/Annual Reports: Financial/Administrative
1956-1994

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Series II: Financial Records, 1934-1996

Scope and Content Note

Series II contains financial materials, including banking records and fundraising drives conducted.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Camp Lakeland Inc.: Banking Records, Loans
1941-1970
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Camp Lakeland Inc.: Banking Records, Loans
1970-1973
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Financial Records: Budget, Banking, Assets
1978-1984
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Financial Reports
1926-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Fundraising: Donor Correspondence
1986-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Fundraising: General
1970-1980
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Fundraising: Phonathons
1984-1988
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Ledger: Mortgage Agreement with International Workers Order; By-laws of Camp Kinderland Associates
1949-1950
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Stock Certificate Book: New Kinderland Camp Corp. (bound)
1949-1950

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Series III: Property and Maintenance Records, 1933-1999

Scope and Content Note

This series contains property records for the various camp sites which Kinderland called home. Together the folders provide a narrative of sorts for the camp's location over the years; its origins at Hopewell Junction's Sylvan Lake, from 1923 to 1971, the closing of that property and the inter-site years, when Kinderland spent Summers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and finally, the settlement of the camp at it's current home in Tolland, Massachusetts, in 1976. This series also contains maintenance records related to the physical and structural caretaking of the camp site and construction projects. In large part, this material relates to the building of a new and extensive dining hall in Tolland, beginning around 1994 and completed for use in the Summer of 1998.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Fitchville, CT Property
1971-1975
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Honesdale, PA Property
1971-1975
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Inter-Site Years
1971-1976
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Maintenance: Audits, Projects, Proposals, and Fundraising Records
1996-1999
Box: 3 Folder : 5 New Dining Hall: Construction
1993-1994
Box: 3 Folder : 6 New Dining Hall: Construction
1995
Box: 3 Folder : 7 New Dining Hall: Construction
1996-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 8 New Dining Hall: Construction
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 9 New Dining Hall: Equipment and Supplies Installation
1994-1997
Box: 3 Folder : 10 New Dining Hall: Equipment and Supplies Installation
1998
Box: 3 Folder : 11 New Dining Hall: Fundraising
1994-1998
Box: 3 Folder : 12 New Dining Hall: Specs, Illustrations, and Maps
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Sylvan Lake/Hopewell Junction: Sale of Propertry
1969-1972
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Sylvan Lake/Hopewell Junction: Legal, Financial, Administrative Records
1963-1979
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Sylvan Lake: Mortgage Records (I)
1954-1978
Box: 3 Folder : 15A Sylvan Lake: Mortgage Records (II)
1954-1978
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Sylvan Lake: Property Records
1933-1963
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Tolland, MA: Camp Site Transition
1976-1985
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Tolland, MA: Property Purchase Records
1976-1985

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Series IV: Registration and Membership Office Records, 1953-2010

Scope and Content Note

Series IV contains office records for registration of campers and staff, and more general records for membership to the camp, including records of enrollment, hiring, and directories of campers. Of note is a file on the "Chris Nelson Scholarship Fund," created in memory of a camper killed in an automobile accident on his way home from camp. Beginning in the 1970s this fund was used to provide financial aid to send children to Kinderland.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Camper/Staff Directories
1976-1981
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Camper/Staff Directories
1982-1990
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Camper/Staff Directories
1991-2001
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Parents, Campers, Friends
1976-1996
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Counselor-in-Training Program
1971-1980
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Directories
1990-2003
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Directories
2004-2010
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Nelson, Chris: Scholarship Fund
1971-1994
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Program Information for Parents and Campers
1953-1974
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Registration
1954-2008
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Staff Applications and Hiring
1956-1987
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Staff Manuals
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Staff Manuals: Non-Kinderland
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Staff Materials
1953-1970

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Series V: Cultural Program, 1937-2003

Scope and Content Note

Series V contains material and records related to Kinderland's cultural activities. Files include programs for the Olympics, a competitive athletic activity held annually in place of "color wars" or track meets. The series also includes reading materials, performance pieces and plays, song sheets, records of past projects for use by campers and staff, journals, camp-produced newsletters, trip logs, letters, records of exercises and activities, and art projects. The journal folders, which contain large sections in Yiddish, provide an intimate view of the character of the camp and the people who participated in it over the years.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Camp Lakeland Program Materials
1952-1956
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Camper Cultural Projects: Art
1997
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Cultural Program: General
1946-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Cultural Program: General
1955-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Cultural Program: General
1971-2001
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Cultural Program: Olympics
1954-1981
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Cultural Projects: Camper-Produced Journals/Newsletters
1940-1949
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Cultural Projects: Camper-Produced Journals/Newsletters
1953-1964
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Cultural Projects: Camper-Produced Journals/Newsletters
1969-2003
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Cultural Projects: Holocaust Commemoration, Camper Projects and Art
1993
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Cultural Projects: Olympics Art by Campers
1987
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Kindertog
1937-1954
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Segal, Edith: Cultural Contributions
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Songsheets I
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Songsheets II
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Songsheets III
undated

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Series VI: Publicity, 1947-2007

Scope and Content Note

Series VI contains the records of the public face of the Camp, including its own advertisements and newsletters, as well as general media coverage of the Camp and its programs.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Advertisements for Kinderland/Lakeland
1950s-1980s
Box: 6 Folder : 5 History
2002
Box: 6 Folder : 5A Kinderschule Graduation
June 5, 2011
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Newsletters
1947-2011
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Press
1942-1994
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Press
1994-2006
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Public Relations: Advertising
1967-1994
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Public Relations: Invitations/Appeals
1967-1988

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Series VII: Off-season Programs, 1957-2009

Scope and Content Note

Series VII contains materials related to Kinderland activities, events, and programs conducted outside of the summer season. In the first part are the records of some of the Camp's many reunions, which often served as fundraisers to benefit the Camp. In these files are the records of three large reunions, held on Kinderland's 56th, 60th, and 75th anniversaries. Also in this series are the records of Kinderland cultural and recreational events; dances, protests and demonstrations, film screenings, and Passover seders among them. In addition, there are the records of benefit concerts, retirement celebrations, and memorials organized by and for the Camp during the off-season months.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 56th Anniversary: Financial, Legal, Planning (I)
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 2 56th Anniversary: Financial, Legal, Planning (II)
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 3 56th Anniversary: Program Materials (I)
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 4 56th Anniversary: Program Materials (II)
1979
Box: 7 Folder : 5 60th Anniversary: Financial, Legal, Planning Records, "Biz 120" Campaign
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 6 60th Anniversary: Program Materials
1984
Box: 7 Folder : 7 75th Anniversary: Financial, Legal, Planning (I)
1999
Box: 7 Folder : 8 75th Anniversary: Financial, Legal, Planning (II)
1999
Box: 7 Folder : 9 75th Anniversary: Journal
1999
Box: 7 Folder : 10 75th Anniversary: Program Materials
1999
Box: 7 Folder : 11 75th Anniversary: Publicity
1999
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Asimolar, CA Reunion
2005
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Camp Kinderland Cookbook
2002
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Camp Lakeland: Anniversaries, Reunions, Fundraising Events
1967-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Havana, Cuba Trip
Apr 2000
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Klebansky, Chaike: Memorial
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Near, Holly: Benefit Concert
Mar 11, 1991
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Off-season Activities: General
1954-2009
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Passover Haggadahs
2002-2011
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Reunions
1957-1990
Box: 8 Folder : 10 Rittel Children's Boutique (Woodstock, NY): Guest Register (photocopy)
1974-1992
Box: 8 Folder : 11 Seeger, Pete: Benefit Concert
Mar 14, 1981
Box: 8 Folder : 12 Seeger, Pete: Postcards
1996-1997
Box: 8 Folder : 13 Segal, Edith: Memorial
Oct 26, 1997
Box: 8 Folder : 14 Suller, Elsie: Memorial
May 12, 2001
Box: 8 Folder : 15 Suller, Elsie: Retirement Event
May 20, 1990
Box: 8 Folder : 15A Undzer Zhurnal (Our Journal)
2011
Box: 8 Folder : 16 Yackle Journal
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 17 Yackles: 60th Anniversary Reunion
undated

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Series VIII: 2013 Accession of Camp Kinderland Records, 2003-2012

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Camp Kinderland directories from 2003, 2007, and 2012. It also contains a brochure, a 2012 Kinderland Benefit Weekend schedule, and two copies of the 2012 Kinderschule seder.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 18 Directories, events and promotional materials
2003-2012

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Series IX: Photographic and Audiovisual Materials, 1924-2010

Scope and Content Note

This series primarily contains black-and-white and color photographs, slides, glass plate negatives, and photographic negatives that document camp facilities, camp activities, and the staff and campers themselves. The series also includes an original pen and ink cartoon and various original and laser copies of posters and other graphic materials related to the camp's 75th anniversary and other events in the camp's history, possibly used for the anniversary exhibit. Also of note are reproductions of murals on various radical and labor history topics, created by Camp Kinderland campers and staff and published in the late 1990s and 2000s.

This series also contains oral history interviews with former campers and recordings of camp plays and other activities on a variety of audiovisual formats.

Glass Plate Negatives

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains glass plate negatives from the summer of 1935 at Camp Kinderland, with some images from 1936. The majority of the images depict groups at the camp, many of which have no identifying information. Most of the description for the images are in Yiddish, with some English. Some significant events shown in the images include the camp's morning salute, a visit to the camp from Robert Minor, and the erection of the Lenin statue on the property.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 27 Adults
Jul 17, 1935
Box: 27 Arts and Crafts
1930s
Box: 27 Arts and crafts room
1935
Box: 27 Arts and crafts studio
Aug 8, 1935
Box: 28 At the Photographers Corner
Aug 7, 1935
Box: 27 At work
1935
Box: 27 At work
1935
Box: 30 Book Table, Including "The Struggle for Power" by John Stratchey
Aug 3, 1935
Box: 28 Boy and Woman
1930s
Box: 27 Brothers in front of the entrance
1935
Box: 30 Bunk 11, Group 5
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 12, Group 5
Aug 31, 1935
Box: 28 Bunk 13, Group 3
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 14, Group 4
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 28 Bunk 15 (with anti-fascist posters)
Aug 8, 1935
Box: 30 Bunk 16, Group 4 including Pioneer Magazine
Aug 20, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 17, Workers Children Organized Banner
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 27 Bunk 18, Group 4 with "Workers' children against war" banner
Aug 29, 1935
Box: 27 Bunk 19
Aug 8, 1935
Box: 27 Bunk 19, Garden workers
1935
Box: 29 Bunk 1-girls
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 2, Group 1
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 20, Group 1
Aug 31, 1935
Box: 28 Bunk 21-22
Aug 31, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 23-24, Group 3 with anti-war banner.
Jul 8, 1935
Box: 27 Bunk 3, Group 1
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 4, Group 2
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 5, Group 2 with Boycott Nazi Olympics banner
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 6, Cabin 25
Aug 16, 1935
Box: 30 Bunk 6, Group 2
Aug 19, 1935
Box: 29 Bunk 7
Aug 8, 1935
Box: 27 Bunk 9, Group 3
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 27 Bunks 27-28 with "We Demand the Soviet Union be invited to the Olympics" banner
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 27 Bunks 29-30 with Olympic protest banners
Aug 19, 1935
Box: 27 Bunks 29-30 with Olympic protest banners
Aug 19, 1935
Box: 27 Bunks 35-36
Aug 17, 1935
Box: 27 Bureau of the Anti-War Congress
1935
Box: 30 Cabin 28
1935
Box: 27 Campers drinking water
1930s
Box: 28 Children leaving on Friday
Aug 6, 1935
Box: 30 Children leaving on Friday
Aug 6, 1935
Box: 30 Children leaving on Friday
Aug 6, 1935
Box: 27 Children playing instruments
1935
Box: 27 Children playing instruments
1935
Box: 29 Children's art installation
1935
Box: 27 Cleanliness Bulletin
undated
Box: 27 Cleanliness Bulletin
undated
Box: 27 Counselors
1935
Box: 27 Counselors
1935
Box: 27 Counselors
1935
Box: 27 Counselors and campers by cars
1935
Box: 28 Dance Group
Jul 27, 1935
Box: 30 Dance Group
Jul 27, 1935
Box: 29 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 27 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 28 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 28 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 28 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 30 Demonstration
Aug 1, 1935
Box: 29 Dining hall
1935
Box: 27 Dining Room
1935
Box: 27 Dining room workers
Aug 28, 1935
Box: 28 Directors Meeting
1935
Box: 28 Erecting the Kinderland sign on the main entrance
1930s
Box: 28 Erecting the Kinderland sign on the main entrance
1930s
Box: 28 Erecting the Kinderland sign on the main entrance
1930s
Box: 27 Exercising
1935
Box: 27 Exercising
1935
Box: 27 Exercising
1935
Box: 27 Exercising
1935
Box: 27 Exercising
1935
Box: 28 Exercising
1935
Box: 27 Female campers with anti-war posters
1935
Box: 27 Fifth Group
1935
Box: 27 First Class
Aug 17, 1935
Box: 29 First Group
Jul 27, 1935
Box: 29 First Group
Jul 27, 1935
Box: 28 First National Teachers' Conference
Sep 1935
Box: 28 First National Teachers' Conference
Sep 1935
Box: 30 First National Teachers' Conference
Sep 1935
Box: 27 Fourth Group
Aug 4, 1935
Box: 27 French United Front, Anti-war Congress
1935
Box: 28 French United Front, Anti-war Congress
1935
Box: 28 French United Front, Anti-war Congress
1935
Box: 28 French United Front, Anti-war Congress
1935
Box: 28 Friday morning
1935
Box: 29 Garden work, Bunk 19
1935
Box: 29 Girl in front of children's dining room
1930s
Box: 29 Group 1. Joseph Cutler banner.
Aug 31, 1935
Box: 29 Group 10, Bunk 5 (gardening group)
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 27 Group 2
Jul 17, 1935
Box: 28 Group 2
Jul 17, 1935
Box: 28 Group 2
Jul 17, 1935
Box: 28 Group 2, Bunk 33-34
Aug 20, 1935
Box: 29 Group 3, Bunk 6, 8, 9, 19, 21, 23
Jul 12, 1935
Box: 28 Group 3, Bunks 6, 8, 9, 19, 21, 23
Jul 12, 1935
Box: 28 Group 4
Jul 14, 1936
Box: 29 Group 5
Jul 17, 1935
Box: 27 Group 5, Bunks 10, 11, 12
Jul 15, 1935
Box: 29 Group 8, Bunk 3 (girls doing arts and crafts)
Aug 18, 1935
Box: 27 Group in front of entrance
1935
Box: 28 Group in front of entrance
1935
Box: 28 Group in front of Lenin Monument
Sep 2, 1935
Box: 27 Group of boys with a "Blacks and Whites United" Sign
1930s
Box: 29 Group portrait
1930s
Box: 27 Group Portrait
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Group Portrait
Aug 4, 1935
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Group Portrait
Jul 20, 1935
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Group Portrait
Jul 26, 1935
Box: 28 Group Portrait
Jul 25, 1935
Box: 28 Group Portrait
1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Sep 2, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 13, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 24, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 24, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 20, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 24, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 12, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 24, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Aug 16, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 16, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 15, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 26, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Aug 3, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 12, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 16, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
Jul 20, 1935
Box: 30 Group Portrait
1935
Box: 27 Group Portrait with Hammer and Sickle
1935
Box: 28 In front of campfire
1930s
Box: 30 In the bushes near the Infirmary
1930s
Box: 29 Kindergarden
Aug 13, 1935
Box: 29 Kindergarden
Aug 3, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Aug 4, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Aug 24, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Jul 27, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Jul 13, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Aug 10, 1935
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
undated
Box: 27 Kinderland Choir
Aug 24, 1935
Box: 28 Kinderland Choir
1935
Box: 29 Kinderland entrance
1930s
Box: 27 Kinderland office
1935
Box: 28 Laundry Room
1930s
Box: 27 Lesson with Gina Medem
Jul 25, 1935
Box: 27 Lesson with Gina Medem
Jul 25, 1935
Box: 27 Library
1935
Box: 27 Listening to lecture
Aug 31, 1935
Box: 27 Literary corner
Jul 13, 1935
Box: 27 Literature Booth
1935
Box: 29 Lowlies
1935
Box: 27 LSNR Meeting
Aug 17, 1935
Box: 28 LSNR Meeting
Aug 17, 1935
Box: 30 Man and Girl
1930s
Box: 29 Man and Woman
1930s-1940s
Box: 28 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 28 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 28 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 28 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 30 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 30 Man and Woman
1930s
Box: 28 Man using a water fountain
1935
Box: 30 Medal Forum
Aug 13, 1935
Box: 27 Morning Salute
1935
Box: 27 Morning Salute
1935
Box: 27 Morning Salute
1935
Box: 27 Morning Salute
1935
Box: 28 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 28 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 28 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 28 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 28 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 30 Morning Salute
Jul 5, 1936
Box: 27 Mural
1935
Box: 29 Office Staff
1935
Box: 28 Office Staff
1935
Box: 28 Office Staff
1935
Box: 30 Open Forum
Aug 13, 1935
Box: 30 Open Forum
Aug 7, 1935
Box: 30 Open Forum
Aug 14, 1935
Box: 30 Open Forum
Aug 14, 1935
Box: 29 Parents by the entrance
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 27 Partially exposed or damaged negative
circa 1935
Box: 30 Primary School
Aug 15, 1935
Box: 30 Primary School
Aug 15, 1935
Box: 28 Red Square Building
1930s
Box: 28 Registration in Camp Kinderland office
1935
Box: 27 Robert Minor at Camp Kinderland
Aug 10, 1935
Box: 27 Robert Minor at Camp Kinderland
Aug 10, 1935
Box: 27 Second American Youth Congress
1935
Box: 29 Second Group
1935
Box: 28 Shot of a group of school children at Camp Kinderland
Aug 7, 1935
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 28 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 30 Solo Portrait
1930s
Box: 27 Study Group
1935
Box: 27 Study Group
1935
Box: 27 Study Group
1935
Box: 28 Study Group
1935
Box: 30 Study Group
Jul 20, 1935
Box: 30 Study Group
Aug 12, 1935
Box: 30 Study Group
Jul 15, 1935
Box: 30 Study Group
Aug 28, 1935
Box: 27 Study Group
Jul 31, 1935
Box: 28 Suitcases
1935
Box: 28 Teaching Class
Aug 29, 1935
Box: 28 The unveiling of the Lenin monument
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 28 The unveiling of the Lenin monument
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 28 The unveiling of the Lenin monument
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 28 The unveiling of the Lenin monument
Aug 25, 1935
Box: 29 Three Boys Outside
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 30 Three Women
1930s
Box: 28 Two Men
1930s
Box: 28 Two Men
1930s
Box: 30 Two Women
1930s
Box: 28 Waterfront
1935
Box: 27 Woman
1930s
Box: 29 57 negatives of Camp Kinderland, mostly group portraits and images from events
1938-1943
Box: 9 Arts and Crafts
1996
Box: 9 Bunk Opening Ceremony and New Dining Hall Frame (Freiheit)
undated
Box: 9 Bus Departures
1982
Box: 9 Camp Life
circa 1940-1949
Box: 10 Camp Life (Oversize Reproductions)
circa 1940-1949
Box: 26 Camp Life (Oversize Reproductions)
circa 1930-1949
Box: 9 Chankukah Party and Chaike Klebansky
1991
Box: 9 Demonstrations
1956-1957, 1993
Box: 9 Events
circa 1970-1979, 1991, 1997-2001
Box: 9 Group Shots
2004, 2009-2010
Box: 10 Group Shot (Oversize)
2004
Box: 9 Itzkowitz, Ben (Camp Photographer)
undated
Box: 26 Itzkowitz, Ben (Oversize)
undated
Box: 10 Kinderland-Lakeland Entrance
undated
Box: 9 Murals
1998-2005
Box: 10 Murals/Other Art (Oversize)
circa 1959, 1998-2005
Box: 9 "Peace" Mural
undated
Box: 10 Publicity
circa 1939-1952
Box: 10 75th Anniversary Reunion Posters
Box: 9 Yackle 60th Anniversary Reunion
September 19-21, 2003
Box: 11 Banners with Russian Writing; Button; "Soviet Union Welcomes You!" Poster
undated
Box: 11 75th Anniversary Dinner Tickets
Box: 11 Group Portrait (Oversize)
2008
Box: 12 Oral History Interviews with Former Campers; Videocassettes, Index, and Questions
2005
Box: 13 Oral History Interviews and Assorted Audio and Audiovisual Materials; 18 Videocassettes, 10 Audiocassettes, Reels, and 5 CDs
1960-2004
Box: 14 Camp Activities and Plays; Videocassettes, DVDs, and Reels
circa 1995-2002
Box: 15 Camp Activities and Group Shots
1924-1936
Box: 16 Camp Activities and Group Shots
circa 1940-1947
Box: 17 Camp Activities and Group Shots
1948-1953
Box: 18 Camp Activities and Group Shots
circa 1960-1969
Box: 19 Camp Activities and Group Shots
1970-1983
Box: 20 Senior Camper Photograph Albums
circa 1989-2000
Box: 21 Camp Activities and Group Shots
circa 1991-2000
Box: 22 Slides
circa 1930-1949
Box: 22 Slides
circa 1960-1969
Box: 22 Slides
1983-1984
Box: 23 Slides
circa 1940-1949
Box: 23 Slides
circa 1960-1969
Box: 24 Slides
circa 1980-1989
Box: 25 Seal Press
1954
Box: 25 16mm Reels (Includes Yiddish Lessons)
undated

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Series X: Archived Website, Apr 1, 2012-ongoing

Camp Kinderland

[https://wayback.archive-it.org/6348/*/http://campkinderland.org/]

Scope and Content Note

Camp Kinderland was founded on Sylvan Lake in Hopewell Junction, NY in 1923 by members of the Workmen's Circle who worked in the organization's New York City schools. The camp's founders sought to create a summer youth camp that would not only provide a recreational escape for the children of working people from the tenements of New York City, but also one whose culture would encourage and foster a commitment to socially progressive activism and the embracing of a rich Jewish secular tradition. The website contains news and event listings, camper and parent resources, and information about renting their facilities.

Series XI: 2017 Accretion, 1937-2014

Scope and Contents

This accretion to the Camp Kindeland Records consists of photocopies of photographs of campers in the 1940s, a brief history of the camp and its historical context, a list of individuals affiliated with Camp Kinderland who participated in the Spanish Civil War as part of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade or who died in World War II, a photocopy of a letter written in Yiddish on a handkerchief along with an English translation, and a survey map of the grounds.

Arrangement

This series has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 31 Folder : 1 History of Camp Kinderland
2011
Box: 31 Folder : 2 List of Individuals Affiliated with Camp Kinderland in Spanish Civil War or World War II
undated
Box: 31 Folder : 3 "Handkerchief Letter"
1937
Box: 31 Folder : 4 White Salute Photograph
1946
Box: 31 Folder : 5 News Bulletin
1982
Box: 31 Folder : 6-8 Reunion Programs
1979-2014
Box: 31 Folder : 9 Song Book
1954
Box: 31 Folder : 10 Photographs
1943-1944
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Survey Map
1963

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