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This box contains both information on the nursery school that was located at Western College and also Camp Sawyer.

Camp Sawyer was a summer day camp for 3 to 11 year-olds located primarily in the Western Lodge. The camp was founded in 1965 by Gail James, a physical education professor at Western College. In 1973 the camp instituted a program for children with above average intelligence who have a learning disability. The learning disabilities program helped children with their motor skills, visual perception and memory, as well as auditory perception and spatial orientation. Activities for all campers included swimming in the indoor pool at Western and outdoor activities on the campus such as archery, tennis, dramatics, puppets, and fishing.

The nursery school began in 1942, which had Western students as volunteer workers. The nursery school was located in the Cottage, which acted as headquarters. Tuition was 50 cents a week.


Folder One: News Articles and Informational Handouts


•“Camp Sawyer: special place for all children,” Hamilton Journal News, Carolyn Riegel, 1973. This article describes the new learning disability program at Camp Sawyer
•“Camp Sawyer: special place for all children,” Hamilton Journal-News, Carolyn Riegel, 1973. This article describes the new learning disability program at Camp Sawyer
•“Camp Sawyer: special place for all children,” Hamilton Journal-News, Carolyn Riegel, 1973. This article describes the new learning disability program at Camp Sawyer
•Camp Sawyer 1973 Pamphlet. This pamphlet explains how much it cost to go to the camp as well as when it is happening and what to bring to the camp.
•Cub Scout Day Camp at Camp Sawyer Pamphlet. This was a special program at Camp Sawyer that involved environmental experiences with a cook-out and a camp out.
•Camp Sawyer 1973 Registration form for Cub Scout Camp
•Camp Sawyer 1967 Pamphlet


Folder Two: Balance Photos (16 Photographs)
These photos show campers from the learning disabilities program of Camp Sawyer. In these photographs the campers are working on their balance.

•Medium Photograph of Gymnastics
•Large Photograph of Gymnastics (x2)
•Photograph of Woman helping boy (x2)
•Photograph of Woman helping boy from different angle (x2)
•Photograph of Three People (x3)
•Photograph of Boy on Balancing Beam (x3)
•Photograph of Boy on Balancing Beam with Man Helping (x3)


Folder Three: Swimming (11 Photographs)
These photos show the campers swimming in the pool as well as the campers from the learning disabilities program performing special exercise within the pool.

•Medium Photograph of Swimmers
•Photograph of Three Small Kids on Kick Boards
•Photograph of Boy on Edge of Pool
•Photograph of circle of Swimmers
•Photograph of Man and Boy Swimming
•Large Photograph of Man and Boy Swimming (x3)
•Large Photograph of Man helping Boy Swim on Board (x2)
•Photograph of People Diving on Edge of Pool (x2)


Folder Four: Individual Photos (7 Photographs)
These photos are mounted on construction paper in what appear to have been on display. The photographs show large pictures of children whom were part of Camp Sawyer.

•Portrait of Child
•Multiple Small Photographs of Campers Feeding Goats
•Multiple Small Photographs of Campers Outside
•Black and White Multiple Small Photographs of Campers Outside
•Photograph of Michael and Kathy
•Photograph of “Pals” Skip and Tony
•Photograph of Childs Playing Archery


Folder Five: Outdoor Group Photos (11 Photographs)
These photos are group photographs of the campers of Camp Sawyer outside with trees in the background.

•Large Group Photo (x2, different photos)
•Medium Sized Group Photo (x4, different photos)
•Large Group Photo (x4, different photos)


Folder Six: Individual Help Photos (14 Photographs)
These photos show the learning disabilities program. Instructors are giving the campers the individual attention needed to help.

•Photograph of Boy with Egg Carton
•Photograph of Boy with Helper
•Photograph of Helper behind Boy doing Karate (x2)
•Photograph of Boy at Chalk Board (x2)
•Photograph of Boy with Helper with Glue (x2)
•Photograph of Helper with Boy Drawing
•Photograph of Helper with Boy Drawing
•Photograph of Helper with Boy Drawing
•Photograph of Helper with Boy Drawing
•Photograph of Group Listening, Sitting Indian-Style (x2)


Folder Seven: Outdoor Activities (22 Photographs)
These photos show the children of Camp Sawyer doing a number of outdoor activities, including playing tennis and climbing trees.

•Photograph of Toasting Marshmallows
•Group Photo of Tennis Players
•Photograph of Students Climbing Trees
•Photograph of Group Playing Tennis
•Photograph of Group of Boys Up in Tree
•Photograph of Children up in Tree
•Photograph of Tree House
•Photograph of Children Playing in the Leaves
•February, 1972 Small Photograph (x4, different photos)
•July 1973 Small Photograph (x2, different photos)
•Photograph of “Planning”
•Color Photograph of Kids Playing Game Outside (x4, different photos)
•Color Photograph of Kids Playing Game Inside (x2, different photos)


Folder Eight: Enlarged Photographs (5 Photographs)
These are a variety of copies of photographs that have been enlarged.

•Large Photograph of Kid Playing Archery
•Large Photograph of Two Kids
•Large Portrait of Child
•Large Photograph of Two Kids Holding Hands
•Large Portrait of Girl


Folder Nine: Nursery School (One article, 23 photographs)

•“Western Opens Nursery School on Campus,” and “Ends and Odds,” The Western Round-Up, April 23, 1942
•Photograph of Children Taking Nap
•Photograph of Helper with Two Girls
•Photograph of Cowboy Reading Time
•Photograph of Balancing Game
•Photograph of Girl Painting
•Photograph of Children Doing Crafts
•Photograph of Children in Saucer
•Photograph of Girl Painting
•Photograph of Nap Time
•Photograph of Children in Saucer
•Photograph of Children Doing Craft at Table
•Photograph of Children Watching
•Photograph of Boy Behind Fence, Michael Carastro
•Photograph of Children Getting Ready to Go Outside
•Photograph of Children Sitting Down
•Photograph of Children Sitting Around
•Photograph of Children Sitting Around
•Photograph of Children Watching
•Photograph of Children Painting
•Photograph of Children Playing Clapping Game
•Photograph of Children Playing Clapping Game in Circle


Folder Ten: Miscellaneous
This folder contains various photographs and duplicates of information

•Color Photograph of Group Photograph
•Photograph of Children Playing “Doctor”
•Color Photograph of Child and Helper
•Large Black and White Photograph of Girl’s Portrait
•Photograph of Children and Helpers Outside
•Photograph of Michael and Kathy
•July 1973 Photograph of Group
•Color Photograph of Three Boys
•Color Photograph of Students Playing in Mulch
•Black and White Square Photograph of Children Sitting Outside
•Black and White Square Photograph of Children and Helpers Sitting Outside
•Large Black and White Photograph of Boy Sitting Outside
•Photograph of Children Playing “Doctor”
•Photograph of Children at the Swings
•E-mail to Diane from Phyllis concerning Campfire Girls and camp, March 28, 2004



Additional Materials: Binder
The binder contains various information as well as 37 photographs from Camp Sawyer:

•Letter from Gail James to Dr. Marius Garafalo, Superintendent of the Talawanda School District explaining when and how long the Learning Activities (for Disabilities) Program.
•Response letter from Garafalo thanking James for the letter.
•Confidential Data Release Form for Psychological Services
•Certificate of Attendance for Miss Gail James
•Certificate for Gail James, completed Training Institute on Tutoring the Learning Disabled Child
•Large Photograph of Helper and Boy Drawing
•Large Photograph of Helper and Boy
•Large Photograph of Helper behind Boy doing Karate
•Large Photograph of Boy at Chalk Board
•Large Photograph of Man Helping Boy in Pool with Board
•Large Photograph of Woman Helping Boy
•Medium Sized Photograph of Boy and Woman Doing Crafts
•Medium Sized Photograph of Woman Helping Boy on Balancing Beam
•Photograph of Woman and Girl Doing Stretches
•Small Color Photograph of Children Weaving
•Small Color Photograph of Three Children
•Small Color Photograph of Children and Helpers (x6, different photos)
•Small Black and White Photograph of Children and Helpers (x5, different photos)
•Small Color Photograph of Camp (x14, different photos)


Folder Eleven: Donations from Gail James

•Group of children under a tree dressed as Indians
•3 copies of a large group of children and Gail James, one labeled “Campfire girls” another “Sawyer Day Camp on WC campus”
•Large photograph of a large group of children
•Article of “Cub Scouts Attend Day Camp”
•Photograph of “several youths participating in a three weeks tennis program sponsored by Miss Gail James at Western College For Women”

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