The Encampment for Citizenship Collection

at the James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives, Virginia Commonweath University

Encampment youth, 1988

Photos such as the above are archived, as well as publications and other ephemera.

The Encampment program is a project of the Encampment for Citizenship, an organization with a long history and over 7,000 encampers whose lives were changed over the 50 years when Encampments were held in the 20th century.

Through the efforts of Ed Peeples (encamper at the 1957, NY and director of 1966 KY Encampment), an archive has been established at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to preserve the Encampment’s history and legacy for future generations. The VCU Library’s involvement in this endeavor creates an extraordinary opportunity for people to learn about the remarkable history and people in the Encampment’s past and its mission to do similar good work in the 21st century.

The James Branch Cabell Library Special Collections and Archives has begun a collection of Encampment for Citizenship papers, organizational documents, photographs, correspondence, memorabilia and much more that chronicles the history and people associated with the Encampment’s life-altering learning adventure and experience in democratic living.

View the Archives

To find out more about items already received and processed in the archive, go to:

Or go to and  use “Search the Database” to look for “Encampment for Citizenship”.

We are pleased to report that, in honor of our 70th anniversary, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, where EFC’s archives are located, created an online link that shows much of the early history of the Encampment.


Visit the Archives

This is your Encampment archive! If you are planning a visit to the Richmond area, please contact Ray Bonis, Cabell Library Archives Coordinator, ahead of time to arrange to visit the archives and see some of our collection.

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Archives Contact

VCU - Virginia Commonwealth University

Ray Bonis, Archives Coordinator
Special Collections and Archives
James Branch Cabell Library
Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033

Telephone: 804-828-1108

Donation Questions?

If you have any other questions or concerns, especially about donating items which are precious to you, please contact the Encampment office.