Guide to the Camp Strawderman, Columbia Furnace, Virginia, Papers, 1939-1943

Summary Information

Title: Camp Strawderman, Columbia Furnace, Virginia, Papers, 1939-1943
Collection: AC.1072
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection contains an informational booklet about the all-girls camp, Camp Strawderman in Columbia Furnace, Virginia from 1943. Along with this is a letter home from a Miss Frances Summers, who lived in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, dated July 14, 1939, and a blank application card.

Creator: Frances Summers

Biographical/Historical Note

Camp Strawderman was an all-girls camp in the George Washington National Forest Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Margaret V. Hoffman was the director of the camp in 1943.

The camp was open for girls aged 6 to 18. Activities included horseback riding, swimming, nature studies, handicrafts, trips and hikes, dramatics, music, dancing, newspaper, and tutoring in any subject. The brochure is for 1943. It was all priced at $165 for eight weeks, and $90 for four weeks.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of an informational brochure on Camp Strawderman, a camp for girls in Columbia Furnace, Virginia for the 1943 season, and a letter written by Miss Frances Summers to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Summers in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, dated July 14, 1939. The brochure describes all the activities offered to girls 6 to 18 at the summer camp and offers information on the camp counsellors, meals, chores or tasks given for girls to do, and all the attributes of the surrounding natural areas. The letter by Ms. Summers offers one the sense that she enjoyed the camp and her birthday party held there recently. She describes some of the activities and hope her parents can come for a visit to see her ride a horse. There is also an blank application card to be completed for the camp.


This collection is housed in one folder.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was purchased from L&T Respess in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott in July 2015 with assistance from Claire Stamper.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1072: Camp Strawderman, Columbia Furnace, Virginia, Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.

Container List

Camp Strawderman, Virginia, Booklet, 1943

Letter home from Miss Frances Summers, July 1939