Camp Atwater
Scope:
The Camp Atwater collection includes correspondence, printed material, organizational documents, and photographs.

Correspondence in the collection consists of general correspondence to the Director of the camp; letters of application for counselor positions; and statements of need and requests for financial assistance.  Notable correspondents include Arthur Ashe and Rev. William N. DeBerry (the founder of Camp Atwater).

Printed material in the collection includes application booklets for campers (1929, 1935-1951); promotional material regarding the camp (flyers, bumper stickers, brochures); pamphlets regarding creative camping tips (1968-1969); “Atwater Echoes,” the season reports compiled by Atwater counselors, including the Boys’ Camp (1938, 1965, 1965, 1966) and the Girls’ Camp (1948, 1961, 1963, 1968); newspaper clippings from The Springfield Union; two issues of The Dunbar Record (published by the Dunbar Community League, the predecessor to the Urban League in Springfield) from 1935 and 1936; and two annual reports of the Springfield Urban League (1967 and 1968).

Organizational documents in the collection include financial reports, employment applications, staff and camper lists (mainly from 1968), medical records, several reports from the Superintendent and others (1960s-1980s), material regarding the Dunbar Community League and the Springfield Urban League, and other items.

Photographs in the collection include photos of Rev. William N. DeBerry and his wife, Amanda Kissack DeBerry; the Girls’ Camp staff (1959); campers and counselors in front of the three cabins; Elma Lewis conducting a dance class (1940); a parade; and a series of postcards depicting scenes at the camp, including archery, football, the lakefront, the infirmary, and an aerial view of the camp.
Notable Figures
1. DeBerry, William Nelson, 1870-1948
Associated Subjects
1. African American Collections -- Politics, Public Affairs, and Social Activism Subject Guide
2. African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Springfield -- Societies, etc.
3. African American youth -- Recreation -- Massachusetts -- North Brookfield.
4. Camps -- Massachusetts -- North Brookfield.
5. Photographs