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Camp Isanogel records and photographs

Identifier: MSS-362

Scope and Contents

This collection includes reports, brochures, newspaper clippings, newsletters, scrapbooks, photographs, video recordings, and other materials from Camp Isanogel in Delaware County, Indiana ranging from 1907 to 2010 regarding camping activities and camp patrons.


  • 1907 - 2010
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 2010

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Administrative History

Camp Isanogel originated in 1953 when Ellen Isanogel, a Delaware County teacher, donated 150 acres of farmland in Yorktown, Indiana. In 1961, this farmland was developed into a camp that specialized in summer programs for people with mental and physical disabilities. Since its inception in 1961, the camp was funded and owned by the Easter Seals Society of Delaware County. In addition to owning and caring for the camp, the Easter Seals Society also raised funding for low-income campers who could not afford the camp fees. In the 2000s, the operation of the camp was taken over by Hillcroft Services of Muncie.

Camp Isanogel welcomed campers of all ages, offering summer and off-season programs for children as well as teens and adults. Campers partook in activities such as swimming, arts, basketball, gardening, and obstacle courses. Camp Isanogel also offered their campers an opportunity to be independent and make their own choices. By 2010, the camp hosted more than 200 adult clients from 30 Indiana counties. Despite its popularity with campers and fundraising efforts, the camp struggled to pay for yearly maintenance fees, and in 2014 Hillcroft announced that the camp would be closing after nearly 60 years of service.


5.2 Cubic Feet (6 boxes, 1 oversize box)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Camp Isanogel records, 1907-1908, 1934-2010

Series 2: Camp Isanogel photographs, negatives, and slides, 1963-2008

Series 3: Camp Isanogel video recordings, 1986-1997

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Video recordings are in VHS videotape format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Brenda Williamson on 2015/12/18.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie IN:

MSS.186: Hillcroft Services Incorporated records

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/06/15 by Lindsey M. Vesperry and Matthew Gorham. EAD finding aid created 2016/06/15 by Lindsey M. Vesperry. EAD finding aid revised 2016/06/15 by Lindsey M. Vesperry.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA