Guide to the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers, 1943-2014, undated

Summary Information

Title: Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers, 1943-2014, undated
Collection: AC.214
Extent: 15 linear feet (5 record cartons, 3 half sized, 3 flat oversize, 3 small media boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small medallion container)
Abstract:

Materials in the Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers cover the operation of a summer camp for boys from 1944 to 1970. Also featured are materials related to the camp's founder Vera Lachmann, a poet and educator of German-Jewish background who sought refuge in the United States at the beginning of World War II. The collection contains information on Camp Catawba's history, correspondence with campers and counselors, poetry composed by Lachmann, Lachmann's personal correspondence, and ephemera and sound recordings from Camp Catawba.

Creator: Lachmann, Vera

Biographical/Historical Note

Camp Catawba, located in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, was once a farm owned by the Hodgkins family who had moved to the area in early 1900s. Lachmann bought the property in sections from 1943 until 1953 and repurposed many of the original structures from the farm for the campers. Focused on a balance of recreation and the arts, the summer camp for boys operated from 1944 until 1970. Lachmann's partner, Tui St. George Tucker, joined the staff of Camp Catawba as a music instructor in 1946. The camp was especially influenced by Lachmann's affinity for the classics and each summer ended with the performance of a play. After Lachman's death in 1985, Tui St. George Tucker moved to Camp Catawba where she composed music. Tui sold the site to the Blue Ridge Parkway before she passed away in 2004.

Vera Lachmann (1904-1985) was born in Berlin, Germany and grew up in a household of German-Jewish heritage. She attended a school for girls directed by Dr. Sigmund Auerbach and began her study of languages, literature, and philology at the Universities of Berlin and Basel in 1923. Lachmann developed an interest in classics and early epics, studying Icelandic Sagas, European literature, and classical civilization. Earning a Ph.D. from the University of Berlin in 1931, Lachmann, due to the bias in Germany against women in higher education and at the behest of fellow educators Paulus and Edith Geheeb, sought training in high school instruction. After the Nazi party took control of Germany in 1933, Lachmann used her teaching certificate to found a school for Jewish and Jewish-Christian parented children expelled from public schools. The school continued for five years until closed by the Nazis in January 1939.

Lachmann left Germany in November 1939 and began teaching in the German Department at Vassar College in New York State. Leaving Vassar in 1941, she took a number of education jobs in the northeast before eventually moving south to found Camp Rena in Black Mountain, with the help of Elisabeth and Clemens Sommer of Chapel Hill. After the camp's first season in the summer of 1943, Lachmann taught at Salem College from 1943-1944 before returning north to teach at Brynn Mawr, Yale, City College of New York, and Brooklyn College. The first summer at Camp Catawba, founded by Lachmann in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, began in 1944 and Lachmann would continue to direct the camp until it closed in 1970. In 1946 Lachmann met composer Tui St. George Tucker who became her lifetime companion and partner. She redevoted herself to her study of the classics during the 1950s and 1960s and visited Greece as well as libraries throughout the United States and Europe. Lachmann composed and published poetry in both German and English and kept diaries of her travels abroad.

Scope and Contents

Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers contains information related to both the operations and history of Camp Catawba as well as the personal life and professional career of its founder, Vera Lachmann. The Camp Catawba materials include paperwork on the operation of the camp such as correspondence with parents and camp counselors, financial information, employee handbooks, teaching materials, and ephemera. Also included are secondary sources detailing the history of the camp and extensive correspondence used by Charles A. Miller to construct his work, A Catawba Assembly. Photographs of the camp feature scenes of campers and of scenery around the camp. The Vera Lachmann materials consist of handwritten and typed poetry, books of poetry, journals of Lachmann's Greek travels, speeches, personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, and Lachman's obituaries. Audiovisual materials include audio cassettes, mini dvs, and compact discs of audio recordings, photographs, and a filmed lecture on Camp Catawba.

Arrangement

Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers is divided into three series.

Series I: Camp Catawba Records is divided into two subseries. Subseries A: Camp Materials is organized in alphabetical order with photographs and camp artwork listed at the end of the series. Subseries B: A Catawba Assembly is organized alphabetically by last name of correspondents with matted photographs located at the end of the series.

Series II: Vera Lachmann Papers is organized alphabetically with photographs listed at the end of the series.

Series III: Audiovisual is divided into two subseries. Subseries A: Cassettes is organized alphabetically with audiocassettes listed first, followed by Mini DV cassettes. Subseries B: Compact Discs is organized alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The materials are open for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Acquisitions Information

Charles A. Miller donated the bulk of the collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection on 24 July 2003, 3 March 2004, 28 May 2004, and 26 October 2004, which was accessioned as AC.2003.012. In December 2005, Charles Miller donated images of Camp Catawba taken 7 June 2005 and advertisement of Vera Lachmann's CD set. On 30 December 2005, Charles Miller donated photographs, Vera Lachmann's poetry and translations, correspondence, Camp Catawba materials, and personal items. Additional accessions were received from Charles Miller between 2011 and 2014. An additional donation came in 2007 from The National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway, Jaqueline Holt, Curator. This donation consisted of 5 boxes of Camp Catawba materials, a tape recorder and two music stands. An additional donation came from Charles A. Miller in 2015. This donation included tapes of Vera Lachmann and one tape of Spencer Holst and Tui Tucker. The latter tape was added to the Tucker collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Kathryn Staley, August 2008; Encoded by Kathryn Staley, Holly Riddle, August 2008; Transcriptions by J. McTaggart, August 2008. In 2014, the collection was split and Tui St. George Tucker materials were removed to form a separate collection (AC.940: Tui St. George Tucker Papers). The collection was then reprocessed with additions by Trevor McKenzie in September 2014. This collection was reprocessed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.214: Camp Catawba and Vera Lachmann Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appaalchian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Series I: Camp Catawba Records, 1943-2014, undated 

Series Description

Series I: Camp Catawba Records contains information concerning the camp and its operation. Of special note are correspondence by camp director Vera Lachmann addressing parents of campers as well as camp counselors. Materials include camp ephemera, lyric sheets to songs sung at the camp, menus, financial information, newsclippings, and information on programs detailing the camp's history. The series houses numerous black and white photographs of the camp and campers along with some artwork produced at the camp, including paintings by Dennis Corbett, the camp cook. The series is divided into two subseries. Subseries A: Camp Materials contains documents created during the camp's operation. Subseries B: A Catawba Assembly contains materials used in the creation of A Catawba Assembly by Charles A. Miller, a work featuring the reminices of people who attended Camp Catawba. Included in the subseries are a copy of the book, biographical information on contributors, a list of former campers who corresponded with Miller, an article by Miller on Lachmann's teaching of the classics at Camp Catawba, and booklets on the camp. Also included are the correspondences between Miller and former campers, organized alphabetically by the last name of each camper. Matted photographs used in the book are housed in a large oversize box and organized by Miller's numbering system.

Subseries A: Camp Materials, 1943-2011, undated 

  Box Folder

A Place of Wonders: The Story of Camp Catawba, August 24, 2011 

1 1

Between Two Worlds: A Time at Camp Catawba by Jens Barnieck and Wheeler Sparks, September 2010 

1 2

Camp Catawba ephemera, 1970, undated 

1 3

Camp Reports, 1949-1955 

1 4

Catawba Weekly, 1954 

1 5

Christmas Songbook, 1943 

1 6

Correspondence- Letters to correspondence, 1952-1962 

1 7

Correspondence- Letters to parents, 1943-1956 

1 8

Correspondence- Letters to parents, 1957-1962 

1 9

Correspondence- Letters to parents, 1963-1970 

1 10

Correspondence- Other camp correspondence, 1948-1959 

1 11

Correspondence- Other camp correspondence, 1960-1964 

1 12

Correspondence- Other camp correspondence, 1964-1967 

1 13

Correspondence- Other camp correspondence, 1967-1971 

1 14

Employee handbooks and manuals, 1953-1967 

1 15

Finances, 1963-1970 

1 16

Former campers, 1988-2005 

1 17

Forms, 1965, undated 

1 18

Games and Hunts, 1950-1962, undated 

1 19

Invitations, 1957-1970 

1 20

Lists, 1943-1972 

1 21

Lyrics, 1950-1952 

1 22

Menus and Recipes, 1962, undated 

1 23

Newsclippings [found with artwork], 1949, undated 

1 24

Newsclippings and ephemera, 1953-1958 

2 1

Play scripts, 1953-1970, undated 

2 2

Programs, 1952-1970 

2 3

This Camp Is Groovy, Camp Catawba's Evolving Story, 2009, undated 

2 4

Tui St. George Tucker and Music at Camp Catawba, undated 

2 5

Camp Catawba photographs, undated 

2 6

Camper photograph album, 1953-1958, undated 

2 7

Catawba scene, watercolor found at Catawba, May 2004 

2 8

Photographs of camp scenes, 1950-1963, undated 

2 9
  Box

Photographs of camp scenes [large photographs], 1955-1960, undated 

3

Artwork, Paintings by Dennis Corbett, 1953, undated 

4

Camp Catawba rolodex, undated 

5

Subseries B: A Catawba Assembly, 1951-2014, undated 

  Box Folder

A Catawba Assembly by Charles A. Miller, 1973 

6 1

A Catawba Assembly, Biographical supplement, 1973-1976 

6 2

A Catawba Assembly, correspondence list, 1972-1974 

6 3

Booklets, 1951-1961 

6 4

Charles A. Miller, Vera Lachmann, The Classics and Camp Catawba, 2014 

6 5

Rebecca Averill, 1974-1975 

6 6

Elston Bell, undated 

6 7

Bruce Blackman, January 1973 

6 8

Marilyn Booth, 1973-1974 

6 9

Rick Cantor, undated 

6 10

Thelma and Tom Catterton, 1972-1973 

6 11

Courtneys, February 9, 1973 

6 12

Banks Curtis, September 21, 1973 

6 14

Stuart Diamond, 1972-1973 

6 14

Marcia Dudiak Hampton, December 2, 1972 

6 15

Lisel Edelmuth, 1972-1973 

6 16

Peter Ernester, 1973 

6 17

Mrs. John Elton, 1973 

6 18

Geoffrey Gumper, 1970-1973 

6 19

Ann Guthrie [Follansbee], 1972 

6 20

Robin Halvorsen, 1972-1973 

6 21

Ed Harris, 1973 

6 22

Grete Hirsch, September 27, 1973 

6 23

Charlotte and Eric Hirst, 1972-1973 

6 24

Derek Holder, 1972 

6 25

Spencer and Ben Holst, 1972-1973 

6 26

Carol Jacobson, 1972-1973 

6 27

Paul Johnson, January 16, 1973 

6 28

David Kaminstein, 1958-1972 

6 29

Hannah Katz, 1972-1973 

6 30

Allen Kaufer, 1966-1973 

6 31

Dan Klehbort, undated 

6 32

Paul Kohn, March 5, 1974 

6 33

Len Kurzweil, 1972 

6 34

Kalman Lapide, 1972 

6 35

David [Uri] Lauber, 1973 

6 36

Ken Laufer, 1973 

6 37

George Leibson, 1972-1973 

6 38

Ron Lennenberg, 1972 

6 39

Mike Lepawksy, December 18, 1972 

6 40

Jerry Lewin, 1973 

6 41

Ray Liebling, January 9, 1973 

6 42

Francis Loewald, 1972-1973 

6 43

Richard Loewald, 1972-1973 

6 44

Steffi Lorman, 1972-1973 

6 45

Pierre Lorsy, 1972-1973 

6 46

Joel Lumer, 1972 

6 47

Jackson Maclow, 1973 

6 48

Frank Mainzer, 1972-1973 

6 49

Richard Malone, 1973 

6 50

Mike Martin, 1972-1973 

6 51

Addison Massengill, 1972-1973 

6 52

Steven E. Mayer, 1973 

6 53

Paul Mela [Tom Mela], 1973 

6 54

Warren Melamed, 1972-1973 

6 55

Mike Meredith, 1972-1973 

6 56

Felicia Jennings Miner, 1945-1973 

6 57

George Mintz, 1972 

6 58

Edward Paolella, 1973 

6 59

Dean Perlman, 1973 

6 60

Jefferson Perry, December 12, 1972 

6 61

Dan Pollock, September 4, 1973 

6 62

Mike Raff, 1972-1973 

6 63

Rudi Rau, 1972-1973 

6 64

Steve Richards, February 3, 1973 

6 65

Ruth Ries, 1972-1973 

  Box Folder

Kate Rosenheim, 1972-1973 

6 67

Len Rubinowitz, 1973 

6 68

Nan Rypins Malkin, 1972-1973 

6 69

Bill Salton, March 24, 1973 

6 70

Mike Sand, 1972-1973 

6 71

Richard and Barbara Sargent, May 8, 1973 

7 1

Walter Saul, January 14, 1973 

7 2

Henry Schmidek, 1973-1973 

7 3

Jim Seidel, 1972 

7 4

Andy Seplow, 1973 

7 5

Ruth Seward, 1972-1973 

7 6

Sebastian Sommer, 1972-1973 

7 7

Charlie Spann, September 1972 

7 8

Bruce Strassberger, January 3, 1973 

7 9

Regarding Erwin Strauss, 1973 

7 10

Yair Strauss, 1972-1973 

7 11

Grete Sultan, 1972-1973 

7 12

Roger Trefousse, 1972-1973 

7 13

Ann Underwood, 1972-1973 

7 14

Phil Ursell, 1973 

7 15

Penelope Vise, December 2, 1972 

7 16

Andrew Wall, 1972 

7 17

Dan Wiener, 1972-1973 

7 18

David Wilzig, 1972-1973 

7 19

Jean Zelliah, 1972-1973 

7 20

Lenora Zuntz, 1972-1974 

7 21

Other correspondence, 1990-2005 

7 22
  Box

Matted photographs used in A Catawba Assembly, 1957-1965, undated 

8
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Series II: Vera Lachmann Papers, 1945-2012, undated 

Series Description

Series II: Vera Lachmann Papers contains information and materials related to the personal life and poetry of Vera Lachmann. Included are handwritten and typed poems, books of poetry, biographical information on Lachmann, journals of Lachmann's travels through Greece, and Lachmann's personal correspondence. The series also includes color and black and white photographs of Lachmann, Tui St. George Tucker, and outdoor scenes. Color photographs are listed at the end of the series and are housed in cold storage.

  Box Folder

24 Poems by Vera Lachmann, April 1986 

9 1

Address to Honor Students, A Fragment from Herakleitos by Professor Vera Lachmann, undated 

9 2

Artillery Leader Lachmann, poem by Spencer Holst and Vera Lachmann, undated 

9 3

Biographical Information, 1966-1986, undated 

9 4

Bibliography related to Vera Lachmann by Charles A. Miller, September 2003 

9 5
  Box

Brooklyn College Medallion- Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1962 

14
  Box Folder

Camp Catawba poem list, September 1982 

9 6

Castum Peregrini, 1967 

9 7

Catalogus Translation et Commentarium, 1971 

9 8

Certificate Award for Honorary Member of Phi Beta Kappa, May 21, 1975 

9 9

Correspondence, 1950-1953 

9 10

Correspondence, 1970-1979 

9 11

Correspondence, 1981-1985 

9 12

Correspondence, undated 

9 13

Correspondence- Bryn Mawr College, 1945-1946 

9 14

Four Catawba Poems, 1985 

9 15

Grass Diamonds, 1977 

9 16

Greek Places in Greek Poems by Vera Lachmann, undated 

9 17

Hier ist Kein Bleiben Langer, 1992 

9 18

Interview by Vera Lachmann, January 2007 

9 19

Jewish Press Profile- Dr. Vera Lachmann, March 31, 1957 

9 20

Journal, September 19, 1967, undated 

9 21

Journals of the Greek Travels of Vera Lachmann, 1970-1976 

9 22-23

Journals of the Greek Travels of Vera Lachmann, 1970-1976 

10 1

Journals of the Greek Travels of Vera Lachmann [bound photocopy], 1976 

10 2

Loose poems, 1965-1988, undated 

10 3-4

Memorial Ceremony for Vera Lachmann- a report for Catawbans, March 1985 

10 5

Names Become Islands by Vera Lachmann, 1975 

10 6

Nelly Sachs' One Scene and Eleven Poems, Translated by Vera Lachmann and Spencer Holst, undated 

10 7

Newspaper clippings, 1962-1963 

10 8

Obituaries, 1985-2003 

10 9

The Odyssey of Homer as told by Vera Lachmann, undated 

10 10

Poem by Vera Lachmann, Du, Erich set to music by Michael Senturia, 2012 

10 11

Poems by Gert Niers, 1977-1981 

10 12

Publications about Vera Lachmann, 1991-1993 

10 13

Self-Portrait Book: Book People Picture Themselves, From the Collection of Burt Briton [Vera Lachmann, pg. 131], 1976 

7 23

Something to Read to Someone by Spencer Holst, 1980 

10 14

Translations of Greek poems, undated 

10 15

Unattributed poems, undated 

10 16

Vera Lachmann, Golden Dances the Light in the Glass, 1969 

10 17

Vera Lachmann photographs, 1961-1982 

10 18

Camp Catawba house photographs, undated 

11 1

Fall landscape photographs, undated 

11 2

Grand Canyon photographs, undated 

11 3

Lachmann memorial photographs, 1986, undated 

11 4

Negatives, undated 

11 5

Trees photographs, undated 

11 6

Vera Lachmann, Tui St. George Tucker, and friends photographs, 1994, undated 

11 7

Vacation and Winnebago photographs, undated 

11 8
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Series III: Audiovisual Materials, February 23, 1985, undated 

Series Description

Series III: Audiovisual Materials contains audio cassettes, mini dvs, and compact discs of audio recordings, photographs, and a filmed lecture on Camp Catawba. Of special note are recordings of Vera Lachmann reading classics, a sound recording of Vera Lachmann's memorial service, and digital copies of Camp Catawba photographs.

Subseries A: Cassettes, February 23, 1985, undated 

  Box Item

Ancient Greek Poetry: Epic, Lyric, Drama, undated 

12 1

Camp Catawba Sunday Service, undated 

12 2

Catawba: Roy Meusch singing from Messiah; Vera reading from Bible, undated 

12 3

Greek Literature Compilation, undated 

12 4

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann, undated 

12 5-7

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann, undated 

12 8-10

Vera Lachmann Memorial, February 23, 1985 

12 11

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration, February 23, 1985 

12 12

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration [Copy, marked unintelligible], undated 

12 13

Vera Lachmann Memorial Service, February 23, 1985 

12 14

Vera Lachmann reads Greek Lyric Poetry, circa 1970 

12 15

Sue Hisle 8mm [Mini DV], undated 

12 16

This Camp is Groovy: Camp Catawba's Evolving History [Mini DV], undated 

12 17

Unlabeled [Mini DV], undated 

12 18

Subseries B: Compact Discs, undated 

  Box Item

Catawba Sunday Service, undated 

13 1

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann [Side 1-2 of 6], undated 

13 2

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann [Side 3 of 6], undated 

13 3

Juny Jung, pianist and friends [Portrait of Vera Lachmann], undated 

13 4

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration [only side 2], undated 

13 5

Camp Catawba photographs, undated 

13 6-7
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Series III: Audiovisual Materials, February 23, 1985, undated

Series Description

Series III: Audiovisual Materials contains audio cassettes, mini dvs, and compact discs of audio recordings, photographs, and a filmed lecture on Camp Catawba. Of special note are recordings of Vera Lachmann reading classics, a sound recording of Vera Lachmann's memorial service, and digital copies of Camp Catawba photographs.

Subseries A: Cassettes, February 23, 1985, undated

  Box Item

Ancient Greek Poetry: Epic, Lyric, Drama, undated

12 1

Ancient Greek Poetry: Epic, Lyric, Drama, undated

16 1

Camp Catawba Sunday Service, undated

12 2

Catawba: Roy Meusch singing from Messiah; Vera reading from Bible, undated

12 3

Greek Literature Compilation, undated

12 4

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann, undated

12 5-7

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann, undated

12 8-10

Vera Lachmann Memorial, February 23, 1985

12 11

Vera Lachmann Memorial, February 23, 1985

16 2

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration, February 23, 1985

12 12

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration [Copy, marked unintelligible], undated

12 13

Vera Lachmann Memorial Service, February 23, 1985

12 14

Vera Lachmann Radio Interview/reads poetry [in German], undated

16 3

Vera Lachmann reads her poetry in German, Berlin, 1981

16 4

Vera Lachmann reads Greek Lyric Poetry, circa 1970

12 15

VRL, Greek Poetry Lecture, December 15, 1980

16 5

VRL, Greek Poetry Lecture (2), December 15, 1980

16 6

Sue Hisle 8mm [Mini DV], undated

12 16

This Camp is Groovy: Camp Catawba's Evolving History [Mini DV], undated

12 17

Unlabeled [Mini DV], undated

12 18

Subseries B: Compact Discs, undated

  Box Item

Catawba Sunday Service, undated

13 1

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann [Side 1-2 of 6], undated

13 2

Homer's Odyssey/Lachmann [Side 3 of 6], undated

13 3

Juny Jung, pianist and friends [Portrait of Vera Lachmann], undated

13 4

Vera Lachmann Memorial Celebration [only side 2], undated

13 5

Camp Catawba photographs, undated

13 6-7