Fonds 08-005 - Camp Tanamakoon fonds

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Camp Tanamakoon fonds

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  • 1925-2006 (Creation)
    Camp Tanamakoon

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32 cm of textual records
4 compact disks
2 music albums
2 slides
ca. 500 photographs

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Camp Tanamakoon was established by Mary G. Hamilton, principal of Margaret Eaton School in Toronto, in 1925 and is located on Tanamakoon Lake in Algonquin Park. A summer camp for girls, Camp Tanamakoon offers an environmental education; activities include tripping, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, wood crafting, and various other activities. Owners of the Camp since its inception include: founder Mary G. Hamilton, 1925-1953; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Raymer, 1953-1974; Hugh and Carolea Butters, 1974-1984; and Kim and Marilyn Smith, 1984 to the present.

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Fonds was in the custody of Camp Tanamakoon before it was forwarded to Trent University Archives via Bruce Emmerton in 2008.

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Fonds consists of Camp Tanamakoon correspondence, manuals, brochures, photographs, songs, and legal documents. Also included is research material for the book entitled Tanamakoon: Where We Will Never Grow Old by Catherine Ross.

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Fonds acquired from Bruce Emmerton in 2008.


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For related records see: Ontario Camping Association fonds.

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Box 1


  1. 1920s: brochures, photographs (note: includes photograph of Mary Hamilton)
  2. 1930s: history of the formation of the Ontario Camping Association, photographs
  3. 1940s: correspondence, campers' reminiscences of Camp Tanamakoon in the 1940s, photographs, songbook
  4. 1950s: change of ownership of Camp Tanamakoon, 1950s correspondence of Catherine Wells [Ross], photographs
  5. 1960s: banquet script (1966), Eaton Auditorium music night (1960)
  6. 1970s: banquet script (1978), songs, greeting cards, correspondence, change of ownership of Camp Tanamakoon, two copies of "Camp Tanamakoon 50th Anniversary 1925-1975" music album, photographs & slides (note: one of the slides is of musician Dan Hill)
    7: 1980s: 60th anniversary materials (1984), correspondence re retirement of Carolea Butters (1984), photographs, greeting cards
    8: 2001-2004: Camp manual (2001); two video CDs and correspondence, etc. re 80th anniversary (2004)
    9: [2005]: Manuals re school groups, Kindercamp, seniors
    10: 2005-2006: Correspondence and research material for book Tanamakoon: Where We Will Never Grow Old by Catherine Ross, [2008]; 2 CDs entitled "Book"
    11: "Counselor's Guide" n.d.; [Counselor] daily diaries, 1974, 1983
    12: Legal records, maps, plans, surveys

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2 envelopes of miscellaneous photographs

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