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Julie C. Van Camp Papers, 1964-1973, 1993, 1999, n.d. (bulk 1964-1969)
1 box ( 5 linear in.)
Collection number: MS 0840 (LD 7096.6 1969 Van Camp)

Van Camp, Julie Charlotte, 1947-; College professor and attorney. Mount Holyoke College graduate, 1969. Papers contain course records for classes taken at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, and Smith College, correspondence, writings, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, graduation cards, invitations, biographical information and photographs. Primarily concern her academic and social life at Mount Holyoke College and her role as editor of Choragos, the college newspaper.

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Biographical Note

Julie Charlotte Van Camp, college professor, attorney, and Mount Holyoke College alumna, was born on June 5, 1947. Her father, Leon Van Camp, was a tool and die maker. She graduated from Davenport West High School in Davenport, Iowa. She attended Mount Holyoke College from 1965-1969 and majored in philosophy. She was active in the school newspaper, serving as its editor from 1968-1969, and was instrumental in changing its name from the Mount Holyoke News to Choragos. She received a Doctor of Law degree from Georgetown University in 1980 and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University in 1982. She became an attorney in 1980 and a professor of philosophy at California State University: Long Beach in 1990.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Julie C. Van Camp Papers, spanning the years of 1964-1999 (bulk 1965-1969) are comprised of course records, correspondence, writings by Van Camp, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, graduation cards, invitations, biographical information and photographs. Most of the material in the collection relates to her years as a Mount Holyoke student, 1965-1969, particularly to her role as editor of the school newspaper, Choragos. Course records include examinations and papers written for several courses in the departments of education and English. The records of a music course and several philosophy courses, including two taken at Amherst College, contain her class notes as well as papers and examinations. Some records are for an education course tat Smith College. Much of the correspondence relates to Van Camp's role as editor of the student newspaper. Correspondence dates from 1964-1973 and concerns her acceptance to Mount Holyoke College, her concern about her grades during her first semester, her work as editor of Choragos, and her plans for graduate school. There is correspondence with Mount Holyoke professors John Piper, Elizabeth Green, Richard Johnson and James Ellis, Richard Robin, Professor David Riesman at Harvard University and fellow students Barbara Stallings, Aimee Garn, and Ellie McGrath. Her writings are comprised of two versions of a paper "Some Thoughts on Women's College Newspapers" which was presented in a national workshop on Women's college Papers August 1968. Memorabilia for her years as a student includes receipts for gynecological examinations (with a note by Van Camp describing the difficulties Mount Holyoke students had obtaining birth control pills). Biographical information consists of newspaper articles mentioning Van Camp's work on Choragos, her participation in journalism conferences, and her participation in activities protesting the war in Vietnam, 1966-1968. There is also a copy of a 1993 interview with Van Camp published in the Mount Holyoke News. Photographs are of Van Camp as a student, events such as Commencement, the newspaper headquarters, two dormitory room interiors, and the contestants and judges for the Glascock Poetry Prize contest in 1968.

This collection is organized into six series:

  • Course Records (1966-1969)
  • Correspondence (1964-1973, n.d.)
  • Writings (1968)
  • Memorabilia (ca. 1966-1969)
  • Biographical Information (ca. 1966-1969, 1993, 1999)
  • Photographs (1965-1969)

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Julie C. Van Camp Papers, Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, MA

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Contents List
Series 1: Course Records

Education 205
Fall 1966

Box 1: folder 1
Education 234
Spring 1967

Box 1: folder 2
English G100
Fall 1967

Box 1: folder 3
English 200
Spring 1967

Box 1: folder 4
English 352
Spring 1969

Box 1: folder 5
Music G1
Spring 1966

Box 1: folder 6
Philosophy 211
Fall 1966

Box 1: folder 7
Philosophy 21
Fall 1967

Box 1: folder 8
Philosophy 62
Spring 1968

Box 1: folder 9
Series 2: Correspondence
1964-1973, n.d.


Box 1: folder 10
1969-1973, n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
Series 3: Writings


Box 1: folder 12
Series 4: Memorabiliaca.


Box 1: folder 13
Series 5: Biographical Informationca.
1966-1969, 1993, 1999

Biographical Information
ca.1966-1969, 1993, 1999

Box 1: folder 14
Series 6: Photographs


Box 1: folder 15

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

  • Amherst College--Curricula.
  • Choragos
  • Education--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • English language--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Curricula.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Student life-1965-1969.
  • Mount Holyoke College--Student notebooks--1966-1969
  • Mount Holyoke College--Student papers--1966-1969
  • Mount Holyoke College--Students.
  • Music--Instruction and study--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Philosophy--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Smith College--Curricula.
  • Student activities--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Student newspapers and periodicals--Massachusetts--South Hadley.
  • Van Camp, Julie C.
  • Women college students--Massachusetts--South Hadley.

Genre terms
  • Letters.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.

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