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National Music Camp Scrapbooks

Identifier: NMC_scrapbooks

Scope and Contents note

The approximately thirty scrapbooks were created by campers to help them remember their time at the summer arts camp. The scrapbooks provide information that is not normally captured by official administrative means, such as diaries, photographs made by campers, and mementos of the friendships between campers - as shown through signatures and written messages. The campers also collected other ephemera that they found important to assist in remembering their time at camp. Many of these items were of a disposable nature, and do not survive elsewhere. The scrapbooks in this collection are from the first year the camp opened in 1928 until about 1955 and provide an in-depth look at student life. The whole range of the camper's experiences are reflected in these scrapbooks; their friendships, dances, sports, Sunday services, and artistic endeavours are all found in this material, which helps to develop a deeper understanding of the camper's time here. The majority of the scrapbooks were disassembled and their pages and photographs placed in protective archival plastic sheets for preservation purposes, though a few of the scrapbooks are essentially untouched and placed in archival housing.


  • Bulk, 1930-1934 1928-1968
  • Majority of material found within 1930 - 1934

Biographical/Historical note

In 1928 Joseph E. Maddy and Thaddeus P. Giddings established the National High School Orchestra Camp with approximately 100 students. Campers from all over America arrived by train for eight weeks of music education and summer camp activities such as swimming, tennis, and archery. It grew rapidly in scope, size, and reputation, becoming the National Music Camp in 1932. Interlochen Arts Academy, the country's first independent fine arts boarding high school, opened in 1962. In 1990 The National Music Camp changesd its name to Interlochen Arts Camp. Today the Interlochen Arts Camp has thousands of children who attend the summer sessions of two, four, and eight weeks.


8 Cubic Feet

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Arrangement note

The scrapbooks in this series were processed by Colleen Marquis, and are arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History note

The scrapbooks in this collection were all donated by the original owner or by family members of the original owner. Many of the earliest scrapbook owners have passed on and their children or grandchildren are responsible for donating them to the archive. One scrapbook was purchased at an online auction to supplement the collection.

General Physical Description note

34 scrapbooks of varying sizes

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Finding aid prepared by Leo Gillis, MLIS
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Interlochen Center for the Arts Repository

Bonisteel Library
4000 Highway M-137
Interlochen MI 49643 USA