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Sleeper family Camp Marbury papers, 1917-1975.

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Vermont Historical Society Library  Doc 393 (cont'd in Doc 394-403)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Title : Sleeper family Camp Marbury papers, 1917-1975.
Physical Description : 11 linear ft. (11 boxes, 2 vols., 1 ovs folder)
Summary :

This collection consists of correspondence, diaries and miscellaneous personal papers of the Sleeper family, 1914-1978, as well as financial and other records, 1921-1945, for Camp Marbury, a private girls' camp in Ferrisburg, Vermont, which the Sleeper family owned and operated from 1921 to 1942.

The Sleeper papers concern for the most part William Denison Sleeper. They consist of diaries which he kept from 1923 until 1927, and letters he wrote to his family as well as those he received. The latter span the time he was in preparatory school until his death in 1930. Harriet Sleeper's papers relate largely to legal matters concerning the estates of several family members and to the Hartridge School where she was principal.

The Camp Marbury papers are a detailed record of how the "business" of a family-owned girls' camp evolved over a twenty year period prior to World War II. The papers include financial and tax records, invoices for supplies and labor, equipment inventories, an office mailing list, publicity folders and brochures, and photographs.

Biographical or historical data :

Camp Marbury was a summer camp for girls located on Lake Champlain in Ferrisburg, Vt. Mary P. and Henry Sleeper directed the camp and their daughters, Mary Olive (1896-1954) and Harriet (1902-1975), worked in various positions over the years, and eventually assumed managerial roles prior to the camp's demise in 1942. The Sleeper's son, William Denison (1904-1930), worked closely with his mother in the management of the camp's fiscal affairs. Mary P. Sleeper's sister, Martha Gertrude Peet (d. 1955), an accomplished silversmith, taught jewelry making during a number of camp seasons.

Corporate Subject : Hartridge School.
Subject Term : Decedents' estates.
Camps Management
Geographic Term : Ferrisburg (Vt.) Buildings, structures, etc.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Added Author : Sleeper family.
Sleeper, Mary P.
Sleeper, Mary Olive, 1896-1954.
Sleeper, Harriet, 1902-1975.
Sleeper, Henry.
Sleeper, William Denison, 1904-1930.
Peet, Martha Gertrude, d. 1955.
Added Author : Camp Marbury (Ferrisbury, Vt.)
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.