Collection ID: M.80

Collection context

Summary

Date:
1847-1991 and undated
Abstract:
The Camp Family Papers contains various correspondence and personal records collected by the Camp Family. Some of the correspondence includes letters from Reverend Albert Camp, his wife Frances Camp, their Daughter Nancy Camp, son Wallace Camp, and Aunt Mary Shears. The collection also contains sermon notes and sermons by Reverend Albert Camp, as well as instructions to household help from Frances Camp. Also in the collection are correspondence by Orton Camp Jr. sent to his parents detailing his time serving in World War II. Also from this same time period are photographs of Orton Camp Jr. and various army medals. Interesting to note is Orton Camp Jr.'s personal records, which contains letters from the Mattatuck Museum as well as Taft School.
Extent:
3 Linear Feet and 5 legal mauscript boxes and 1 oversized object box
Language:
English .

Background

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

The Camp Family Papers contains documents from 1847-1991. The Camp Family Papers is composed largely of correspondence and includes a small amount of personal records collected by the Camp Family including photographs, a diary, war records, photograph album and military medals of honor. The collection is arranged in 2 series: Orton P. Camp Jr. Papers which contains documents and medals relating to Orton P. Camp,and the Camp Family Papers, which contains documents relating to the other Camp family members.

Some of the correspondence includes letters from Reverend Albert Camp, his wife Frances Camp, their Daughter Nancy Camp, son Wallace Camp, and Aunt Mary Shears. The collection also contains sermon notes and sermons by Reverend Francis Camp, as well as instructions to household help from Frances Camp. Also in the collection are correspondence by Orton Camp Jr. sent to his parents detailing his time serving in World War II. Also from this same time period are photographs of Orton Camp Jr. and various army medals. Interesting to note is Orton Camp Jr.'s personal records, which contains letters from the Mattatuck Museum as well as Taft School.

Biographical / Historical:

The Camp family was a family located mainly in Waterbury, Connecticut from the 19th to the 21st century.

The Camp Family begins its origins in Waterbury with Reverend Joseph Eleazer Camp (1766-1838) Rev. Joseph E. Camp gave many sermons and spent time studying at Yale Universtiy. After college he was married to Rhoda Turner (1772-1840). The two had many children including David Bushrod Washington Camp (1804-1875), Elizabeth S. Camp (1807-N/A), Albert B. Camp (1797-1866), and others. Some of their children who are represented in the collection are D.B.W. Camp who was a physician, as well as Reverend Albert B. Camp who married Frances Ann Camp (1813-1881). The collection contains correspondence from these three. Rev. Albert and Frances Camp had three children; Nancy Elizabeth Camp (1830-1854) is represented in the collection through her letter to her parents as well as her journal.

Rev. Joesph E. Camp was the grandfather of Wallace H Camp (whose father was Jabez McCall Camp (1811-1890) and is not mentioned in the Camp Family Papers.) Wallace was the brother of Charlotte Camp, who was a renowned teacher in both Connecicut and later Boston. There is a scrapbook and a publication about Charlotte's life. Wallace Camp married Helen Platt Camp (1849-1932) and had four children: Hilda M. Camp (1888-1981), Edith C. Camp (1881-1942), Roland H. Camp (1879-1948), and Orton Platt Camp (1890-1976). Orton Platt Camp was the only child to marry and have children, his children being names Orton Platt Camp Jr. (1922-2006) Nancy H. Camp (1931-2013).

Orton Platt Camp Jr. was born in Waterbury Connecticut. He attended school at the Fessenden School in West Newton, MA: The Taft School, of which he later became a Trustee or, and Yale University. Camp's senior year at Yale was interrupted by him being drafted in World War II. During the war he particpated in initial invasion of France, Battle of the Bulge, and served as an aid to General Mark Clark in the European Theater. His letters home vividly depict his time in the war between 1944 and 1946. Also during the War it is believed he met his life time partner of 35 years, Roger Roby. After his service in the war he returned to Yale and graduated in 1947 as a member of the class of 1945. He served again in the military later in Korea. After college he worked as the President of the Patent Button Company, later Dot Fasteners in Waterbury and Cheshire. He also served as the chairman of Platt Brothers company in Waterbury. Camp served two terms as the President of the Mattatuck Museum, today the history exibhition space is named for him. Camp died at 83 years old in Bethany.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 753-0381
scrawford@mattmuseum.org