Camp Joyzelle Materials

MC 1932

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Valerie Robertson, 2012.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Camp Joyzelle
Camp Joyzelle Materials
Inclusive Dates
MC 1932
.3 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions Apply: Researchers must obtain permission from the Rogers Historical Museum before quoting or exhibiting the Joyzelle Jabbers and correspondence from Linda Leiper Cummings.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Camp Joyzelle Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on January 25, 2012 by the Camp Joyzelle Book Committee of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Robertson; completed in March 2012.

Preferred Form of Citation

Camp Joyzelle Materials (MC 1932), Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Historical Sketch

Camp Joyzelle, a summer camp for “well-to-do” girls, operated for nearly three decades at Monte Ne, Benton County, Arkansas. The camp was founded by Iris Armstrong in June of 1923. Armstrong named the camp “Joyzelle” for the heroine of poet and playwright Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1903 play, Joyzelle.

Armstrong’s goal was to start a camp where girls could be instructed in drama and the arts and also enjoy outdoor activities. Campers ranged in ages from eight to seventeen and participated in activities including swimming, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, playing tennis, dancing, and acting. William H. “Coin” Harvey, the founder of Monte Ne, had a good relationship with the Camp until his death in 1936. Camp programs were often given at Harvey’s amphitheater, sometimes with him in attendance.

After Armstrong retired in 1956, Camp Joyzelle continued under the ownership of Mary Powell. Camp Joyzelle closed in 1962, when the Army Corps of Engineers acquired the land to construct Beaver Lake.

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection include camp histories, correspondence, yearbooks, promotional materials, newsletters,and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Camp Joyzelle History Materials, 1959-1970, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

Correspondence, 1930-2000

Box 1 Folder 3

Camp Joyzelle Yearbooks, 1957-1958

Box 1 Folder 4

Camp Joyzelle Promotional Materials, 1920-1960

Box 1 Folder 5

Joyzelle Jabber Newsletter, 1927, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 6

Camp Joyzelle Reunion Materials, 1934-2007

Box 1 Folder 7

Camp Joyzelle Newspaper Clippings, 1932-1960

Box 1 Folder 8

A History of Camp Joyzelle Photographs, 1920-2007 (Printouts and CD)

Box 1 Folder 9

Camp Joyzelle General Materials, 1936, 2011


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