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Pine Island Camp Records

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0410

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.

Dates

  • 1902-2015

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Library.

Historical Note

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.

Extent

36 cubic feet (36 boxes)

1 linear foot (ledgers)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection contains records of the Pine Island Camp, a summer camp for boys in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine.

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.

General

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.

Title
Guide to the Pine Island Camp Records
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686