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Special Collections: Guide to the Camping in Maine Collection

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
March 2008

Collection title: Camping in Maine Collection
Collection number: MS 83
Dates of collection: 1900-1976
Size of collection: 2 boxes


The collection contains information on summer camps and fishing and hunting camps in Maine. The material was received as a result of a campaign in 1973 by the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library to solicit records and information from these types of organizations.

The camps started by Luther Halsey Gulick (1865-1918) and Charlotte Vetter Gulick (1865-1938) are the best represented in the collection. The Gulicks founded the Camp Fire Girls in 1910 and also founded several camps in Maine. Camp Wohelo, located on Sebago Lake near Raymond, Maine, and consisting of Little Wohelo for girls ages 6 to 12 and Sebago Wohelo for girls ages 12 to 16, was founded in 1907; Camp Timanous for boys was founded in 1916 and is located in the Sebago Lake region of Maine.

Several other summer camps that existed in the 1970s are also represented in the collection. Information provided by various fishing, hunting and wilderness camps is also included.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains brochures, magazines, and other publications from the Luther Gulick camps in Maine. Also included are copies of magazines and books that have articles written by Luther and Charlotte Gulick as well as information and publications about the Camp Fire Girls.

Brochures, newsletters, and other publications from various summer camps as well as commercial hunting, fishing and wilderness lodges can also be found in the collection.

The user should note that material received from the Pine Island Camp, a camp for boys located in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, was removed from this collection and added to the Pine Island Camp Records (MS 410) held by the Special Collections Department.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


Luther Gulick Camps

1-4 Brochures: The Luther Gulick Camps, 1918-1950s(?), undated
5 The Luther Gulick Camps: Luncheons, 1924
6 “Sebago-Wohelo,” 1916, 1917, undated
7-9 “The Wohelo Bird,” 1921-1931, undated
10 Brochures: Camp Timanous, undated
11 American Kitchen Magazine, May, Oct., Nov. 1901 [with articles by Mrs. Luther Gulick]
12 “Written thoughts: Wapa 1-3” by Luther Gulick, 1912, undated
13 “A list of Indian words” by Charlotte V. Gulick, 1915
14 Sebago-Wohelo Camp Fire Girls by Ethel Rogers with introduction by Mrs. Luther Halsey Gulick, 1915
15 “Air pictures (sign language)” by Charlotte V. Gulick, 1915
16 “Franta from France” by Charlotte V. Gulick, 1918
17 “Radio talk” by Charlotte V. Gulick, 1926
18 “Maine summer camps” by J. Halsey Gulick in Sign Up, Aug. 1930

Camp Fire Girls General

19-21 “The Book of the Camp Fire Girls,” 1913, 1914, 1917, 1921
22 “Vacation Book of the Camp Fire Girls,” 1914
23 Camp Fire Girls: sample record book
24 Indian names: facts and games for Camp Fire Girls, 1916

Box 2

1 Ceremonials for Camp Fire Girls, 1956
2-8 “Wohelo: a magazine for girls,” July 1913-Sept. 1918
9 Camp Fire Girls: miscellaneous brochures
10 The birch-bark roll of the woodcraft Indians, 1906, 1908, 1915
11 Hand-book for the Bee-Hive Girls of the Y.L.M.I.A. (Young Ladies’ Mutual
Improvement Assoc., Salt Lake City), 1915, 1916
12 Handbooks, brochures, etc. about camps and camping
13 “National Geographic Magazine,” June 1955

Other camps, lodges, etc.

14 Camp Beech Cliff for Boys, Mt. Desert, Me.
15 Camp Caribou for Boys, Waterville, Me.
16 Camp Cedar, Casco, Me., 1971., 1972
17 Camp Chewonki, Wiscasset, Me.
18 Camp Chickawah for Boys, Harrison, Me.
19 Camp Sasone, Camp K’Ton-ton, Teen Leadership Camp, Bangor, Me.
20 Camp Truda, Oxford, Me.
21 Camp Wenonah, Naples, Me.: Summersalt, 1971
22 Kennebec Girl Scout Council, Falmouth, Me.
23 Maine Camp Directors Assoc., 1973
24 Maine Music Camp, 1966
25 Tall Timbers, Casco Village, Me.
26-27 Wronegonic Camps for Girls, Denmark, Me., 1943-1973
28 Brochures for fishing, hunting, wilderness camps, etc.

Box 3

Added in 2011

The Androlog: Camp Androscoggin, Wayne, Maine, 1933, 1936-1941, 1945-1946 (Received from Rutgers University Library for the Center for Law and Justice, Newark, NJ)

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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