Caulkins Family Papers

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Caulkins family papers
Creator: Caulkins (Family : Caulkins, Daniel Douglas, 1816-1904)
Call Number: A.C37
Dates: 1810-1974 ; bulk 1892-1970 [bulk]
Physical Description: 31 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Caulkins family papers, 1810-1931
Subseries I: Daniel Douglas Caulkins family papers, 1814-1931
Subseries II: T. Vassar Caulkins papers, 1859-1951
Series II: Edward Dana Caulkins papers, 1896-1974
Subseries I: School years and reunions
Subseries II: Speeches, writings, and articles
Subseries III: Consulting and war work
Series III: Recreation, 1923-1974
Subseries I: Recreation philosophy, methods, and planning
Subseries II: Recreation organizations
Subseries III: Subject files
Subseries IV: Recreation files by state or city
Subseries V: Printed materials
Collection Overview
Title: Caulkins family papers
Creator: Caulkins (Family : Caulkins, Daniel Douglas, 1816-1904)
Call Number: A.C37
Dates: 1810-1974 ; bulk 1892-1970 [bulk]
Physical Description: 31 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
The Caulkins Family Papers documents the lives of three principal figures: Daniel Douglas Caulkins, Thomas Vassar Caulkins and Edward Dana Caulkins. Daniel Douglas Caulkins was born on February 14, 1816, in Dutchess County, New York. He married Julia Read on October 18, 1847. The couple lived in Dutchess County, where Daniel served as a minister. They had four children: Julia Elizabeth, Edward Douglas, Francis Red and Thomas Vassar (born March 20, 1859). Thomas Vassar Caulkins graduated from the University of Rochester in 1882 and went on to attend the Newton, Massachusetts Theological Seminary, where he was ordained. T. Vassar Caulkins served for fifty years as the minister for First Baptist Church in the Rochester, New York area. He married Agnes Burchard on September 21, 1864. The couple had five children: Daniel Burchard, T. Vassar, Jr., Irene Elizabeth, Seneca Reed and Edward Dana (born February 5, 1892). T. Vassar Caulkins died on January 22, 1951.

Edward Dana Caulkins attended Suffield Academy in Suffield, Connecticut, from 1907-1908. He completed an A.B. from the University of Rochester in 1913, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. After completing his undergraduate degree, Caulkins enrolled in Columbia University and took several courses in Sociology and Philosophy from 1914-1916. During his time at Columbia, Caulkins met and married Ruth Smallwood on November 13, 1915. The couple had three children: Betty, Mary F. and David S. During World War I, Caulkins served as a community organizer with the War Camps Community Service of the War and Navy Departments. As Caulkins's career continued, he worked for different municipal organizations in Pennsylvania and New York. During the summer of 1913, he worked as the Recreation Supervisor in Erie, Pennsylvania, from 1913-1916 as the Assistant Secretary for the West Side Y.M.C.A in New York City and from 1916-1917 as Field Secretary for the Playground and Recreation Association of America. During the 1920s, Caulkins worked as a consultant for Tamblyn and Brown. He later held the position as Superintendent of Recreation for Westchester County, New York. Caulkins wrote articles about recreation and served as editor for the Wingate Memorial Foundation Series of Books, including Intimate Talks by Great Coaches, 1930; School Athletics in Modern Education, 1931; and Aims and Methods in School Athletics, 1932. During his career working in municipal recreation departments, Caulkins also served as President of the New York State Recreation Executive Association, Vice President of the American Recreation Society and Vice President of the American Society for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. E. Dana Caulkins died on February 12, 1983.

Scope and Content
The Caulkins Family Papers consists of three series: Caulkins Family Papers and Photographs, 1810-1931; Edward Dana Caulkins, 1896-1974; and Recreation, 1923-1974. The first series includes materials that chronicle the growth of the Caulkins family. There is genealogical information compiled by E. Dana Caulkins, family photographs, Daniel Douglas Caulkins's writing and financial documents, correspondence between family members, and T. Vassar Caulkins's sermons from 1884-1938 as well as a scrapbook documenting his tenure as the minister at the First Baptist Church. The second series includes materials from E. Dana Caulkins's education at Suffield Academy, the University of Rochester and Columbia University. The series also consists of correspondence Caulkins wrote to his future wife, Ruth Smallwood, as well as to family members. This series documents Caulkins's early career working for municipal recreation organizations, speeches and articles from 1916-1945. The third series documents the development of recreation and its importance to young adult and adult health, both in the United States and internationally. Included in this series are alphabetized organizational files, with materials from the American Park and Recreation Association and other organizations, as well as subject files, with materials related to recreation in specific states and cities. Also included are printed materials and newspaper clippings related to recreation.

Arrangement
Series I: Caulkins Family Papers and Photographs, 1810-1931

Series II: Edward Dana Caulkins, 1896-1974

Series III: Recreation

Subject(s):
Recreation
Sermons
Correspondence
Albums (Books)
Photographs
Caulkins, Daniel Douglas, 1816-1904
Caulkins, T. Vassar (Thomas Vassar), 1859-1951
Caulkins, Edward Dana, 1892-1983.
Baptists--Clergy
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Lori Birrell in 2011. Finding aid written by Lori Birrell in 2011.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Caulkins Family Papers is the result of from multiple donations made by the Caulkins Family between 1971 - 1983.Access
The Caulkins family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Caulkins family papers, A.C37, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Series I: Caulkins family papers, 1810-1931
Subseries I: Daniel Douglas Caulkins family papers, 1814-1931
Box 1, Folder 1Genealogical information
Box 1, Folder 2Caulkins family correspondence, 1883-1931
Box 1, Folder 3Daniel Douglas Caulkins correspondence, 1814-1835, undated
Box 1, Folder 4Daniel Douglas Caulkins Jr. and Julia to son, Reverend T. Vassar Caulkins, 1889-1894
Box 1, Folder 5Religious materials
Box 1, Folder 6Poetry
Box 1, Folder 7Financial papers, circa 1853
Box 1, Folder 8Receipts
Box 1, Folder 9Newspaper clippings, 1810-1829, undated
Box 1, Folder 10Print
Box 1, Folder 11Map of roads in the town of Hartwick
Box 1, Folder 12Agnes Burchard Caulkins diary, 1892, 1895
Box 1, Folder 13Agnes Burchard Caulkins diary of California trip, 1926-1927
Box 1, Folder 14Newspaper clippings, Agnes Burchard Caulkins
Box 1, Folder 15Memorial to Agnes Burchard Caulkins, 1930
Box 1, Folder 16Photographs: Grandmother Dunham and Rufus Dunham
Box 1, Folder 17Photographs: Julia Reed Caulkins, Daniel Caulkins Jr., T. Vassar Caulkins
Box 1aFamily awards and pins
Subseries II: T. Vassar Caulkins papers, 1859-1951
Box 2, Folder 1Photograph album
Box 2, Folder 2Postcard book
Box 2, Folder 3Scrapbook
Box 2, Folder 4Photographs: T. Vassar Caulkins and family
Box 2, Folder 5Autobiography, 1859-1951
Box 2, Folder 6Account records
Box 2, Folder 7-8;
Box 3, Folder 1-2
Correspondence: T. Vassar Caulkins to E. Dana Caulkins, 1930-1950
Box 3, Folder 3Writings, 1888-1913, undated
Box 3, Folder 4Essay, poetry, 1883, 1887-1913
Box 3, Folder 5History and present membership of the First Baptist Church, 1895
Box 3, Folder 6Baptist Church, circa 1900, 1958
Box 3, Folder 7Recorded funerals, marriages, baptisms, 1877
Box 3, Folder 8Newspaper clippings
Box 3, Folder 9Scrapbook: Fiftieth anniversary of Reverend Thomas Vassar Caulkins, 1937
Box 3, Folder 10Memorial read Fond du Lac, Wisconsin Church, 1951
Box 4, Folder 1-9;
Box 5, Folder 1-5
T. Vassar Caulkins sermons, 1884-1938, undated
Box 5, Folder 6Vassar, T.E., Uncle John Vassar: or the Flight of Faith, published circa 1879
Box 6, Folder 1Photographs, University of Rochester classmates, 1883
Series II: Edward Dana Caulkins papers, 1896-1974
Subseries I: School years and reunions
Box 7, Folder 1Correspondence, 1896-1908
Box 7, Folder 2Correspondence, 1915
Box 7, Folder 3Correspondence: E. Dana Caulkins and Ruth Smallwood, 1913-1915
Box 7, Folder 4Correspondence, 1938, 1955, 1959, undated
Box 7, Folder 5Correspondence related to move to Philadelphia, 1954
Box 7, Folder 6Greenville, New Hampshire, 1903-1906, 1930
Box 7, Folder 7-8Suffield Academy, 1906-1909, undated
Box 7, Folder 9-10University of Rochester, 1910-1914
Box 7, Folder 11Scrapbook: early years
Box 7, Folder 12Photographs, Suffield Academy
Box 7, Folder 13School materials: Suffield Academy
Box 8, Folder 1-5School materials: Suffield Academy, University of Rochester, Columbia University
Box 8, Folder 6-7University of Rochester reunion, 1963
Box 8, Folder 8Suffield Academy reunion, circa 1970
Box 9, Folder 1-2University of Rochester Library Bulletin, 1970-1971
Box 9, Folder 3-6Early jobs
Subseries II: Speeches, writings, and articles
Box 9, Folder 7-9Materials for speeches
Box 10, Folder 1Writings, 1911-1970
Box 10, Folder 2-4Articles, speeches, circa 1944-1963
Box 10, Folder 5-8Articles, speeches, circa 1910-1954
Box 10, Folder 9-10Speech materials: Recreation
Box 10, Folder 11Non-recreation
Box 10, Folder 12-13Correspondence related to speeches, circa 1934-1950
Box 11, Folder 1Speeches, articles: Adjustment service, 1933
Box 11, Folder 2-3Speeches, articles, 1933-1944
Subseries III: Consulting and war work
Box 11, Folder 4-5War camp: Community recreation service, 1916-1918
Box 11, Folder 6National Physical Education service, 1920-1923
Box 11, Folder 7Diary and budget account book, 1928
Box 11, Folder 8-12Tamblyn and Brown money raising, 1923-1928
Box 11, Folder 13World War II, circa 1933-1943
Box 11, Folder 14War service record, circa 1943
Box 11, Folder 15Pan American Child Congress, 1942
Box 11, Folder 16Colleges and universities, 1934-1944
Series III: Recreation, 1923-1974
Subseries I: Recreation philosophy, methods, and planning
Box 12, Folder 1Planning facilities for health, physical education and recreation
Box 12, Folder 2Travel camping
Box 12, Folder 3-9Recreation philosophy, methods, and planning printed materials
Box 12, Folder 10Recreation philosophy, methods, and planning manuscript materials
Box 13Youth hostel photographic negatives
Subseries II: Recreation organizations
Box 14, Folder 1American Park and Recreation Society
Box 14, Folder 2-4American Youth Hostels
Box 14, Folder 5-6Athletic Institute
Box 14, Folder 7-10Citizen's Council of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 1958-1963
Box 14, Folder 11-13Citizen's Council of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 1964-1969
Box 15, Folder 1Country Dance and Song Society
Box 15, Folder 2-4Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, background material, 1962-1964
Box 15, Folder 5-7Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, 1965-1966
Box 15, Folder 8-9Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, 1967
Box 15, Folder 10-12Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, 1968-1970
Box 15, Folder 13-15;
Box 16, Folder 1-2
Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, meeting minutes, 1963-1970
Box 16, Folder 3-4Delaware Valley Citizens Transportation Committee, report material, September 1967
Box 16, Folder 5Transportation clippings
Box 16, Folder 6General Adirondack workshop
Box 16, Folder 7-10General Penjerdel materials
Box 16, Folder 11-12Governor's Committee on Children and Youth, Pennsylvania
Box 17, Folder 1-7International Recreation Association
Box 17, Folder 8International Recreation Association: correspondence, 1958-1959
Box 17, Folder 9Media Area Retired Men's Association
Box 18, Folder 1National Recreation Association, 50th anniversary material
Box 18, Folder 2-6National Park and Recreation Association materials
Box 18, Folder 7-8National Park and Recreation Association publications
Box 19, Folder 1-2Pennsylvania Council on the Aging
Box 19, Folder 3-7Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society
Box 19, Folder 8Recreation and Park Society
Box 19, Folder 9-10Westchester County Recreation Committee
Box 20, Folder 1Wingate Foundation: Books
Box 20, Folder 2-6Wingate Foundation: Materials, 1929-1936
Box 20, Folder 7-8Wingate Foundation: Wingate Athletic Course, 1934-1935
Box 20, Folder 9Wingate Foundation: Wingate Athletic Course, registration, 1933-1934
Box 20, Folder 10Wingate Foundation: Wingate Athletic Course outlines, 1933-1934
Box 20, Folder 11Wingate Foundation: Wingate lecture correspondence, 1933-1934
Box 20, Folder 12Wingate Foundation: Wingate Memorial Foundation radio broadcasts, 1932
Box 20, Folder 13Wingate Foundation: Correspondence, 1934-1939
Box 20, Folder 14-15Wingate Foundation: Public School Athletic League
Box 20, Folder 16Wingate Foundation: Public Schools Athletic League directory, 1929-1930
Subseries III: Subject files
Box 21, Folder 1White House Conference on Aging, 1961
Box 21, Folder 2"A long range recreation plan, Rednor Township, Pennsylvania", 1957
Box 21, Folder 3-4American youth hostels
Box 21, Folder 5American youth hostel brochures
Box 21, Folder 6Bicycling
Box 21, Folder 7-12;
Box 22, Folder 1-2
City planning
Box 22, Folder 3City planning, newspaper clippings
Box 22, Folder 4-6Community action guide
Box 22, Folder 7-9Communication methods on youth hostels
Box 22, Folder 10Driving
Box 22, Folder 11Executive development for Parks and Recreation personnel training flyer
Box 22, Folder 12-13Hollow Square playground plans
Box 23, Folder 1-2Leadership training for recreation work
Box 23, Folder 3-9Open Space Initiative
Box 23, Folder 10Pennsylvania's Program for Children and Youth, March 1, 1961
Box 23, Folder 11Personalities
Box 23, Folder 12-13Physical fitness
Box 24, Folder 1-2Playground and recreation equipment
Box 24, Folder 3Public recreation consultant with Health and Welfare Council of Philadelphia Area
Box 24, Folder 4Magazine: Recreation, February-March 1961
Box 24, Folder 5-6Recreation for the aging
Box 24, Folder 7-10Recreation and the federal government
Box 24, Folder 11Recreation programs and facilities: Boating
Box 25, Folder 1Report on Survey of Bankrupt Richmond, Virginia Building, 1938
Box 25, Folder 2Retirement
Box 25, Folder 3Sports and games cartoon
Box 25, Folder 4United States government in recreation services
Box 25, Folder 5Pocket Book of Games brochure
Box 25, Folder 6Magazine: Youth Leaders Digest, December 1959
Subseries IV: Recreation files by state or city
Box 25, Folder 7Baltimore
Box 25, Folder 8-10California
Box 25, Folder 11-12;
Box 26, Folder 1
Delaware
Box 26, Folder 2-4Florida, Michigan, New York City
Box 26, Folder 5-11New York
Box 26, Folder 12New York City, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Box 27, Folder 1-7Pennsylvania
Box 27, Folder 8-10Philadelphia
Box 27aBaltimore, Westchester, New York
Box 28, Folder 1-2Scarsdale and Westchester Counties
Box 28, Folder 3Westchester County, New York
Box 28, Folder 4Washington D.C., Florida, Ohio
Subseries V: Printed materials
Box 28, Folder 5-13;
Box 29, Folder 1-2
Printed materials


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