Donating Items to the Nature Camp History Collection

Please note that ALL donations to the history project MUST be accompanied by a Nature Camp History Project Donation Form. Donations that are not accompanied by a form cannot be included in the Nature Camp History Collection. Download the form – PDF

What kinds of things can I donate to the Nature Camp History Project?

We need items that will help us document the history of Nature Camp from its inception in 1942 to the present. We’re interested in correspondence of all kinds, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks (especially those that are labeled and dated), old reports from classes at Camp, video recordings, audio recordings—anything that helps people understand Nature Camp and its culture and mission.

Why do I need to fill out a Nature Camp History Project Donation Form?

First, your signature on this form ensures that we have the legal right to submit all donated items to our Nature Camp History Collection, which is housed in University of Virginia’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections.  Second, having some background on the donated items helps us organize and cross-reference items appropriately, making them easier for interested folks to find.

If I have ten items, how many donation forms should I complete?

Please complete one for each individual item or set of items. For example, if you’re donating a sleeve of photographs from your second session major class and a newspaper clipping please fill out one sheet for the set of photos and a separate one for the newspaper clipping.

Where do I send my donations?

Send them to Nancy Lowry: 3475 Red Hill School Road, North Garden VA, 22959

What will happen to the items that I donate? Will I be able to get my donations back in the future?

Donated items will become the legal property of the Nature Camp History Collection in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia. Donations will not be returned.

Why are these Nature Camp documents being placed in the Small Special Collections at the University of Virginia?

UVA has the staffing to make the collection widely available, and they also have the kind of climate-controlled environment that will ensure the safety and preservation of the donated items. We don’t have that kind of facility at Camp.

Can I see/access what I have donated after it is placed in the Nature Camp History Collection?

Yes. Anyone who wants to visit the collection will be able to do so during the operating hours of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections at UVA. We hope that, in the future, these items will also be made available in digital form.

What if I have a question that isn’t answered on this list?

Contact either Katie Hoffman ( or Nancy Lowry ( or by phone at 434-296-4695).

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