Laurel Falls Camp papers

Laurel Falls Camp papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.).
Title: Laurel Falls Camp papers
Dates: 1944-1947
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 1283b and 1283c are housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms1283b

Biographical/Historical Note

Laurel Falls Camp for girls in Clayton, Georgia was owned and directed by Lillian Smith. The camp was established in 1920 by C. W. Smith, father of Lillian Smith.

"Lillian Smith was one of the first prominent white southerners to denounce racial segregation openly and to work actively against the entrenched and often brutally enforced world of Jim Crow. From as early as the 1930s, she argued that Jim Crow was evil ("Segregation is spiritual lynching," she said) and that it leads to social moral retardation."--"Lillian Smith (1897-1966)," New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved February 18, 2008:

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of photocopies of papers concerning Laurel Falls Camp. These items include a letter to Mary Marbut, a letter to counselors, a receipt to Mary Marbut for money given to Lillian Smith to back the play Strange Fruit, printed material describing the camp, a play entitled I Am America, and Laurel Leaf newsletters to counselors, parents and campers.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Authors, American--20th century--Finance, Personal.
Camp counselors--Georgia--Clayton--Correspondence.
Camps for girls--Georgia--Clayton--Photographs.
Camps for girls--Georgia--Clayton.
Civil rights workers--Georgia--Finance, Personal.
Human rights workers--Georgia--Finance, Personal.
Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.).
Laurel Falls Camp for Girls (Ga.). -- Records and correspondence
Marbut, Mary -- Correspondence
Marbut, Mary -- Finance, Personal
Plays (document genre)
Receipts (financial records)
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966 -- Finance, Personal
Smith, Lillian Eugenia, 1897-1966 -- Strange fruit

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Laurel Falls Camp papers, 1944-1947. MS 1283b. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related materials available in the following collections of this repository: Lillian Eugenia Smith papers, circa 1920-1980; Laurel Falls Camp papers, 1930-1937; Lillian Smith letters, early 1960s; Lillian Eugenia Smith letters to Ashley Montagu, 1956-1966; Lillian Eugenia Smith letters to and from Paula Snelling, 1943-1955.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Papers, 1944-1947