Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Lake George (N.Y.) Camping Journal, 1892

Finding aid created by
Christa Lemelin, November 2006; Richard C. Bates, May 2007; and Meg Hixon, September 2012

Summary Information
Title: Lake George (N.Y.) Camping Journal
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1892
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This volume is a typed journal of a group's canoe and camping trip on Lake George, New York, in the summer of 1892. The typescript is illustrated with 21 photographs of the campers, their equipment, and the scenery.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2000. M-4085.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Lake George (N.Y.) Camping Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

On July 31, 1892, seven men and women left Caldwell, New York, for a canoe trip on Lake George. Two members of the party left early, and the rest ended their journey near Fort Ticonderoga on August 12, 1892, when they boarded a train for Boston, Massachusetts.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume is a 27-page typed journal of a group's canoe and camping trip on Lake George, New York, in the summer of 1892. The typescript is illustrated with 21 photographs of the campers, their equipment, and the scenery.

The Lake George camping party consisted of at least seven acquaintances: Charles W. Byrnes, Alice B. Byrnes, William L. Brown, Georgia B. Sumner, Edwin W. Andrews, Maybelle Ramsay, and R. C. Sargent. Maybelle and a man referred to as "the Doctor" left the group partway through the trip. The account, titled "Wotlarks: A Camping Journal," opens with an epigraph by William Henry Harrison Murray, followed by 24 pages of recollections. The campers embarked from Caldwell, New York, on July 31, 1892, spent 2 weeks on the lake, and then boarded a train for Boston from the area around Fort Ticonderoga on August 13, 1892.

The author of this typescript (possibly camper William L. Brown), described the scenery, meals, and notable incidents. He or she also quoted poems by P. Buchanan Read and Isaac Ogden Rankin. The 7 party members signed the final page of the typescript. Twenty-one photographs, pasted onto sturdy boards between pages of the journal, depict scenery around Lake George, the campers in their canoes, men and women posing with guns, a man fishing, the group near their tents, and other scenes.

The volume includes a carefully drawn or traced manuscript map of Lake George, marked with the places that the campers visited.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Canoes and canoeing.
    • Canoe camping.
    • Fishing.
    • George, Lake (N.Y. : Lake)
    • New York (State)--Description and travel.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Campers (Persons)
    • Camping.
    • Canoe camping.
    • Canoes and canoeing.
    • Fishing.
    • George, Lake (N.Y. : Lake)--Manuscript maps.
    • Tents.
    Contributors:
    • Brown, William L.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    • Flower (plant material)
    • Manuscript maps.
    • Photographs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Lake George (N.Y.) Camping Journal,  July 31, 1892-August 13, 1892 [series]: