Guide to the Camp Larson Scrapbooks and Photographs 1950-1997
PC 172

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Camp Larson Scrapbooks and Photographs
ID
PC 172
Date [inclusive]
1950-1997
Extent
3.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
2 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Scrapbooks and photographs of Camp Larson, a WSU-run summer camp for handicapped individuals on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Camp Larson Scrapbooks and Photographs, 1950-1997 (PC 172)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

What would become Camp Larson began in the summer of 1950, when Washington State University and the State Society for Crippled Children and Adults sponsored a summer camp at an Episcopal Church Camp located at Point McDonald on Lake Coeur d’Alene. The camp was named Camp Manitowish (or Manitou-Wish), and Roger Larson and Ruth Radir were co-directors. In 1955, WSU purchased 40 acres on Cottonwood Bay (still on Lake Coeur d’Alene), and the camp was moved there, to what would become its permanent home. The Manitowish name was lost in the move, and the new location was known as Camp Easter Seal, which had been an unofficial second name in the earlier location. In 1977 the name was officially changed to Camp WSU, and in 1980 it was named Camp Larson following founder Roger Larson’s retirement. Use of the camp subsequently decreased over the years, and despite a push for renewed usage in the late 1990s, WSU closed the camp in 2003 and sold it the following year.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection is primarily photographic images of Camp Larson (previously Camp Easter Seal), a summer camp for disabled children held each summer at grounds fronting the south end of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The images run from 1950 up to 1997, and depict camp-goers, facilities, activities, counselors, and various elements of life at the summer camp. Additionally two scrapbooks primarily containing newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and other printed artifacts cover 1950-1958 and 1962 to 1989.

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in three separate series, determined by format and each comprising one box. Series (box) 1 contains the two scrapbooks, maintained in the condition they were transferred to MASC. Series 2 is negatives and photographic prints, organized chronologically, with a quantity of undated/unidentified materials at the end. Series 3 is slides, with a few subject based slide sets at the front, followed, by the mass of the materials in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2018

https://libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These materials were transferred to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) on July 26, 2018 by Jeanne Therrien of WSU’s College of Education, and retained as UA 2018-08.

Processing Information note

The Camp Larson materials were processed in July, 2018 by University Archivist Mark O’English. The slides and photographs were reorganized in processing; about 2/3 of the photographic prints were discarded due to a lack of either dates or identification. In the case of the slides, only a representative sampling was retained within each year.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A few Camp Larson maps and plans which came with these materials can be found in Archives 215. One box of Roger Larson’s professional papers, including materials about the Camp, are held at MASC as MS1985-33.

Separated Materials note

The original accession of materials was somewhat varied – oversized maps, plans, and drawings of Camp Larson were moved to collection Archives 215, while a series of Phi Epsilon Kappa (a physical education honorary) papers currently remain unprocessed as UA2018-08.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University. Camp Easter Seal.
  • Washington State University. Camp Larson.

Subject(s)

  • Camps--Idaho--Coeur d'Alene Lake
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Idaho

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1950-1989 

Box Folder

Scrapbook, 1950-1958 

1 1

Scrapbook, 1962-1989 

1 2

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Series 2: Negatives & Photographic Prints, 1951-1997 

Box Folder

1951 

2 1

1952 

2 2

1953 

2 3

1954 

2 4

1956 

2 5

1957 

2 6

1958 

2 7

1959 

2 8

1961 

2 9

1966 

2 10

1968 

2 11

1970 

2 12

1978 

2 13

1981 

2 14

1982 

2 15

Remembrances of Camp Larson, May 3, 1997 

2 16

Undated prints 

2 17

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Series 3: Slides, 1950-1991 

Box Folder

Camp Manitowish / Camp Easter Seal, 1950s 

3 1

Glass slides - Camp Manitowish / McDonalds Point, 1950s 

3 2

Chatcolab, undated 

3 3

Flat Head Bible Camp, undated 

3 4

Presentation: Camp Roger C. Larson, A Place in the Sun, undated 

3 5

McDonald Point, 1950-1951 

3 6

1951 

3 7

1952-1953 

3 8

1954 

3 9

1959 

3 10

1960 

3 11

1961 

3 12

1962 

3 13

1963 

3 14

1964 

3 15

1965 

3 16

1967 

3 17

1968 

3 18

1969 

3 19

1970 

3 20

1972-1973 

3 21

1974 

3 22

Flood, January 1974 

3 23

1975 

3 24

1976 

3 25

1977 

3 26

1978 

3 27

1981 

3 28

1991 

3 29

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