Table Of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Related Material

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Biographical 1932-2001, Undated

Series 2: Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School 1935-1950, Undated

Series 3: Downtown Community School ca. 1944-1973, Undated

Series 4: Camp Woodland 1938-2012, Undated

Series 5: Photographs ca. 1934-ca. 1970, Undated

Series 6: Audio Recordings 1944-1970, Undated

Series 7: Films ca. 1946-1962, Undated

Series 8: Writings 1926-1997, Undated

Series 9: Subject Files 1817-1999, Undated

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NORMAN STUDER PAPERS, (APAP-116), 1817-2012




Descriptive Summary

Title: Norman Studer Papers
Date: 1817-2012
Physical Characteristics: 18.84 cubic ft. plus films and audio recordings
Abstract: The Norman Studer Papers document his career as both an educator and ardent Catskill folklorist. The collection includes significant material relating to his work as director of the Downtown Community School in New York City and Camp Woodland in the Catskills.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Norman Studer, educator, folklorist, author, was born in Whitehouse, Ohio on September 7, 1902. In 1917, Studer left home, enlisted in the United States Navy, and served as a quartermaster aboard the U.S.S. Edgecomb. Upon the conclusion of World War I, Studer returned home to complete his high school education, whereupon he matriculated to Oberlin College. Studer spent three years at Oberlin, leaving after his third year to become an editor of The New Student – a newspaper for "the voice of the student revolt movement" in New York City. Studer eventually returned to college completing his A.B. in History at Columbia University in 1929. He continued his studies at Columbia, earning an A.M in Political Science in 1931.

In 1931 Studer embarked upon a forty-year career in education, commencing with a teaching assignment at Erie Day School in Erie, Pennsylvania. Following two years at Erie, Studer taught at the Little Red School House, a cooperative, experimental school founded by Elisabeth Irwin, located in lower Manhattan. Studer was attracted to the experimental and progressive curriculum cultivated by Irwin and the other educators at the Little Red School House. In 1941, Studer chaired the committee founding the Elisabeth Irwin High School, and worked there as both teacher and administrator for the following ten years.

Studer's association with Elisabeth Irwin proved influential in shaping his pedagogical vision, both in the classroom and beyond. While at the Little Red School House, Studer developed and taught a unit entitled "Slavery and the Negro Problem" that led to a life long interest in ethnic studies and "intergroup relations," the equivalent of the current study of multiculturalism or multicultural studies. It was also during his tenure at the Little Red School House that Studer realized the importance of field trips as an integral component of the curricular experience. Through field trips, Studer discovered that he could inform his students, in a more immediate and kinesthetic sense, of the rich history and heritage that lay just beyond the school walls. As a teacher, Studer also participated in "June Camp" – a one- month field trip to Camp Quannacut, near Pine Bush, New York – in which students lived in a democratic community within a rural environment. Studer ran June Camp from 1936-1940.

In 1938, Studer joined the staff of Camp Hilltop - a progressive educational summer camp - initially as head counselor and then as director of education. Camp Hilltop closed in 1940; however, Studer, along with Camp Hilltop's former director, Rose Sydney, and three others, Regine Dicker (Ferber), Sara Abelson (Abramson), and Studer's wife Hannah, founded Camp Woodland in Phoenicia, New York, located in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Camp Woodland strove to create a democratic environment where children of varying religions, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds from the New York City area could steep in the rich ecology of the Catskill region for two months each summer.

The curriculum and experience of Camp Woodland were deeply rooted in the folklore and folk culture of the Catskill Mountains. Norman Cazden and Herb Haufrecht were Camp Woodland's music directors. Studer attempted to incorporate the endemic culture, history, and rituals of the Catskill region into the Camp Woodland curriculum by cultivating a symbiotic relationship with the camp and the Catskill denizens. He would often take carloads of campers to visit the local residents, then invite the residents back to camp to share their regional folklore and music, as well as teach the traditional crafts of the region. The two-month summer camp concluded each season with a folk festival that brought together the campers and Catskill residents for a weekend of music, drama, dancing, story telling, and song. The annual Folk Festival of the Catskills was the high point of each season and became very popular with the campers, folk musicians, and local residents. The annual event attracted luminary musicians such as Pete Seeger, Bessie Jones, Norman Cazden, and Herb Haufrecht as well as local talent that included Grant Rogers, Harry Siemsen, George Edwards, Ernie Sagan, George Van Kleeck, and Etson Van Wagner. Studer captured the folk festivals on tape, and in many instances the recordings remain the only known extant audio recordings of these local musicians playing and singing the ballads and songs of the Catskills. These recordings were later compiled, transcribed, and edited by Cazden, Haufrecht, and Studer in a book entitled Folk Songs of the Catskills. Studer was director of Camp Woodland from its inception (1940) to dissolution (1962).

In 1951, Studer became director of the Downtown Community School located at 235 East 11th Street in lower Manhattan. The Downtown Community School was a progressive, cooperative, racially integrated school, founded in 1944 by a group of parents and educators. As director, Studer attempted to create a curriculum that was aimed at promoting a healthy concept of self and a deeper understanding of society. Studer brought many of the ideas and philosophies of the Little Red School House, Elisabeth Irwin High School, and Camp Woodland to the Downtown Community School, particularly his interest in ethnic studies, folklore, field trips, and racial integration. Throughout his career as an educator and administrator, Studer championed cultural and racial integration in the educational environment. In 1956, the annual Conference on Intergroup Education – a forum for educators, parents, and community members designed to encourage inter-racial and inter-cultural education – was founded. Studer's approach to the education of children was always direct, active, and personal. He exemplified this by continuing to sponsor and steward annual field trips for the seventh and eighth grade students throughout his tenure at the Downtown Community School. Studer remained director of the Downtown Community School until 1970. The school closed in 1971.

Studer was the author of numerous articles, two books, and one poem, nearly all of which dealt with the themes of folklore and education. Folk Songs of the Catskills, edited by Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, and Norman Studer, published by SUNY Albany Press in 1982, "is an annotated volume of traditional ballads and songs collected under the auspices of Camp Woodland." Cazden, Haufrecht and Studer assiduously compiled, recorded, transcribed, and edited the songs and music over the course of forty-two years. Both Cazden and Studer passed away prior to its publication, leaving Haufrecht to see the project through to completion. The folk culture of the Catskill region was predominately transmitted orally; therefore, Folk Songs of the Catskills has to be considered the definitive treatment of Catskill folk music, as many of the informants have passed away. Also published posthumously, A Catskill Bear Hunter: Mike Todd's Story by Purple Mountain Press in 1988, is Studer's "folk biography" of Mike Todd, a Catskill native and good friend of Studer's, who spent numerous summers at Camp Woodland; he also serves as the subject of Studer's poem "All the Homespun Days," written in his memory.

Norman Studer died October 27, 1978. His wife Hannah and daughter Joan Studer Levine survived him.

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Scope and Content Information

The Norman Studer Papers document his career as both an educator and ardent Catskill folklorist. The papers are particularly robust in documenting his administrative activities as director of both the Downtown Community School (1951-1970) and Camp Woodland (1940-1962). The strength of the collections lies in the discrete and manifold formats documenting two essential themes: progressive education and the folklore and culture of the Catskills. Materials include unpublished manuscripts, manuscript drafts, typescripts, reprints, notes, correspondence, diaries, student writings, litigation, news clippings, audio recordings, 8mm and 16mm films, and photographs. The papers contain an extraordinary collection of reel-to-reel audiotapes capturing local Catskill informant interviews, a wide array of regional and national folk singers performing, folk festivals, and educational activities at the Downtown Community School. There is also a substantial collection of photographs documenting the people and activities at the Downtown Community School and Camp Woodland. There are a number of photographs of notable local and national folk personalities, including George Edwards, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Cazden, Grant Rogers, Harry Siemsen, and Pete Seeger. A small number of images are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.

The collection contains nearly all of Studer's published and unpublished writings. Studer's writings generally address the issues of regional folklore and how to assimilate folklore into curriculum – Community Life and Woodland Story, two unpublished manuscripts exemplify this synthesis. There are a number of diaries and travelogues in the writing series; however, they are generally ephemeral and unrevealing as a result of their terse and sporadic nature.

Although there is sparse documentation of Studer's teaching activities in the collection, there are a few significant examples, such as the material related to African American studies at the Little Red School House and the Downtown Community School. It appears that Studer was an early advocate of incorporating African American studies into his curriculum. As director of the Downtown Community School and Camp Woodland, he sought to cultivate and nurture equal opportunity enrollment. In addition to the African American studies material, there is substantial material related to the field trip units Studer developed.

For additional photographs of Camp Woodland, please see the Murray Weiss Papers, APAP-338.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into the following series:

Series 1 - Biographical, 1932-2001, Undated
Series 2 - Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, 1935-1950, Undated
Series 3 - Downtown Community School, ca. 1944-1973, Undated
Subseries 1: Administration, ca. 1944-1973, Undated
Subseries 2: Activities, 1945-1971, Undated
Series 4 - Camp Woodland, 1938-2012, Undated
Subseries 1: Administration, 1938-1963, Undated
Subseries 2: Activities, 1940-1974, Undated
Subseries 3: Post-Camp, 1977-2012, Undated
Series 5 - Photographs, ca. 1934-ca. 1970, Undated
Subseries 1: School Photographs, ca. 1934-ca. 1970, Undated
Subseries 2: Camp Woodland Photographs, ca. 1938-1958, Undated
Subseries 3: General Images, Undated
Series 6 - Audio Recordings, 1935-1950, Undated
Subseries 1: Downtown Community School, 1952-1970, Undated
Subseries 2: Camp Woodland, 1944-1962, Undated
Series 7 - Films, ca. 1946-1962, Undated
Series 8 - Writings, 1926-1997, Undated
Subseries 1: Writings of, 1926-1997, Undated
Subseries 2: Diaries and Travelogues, ca. 1931-1978, Undated
Series 9 - Subject Files, 1817-1999, Undated

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted with the exception of select files noted below. Researchers seeking access to these materials should contact the head of Special Collections and Archives.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Related Material

Archivists transfered a two volume monograph Folk Songs of the Catskills to the books division of Special Collections. The catalogue record for the monograph will be included in Minerva, the University Library Catalog.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Cazden, Norman, 1914-1980
Edwards, George
Haufrecht, Herbert, 1909-1998
Rogers, Grant, 1907-
Seeger, Pete, 1919-
Siemsen, Harry
Studer, Norman
Todd, Mike, 1877-1960

Corporate Bodies

Camp Woodland
Downtown Community School
Elisabeth Irwin High School
Little Red School House (New York, N.Y.)

Subjects

Camps--New York (State)
Folk festivals--New York (State)
Folk music--New York (State)--Catskill Mountains (N.Y.)
Folklore and education--New York (State)
Folklore--New York (State)
Progressive education--New York (State)

Genres and Forms

Articles
Black-and-white film
Color film (film)
Correspondence
Diaries
Drafts (documents)
Files by subject
Manuscripts for publication
Newsclippings
Notes
Oral histories
Photographs
Programs (documents)
Student projects
Tape reels

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Norman Studer Papers, 1817-2012. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Studer Papers).

Acquisition Information

Initial items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Joan Studer Levine in 2001 and 2002. Additional accessions were received in 2004 from Joan Studer Levine and the Maine Folklife Center at the University of Maine in Orono. The department received additional donations during and immediately following a reunion of Camp Woodland, held at the University at Albany in July 2012. 2012 donors include Jeannie Blumenfeld McCabe, Mady Chalk, Joan Cooper Uhrman, Carolyn Kopperl Bensinger, Nancy Kurshan, Norman and Joan Studer Levine, Beth Lewis, Niela Miller, Robert "Bobby" Orlins, and Bob and Laura Cooper Stein.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Helen Weltin
Date: © 2002 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: 2003 - Peter Runge completed initial processing; 2012 - Jodi Boyle arranged 2004 and 2012 accessions; 2013-2014 - Jodi Boyle created EAD finding aid

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Container List

Series 1: Biographical, 1932-2001, Undated .85 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
This series contains Norman Studer's curriculum vitae, a partial autobiography, a brief biography, memorial tributes, family photographs, family records, and correspondence. The correspondence has been identified by correspondent's name only when the volume or significance warrants such separation; however, the bulk of the correspondence is arranged chronologically. Notable correspondents include Pete and Toshi Seeger and David Dunaway, Seeger's biographer as well as a former Camp Woodland camper.
This series also includes materials related to Norman Studer's daughter Joan Studer Levine, including her writings, graduation commencement program and relevant correspondence from the 1980s through 2001. Levine also collected records related to Studer family reunions and genealogy.
Box Folder
1 1 Address Book, Undated
2 Autobiography, Undated
3 Biography, Undated
4 Childhood Education Materials, Undated
5 Correspondence, 1932-1970
6 Correspondence, 1971-1977
7 Correspondence, 1977-1978
8 Correspondence, Undated
9 Correspondence about George Edwards, 1946-1947 1951 1965-1966
10 Correspondence about Mike Todd Projects, 1958-1978 Undated
11 Correspondence about Woodland with Edward "Sandy" Ives and Pat Murkland, 1975-1978
12 Correspondence, Brooks, Jackie, 1964-1976 Undated
13 Correspondence, Cazden, Norman, 1968 1970-1978
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, Dunaway, David, including Transcript of History Interview about Camp Woodland, 1975-1976
2 Correspondence, Levine (Studer), Joan, 1980 1987 2001
3 Correspondence, Levine (Studer), Joan about Archives, 1995 2001-2000
4 Correspondence, Levine (Studer), Joan with Publishers, 1987
5 Correspondence, Publishers, 1955-1956 1972-1973 1975 1978
6 Correspondence, Seeger, Peter and Toshi, 1967 1976 1978 Undated
7 Correspondence, Studer, Hannah with Publishers, 1980
8 Correspondence, Todd, Mike, 1955-1956 1958-1959 1971
9 Curriculum Vita, Undated
10 Driving Instruction Certificate, Undated
11 "Education Built on American Tradition," Testimonial to Norman Studer, Undated
12 Faculty Identification Card, Adelphi University, Undated
13 Folkways Lecture, 1971
14 Guest Books from Norman Studer's Memorial, 1978
15 Job Search, 1970 1972
16 Memorial Tributes to Norman Studer, 1978
17 Newsclipping about Folk Festival held in Memory of Norman, 1979
18 Photographs, 1977 Undated
19 Queens College Commencement Program for Joan Studer, 1951
20 Reception in Honor of Norman Studer, 1956 Undated
Cassette
1 Statement of David Dunaway on Camp Woodland, August 18, 1977
Box Folder
2 21 Studer, Edwin, Diagnosis - RESTRICTED, 1971
22 Studer Family Photographs, 1947 Undated
23 Studer Family Reunion, 1993
24 Studer Family Tree and Swiss Relatives, 1982 1992-1993 1999-2000 Undated
25 Studer, Hannah, 1935-1936 Undated
Oversized Folder
1 1 Studer Portraits, Undated
Box Folder
2 26 Subpoena to Appear Before Committee on Character and Fitness in the Matter of the Application of Sidney Rosenberg for Admission to the Bar, 1956
27 Term Paper by Joan Studer Levine, including Appendices that Provide Background and Context for the Downtown Community School, 1970
Series 2: Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School, 1935-1950, Undated .4 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Norman Studer was an educator and administrator at the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School from the early 1930s until 1951. There is a relatively insignificant amount of material related to Studer's teaching activities, with the exception of a folder entitled "Slavery and the Negro Problem." The folder contains notes, bibliographies, and analyses of an educational unit Studer developed addressing the historical and cultural position of the "American Negro" in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The material documents Studer's early interest in the concept of American democracy and interracial relations, as well as his collaborative approach to the subject, which includes portions of student interviews revealing their attitudes toward African Americans, the Civil War and slavery. Also of interest is the folder entitled Our Voice, containing several copies of a student run publication featuring articles, prose, drama, poetry, and opinions of students at the Little Red School House.
Box Folder
1 1 The Bulletin, 1942
2 Committee to Draft Proposals to UNESCO, 1950
3 "Democracy," by Rhonda E. Harris, Mabel Hawkins, Norman Studer, Undated
4 Dramatics, Assembly Programs and Plays, Undated
5 "Eighth Grade Teacher at Little Red Schoolhouse", Undated
6 Exploratory Trips, 1947 Undated
7 Folklore in a Democracy, 1945
8 Folklore in the Metropolis, 1946 Undated
9 Folklore at the World's Crossroads, 1946-1947 Undated
10 Folklore in a Democracy, 1949
11 Hardenburg Mansion, 1947 Undated
12 "Joe Mulliner," Play and Notes, 1939 Undated
13 Our Voice, Student Publication, 1936
14 Philipse Castle Visit, 1950 Undated
15 Postcard of Little Red Schoolhouse Mural, 1935
16 Slavery and the Negro Problem -- Educational Unit, Undated
17 Student Record of Achievement - RESTRICTED, 1938
18 Student Writing Samples, Undated
19 Student Writings, Collected Folklore, 1945 Undated
20 "Thirteens Look at Their World", 1942 Undated
Series 3: Downtown Community School, ca. 1944-1973, Undated 3.65 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Norman Studer served as the Director of the Downtown Community School from 1951 until April 1970. His daughter Joan Levine also taught at the school until 1970. This series is divided into Administration and Activities subseries.
Subseries 1: Administration, ca. 1944-1973, Undated
The Administration subseries documents Norman Studer's day-to-day activities as the Director of the Downtown Community School. Included are Board of Trustee meeting minutes, a copy of the Downtown Community School by-laws, core curriculum notes, teacher's guides, admissions policy reports, correspondence to parents and staff members, and material related to interracial and intercultural education. In 1963, Studer invited a group of African American parents boycotting a segregated school in Engelwood, NJ to bring their 31 children to a Freedom School at the Downtown Community School so the children could continue their education durign the struggle.
There are a number of folders related to the abrupt resignation of the long-time director of the Downtown Community School Nursery School, Irene Neurath, at the conclusion of the 1967-1968 academic year. The resignation shocked the administration, Board of Trustees, as well as the parents. Two years later (April 1970), the Board of Trustees asked for Studer's resignation. One year later, the school closed. There is a significant amount of material related to Studer's final years at the Downtown Community School.
Please note that files relating to student or personnel records are restricted.
Box Folder
1 1 5th Annual Inter-School Conference, 1954
2 20th Anniversary Essay/Speech, ca. 1965
3 20th Anniversary Dinner Dance Honoring Norman Studer and Irene Neurath, 1965
4 25th Anniversary Yearbook, 1970
5 1960-1964 Graduates and High School Selections, Undated
6 Accounting-Billing, 1965 1969
7 Administrative and Personnel Issues - RESTRICTED, 1965 1969-1970 Undated
8 Admissions, 1970
9 Alumni Correspondence and Updates, 1962-1963 1968 1976-1977 Undated
10 Alumni List, ca. 1962
11 Alumni Parents' Committee, 1968
12-13 American Experience from Sources, Undated
14 Board of Trustees, "68 Revolution", 1967-1968
15 Board of Trustees, "68 Revolution", 1968-1969
16 Board of Trustees, Conflicts, April 3, 1968
17 Board of Trustees, Crisis Meeting and Future Role of Norman Studer, 1970
18 Board of Trustees, General Correspondence - RESTRICTED, 1968-1970
19 Board of Trustees, Meeting Minutes, and Supplemental Materials, 1966-1967
20-22 Board of Trustees, Meeting Minutes and Supplemental Materials, 1968
23 Board of Trustees, Meeting Minutes and Supplemental Materials, 1969-1970
24 Board of Trustees, Meeting Notices, 1967-1968 1970
25 Board of Trustees, Nursery School, 1968
26 Brochures, Undated
27 Budgets, 1966-1968 Undated
28 Building Committee, 1967 1970
29 By-Laws Revisions, 1968
30 Children's Book in Intergroup Relations, 1956
31 Chronology and List of Famous Parents, Undated
32 Class Rosters, 1969-1970
33 Class Rosters, 1963-1964 1967-1969
34 Communications Committee, 1969
35 Community Action Freedom School, Englewood and PS 41 and JHS 3 Boycotts, 1963-1964 Undated
36 Consultants, 1969 Undated
37 Contract with Parents, ca. 1960s
38 Controversial Issues at Downtown Community School, Undated
39 Core Curriculum 1, Junior High School, 1962 Undated
40 Core Curriculum, Notes, 1960 1969 Undated
41 Curriculum, 7th Grade Social Studies Test, Undated
42 Curriculum, 7th and 8th grade, 1969 Undated
43 Curriculum, 8th Grade, Delaware County, 1967 1969 Undated
44 Curriculum, 8th Grade Reading and Writing, Undated
45 Curriculum, Architecture, New York, Undated
46 Curriculum, Art, 1961-1963 Undated
47 Curriculum, The Catskills, Undated
48 Curriculum, Creative Writing, 1954 1962 1969 Undated
49 Curriculum Handbook, Discipline and Appendix, Undated
50 Curriculum, Humanities Core Program, 1969
51 Curriculum Outline, 1966-1967 1969-1970 Undated
52 Curriculum, Poetry, 1969 Undated
53 DCS as Cooperative, Undated
54 "DCS: Cooperative Community or Bureaucratic Corporation?", ca. 1970
55 DCS Fair, 1970
Box Folder
2 1 Death of Stephen Rinaldi and Subsequent Lawsuit, 1963-1965 1967-1968 1971 1973 Undated
2 Delinquent Account Guidelines - RESTRICTED, 1969-1970 Undated
3 Director, Communication with Parents, Board and Staff, 1968-1970 Undated
4 Downtown Paper #1: Agenda for the 70s, 1970
5 Downtown Paper #2: Children Read Their Landscape, 1970
6 Downtown Paper #4: The Future of Intergroup Education at Downtown Community School, 1970
7 The Downtowner, 1956 1962-1964 1967 Undated
8 Enrollment, 1948 1966-1970 Undated
9 Education Committee, 1962 1968-1969
10 Enrollment Committee, Admission Policy, 1969-1970
11 Enrollment Committee, Admissions Controversy, 1969-1970
12 Evaluation Panel, 1970
13 Finale - RESTRICTED, 1968-1970 Undated
14 Financial Statements, 1964-1968
15 Fire Drill Procedures, 1961
16 Focus of Educational Development Through the Years, Prepared by Norman Studer, 1970
17 Goals in Education for the Coming School Year, Undated
18 A Handbook for Parents, 1968
19 History of the Downtown Community School, ca. 1944 1964 Undated
20 Ideas for Supervision, Undated
21 "In Memory of Una Buxenbaum", 1968
22 Insurance Policies, 1969
23 Integration, 1965 1968 Undated
24 Interculture and Intercultural Committee, 1953 1956-1957 1960 1968 Undated
25 Jane Reed Library of Americana, Undated
26 List of Official DCS Periodic Corporate Reports, 1970
27-28 The Local Scene, American Experience from Sources, Undated
29 Nancy Bloch Library and Book Award, 1951 1955-1958 1961-1962 1965-1969 Undated
30 Newsletter with Biographical Sketch of Norman Studer, Undated
31 Nominating Committee, 1968
32 Norman Studer Speaks, 1964
33 Office Reorganization, 1969-1970 Undated
34 Orange Co. Agriculture Extension, 1964 Undated
35 Parent Grievance Committee, 1968
36 Parent Inactivity, 1970 Undated
37 Parent Representatives, 1968
38 Personnel Lists, 1968-1970
39 A Plan for DCS, 1970 Undated
40 Policy and Organizational Jurisdiction, 1970
41 Proposals for a Conference and Dinner Celebrating a Quarter Century of Education for Community Living at Downtown Community School, 1969
42 Reports to the Board, 1965 1969-1970
43 Staff, Terence Barrell, 1970
44 Student Problems - RESTRICTED, Undated
45 Suggested Inventory of Social Living in the School Community, 1969
46 Suggestion to Establish a Parent Organization at DCS, 1968
47 Teacher Contract, 1967 1969-1970
48 Teacher's Guide, 8th Grade Geography, 1967
49 Teacher's Guide, American History, ca. 1966 Undated
50 Teacher's Guide, Catskills Trip, 1969 Undated
51 Teacher's Guide, Folklore, Undated
52 Teacher's Guide, Slavery, Undated
53-54 Teacher's Guide, Slavery and Early New York History, Undated
55 Teacher's Handbook, Undated
56 Teaching Writing, Undated
57 Tuition, 1969-1970
58 Tuition Aid - RESTRICTED, 1968-1969 Undated
59 Union Relations - RESTRICTED, 1961 1963 Undated
60 "What does the Nursery School Teacher Teach?" by Elizabeth Doak, 1951
61 Yearbooks, 1948 1951-1952
Subseries 2: Activities, 1945-1971, Undated
The Activities subseries contains material produced by or involving the students of the Downtown Community School, as well as Norman Studer, beyond his administrative responsibilities. Materials include notes from field trips, graduation dramas, student writings, and Downtown Community School publications, the Downtowner and Scribbler. The Downtowner was an internally published periodical containing a calendar of events, an editorial from Studer, announcements, and student writings. The Scribbler differed in that it was solely composed of student writings from each grade level. This subseries is particularly strong in its representation of field trips sponsored by Studer, many of which were taken to the Catskill Mountains. The folders often include itineraries, curricular guides, local history and maps, as well as student reflections and drawings. Many of the Downtown Community School graduation dramas were predicated on the field trip experiences. Also of interest are a number of folders containing general student writings and drawings and a file on the successful 1965 efforts by the children to help save the historic Old Merchant's House in New York City from demolition.
Box Folder
1 1 Architecture Tour, Undated
2 Calendar of Events for 25th Anniversary Year, 1970
3 CITY DAY, Undated
4 Class Trip Reports, Grades 1-4, Undated
5 Dairy Farm Visit Recollections, 1970
6 Downtown Walks, 1969 Undated
7 E-Day Landmark Walk, 1970
8 Efforts to Establish Sojourner Truth Memorial by Downtown Community School, 1969
9 Efforts to Save Old Merchant's House, 1965 Undated
10 Embroideries by Leslie Dublin, ca. 1969
11 Field Trips, 5th Grade Trip to Pennsylvania, Undated
12 Field Trips, 6th Grade Trip to Pennsylvania, 1954 Undated
13 Field Trips, 6th Grade Trip to Orange and Ulster Countries, Undated
14 Field Trips, 7th Grade, Undated
15 Field Trips, 7th Grade Cooperstown and Hurley Trip, 1968-1969 Undated
16 Field Trips, Bus Duties and Committee Forms, Undated
17 Field Trips, Catskills including Related Curriculum, 1966 Undated
18 Field Trips, Great Swamp, 1962 1964-1969 Undated
19-22 Field Trips, Moods and Landscapes - Delaware County, Sketches and Writings by 8th Grade, 1969
23 Field Trips, New Jersey, 1964 Undated
24 Field Trips, Staten Island, 1966 Undated
25 Field Trips, Wallkill Valley Ecology Trip, 1969 Undated
26 General Writings about Field Trips Undertaken, Undated
27 Graduation Play, 1960
28 Graduation Play, "Big Mose, New York's Own Paul Bunyan", 1965
29 Graduation Play, "Tim Horn Rebellion," and Graduation Program, 1955
30 Hand Me Downs, collected by the 7th and 8th Grades, Undated
31 High Rock Park Nature Conservation Center, 1968
32 "How Can We Best Educate to Eliminate Racism," Forum Moderated by Norman Studer, 1968-1969 Undated
33 Intercultural Workshops, 1945 1953-1955 1959-1960 Undated
34 Intergroup Education Conference, 1958-1963
35 Ledger with Accounting Notes from 7th and 8th Grade Field Trips, 1966-1968
36 Leonard Covello Lectures, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 2 Map of Field Trip by Danny Conrad and Kara Yeargans, Undated
Box Folder
1 37 Outline of Study of Staten Island, 1966 Undated
38 "Parents Work" by Class 2L, 1964
39 Photographs of New York City by Student, Undated
40 The Pioneer Museum at the Downtown Community School, Undated
41 Plays, "Sojourner Truth", 1969 Undated
42 Plays About Staten Island, Undated
43 Plays, "The Days of the Tall Ships," "Twilight in the Dust Bowl'" "The Sun Goes Down on the Medicine Man," "The Story of a Piece of Pink Cotton," and "The Dark Nights of Slavery", Undated
44 Program for Graduation Exercises including Play "The Tredwell House", 1963
45 Program for Graduation Exercises including Play "The Truth Shall Set You Free", 1956
46 Program of the Black Studies Workshops, 1969
47 Proposed Freedom Walk for Lower Manhattan, Undated
48 Red Thunder Cloud, 1970 Undated
49 Revolution Walk, Undated
50 Round Table on City Folklore and Its Uses, Undated
51 Scribbler, 1959-1963 1965
52 Sleepy Hollow Restorations, 1967
53 Sojourner Truth, 1969 Undated
54 The Stoop, 1971
55 Student Reflections of New York City, 1964 1970 Undated
56 Student Sketches (1 of 2), 1963-1964 Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Student Sketches (2 of 2), 1963-1964 Undated
2 Student Writings, Black Studies, Undated
3 Student Writings, Catskills, 1962 1970 Undated
4 Student Writings, City People, Undated
5 Student Writings, City Talk, Undated
6 Student Writings, Cooperstown Trip, 1952
7 Student Writings, Collected Folklore, Undated
8 Student Writings, Family, Undated
9 Student Writings, Living History, Short Stories, Plays and Songs by 8th Graders in Creative Writing Class, 1961-1964 Undated
10 Student Writings, Moods and Moments, Undated
11 Student Writings, New Jersey, 1960 1962 Undated
12 Student Writings, New York City, 1969 Undated
13 Student Writings, Pets, Undated
14 Student Writings, Poems about Sojourner Truth, 7th Grade, ca. 1959
15 Student Writings, Poetry, Undated
16 Student Writings, Short Stories, Undated
17 Students Writings, Songs, Undated
18 Student Writings, Sounds of the City, Undated
19 Student Writings, Stories Based, Undated
20 Student Writings, Students Who Lived Elsewhere, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Student Writings, Summer Camp, Undated
2 Student Writings, Trips to Pennsylvania, 1954 Undated
3 Student Writings, Unbound Notebook of poems, Drawings and Stories, Mr. Mogil's Class, 1969
4 Workshop for Democracy, 1945
5 Westchester County Sheep to Shawl Event, 1969
6 Untitled Play, Undated
7 Trip Menu, 1965
8 Tours of Harlem, 1968-1970
Series 4: Camp Woodland, 1938-2012, Undated 3.26 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Norman Studer, Rose Sydney, Regine Dicker (Ferber), Sara Abelson (Abramson), and Hannah Studer, founded Camp Woodland in Phoenicia, New York in 1940. Norman Studer served as camp director until 1962. A 1963 fire destroyed the camp buildings.
This series is divided into three subseries - Administration, Activities, and Post-Camp.
Subseries 1: Administration, 1938-1963, Undated
The Administration subseries documents the functions of the director, Board of Trustees, and staff of Camp Woodland as they relate to the operation of the Camp. Materials include annual reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, litigation, counselor in training handbooks, as well as documents related to the Larkin Committee and an investigation of Norman Studer and Camp Woodland for possible subversive activities and ties to the Communist Party. The annual reports provide fiscal summary data related to the operation of the Camp, including, but not limited to, tuition costs, expenditures, operating costs, tax liability, fixed assets and accumulated depreciation, and accumulated funds. These reports were prepared by certified public accountants and record the fiscal state of Camp Woodland in great detail. The folder entitled "Board of Director's Dispute" documents an effort by three of Camp Woodland's founders and Board members - Mrs. Ferber, Mrs. Sydney, and Mrs. Abramson - to separate themselves, legally and financially, from the Camp. It is unclear what precipitated the dispute, but ultimately, it appears there were philosophical differences as well as divergent financial interests.
Of particular interest are the folders pertaining to the Larkin Committee's investigation of Norman Studer and Camp Woodland as having sympathetic ties with the Communist Party. During the early months of 1955, the Joint Legislative Committee on Charitable and Philanthropic Agencies and Organizations of New York (also known as the Larkin Committee after Committee Head State Senator Edward Larkin) investigated the possibility of subversive training and indoctrination of children in Communist-established summer camps. In the report, Studer was specifically "identified as a long-time member of the Communist Party." Studer was also accused of having "purposely hired Communists as his assistants at the camp." One of the possible assistants being alluded to may have been Pete Seeger, who is also identified in this report as being "Pro-Communist." Studer testified before the Committee in August 1955; however, formal charges were never filed against Studer nor Camp Woodland. When testifying, Studer invoked the Fifth Amendment when asked about Communist Party membership, answered other questions and read a prepared statement. The files include Studer's statement, subpoena, related correspondence (including hate mail sent to Studer), newsclippings, and Committee resolutions and a final report.
There also are a small number of documents related to Camp Hilltop where Norman Studer served as director of education before helping to found Camp Woodland.
Box Folder
1 1 Administrative Notes, 1959-1961 Undated
2 Annual Report, 1944
3 Annual Report, 1945
4 Annual Report, 1946
5 Annual Report, 1947
6 Annual Report, 1948
7 Annual Report, 1949
8 Annual Report, 1950
9 Annual Report, 1951
10 Annual Report, 1952
11 Annual Report, 1953
12 Annual Report, 1954
13 Annual Report, 1955
14 Annual Report, 1956
15 Annual Report, 1957
16 Annual Report, 1958
17 Annual Report, 1959
18 Area Hotel Discrimination, 1951 Undated
19 Bibliography, Undated
20 Board of Directors Dispute and Related Legal Materials, 1952 1958-1963 Undated
21 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and Correspondence, 1954-1962 Undated
22 Budgets, ca. 1953
23 Camp Hilltop, 1938 Undated
24 Camp Hilltop Brochures, Undated
25 Camp Woodland Brochures, Undated
26 Camp Woodland, Correspondence, 1942-1962 Undated
27 Camp Woodland Goals and Reflections, Undated
28 Camp Woodland Organization, ca. 1945
29 Camp Woodland Parents Association, 1954 1957-1961 Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Camp Woodland's Design for Integration, Undated
2 Camper Council, 1946-1947 1950 Undated
3 Campers List, 1953 1955-1959 1961-1962
Oversized Folder
1 3 Certificate of Incorporation, 1942
Box Folder
2 4 Communications to the Staff, Undated
5 Correspondence to Staff, No Positions Available, 1958
6 Counselor-in-Training Reports, 1949 Undated
7 Counselor-in-Training Yearbook, 1958
8 Counselor's Handbook, ca. 1945
9 Deferred Salaries, 1962 Undated
10 Dewey Administration Investigation of Camps, Thompkins-Rabin Joint Legislative Committee, 1954
11 Difficulty Advertising for Camp Woodland as a Result of Larkin Committee Investigation, 1954-1957 Undated
12 Duties and Responsibilities, Undated
13 Efforts to Bring Little Rock Nine to Camp Woodland, 1958
14 End-of-Season Suggestions, Planning, Reports, 1943-1961 Undated
15 Evaluations, 1953 Undated
16 Executive Committee, Undated
17 Film, 1949
18 Fire, 1963
19 Folklore Education at Woodland, Undated
20 Guest Books, 1952-1956
21 Guide for Group Leaders, Undated
22 Hate Mail Resulting from Publicity from Larkin Committee, 1956 Undated
23 Investigation '55, Larkin Committee, 1954-1956 Undated
24 Larkin Committee Investigation, Concerns of Downtown Community School Parents, 1955-1956
25 Larkin Committee, Newsclippings, 1955-1956
Oversized Folder
1 4 Map by Joan Goldhirsch, ca. 1950
Box Folder
3 1 Parents Lists, 1951 1953-1962 Undated
2 Precamp Orientation, 1951
3 Property Dispute with Lewis Hallenbeck, 1953-1954
4 Staff and Counselor Reflections, Undated
5 Staff Meeting Minutes, 1939 1944 1948-1949 Undated
6 Staff Roster, 1955-1956 1959-1960 1962
7 Unsubstantiated Rumor about Refusing Rosenberg Children at Camp, 1954
8 Woodland Newsletter, 1941-1947
9 Work Camp, 1948 Undated
10 Youth Week, 1961 Undated
Subseries 2: Activities, 1940-1974, Undated
The Activities subseries consists primarily of publications, event announcements, writings, and art produced by campers, or counselors of Camp Woodland. Notable materials include copies of the Camp magazine, Neighbors; programs, announcements, news clippings, and correspondence related to the Folk Festival of the Catskills; ephemeral publications; and various creative writings. There also are materials about the Folk Museum.
Neighbors was originally published as the Folk Festival of the Catskills program, but eventually became a separate publication in 1944 and continued until 1962. It evolved into an annual magazine devoted to recording the explorations and discoveries of campers and camp counselors each summer. Please note that the Studer Papers do not have a complete run of Neighbors. Noted musician and composer, Norman Cazden, and occasionally Herbert Haufrecht, supervised the folk music contributions of Neighbors; as a result, it became a rich source of sheet music and lyrics for regional folksongs.
Camp Woodland culminated each year with the annual Folk Festival of the Catskills. Studer invited many of the local fiddlers, musicians, dance callers, and ballad singers to join the campers in a folk festival performance for the counselors, community members, and parents. Studer organized the folk festival with the manifold purpose of reviving the Catskill heritage of folk music and dance. Pete Seeger periodically performed at the Folk Festival of the Catskills, particularly during the early years. Many of the festivals were recorded by Studer, and are located in Series 6: Audio Recordings and Series 7: Films. Please note that the Folk Festival of the Catskills files have different types and amounts of materials depending upon the year. Some simply have programs or a list of events. Others have this, but also feature extensive planning records, newspaper clips, analysis and speeches.
The Folk Museum of the Catskills began with a small collection of tools representing folk life in the region. These were held at Camp Woodland, but the museum sought a more permanent home during the next two decades. The museum was first housed in the Butterfly House at Camp, then in a home on Main Street in Phoenicia, and later at the Ski House at Simpson Ski Slope. In 1957 campers began clearing land and a site at the Camp for a new museum structure. The Museum was dedicated during the 1962 Folk Festival of the Catskills. After Camp Woodland closed, Studer relocated the materials to a museum at the Downtown Community School and eventually these tools were donated to other museums and repositories. Several tools are now held at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. Please see the Folk Festival of the Catskills files for additional content on the museum.
Box Folder
1 1 Athletic Schedule, Undated
2 Autobiography of a Bluestone Quarry, Undated
3 Camp Diary of Nancy Kurshan, 1958
4 Camp Woodland Felt Patch, Junior Camp, ca. 1945
5 Camper Writings, Articles by Campers on Sholam, Undated
6 Camper Writings, Articles from 1949 Neighbors, Undated
7 Camper Writings, Camp Life, Undated
8 Camper Writings, Camper Council, Undated
9 Camper Writings, Drought and Flood, Undated
10 Camper Writings, Living Things, Undated
11 Camper Writings, Photocopied Compilation from Various Summers, Undated
12 Camper Writings, Poetry, 1954 Undated
13 Camper Writings, Recollections of Catskills Residents, 1950 Undated
14 Camper Writings, Summer Highlights, Undated
15 Camper Writings, Tall Tales, Undated
16 Camper Writings, Thoughts: Serious and Silly, ca. 1960
17 Camper Writings, Trips and Visits, Undated
18 Camper Writings, Work Camp, 1957-1958 1960 Undated
19 Camper Writings, World Youth Week, Undated
20 Campfire, 1946
21 Canal Trip, Undated
22 "The Compleat Folk Singer," by Sam Delaney, Undated
23 Catskill Caller, 1941-1962 Undated
24 Catskill Folklore and Oral History Collected by Campers or at Camp, 1944-1945 1947 1950 1954 Undated
25 "The Coming of the Peoples", Undated
26 Composer's Notebook of Catskill Folk Music, Camper Niela Miller, ca. 1948-1952
27 Cookouts and Overnights, Undated
28 Correspondence with Escuela Nacional de Danzas Folkloricas Argentinas, 1948
29 "Dances From Woodland", 1945 1955
30 Drama at Woodland, 1947 1954 Undated
31 Drawings by Joan Goldhirsch-Roelof, Undated
32 Edwards, George (See Catskill Caller for More Tributes), 1946 1949 Undated
33 Exhibit of Photographs of Camp Woodland by Helene Pragan, 1946
34 "Exploration: Unearthing Local History and Folklore with the People of the Catskills," by A.A. Hartwell, 1948
35 Farewell Banquet, 1946 1950-1953 1958
36 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 2nd Annual, 1941 Undated
37 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 3rd Annual, 1942
38 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 4th Annual, 1943
39 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 5th Annual, 1944 Undated
40 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 6th Annual, 1945
41 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 7th Annual, 1946
42 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 8th Annual, 1947 Undated
43 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 9th Annual, 1948
Oversized Folder
1 5 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 10th Annual, ca. 1949
Box Folder
1 44 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1950
45 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1951
Oversized Folder
1 6 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 12th Annual, ca. 1951
Box Folder
1 46 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1953 Undated
Oversized Folder
1 7 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 14th Annual, ca. 1953
Box Folder
1 47 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1954 Undated
48 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1955
49 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1956 Undated
50 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1957
51 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1958
52 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1959 Undated
53 Folk Festival of the Catskills, ca. 1961
54 Folk Festival of the Catskills, 1962
55 Folk Festival of the Catskills, Nellie Bly Ballard Art Exhibit, 1960 Undated
56 Folk Festival of the Catskills, Partial List of Dates, Undated
57 Folk Museum, Catalogue Cover, Undated
58 Folk Museum, Artifact Descriptions, Undated
59 Folk Museum, Beginnings, 1953 1959 Undated
60 Folk Museum, Donor List, 1953
61 Folk Museum, Flyers about Museum, 1951 Undated
62 Folk Museum, Hoop Making, Undated
63 Folk Museum, Inventory, 1962 Undated
64 Folk Museum, Newsclippings, Undated
65 Folk Museum, Newsclippings About Building and Dedication of Museum at Camp Woodland, 1960 1962
66 Folk Museum, Pieces Lent to Camp Thoreau, 1972
67 Folk Museum, Programming, Undated
68 Folk Museum, Woodland Collection, Undated
69 Folk Museum, Woodland Collection Exhibits, 1950 Undated
70 Gifts for the Arkville Museum, from Norman Studer, 1974
71 Goals for Children at Camp, Undated
72 Hiking Trips, Undated
73 Hill Top Highlights, 1940
74 Jones, Bessie, 1958 Undated
75 The Junior Woodlander, 1952
76 Maps of Trips, Undated
77 Modern Dance, Undated
78 Music, Writing and Photos from Loose Pages of Neighbors, Undated
79 My Songbook, Undated
80 Neighbors, 1946-1949
81 Neighbors, 1950
82 Neighbors, 1951-1953
83 Neighbors, 1954-1958
84 Neighbors, 1960 1962
85 Olympic Day, Undated
86 "One Camper Remembers…", Undated
87 Our Catskill Neighbors, 1945
88 Patriotism, 1942 Undated
89 Peace on Earth, 1961
Box Folder
2 1 Plays, "Action on Dingle Hill", 1958 Undated
2 Plays, "Boney Quillen", 1953
3 Plays , "Canalers, Canalers…by Norman Studer," Presented by the Woodland Players, Undated
4 Plays, Cantatas, and Modern Dances by Woodland Players, Undated
5 Plays, "Down Rent", 1941 1945
6 Plays, "The Lonesome Train", 1944-1945
7 Plays, "Pang Yang Poet", 1957
8 Plays, "Sojourner Truth", 1953 1962
9 Plays, "They Came to Shalom", 1960
10 Plays, "The Way it Used to Be", 1954-1955 Undated
11 Plays, "We've Come from the City," by Herbert Haufrecht, 1945 1948 1956
12 Possible Trips for Groups, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 8 Poster with Images, Undated
Box Folder
2 13 Programs for Final Periods of Camp, 1945 1947
14 Report of Music at Camp Woodland, 1960
15 Sampsonville Trips, Undated
16 Sholam, 1957 1972
17 Slack, Orson, 1945-1946 1952 Undated
18 Smith, Ernie, Poetry, 1944 1948 Undated
19 "The Story of Samsonville," by Louis Sarlin, Camp Woodland, Undated
20 Storytelling, Undated
21 Trip to Water System, Watershed, Reservoir, 1949 Undated
22 Trip Program, Undated
23 Trips, General Rules and Guides, Undated
24 Todd, Mike, 1960 Undated
25 Upstate Meets Downstate Folk Music Concert, April 5, 1961
26 Visit to Malby Hollow and Jacky Brook Farm, 1962
27 V-J Day at Camp Woodland, 1945 Undated
Artifact-Box
1 Wood Bones Made by Mike Todd for Bobby Orlins, Junior Camp, ca. 1945
Box Folder
2 28 Woodlanders at College by Matie Chalk, ca. 1957 1962
29 Work Camper, 1953
30 Work Camp Courier, 1961
31 The World is a Neighborhood, 1944-1946
Subseries 3: Post-Camp, 1977-2012, Undated
This small subseries contains materials documenting Camp Woodland related activities and events which occurred after the camp closed. This includes reunions and the creation of The Woodland Sampler, a compilation of Catskill folk music played at Camp Woodland, including some recordings from the annual Folk Festival of the Catskills. Norman Studer embarked on the The Woodland Sampler project in 1977, a year before his death, and it was continued by his family, including daughter Joan Studer Levine and grandson Eric Levine. The Levines published a cassette and an accompanying booklet detailing the songs, poetry and music on the tape in 1987.
Box Folder
1 1 1997 Camp Woodland Reunion Administrative Materials, 1997 Undated
2 1997 Camp Woodland Reunion Photographs, 1997-1998 Undated
3 1997 Camp Woodland Reunion Registration Forms and Roster, 1997 Undated
4 1997 Camp Woodland Reunion Survey and Follow-up, 1997 2002
5 Botkin Celebration, Library of Congress, 2001
6 "Camp Woodland: Progressive Education and Folklore in the Catskill Mountains of New York State," by Dale Johnson, 2002
7 California Reunion of Larry Spellens, Danny Braunstein, Eddie Barad, Bobby Orlins, 2002
8 Camp Woodland Reunion Alumni List, Undated
9 List of Folk Songs Compiled by Carolyn (Kopperl) Bensinger, Undated
10 Map, Camp Woodland, Drawn by Robert "Bobby" Orlins, 2012
11 Memorial to Herbert Haufrecht, 1998
12 New York Folk Love Society Grant Application, 2001 Undated
13 Woodland Letter and List, 2001 Undated
14 The Woodland Sampler, 1987 2001 Undated
15 The Woodland Sampler Permissions, 1977-1980 1983-1985 1987-1989 Undated
Series 5: Photographs, ca. 1934-ca. 1970, Undated 3.21 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
Unless noted, this series contains photographs and postcards taken, collected by or featuring Norman Studer. There are images from the Little Red School House, Elisabeth Irwin High School, Downtown Community School, Camp Woodland, family trips out-of-state, and various New York locations. While archivists, Studer family members and former students and campers have made identifications where possible, the majority of the photographs contain unidentified individuals or events and are undated.
Subseries 1: School Photographs, ca. 1934-ca.1970, Undated
The School photographs subseries contains images of children's activities, classes, field trips, special guests, including Red Thunder Cloud, and performances. The bulk of the photographs are from the Downtown Community School, but there are some images from the Little Red School House and Elisabeth Irwin High School.
Oversized Folder
2 1 Downtown Community School, Annual Art Show, Undated
Box Folder
1 1 Downtown Community School, Art Classes, Undated
2 Downtown Community School, Chief Red Thunder Cloud, Undated
3 Downtown Community School, Field Trips, 1964 Undated
4-6 Downtown Community School, Field Trips, Undated
7-10 Downtown Community School, Folk Dancing, Undated
11 Downtown Community School, Musical Performances, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Downtown Community School, Old Merchant's House Christmas Performance, 1965 Undated
2 Downtown Community School, Plays and Performances, Undated
3 Downtown Community School, Poetry Reading, ca. 1970
4 Downtown Community School, Sojourner Truth, Undated
5 Downtown Community School, Students, 1962 Undated
6 Elisabeth Irwin High School Visit to Upstate New York, Undated
7 Little Red School House New Jersey Trip, Undated
8 Little Red School House, Norman Studer's First Class, ca. 1933
9 Studer, Norman, Undated
Subseries 2: Camp Woodland Photographs, ca. 1938-1958, Undated
The Camp Woodland photographs subseries documents the activities of the campers, the Folk Festivals of the Catskills, and many of the Catskill indigenes, including Dick and George Edwards, Harry Robinson, Grant Rogers, Ernie Sagan, Harry Siemsen, Orson Slack, and George Van Kleeck. There are a number of photographs of Norman Cazden and Herbert Haufrecht, both of whom served as musical directors for the camp, photographs of Norman Studer, as well as photographs of Pete Seeger playing his banjo. There is a file of photographs of Camp Hilltop as well.
Former camper Joan Simon Faulkner also donated digitized versions of many of her black and white and color photographs from Camp Woodland from 1954, 1960, and 1962 and of the 1958 Folk Festival of the Catskills. Please contact the Department to access these.
Box Folder
1 1-2 Activities, Undated
3 Animals, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 2 Animals, Undated
Box Folder
1 4 Artwork, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 3 Artwork, Undated
Box Folder
1 5 Athletics, 1957 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 4 Athletics, Undated
Box Folder
1 6 Camp and Area Buildings, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 5 Camp and Area Buildings, Undated
Box Folder
1 7 Camp Hilltop, ca. 1938-1939
8-9 Camper and Staff Portraits, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 6 Camper and Staff Portraits, Undated
Box Folder
1 10 Campfires, Undated
11 Catskill Residents, Undated
12 Cazden, Norman and Herbert Haufrecht, Undated
13 Chorus, Undated
14 Cooking and Meals, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 7 Cooking and Meals, Undated
Box Folder
1 15 Crafts, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 8 Crafts, Undated
Box Folder
1 16 Dramatics, Undated
17 Edwards, Dick, Undated
18 Edwards, George, Undated
19 Flag Raising, Undated
20-22 Folk Festival of the Catskills, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 9 Folk Festival of the Catskills, Undated
Box Folder
1 23 Gardening, Undated
24 Hikes, Undated
25 Hecht, Nova, Undated
26 Masquerade, Undated
27 Meetings, including Parent Visits, Undated
28 Museum, Undated
29 Oxen, Undated
30 Performances, including Folk Dancing, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 10 Performances, including Folk Dancing, Undated
Box Folder
1 31 Photocopies of Photographs from Camp Woodland, Undated
32 Photographs Donated by the Maine Folklife Center, Undated
33 Postcards, Undated
34 Pagan, Susan, Undated
35 Robinson, Harry, Undated
36 Rogers, Grant, Undated
37 Sagan, Ernie, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Scanned Photographs from Joan Cooper's Album, Undated
2 Scenery and Landmarks, Undated
3 Science, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 11 Science, Undated
Box Folder
2 4 Scrapbook, Carolyn Kopperl Bensinger, 1949 1954 Undated
5 Scrapbook, Sara Abramson, Undated
6 Scrapbook, Unidentified, 1952 1957 Undated
7 Seeger, Pete, ca. 1950
8 Siemsen, Harry, 1958 Undated
9 Slack, Orson, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 12 Studer with Campers and Guests, Undated
Box Folder
2 10-11 Swimming, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 13 Swimming, Undated
Box Folder
2 12 Todd, Mike, Undated
13 Trips, Undated
14 Van Kleeck, George, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Van Wagner, Etson, Undated
2 Visiting with Catskill Region Residents, Undated
3 V-J Day, ca. 1945
4 War Related Activities, ca. 1942-1945
Oversized Folder
1 9 Woodworking, Undated
Box Folder
3 5 Working Outdoors, 1957-1958 Undated
Oversized Folder
2 14 Working Outdoors, Undated
Box Folder
3 6 Yale, Marvin, Undated
Subseries 3: General Images, Undated
This subseries consists of a small number of general photographs and postcards, many likely taken or acquired on trips.
Box Folder
1 1 Bowne House, Undated
2 Catskill Postcards, Undated
3 Darling, Johnny and Martha Ann, Undated
4 Doolittle, Frank Wesley, Undated
5 Fishing, Undated
6 Gaspard de Coligny, Colonel William, Undated
7 Homes Torn Down for Reservoir Development, Undated
8 IBM Building, Undated
9 Michigan, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 15 Old Stone Aqueduct, Undated
Box Folder
1 10 Peeling and Piling Hemlock Bark for Prattsville Tannery, Undated
11 Post Cards, Undated
12 Stone Structure, Undated
13 Trip to Gaspee, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 16 Unidentified Locations, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Unidentified Performance, Undated
2 Unidentified Portraits, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 17 Unidentified Portraits, Undated
Box Folder
2 3 Unidentified Trips by Norman Studer, some possibly the Catskills, Undated
Oversized Folder
2 18 Unidentified Work Crew, Undated
Box Folder
2 4 Village with Thatched Roof Homes, Undated
5 Water Supply, Ashokan Construction, Undated
Series 6: Audio Recordings, 1944-1970, Undated
This series contains audio recordings of special events and everyday activities at the Downtown Community School and Camp Woodland. The Department digitized hundreds of reel-to-reel audio recordings to date and these are available through LUNA, the Department's digital asset management system.
Subseries 1: Downtown Community School, 1952-1970, Undated
The Downtown Community School audio recordings document guest speakers, student discussions and readings, school plays, intergroup conferences, lectures, staff meetings, musical performances, school trips, oral histories and other programs. Highlights of the subseries include recordings about race relations and the boycott that took place at the Lincoln School in Englewood, NJ in February 1963 and a visit to the school from Red Thunder Cloud, last native speaker of the Catawba Indian language. Please visit Downtown Community School recordings in LUNA to listen. Not all recordings are identified or dated.
Subseries 2: Camp Woodland, 1944-1962, Undated
The Camp Woodland audio recordings may be one of the more significant components of the collection. While at Camp Woodland, Norman Studer recorded numerous oral histories of many of the indigenous Catskill residents as well as the annual Folk Festival of the Catskills. Studer was acutely aware that he was in a position to capture the ethnographic folk culture, music, and ecology of a fading era. In many instances, the tapes represent the only extant recordings and variations of a number of songs.
Highlights of the Camp Woodland audio recordings include Pete Seeger and Bessie Jones performing at the Folk Festival of the Catskills and at Camp Woodland. A July 1962 recording documents counselor Hector Angula teaching Seeger Guantanamara for the first time and a discussion of the lyrics of the song by the two men.
Please visit Camp Woodland recordings in LUNA to listen. Not all recordings are identified or dated.
Series 7: Films, ca. 1946-1962, Undated 9 films
Arranged chronologically.
The film series contains nine 16mm and 8mm films, many of which record activities at Camp Woodland. Also included is a film of the 1951 graduation ceremonies at the Downtown Community School and a copy of the Jules Victor Schwerin film Indian Summer. Films 1-8 were reformatted and are available for viewing in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives' research room. All requests to view this series should be made in advance of a researcher's visit to the Department.
Film
1 Untitled Woodland Film, ca. 1946 Black and White, 16mm, 18 minutes
Film contains Camp Woodland activities including: a Sunday meeting at the amphitheater, swimming pool, baseball, long jump, badminton, guitar player (Don Muffson?), whittling, painting, typing, camp store or mailroom, hot dogs on an open fire, campers hiking, local houses, construction of a dam or reservoir (5:00), George Edwards, chopping wood, campers interviewing local residents, Prattsville sign, man in horsedrawn haywagon, campers returning to camp with a woman's spinning wheel, campers swimming at falls, campers rebuilding the amphitheater, sharpening blades, whittling, George Edwards, Norman Cazden conducting children singing, Camp Woodland 4H Club, footrace, Museum of Farm Implements, and the Seventh Annual Folk Festival of the Catskills which included dancing, singing, and George Van Kleek.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
2 Untitled Woodland Film, ca. 1946 Black and White, 16mm, 4 minutes, 20 seconds
Camp Woodland activities including some duplication of Film 1. Activities include: people visiting camp, an audience of adults and campers watching performances, campers performing, campers playing sports, campers making their beds, camp buildings, and campers packing to leave camp for the summer.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
3 Untitled Downtown Community School Film, 1951 Black and White, 16mm, 3 minutes
Graduation ceremony at the Downtown Community School in 1951. Includes: graduates entering, musical performances, awarding of diplomas, graduates processing out, the audience leaving, and the refreshment table.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
4 Indian Summer, 1960 Black and White, 16mm, 28 minutes
From Folkfilms. Producer and director, Jules Victor Schwerin; scenario, Peggy Lawson, Jules Schwerin; narration, Jules Schwerin, Lawrence Weinberg; narrator, Jared Reed; music score, Peter Seeger, Michael Seeger; editor, Peggy Lawson; director of photography, associate producer, Julius Tannenbaum; additional photography, Max Glenn, Milek Knebel; narrator, Jared Reed; Catskill folklorist, Norman Studer. Participants: Robert circa Gregory (old man), Ralph Vanderlip (boy), Grant Rodgers (fiddler), Walter L. Terry (judge), David and Herta Marshall (singers), the people of Cannonsville, Delhi, Deposit, Granton, Rock Rift, Walton, West Branch, Delaware River, State of New York.
On the first hot day of summer, an old farmer goes fishing just as he has done for many years on the West Branch of the Delaware River. A young boy, his frequent fishing companion, eagerly takes him to see the first giant bulldozers, which are to begin construction on the Cannonsville Reservoir. In order to provide more water for the cities, the vast project will flood the valley. The old man goes to the general store and walks the length of the valley to talk about his concerns, but most people do not support him. The young people of the valley celebrate at a barn dance. The old man resists eviction with his unloaded flintlock. The next day, he watches as the houses and farms are burned to clear the way.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
5 Untitled Woodland Film, 1960 Color, 8mm, 11 minutes
This film includes some title cards, which are indicated here in quotation marks. Camp Woodland activities including: "Camp Woodland 1960," "Sunday Meeting," dancing, eating dinner, "Pete Seeger" performing onstage, "1960 Folk Festival," dancing, choral performance, "Good-Bye to Campers," "Rusty Bringing Up Supplies," boy pulling a sled of supplies through the snow, playing in the snow, and downhill skiing.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
6 Untitled Woodland Film, 1961 Color, 8mm, 25 minutes
This film includes some title cards, which are indicated here in quotation marks. Camp Woodland activities including: "1961 Olympics at Camp Woodland," races in the swimming pool, "Work Camp Contest" (1:47), "Middle Camp High Jump" (2:45), "At the Pool" (3:35), Native American dancers providing a demonstration for campers (12:03), "Ballgame," "Visiting Day," "Senior Camp," "Mardi Gras," campers in raingear, and campers leaving camp for the summer.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
7 Untitled Woodland Film, Undated Black and White, 16mm, 9 minutes, 15 seconds
Camp Woodland activities including: campers, farm animals, arts and crafts, sports, dancing (Sara Abelson?), campers carrying food baskets, campers eating, Norman Studer with campers at a lake, campers drinking milk, foot races, jungle gym, swimming in camp pool, and dancing.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
8 Untitled Woodland Film, Undated Color, 16mm, 11 minutes, 45 seconds
A group of Camp Woodland campers and counselors on a canoe trip. Includes sequences of campers swimming in a lake, paddling canoes, carrying canoes down roads, and their campsite.
Use copies available in VHS and DVD.
Film
9 Untitled Film, Undated
No description is available.
Series 8: Writings, 1926-1997, Undated 3.85 cubic ft.
Subseries 1 is arranged alphabetically and Subseries 2 is chronological.
This series contains all Norman Studer's writings from diaries to published articles, including posthumous reprints. There also are works co-written with others or background materials authored by other individuals, such as Camp Woodland campers. The series is sub-divided into Studer's writing and his diaries and travelogues.
Subseries 1: Writings of, 1926-1997, Undated
This subseries contains manuscript and typescript drafts, typescripts, notes, reprints, monographs, and a small amount of correspondence related to Studer's writing projects. Of interest are two typescript drafts of unpublished projects: Community Life and Woodland Story both of which are reflective pieces examining Studer's life and work at the Downtown Community School and Camp Woodland respectively. Please note that Studer published some Woodland Story chapters separately. For instance, "Folklore from a Valley that Died" (Chapter 9) was a standalone article in New York Folklore Quarterly in 1956. The standalone article "Yarns of a Catskill Woodsman" (Chapter 16) appeared in New York Folklore Quarterly in 1955. "Mike Todd's Story" (Chapter 11) later evolved into and was published as A Catskill Woodsman. A draft of Woodland Story's Chapter 17 entitled "Our Catskill Teachers" also appears as a section of a draft of Chapter 3. Therefore draft text is found in both files. This collection is missing later draft chapters of Woodland Story so there are gaps in the order.
Many of the unpublished writings in this series reflect Studer's interest in the folk culture of the Catskills, such as "Action on Dingle Hill," "Forgotten Hero of New York's Slave Railway," "Local Song Writing in the Catskills," and "A Quest for American Roots." Also of interest is an early draft of Folk Songs of the Catskills entitled Music of the Catskills and a final typescript draft of Folk Songs of the Catskills, a collaborative projected compiled and edited by Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, and Norman Studer.
Box Folder
1 1 "Action in the American Tradition", Undated
2 "Action on Dingle Hill," Anti-Rent Wars Research, Undated
3 "Action on Dingle Hill," Typescript, Undated
4 "Action on Dingle Hill," Typescript Draft with Annotations, 1958 Undated
5 "All the Homespun Days", 1961
6 American History, Undated
7 Articles to be Revised, Undated
8 "Bark Shanty", Undated
9 Bibliography of Writings on Education, 1970
10 "Big Mose, New York's Own Paul Bunyan", 1943 1951 Undated
11 "Boney Quillen of the Catskills", 1949 1951 Undated
12 "Camp Woodland Trips", Undated
13 "The Cannonsville Story", 1957
14 "Captain Jack: War of the Lava Beds", 1963 Undated
15 Castle Clinton, 1951 Undated
16 Catskill Trip, Undated
17 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, 1988
18 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Clippings and Reviews, 1981 1988
19 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Interviews, 1964 Undated
20 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Permission to Use Published Materials, 1978 Undated
21 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Third Printing Celebration, 1997
22 A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Typed Draft, Undated
23 "The Child's Roots in the City", Undated
24 "The Child Went Forth", Undated
25 "Children Without Race Prejudice", Undated
26 "City Slickers in the Catskill Woods", Undated
27 Community Life, Notes, Undated
28 Community Life, Chapter 1 - Progressive Education: Beginnings, Undated
29 Community Life, Chapter 2 - A Viable Community, Undated
30 Community Life, Chapter 2 - Lost Community, Undated
31 Community Life, Chapter 3 - The Larkin Committee, Undated
32 Community Life, Chapter 4 - Intergroup Education: Our Greatest Public Service, Undated
33 Community Life, Chapter 5 - Revolt the 60s, Undated
34 Community Life, Chapter 6 - Planning for Intercultural Growth, Undated
35 Community Life, Chapter 7 - Cooperative Into Corporation, Undated
36 Community Life, Chapter 8 - Talking to Some Future Generations, Undated
37 Edwin Arlington Robinson, Undated
38 Elisabeth Irwin High School, Undated
39 Eric and Michael, Undated
40 "Experience and Expression", Undated
41 "Faulkner- Descriptions, His Philosophy", Undated
42 "Figures on the Rocks," Poem About Zadoc Pratt, Undated
43 Film and Writing Ideas, 1962 1970 Undated
44 "Folk Festival of the Catskills", 1955 Undated
45 "Folk Museum of the Catskills", Undated
46 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 1 - Lumbering, Undated
47 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 2 - Songs of War and Battle, Undated
48 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 3 - Ballads About True Love, Undated
49 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 4 - Courting Too Slow, Undated
50 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 5 - Love Meets Obstacles, Undated
51 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 6 - Tragedies, Undated
52 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 7 - Legends, Undated
53 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 8 - Religious Songs, Undated
54 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 9 - Pioneer Days, Undated
55 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 10 - Working and Hard Times, Undated
56 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 11 - Shabby-Genteel, Undated
57 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 12 - Outlaws and Ruffians, Undated
58 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 13 - Scrapes and Escapades, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 14 - Merry Ditties, Undated
2 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Chapter 15 - Nonsense Songs, Undated
3 Folk Songs of the Catskills, Material from Norman Cazden, Undated
4 "Folklore Manual", Undated
5 "Forgotten Hero of New York's Slave Railway", 1969
6 "George Edwards--Folk Singer of the Catskills", 1955
7 "Harry Siemsen: Teacher of Life", 1956 1974-1976 Undated
8 Haybarn Hill, 1954 Undated
9 "Her Name Was Truth", 1950 Undated
10 "How We Related Experience and Writing in Early Adolescence", Undated
11 "Ideologies and Utopias", 1969
12 Indians, Undated
13 "Iree Weaver", Undated
14 "Lines Written in the Amphitheater", 1962
15 List of Catskill Residents Interviewed, 1978 Undated
16 Little Red School House: Where I Began, Undated
17 "Local History: A Neglected Resource", 1942
18 "Local Song Writing in the Catskills", Undated
19 "Lookout in the Catskills", Undated
20 "The Lower East Side Story: Emphasizing the Mobilization Area", 1962
21 Mr. Bear of the Catskills, Correspondence, 1978
22-23 Mr. Bear of the Catskills, Early Draft of A Catskill Woodsman: Mike Todd's Story, Undated
24 Music of the Catskills, Working Title of Folk Songs of the Catskills, Draft Introduction, Correspondence, Chapter Overviews, 1979 Undated
25 Music of the Catskills, Working Title of Folk Songs of the Catskills, Draft pages 1-150, Undated
26 Music of the Catskills, Working Title of Folk Songs of the Catskills, Draft Pages 151-275, Undated
27 Music of the Catskills, Working Title of Folk Songs of the Catskills, Draft Pages 251-303, Undated
28 My Book of Short Stories, 1976-1977
29 The New Person, Undated
30 Outline for Historical Fiction Stories, 1975
31 "The Place of Folklore in Education", 1953 1962 Undated
32 Poetry, 1969-1970 Undated
33 Progressive Education, Undated
34 Proposal for a Source Book in American History for Junior High Schools, Undated
35 Proposed Book on Catskill People, Undated
36 Reflections for a Book and Journal Entry About a Visit to Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1978 Undated
37 "A Quest for American Roots", Undated
38 "Resource Booklet for the Local Community: Laboratory for Social Learning" by Joan S. Levine with Norman M. Levine and Norman Studer, 1975
39 Reviews by Norman Studer, 1951 Undated
Oversized Folder
1 10 "Revolt in the American Colleges," by Norman Studer, 1926
Box Folder
2 40 The Shawangunks, 1968 Undated
41 "A Shrine to Freedom Hidden Away in Queens ", Undated
42 Sojourner Truth Article Correspondence, 1977
43 "Sojourner Truth Returns to Ulster County", Undated
44 Song Making in the Catskills, Notes on Songs, Undated
45 Song Making in the Catskills, Notes on Songs, Norma Cazden, 1972 Undated
46 "Sons of Liberty in NYC", 1951 Undated
47 Speech on Folk Music Possibly Delivered at an Upstate Downstate Concert, Undated
48 "The Story of Mike Todd," Mary Bogardus and Norman Studer, 1970 Undated
49 Tales from Dry Book, 1963 1967 1970 -1817
50 "Three Witch Stories from the Catskills", Undated
51 Thoughts on Van Wyck Brothers New England Renaissance, Journal, Undated
52 "To Save the Woodland Idea", 1961 Undated
Box Folder
3 1 "The Town They Called Peace", 1950 Undated
2 "Turning Back the Waters of the Ashokan", Undated
3 UNICEF, In Memory of Steven Rinaldi, Undated
4 Untitled Manuscript, Folklore and Education, Undated
5 Untitled Manuscript, Visitors to Downtown Community School, 1970 Undated
6 Untitled Manuscript, White and Black Folklore, Undated
7 "The Value of Landmarks in Writing", Undated
8 "Wartime Education for Democracy at Camp", ca. 1942 1943
9 "'Whirling' and Applejack in the Catskills", 1952
10 "The Winter Soldier", 1975
11-12 Woodland Story , Chapter 1 - Beginnings at the Little Red Schoolhouse, Undated
13 Woodland Story , Chapter 2 - Look We Have Made a World, Undated
14 Woodland Story , Chapter 3 - Reading the Catskill Landscape, Undated
15 Woodland Story , Chapter 4 - A Fable of Two Communities, Undated
16 Woodland Story , Chapter 5 - The Reservoir Near Sholam, Undated
17 Woodland Story , Chapter 6 - George Edwards and Marvin Yale, Undated
18 Woodland Story , Chapter 7 - Red Hill County, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Woodland Story , Chapter 8 - Our Neighbors and Their Music, Undated
2 Woodland Story , Chapter 9 - Folklore from a Valley that Died, Undated
3 Woodland Story , Chapter 10 - Whirling and Songmaking in the Western Catskills, Undated
4 Woodland Story , Chapter 11 - Mike Todd's Story, Undated
5 Woodland Story , Chapter 14 - The Last Years, Undated
6 Woodland Story , Chapter 15 - Mike Todd, Bear Hunter, Undated
7 Woodland Story , Chapter 16 - Yarns of a Catskill Woodsman, ca. 1955 1958 Undated
8 Woodland Story , Chapter 17 - Our Catskill Teachers, Undated
9 Woodland Story , Chapters on Sojourner Truth and the Guns of Cornell, Undated
10 Woodland Story , Early Drafts, 1949 Undated
11 Woodland Story , Footnotes, Undated
12 Woodland Story , Fragments, Undated
13 Woodland Story , Outline of Chapters, Undated
Subseries 2: Diaries and Travelogues, ca. 1931-1978, Undated
The Diaries and Travelogues subseries consists primarily of travelogues documenting several school field trips and family vacations. The diaries document aspects of Studer's personal landscape, and were kept sporadically.
Box Folder
1 1 Diary, Long Island, ca. 1931
2 Diary, 1932
3 Gaspe Diary, ca. 1935
4 Gaspe Sketches and Writings, ca. 1935 Undated
5 Diary, Transient Camp, ca. 1935 Undated
6 Diary, Mt. Sinai Hospital, 1937
7 Trip to East Branch Valley, 1949
8 Diary of Trip to South, ca. 1957
9 European Diary, 1963
10 Western Diary I, 1964
11 Western Diary II, 1965
12 Western Trip, 1965
13 Canadian Trip I, 1966
14 Canadian Trip II, 1966
15 Summer, 1967
16 Scandinavia, 1969
17 Vermont and New Hampshire, ca. 1970
18 Appointment Book and Diary, 1970-1972
19 Diary, 1973
20 Appointment Book, 1974
21 Diary Pages and Appointment Book, 1975
22 Appointment Book, 1976
23 Diary, 1977 ca. 1978
24 Diary, 1978
25 Diaries, Undated
26 Fragments of a Southern Trip, Undated
27 LRSH [Little Red School House] Days Diary, Undated
28 Looking at America, Undated
29 Part of Diary of Trip to the Southwest, Undated
30 Taos, Mesa Verde, Yellowstone, Undated
Series 9: Subject Files, 1817-1999, Undated 3.62 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically.
The Subject Files series is an accumulation of material representing Studer's two primary interests: folklore and progressive education. Materials include notes, reprints, typescripts, news clippings, bound newspapers, journals, and writings of others. Of particular interest is a master's thesis by Marilyn Kimball entitled George Edwards: Catskill Folksinger. There is a typescript copy of "Merry Ditties: A Collection of Delectable Songs" from various traditional sources and a reprint of "Catskill Lockup Songs," both by Norman Cazden. Also located in this series is a copy of Herbert Haufrecht's "Woodland Serenade." There are three bound volumes of The New Student, a student run newspaper published and printed out of New York City during the 1920s and edited by Studer prior to his entering Columbia University.
Box Folder
1 1 The Abelardian, 1967
2 "Abe Sammons' AppleJack", Undated
3 African American History and Folklore, 1972 1976 Undated
4 "Aggressive Humor on the East Branch," by Herbert Halpert, 1946
5 Alienation, Undated
6 "Along the Kansas Line", Undated
7 American Culture, Undated
8 The American Experience, Englewood Public Schools, ca. 1978
9 The American Soldier, 1969 Undated
Oversized Folder
1 11 Animal Woodcuts by Jonathan Fisher, Undated
Box Folder
1 10 Anti-Rent War, 1942 1945 1960 1962 Undated
11 "Another Kind of Crockett," by Norman Strong, Undated
12 The Archive of Folk Songs in the Library of Congress, 1974
13 Art Coss, 1944 Undated
14 Articles on Folklore in Education and Children's Folklore, 1953 Undated
15 Bear Stories, 1946 1950 1952 1959-1960 Undated
16 The Black Panther, 1970
17 Bob Gregory, Undated
18 Bowne House, Flushing, New York, Undated
19 Brant, Joseph, 1953 Undated
20 Canal Transportation, 1961 Undated
21 Card with Harriet Tubman, Undated
22 Carl Carmer Center for Catskill Mountain and Hudson River Studies, including Studer Exhibit, 1979-1980
23 The Catskill Canister, 1979-1980
24 Catskill Folk Festival, 1977
25 Catskill Folk Festival, 1978
26 Catskill Folksay, 1947 1950 Undated
27 Catskill Geology, 1957 Undated
28 "Catskill Lockup Songs," by Norman Cazden, 1960
29-30 Catskill Mountain News, 1948-1958 1963 Undated
31 Catskill Mountain Players, 1976-1977
32 "The Catskill Mountain, A Catskill Folk Song Sampler", 1975
33 Catskill Valley Historical Society, Undated
34 Catskills, 1974-1975 Undated
35 Center for Educational Interaction, 1975-1976 Undated
36 The Chronicle of Early American Industries, 1949-1955
37 The Chronicle of Early American Industries, 1956-1962
38 City Architecture and Preservation, Undated
39 Collected Catskill Folklore, 1950 Undated
40 Collecting Folklore, 1945 1952 1968 Undated
41 Community, The Soil for Roots, Undated
42 Connecticut History, Undated
43 Conservation, Undated
44 Cornwallville Conservation and Gilboa-Leeds Transmission Line Route, 1971 1973
45 Country Life, Undated
46 Covered Bridges, 1948 1953 1955 Undated
47 Death of a Valley by Dorothea Lange and Pickle Jones, 1960
48 Delaware County, Undated
49 De Nio, Pierre and Mary, 1958-1959 1963 Undated
50 Downsville News Clips, 1945 1948
51 Dutchess County, New York, 1964 Undated
52 "Education and Community," by Fred Newmann and Donald Oliver, 1966
53 Education Bibliography, Undated
54 Emotion and the Education Process, Undated
55 Ernie Sager and the Traveling Show, Undated
56 Example of Folklore, Undated
57 "The Experience of Knowledge," by John F. Gardner, 1972
58 Farming, 1950
59 Five Papers in Education, 1949 1953 Undated
60 Flax Processing, 1959 Undated
61 The Folk Dancer, 1945
Box Folder
2 1 Folkdance - Folksong with Karl Finger, 1977-1978 Undated
2 Folklore Notes and Clippings, 1959 1975 Undated
3 Fontier, Undated
4 General Folklore Meetings and Notes, 1948 1960 Undated
5 George Edwards: Catskill Folksinger, Marilyn Kimball Thesis, Chapters 1-3, 1966
6 George Edwards: Catskill Folksinger, Marilyn Kimball Thesis, Chapters 4-6, 1966
7 George Edwards: Catskill Folksinger, Marilyn Kimball Thesis, Postscript, Bibliography and Appendices, 1966
8 Greene County, 1963 1971 1973-1974 1976 Undated
9 Hallenbeck, Lew, 1948
10 Haufrecht, Herbert, 1980
11 Huckleberry Bill, Undated
12 "The Hudson and the Rhine," by George William Curtis, Undated
13 Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, 1968-1969 Undated
14 "In the Olden Days," Social Studies Project Compiled by Joan Levine's Students with the Help of Norman Studer, 1976-1977
15 "Intellectual Education," by David Mallery, Undated
16 James Alexander, Weaver, 1956
17 Jeffersonian Movement, 1958 Undated
18 John Burroughs, 1948 1954
19 "Johnny Appleseed, Jr." by Pete Seeger, Undated
20 Journal of American Folklore, 1959
21 Kingston, New York History, 1952 1961-1962
22 "The Knickerbocker Line", Undated
23 Landmarks, 1953 1962 1968
24 Langston Hughes, 1967
25 "Leather Breeches", 1939
26 Leland Teich, 1978 Undated
27 "A Letter," by David Taylor, Undated
28 Man: A Course of Study, 1970 Undated
Oversized Folder
1 12 Map of Historic Hurley, Undated
Box Folder
2 29 Materials about Norman Studer, Grant Rogers, Herbert Haufrecht, Mike Todd from Wilma Studer Porter, 1999
30-33 Mathew Lyon, 1975 Undated
34 "Maxcy Gregg" by Robert Krick, 1973
35 Mathew Lyon, 1975 Undated
36 "Merry Ditties: A Collection of Delectable Songs," Compiled, Edited and Arranged by Norman Cazden, 1955
37 Mexican Folk Art, 1925-1927 1933 1936 1941 Undated
38 Mike Todd, 1940 1954 1960 Undated
39 Mileage Fact Sheet of the Appalachian Trail, 1978
40 Mill House, Undated
41 Mining, 1964 Undated
42 "Music of the Catskills," by Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Cazden, 1948
43 Nat Turner, Undated
44 Native Americans, 1961 1969
45 "New Approaches in Education," by David Malley, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 13 New Hampshire Patriot Issue, 1817
Box Folder
2 46 New Paltz Center for Catskill Mountain and Hudson River Studies, 1974-1975 1977 Undated
47 New York City Neighborhood Survey, 1978
48 New York City Water Supply, 1947 Undated
Oversized
3 The New Student, 1924-1927
Box Folder
2 49 "A Note on Folklore" by Constance Rourke, Undated
50 Notebook, 1977 Undated
51 Notes on Catskill History, Undated
52 "The Old Country Stove," by Janet MacFarlane, 1948
53 Old Forge, Undated
54 Olney Smith, Undated
55 Oral History, Etson Von Wagoner, 1944 Undated
56 Oral History, Interview with William Vandemark, Undated
57 Oral History, Mrs. Celian Kelder, 1953 Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Oral History, Notes on Visit to Many Jane Shaver, 1948
2 Oral History, "Raising the Mill," D.C McLaughlin, Undated
3 Oral History, Recollections of Verney Falls, Undated
4 Orange County, NY, 1954 1961 Undated
5 Palisades, 1969
6 Parson Jonathan Fisher, 1965-1966 Undated
7 "The Passing Parade," by G. Edwards, 1956
8 People's Songs, 1945-1946 Undated
9 Pepacton Reservoir, the Human Host, 1948-1954 Undated
10 Pete Markle, Undated
Oversized Folder
1 14 Physiographic Diagram of the New York Region, Undated
Box Folder
3 11 The Pioneer, Livingston Manor Central School, Featuring New York History and Culture, 1939
12 Pioneer Woman, 1939
13 Poems and Prose from Mrs. Thelma Patel's Class, 1972 Undated
14 "Politics of the Attack on Black Studies," by Robert Allen, 1974
15 Prattsville and Zadock Pratt, 1948 1957 1968-1969
16 Private Education, 1968-1969 1971 Undated
17 "Proclaim Liberty Unto All the Land," Brief Biography of Sojourner Truth, Undated
18 Progressive Education, 1952
19 Purposes and Objectives of a Proposed Applied Folklore Center in New York City, 1960
20 Quarles Colonial Home Arts Festival, Project of Joan Studer, 1976
21 Queens Then and Now Exhibit, 1975-1976
22 Rafting on the Delaware, 1945 1950 1953 Undated
23 Railway Electrification in Japan, Undated
24 Red Thunder Cloud, 1971 1974 1983 1996 Undated
25 Restoration of Richmond Town, 1961
26 "Reorientation in Education", Undated
27 Sheep Industry, Undated
28 Sholem Settlement, Undated
29 Sketches, Undated
30 Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, Undated
31 Social Studies Curriculum, 1974 Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Sojourner Truth and Hurley, New York, 1968 Undated
2 Sojourner Truth Library Dedication, 1971 Undated
3 Sojourner Truth Memorial Fund, 1970-1971 Undated
4 "Songmaker of the Catskills: Grant Rogers", 1965
5 Songs, 1942 1944 1946 Undated
6 Songs Collected and Arranged by Herbert Haufrecht, 1943 Undated
7 Spring Folk Festival, 1977
8 The Spy House, Hurley, New York, Undated
9 Squire Elwyn Davis, 1960 1972 Undated
10 Stamps, New York Theme, Undated
11 Stoney and Sparrow Troubadours of the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains, Undated
12 "Stony Hollow," Norman Cazden Scores, 1949
13 Sunnyside, Undated
14 Sunnyside and Woodside Histories, 1976 Undated
15 Symposium on the Hudson River School of Art, 1973
16 Temporary Commission to Study the Catskills, 1971 1973-1974 Undated
17 "Theory for American Folklore," by Richard Dorson, Undated
18 Tignish Arts Foundation, 1965-1966 Undated
19 "The True Moral and Diverting Tale of the Cardiff Giant,", 1948
20 Van de Bogart, Aron, 1945-1946 Undated
21 Varieties of Folklore, Undated
22 Vermont, Undated
23 Vision and Visual Thinking, 1966 Undated
24 "Vitality of Tradition and Local Songs," by Herbert Halpert, Undated
25 Walt Whitman House, Undated
26 Water Conservation, 1959 Undated
27 The Water Supply of the City of New York, 1947
Box Folder
5 1 West Shokan Lake, 1960 1974
2 Walking Tours of the Museum of the City of New York, Undated
3 Water Shortage, 1949 Undated
4 "When His Own Came Back," by Edward Eugene Ragna, Undated
5 Wild Life and Nature, 1962 1965-1966 Undated
6 "Woodland Serenade," by Herbert Haufrecht, 1956

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