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George & Lenore Romney Photos, 1965 - 1966


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".


  • 1965 - 1966

Biographical / Historical

Lenore LaFount Romney (née Lafount;[nb 1] November 9, 1908 – July 7, 1998) was an American actress and political figure. The wife of businessman and politician George W. Romney, she was First Lady of Michigan from 1963 to 1969. She was the Republican Party nominee for the U.S. Senate in 1970 from Michigan. Her youngest son, Mitt Romney, is a former Governor of Massachusetts and was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

Biographical / Historical

George Wilcken Romney (July 8, 1907 – July 26, 1995) was an American businessman and Republican Party politician. He was chairman and president of American Motors Corporation from 1954 to 1962, the 43rd Governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969 to 1973. He was the father of 2003–07 Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, husband of 1970 U.S. Senate candidate Lenore Romney, and grandfather of 2017–present Republican National Committee chair Ronna Romney McDaniel.


15 Photographic Prints : 1 photo; 8x10"; black & white; Romney (on bench, second from right) & Maddy, with students 1 photo; 3.5x3.5"; black & white; Romney speaking 1 photo; 8x10"; black & white; Romney (left) and Maddy 2 photos; 8x10"; black & white; 2 copies of photo, from left: Romney, Mrs. Maddy, Mrs. Romney, Maddy 3 photos; 8x10"; black & white; 3 copies of photo of Romney speaking 2 photos; 8x10"; black & white; 2 copies of photo, from left: Karl Haas, Mrs. Romney, Harry John Brown, Mrs. Maddy 2 photos; 8x10"; black & white; Mrs. Romney speaking to orchestra 2 photos; 8x10"; black & white; 2 copies of photo, from left: Karl Haas, Mrs. Maddy, Mrs. Romney, unknown woman

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Materials Specific Details

Negative Numbers: 2405; 2403; 2400; 1497; C850; C852

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts Repository

Bonisteel Library
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Interlochen MI 49643 USA