Visiting the Archives
We encourage our alumnae as well as outside researchers to come and visit the CMW Centennial Archives. Whether you are researching a particular subject or simply looking to explore what treasures can be found in our collections, make a trip to our Reading Room!
- Research is by appointment only from August – May, Mon. – Fri., 9:00am – 5:00pm.
- Visits during the summer camp sessions are only granted in rare circumstances.
- Simple research requests for Camp Logs or Ripples may be granted during the summer sessions after Chapel services on Sundays (12:00 – 12:45pm). The archival exhibits will also be open to view during this time.
to arrange an appointment. It is helpful to indicate which collections, items, or subjects you are interested in before arriving.
Our collections are rare and delicate. Because of this, we ask our visitors to follow some basic rules in the Reading Room to ensure the safekeeping and preservation of our materials:
- All material must be viewed in our Reading Room
- No food or beverages are allowed
- Pencils only
- Only one folder or volume can be viewed at a time
- You must maintain the original order of the materials within their folders
- You may take photos of items without using a flash
The CMW Centennial Archives collection consists of material obtained from various sources. All originals in the CMW Centennial Archives are held under copyright by Camp Merrie-Woode, The Merrie-Woode Foundation, Inc. Additional items within the collection are also protected by copyright, trademark and/or restrictions held by others.
Making a Donation to the Archives
We are continuously adding new materials to our archives to document and preserve Merrie-Woode’s history and camp culture. We rely on our alumnae community’s generosity to help the collection grow and thrive. If you are interested in donating items to the CMW Centennial Archives, please email email@example.com
Our camp archivist, Lindsay Hostetler, will work with you to determine if your items fit into our collection and identify the best method of delivery.
All materials donated to the archives will be processed and carefully preserved according to archival standards, and a Finding Aid will be created to aid researchers.
Some items we are currently in search of include:
- Original camp uniforms predating the 1940s
- Letters and correspondence to and from camp directors
- Ripples from the 1940s
Share Your Story!
Alumnae, we want your stories! In developing the Centennial Book, we realize we have only scratched the surface of the hidden treasures out there among our alumnae in terms of Merrie-Woode stories. Everyone has favorite camp memories, whether it’s a campout that went awry, a favorite meal in the Dining Hall, or your memories of people like Dammie Day, the Orr family, and Hugh Caldwell. We want to collect your memories into an oral histories collection in the CMW Centennial Archives.
Send your written or recorded stories to Lindsay Hostetler at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Camp Merrie-Woode, ATTN: Archives, 100 Merrie-Woode Rd., Sapphire, NC, 28774. We are excited to see this collection grow and be used for any number of history projects in the future.