Pine Island Camp Records
Scope and Contents
Collection, 1902-2015, contains records of the Pine Island Camp, a summer camp for boys in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. The records include correspondence, applications from campers, and financial records. The collection also contains an extensive group of photographs of campers and camp activities.
- Pine Island Camp (Belgrade Lakes, Me.) (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
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Pine Island Camp traces its history to 1892 when the three-acre island on which it stands was purchased by Florence Colby. In 1902 her son Clarence Colby founded Pine Island Camp. In 1908 the camp was purchased by Dr. Eugene L. Swan and his friend Raymond Kaign. Dr. Swan was born in 1876 in Franklin, Maine, had a medical practice in Brooklyn, New York, and had been serving as a camp doctor at one of the first summer camps in New York State. In 1921 Dr. Swan became the sole owner of the camp. His enthusiasm, charisma, and love of the outdoor life led to its immediate success. It attracted campers primarily from New England and New York but also enrolled boys from across the country. The number of campers increased and the camp succeeded financially until the Great Depression and World War II. By the end of the war, the number of campers had diminished significantly. At this point, Dr. Swan's oldest son, Eugene L. Swan, Jr., known as Jun, became the director. Jun was born in 1909 and had been serving as Assistant Headmaster of the Collegiate School in New York City. In 1946 he and his two brothers purchased the camp from their father and increased the enrollment. In 1969 the camp instituted a formal Board of Directors to insure its continuity. Until a fire in 1995 destroyed many of its buildings, the camp in many ways had remained as it was at its founding: remote, without electricity, continuing the rituals and ceremonies established by Dr. Swan. After the fire, with donations from former campers, the camp was able to re-build and modernize, installing electricity and conforming to modern health codes. Pine Island Camp celebrated its centennial in 2002.
36 cubic feet (36 boxes)
1 linear foot (ledgers)
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Organization and Arrangement
The collection is arranged in four series: I. Administrative files, II. Information about campers, III. Financial records, and IV. Photographs. In addition, a donation made in 2018 is cataloged as a fifth series.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift from E.L. Swan in the 1970s. Additional donations in 2009 and 2012. Accruals expected.
The researcher may also want to consult Pine Island Camp: The First One Hundred Years, written in 2002 to mark the Camp's centennial year.
- Belgrade Lakes (Me.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Camping -- Maine Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Camps -- Maine -- Belgrade Lakes Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cate, Philip
- Correspondence Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Deeds Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Financial records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Lists Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Negatives (photographic) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographic prints Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Swan, Eugene L., 1876-
- Tax records Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Guide to the Pine Island Camp Records
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