Juniper Club Papers, 1909-1993

Descriptive Summary

Title
Juniper Club Papers, 1909-1993
Creator
Juniper Club
Extent
1.625 linear feet
Repository
University of Louisville

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Juniper Club, a private organization based in Louisville, Kentucky, dates back to 1897 when a group of Louisville men were invited to hunt and fish together as the guests of the Jessamine Hunting Club (Jessamine County, Kentucky). Organized as the Gregory Hunting Club from 1903-1908, the group incorporated as the Juniper Hunting Club in 1909 when they purchased land in central Florida on Lake George (a widening of the St. Johns River), near Astor. The club sponsors various "camps" at its property for members and their guests throughout the year. An on-site caretaker/manager cares for the property and the lodge located there. Founded by thirty-four influential and well-known Louisville business and professional men, Juniper Club has grown over the years to more than sixty members, many of whom are sons and grandsons of earlier members. The oganization, which remains open to males only, also has weekly dinner meetings at the Pendennis Club in Louisville to conduct the club's business.
Members of the Juniper Club have included such well-known Louisville personalities as: Judge James P. Gregory; Judge Walter Lincoln; Judge Robert Worth Bingham; Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Woodcock; surgeon Dr. Irvin Abell; university president Dr. Philip Davidson; and architects Brinton Davis and Hugh Nevin. Other prominent members from outside Kentucky have included: Dr. Hugh H. Young of Johns-Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Maryland; Col. Clayton E. Wheat of West Point Military Academy in New York; and attorney Pendleton Beckley of Paris, France.
Scope and Content
The papers in this collection date from 1909 to 1993, with some reference to property ownership dating back into the 1800s. The records document the activities and property ownership of the Juniper Club and its predecessor, the Juniper Hunting Club, as well as two adjunct organizations; the Juniper Realty Company and the Juniper Land Company. These materials tell the story of how one group of men (and later their wives and families) chose to relax and retreat from their hectic business and professional lives.
The collection is divided into eight series. The first four series; Legal Records, Organizational Records, Membership Records, and Publications, provide a full picture of the history of the organization from its inception in 1909 to the present, with the bulk of the materials being representative of the years 1930 - 1984. Series 5 - 7 are more eclectic and include printed materials, photographs, and an oral history collection. A few artifacts make up Series 8.

Contents of the Collection

1. Legal Records

Box 1 This series includes the legal records of the Juniper Hunting Club, the Juniper Land Company, and the Juniper Club, including deeds and related items, zoning records and information, tax records, bank records, and the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the organization. Also included in this series is any correspondence related to legal matters.

1. Deeds and Related Items - 1884-1980 (incomplete) (also see Box 9, oversize)

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2. Property Taxes - 1972, 1980

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3. Tax Exempt Status (a) - 1984

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4. Tax Exempt Status (b) - 1984

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5. Tax Exempt Status (c) - 1985

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6. Tax Records - 1986-1990

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7. Contracts for Forest Management and Timber Sales - 1959, 1981, 1990

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8. Banking Records - 1959

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9. Zoning Records - 1973

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10. Miscellaneous Regarding: Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws - 1960-1980

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11. Articles of Incorporation and Amendments - n.d., 1909-1986 (incomplete)

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12. By-Laws - n.d., 1924-1984 (incomplete)

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13. Statements of Incoporation and Amendments - 1924-1984 (incomplete)

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14. Legal Records of the Juniper Land Company - 1936-1943

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2. Organizational Records

Boxes 1-6 The largest of the series, it includes the records of the organization's business, including minutes of meetings (board and general) from 1915 to 1991, financial records beginning in 1924, club correspondence, camp schedules, notices of meetings and special events, and the records of the History Committee.

15. Miscellaneous - n.d.

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16. Accountant's Report for 1917-1922

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17. Financial Record Book(a) - 1924-1940

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18. Financial Record Book(b) - 1924-1940

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19. Financial Record Book(c) - 1924-1940

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20. Guest Book - 1934-1954

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21. Guest Book - 1972-1993

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22. Ledger(a) - 1955-1960

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23. Ledger(b) - 1955-1960

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24. Ledger(c) - 1955-1960

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25. Minutes, etc. - 1915

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26. Minutes, etc. - 1916

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27. Minutes, etc. - 1917

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28. Minutes, etc. - 1923

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29. Minutes, etc. - 1924

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30. Minutes, etc. - 1925

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31. Minutes, etc. - 1926

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32. Minutes, etc. - 1927

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33. Minutes, etc. - 1928

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34. Minutes, etc. - 1929

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1. Minutes, etc. - 1930

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2. Minutes, etc. - 1931

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3. Minutes, etc. - 1932

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4. Minutes, etc. - 1933

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5. Minutes, etc. - 1934

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6. Minutes, etc. - 1935

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7. Minutes, etc. - 1936

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8. Minutes, etc. - 1937

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9. Minutes, etc. - 1938

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10. Minutes, etc. - 1939

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11. Minutes, etc. - 1940

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12. Minutes, etc. - 1941

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13. Minutes, etc. - 1942

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14. Minutes, etc. - 1943

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15. Minutes, etc. - 1944

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16. Minutes, etc. - 1945

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17. Minutes, etc. - 1946

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18. Minutes, etc. - 1947

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19. Minutes, etc. - 1948

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20. Minutes, etc. - 1949

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21. Minutes, etc. - 1950

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22. Minutes, etc. - 1951

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23. Minutes, etc. - 1952

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24. Minutes, etc. - 1953

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25. Minutes, etc. - 1954

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26. Minutes, etc. - 1955

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27. Minutes, etc. - 1956

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28. Minutes, etc. - 1957

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1. Minutes, etc. - 1958

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2. Minutes, etc. - 1959

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3. Minutes, etc. - 1960

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4. Minutes, etc. - 1961

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5. Minutes, etc. - 1962

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6. Minutes, etc. - 1963

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7. Minutes, etc. - 1964

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8. Minutes, etc. - 1965

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9. Minutes, etc. - 1966

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10. Minutes, etc. - 1967

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11. Minutes, etc. - 1968

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12. Minutes, etc. - 1969

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13. Minutes, etc. - 1970

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14. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1971

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15. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1971

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16. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1972

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17. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1972

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18. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1973

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19. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1973

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1. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1974

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2. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1974

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3. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1975

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4. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1975

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5. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1976

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6. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1976

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7. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1977

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8. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1977

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9. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1978

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10. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1978

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11. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1979

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12. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1979

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13. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1980

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14. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1980

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15. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1981

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16. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1981

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17. Minutes, etc. - January - June 1982

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18. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1982

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1. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1983

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2. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1983

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3. Minutes, etc. - January-March 1984

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4. Minutes, etc. - April-December 1984

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5. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1985

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6. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1985

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7. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1986

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8. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1986

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9. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1987

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10. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1987

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11. Minutes, etc. - January-June 1988

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12. Minutes, etc. - July-December 1988

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13. Minutes, etc. - 1989

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14. Minutes, etc. - 1990

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15. Minutes, etc. - 1991

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16. Minutes, etc. - 1992

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17. Minutes, etc. - 1993

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1. History Committee; Miscellaneous notes, etc. - 1980-1988

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2. History Committee; Miscellaneous notes, etc. - 1983

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3. History Committee; Miscellaneous notes, etc. - 1991-1993

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4. History Committee; History of Juniper Club by Judge James Gregory - 1933

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5. History Committee; History of Juniper Club, typescript of interview with Hugh Nevin - 1956

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6. History Committee; same as Folder 5

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7. History Committee; same as Folder 5

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8. Chronology of Juniper Club (1897-1943) by Henry Gregory - 1991

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3. Membership Records

Box 6 This series is a collection of the membership records of the organization. There are rosters and certificates of membership dating from 1915 to 1989.

9. Membership Certificates; #1-90 - 1937-1967

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10. List of camp directors, captains, and officers - 1958-1981

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11. Rosters - 1915-1939

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12. Rosters - 1940-1959

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13. Rosters - 1960-1969

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14. Rosters - 1970-1979

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15. Rosters - 1980-1994

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4. Publications

Box 6 This series is a fairly complete collection of The Swinging Door, a newsletter published by the Juniper Club on a regular basis from the 1930s through the 1980s. The newsletter was filled with jokes, stories, photographs, notices, and other club information. There is also one issue of Juniper Journal, published in 1946.

16. Juniper Journal and related materials - 1946

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17. Swinging Door - 1930-1939

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18. Swinging Door - 1940-1949

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19. Swinging Door - 1950-1955

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20. Swinging Door - 1956-1959

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21. Swinging Door - 1960-1964

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22. Swinging Door - 1965-1969

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23. Swinging Door - 1970-1974

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24. Swinging Door - 1975-1979

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25. Swinging Door - 1980-1983

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26. Swinging Door - 1984-1992

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27. Swinging Door - and miscellaneous (Bound) - 1933-1968

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5. Printed Materials

Boxes 7, 9 This series includes a variety of printed materials produced either by or about Juniper Club. There is an incomplete collection of programs from game dinners for the years 1915 - 1985. There are also maps, signs, floor plans of the camp, materials about Florida, and writings by Juniper members in the form of songs, poems, etc. Newsclippings about Juniper Club are also included in this series.

1. Signs - n.d.

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2. Floor plans - n.d.

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3. Miscellaneous - n.d.

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4. Game Dinner Programs - 1917-1985 (incomplete)

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5. Poems, Songs, Readings, etc. - 1932-1959 (incomplete)

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6. Maps (also see Box 9, oversize)

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7. Information about Florida

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8. History of Florida

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9. St. Johns River; Haule Seine Records and Report - 1967

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10. Newsclippings - n.d.

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11. Newsclippings - 1917-1969

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12. Newsclippings - 1970-79

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13. Newsclippings - 1980-1989

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6. Photographs and Film

Boxes 7, 8, 9 There is a fairly large collection of photographs dating back to the early days of the camp. Most were taken in Florida, but there are also photos from various club activities in Louisville. Some are dated and labeled, many are not. There are also several reels of 8 mm film from 1936-1941, 1939-41, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, and 1955, and a video tape from 1987.

14. Unlabeled - n.d.

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15. Labeled - n.d.

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16. Photo Album of Randolph Blain - 1909-1914

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17. 1900-1939

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18. "Camp Don" - 1938-1939

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19. 1940-1949

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20. 1950-1959

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21. 1960-1969

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1. 1969 Game Dinner

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2. 1970-1979

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3. 1980-1989

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4. 1990-Present

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Photo Albums: Small Black - n.d.

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Small Black - 1914-1915 Hunt

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Small Green - n.d. [1940s or 1950s]

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Medium Brown - March 1944

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Medium Gray - 1909-1952

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Medium Red - 1936-1937

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Film: 8 mm reel, labeled 1936-1941

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8 mm reel, labeled 1939-1940, 1940-41

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8 mm reel, labeled 1950 (Quail hunting, Linc Jacobs and Charlie Lanham)

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8 mm reel, labeled 1/10/51 ( & Friendship 5/12/51)

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8 mm reel, labeled 1/3-1/16/53

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8 mm reel, labeled 4/17-4/26/53 (Florida)

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8 mm reel, labeled 4/17-4/26/53 (Florida) and 1/1-1/16/54

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8 mm reel, labeled 1/2-1/22/55, Parrot Jungle and Juniper

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Video Tape, labeled Main Camp, January 1987

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7. Audio Tapes

Box 8 This series consists of the audio tapes that make up the oral history collection of Juniper Club.

2 - 3 3/4 speed Reels of Hugh Nevin's Memories - 1956

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Juniper Club Oral History Project - Cassette Tapes

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H.W. Stodghill - 30 July 1992

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A.O. Miller - 26 August 1992

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Ken Reutlinger - 19 September 1992

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Cal Schmidt - 23 September 1992

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Ralph Denham - 19 October 1992

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Clarke Potter - 21 October 1992

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Henry Bickel - 26 October 1992

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Harry E. Moore - 12 April 1993

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M.W. Lewis III - 15 June 1993

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Mrs. Charles Lanham - 21 November 1993

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John Ed McConnell - 22 November 1993

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Joseph Durham and Joe Lee - 23 November 1993

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8. Artifacts

Box 9 This series consists of a few items of interest to the history of Juniper Club which are too bulky to file: print blocks of graphics and photos. Print Blocks - graphics, photos
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