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Touch of Nature photograph collection

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Touch of Nature photograph collection, 1950-1959 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

By Matt Gorzalski

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Collection Overview

Title: Touch of Nature photograph collection, 1950-1959Add to your cart.

ID: 2/3/UAPH 18

Extent: 0.25 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: The folders are arranged by topic.

Subjects: Camping - Illinois, Outdoor education - Illinois

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Touch of Nature photograph collection consists of photographs of campers, camp activities, buildings, and facilities at the Touch of Nature Environmental Center.  The photographs date predominantly in the 1950s.  Some of the photographs were created by SIU Photographic Services but many are not marked with a creator.  The compiler of this collection is unknown.

Collection Historical Note

At a national conference in Washington, D. C. in May 1948 a need for outdoor education as part of the national educational curriculum was recognized.  In order to initiate a program of outdoor education at SIU, the Board of Trustees granted President Morris the authority to negotiate leases on land in the Little Grassy Lake area from the Department of Interior in 1949. Group camp areas were to be used by the University faculty and students.

By 1950, the Board of Trustees had authorized options along the western shores of Little Grassy Lake, and the University had acquired 150 acres of land from the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 1954, a formal organization of various youth camping groups was authorized. A Master Plan for the development of the Little Grassy Lake site was approved by the Board of Trustees, and was accepted by the Fish and Wildlife Service in February of 1954. The development of the University’s outdoor education program was sponsored jointly by the University and by the Educational Council of 100. In July of 1954, a Department of Recreation and Outdoor Education was established. Part of the new Department’s responsibility included the supervision and development of a camping program at the Little Grassy Lake Campus. William Freeberg was appointed Chairman of the Department.

In 1958, a Director of Little Grassy Lake Campus, Kenneth R. Miller, was appointed to act in liaison between the President’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Outdoor Education.

In 1963, the Little Grassy Lake Campus was made a separate unit, no longer administered by the Department of Recreation and Outdoor Education, and the name was changed to Little Grassy Facilities. William F. Price was appointed Coordinator.

In 1968, Little Grassy Facilities became the central campus for the larger surrounding Outdoor Laboratory. In 1973, the name of Outdoor Laboratory was changed to Touch of Nature Environmental Center.

Subject/Index Terms

Camping - Illinois
Outdoor education - Illinois

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials: Record Group 55 Touch of Nature Environmental Center

Preferred Citation: [Item], Touch of Nature photograph collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Processing Information: Arranged by unknown.  Described by Matt Gorzalski in July 2014.


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Folder 1: Buildings and Grounds, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Nature, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Camp Activities, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Horses, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Crafts and Craft Making, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: First Aid, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Cookouts, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Archery, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rifle Range, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Campcraft, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Group Photographs, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Camp Life, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Beach, circa 1950-1959Add to your cart.

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