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Hugh Downs Photos, 1953


Scope and Contents note

From the Fonds:

Photography has always been important to the National Music Camp, and photos exist from the earliest years of the Camp. Beginning in circa 1944, a concerted effort was made each year to fully document camp life. A professional photographer was on site throughout the season, taking high quality, usually staged, photographs. These consisted of group shots of each of the camper cabins, and numerous individual shots of campers and instructors. These photos were developed on-site in the campus darkroom.

The campers at NMC were divided into age groups called Junior, Intermediate and High School. There was also a University contingent from the University of Michigan for many years. The sequence of negatives reflects these divisions. Two other typical divisions are General camp photos and Post-camp photos. General photos are often simply of the High Schoolers who constituted the majority of the campers at NMC, but also include more generic and candid shots of camp life. Post-camp indicates that camp had concluded, and these photos document the routines associated with closing down the camp for the summer.

When the Arts Academy began in the 1962-63 school year, the tradition of photography was continued, and similar high-quality shots were taken of the students. Theses are generally all numbered sequentially, and not divided into the four classes of Freshman, Sophomore, etc. It was around this time that the 4 x 5 large format was supplemented, and then supplanted, by the 120 film medium format, approximately 2.25" x 2.25".


  • 1953

Biographical / Historical

Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) is a retired American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962–71, host of the Concentration game show from 1958–69, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978–99. He also served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar, host of the PBS talk show Over Easy, and co-host of the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only.


4 Photographic Prints : 1 - 2.5" x 4" - b&w print of Downs & Dr. Joseph E. Maddy(?) on TV, standing in front of NMC Orch 1 - 7" x 9" - b&w headshot print of Down 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Downs signing autographs 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Downs and unidentified man and woman

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Materials Specific Details

Negative numbers written on prints: P-12 4; 1953, 1487, P-12, 1, R-111, Photo 24;


2.5" x 4" - print of Hugh Downs (left) & Dr. Joseph E. Maddy(?) (right) on TV, standing in front of NMC Orch 8" x 10" - print of Hugh Downs (right) and unidentified man and woman

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts Repository

Bonisteel Library
4000 Highway M-137
Interlochen MI 49643 USA