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Rare Book Collection

Size: 59 shelves, approximately 2,300 volumes (2,300 count)

Summary: Summary: Springfield College has an excellent collection of historical sources relating to the evolution of Leisure & Recreation. Examples include over 300 issues of the National Recreation Association Newsletter (1931-1941); rare camping periodicals, like Camping and Hiker (1927-1938), Camping World (1935-1942), and Campfire Chatter (1963-1979); and recreation monographs by location (California Recreation Commission, Brookline Recreation Commission, etc.). The development of a Youth audience (Boy Scouts/Boys Clubs) and the reformation of society by changing the trajectories of young people is also a major focus of the collection. Examples from the Youth & Reform materials include rare periodicals like the Youth Leaders Digest (1938-1967) and Boys Club Bulletin (1926-1953); and around 300 US Children’s Bureau pamphlets.

Spines of Outing journal