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Accession Number: 80-014


Adele and Dr. J. Harry Ebbs fonds. -- 1909-1978. -- 45 cm of textual records. -- 31 photographs.

Biography / History

Dr. J. Harry Ebbs was born in 1906, Worksop, England and moved to Peterborough, Ontario with his family in 1912. He became interested in camping through the Y.M.C.A., and, later, at the age of 17, became more involved in camping as a counsellor, in 1924, at Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park. Throughout his university career, he continued to work as a camp counsellor at Camp Ahmek, and later at Camp Wapameo, both Taylor Statten Camps. He graduated from the faculty of medicine, University of Toronto in 1931 and his medical career led him to remote settlements in northern Canada and to hospitals in India and Malaysia. He was later the senior staff physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, a professor of pediatrics and a director of the school of physical and health education at the University of Toronto. From 1938 to 1975 he was the medical director of the Taylor Statten Camps. It was while working as a counsellor at the Taylor Statten Camps that he met his future wife Adele Statten, daughter of Taylor Statten. They were married in 1935 and together had three children: Barbara Adele, Alice Susan, and John William. Throughout their lives, the Ebbs have been involved in organized camping in Canada and the United States, as well as in India. Both were honorary life members of the Canadian Camping Association and Dr. Ebbs was a governor of Trent University, where the Ebbs Camping Archives were established in 1979 to honor the Ebbs' contributions to the children's camping movement in Canada. Dr. John Henry Ebbs died June 1, 1990 after suffering a stroke the previous year.

Custodial History

The fonds was created by and in the custody of Adele and Dr. J. Harry Ebbs.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of the personal records of Adele and Harry Ebbs relating to Camp Ahmek, Camp Wapameo, Algonquin Park Advisory Committee, Camp Tonakela (Madras, India) and camps in North Carolina, U.S.A. Also included are photographs as well as textual records which relate to the Ontario and Canadian Camping Associations.


Title based on the creators of the fonds.

30 of the 31 photographs are 5 X 8 cm b&w negatives.

The fonds was donated by Dr. Harry and Adele Ebbs.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 78-006, 82-009, 84-019, 86-018, 88-006, 92-005 (Ontario Camping Association fonds), 78-004, 82-102, 85-014, 86-032, 88-007, 92-004 and 93-022 (Canadian Camping Association fonds).

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: Canadian Camping Association 1947 to 1952; 1978. Minutes, correspondence, Hedley Dimock article for Canadian Camping Magazine "Coeducational Camping in Brother-Sister Camps", with letter to Mary S. Edgar, 1952. Main creator is Taylor Statten.

2: Adele Ebbs' file on the 1974 Conference of the Ontario Camping Association.

3: Society of Camp Directors - miscellaneous articles and notes, and the P.S. Ross and Partners report: "The Results of a Questionnaire Concerning the Evaluation of Private, Non-Agency Youth Camps", 1975.

4: Taylor Statten Memorial Fund and Lecture; Taylor Statten Camps Alumni Reunions.

5: Taylor Statten Camps: camp brochures, staff kits, training programs and other administrative records, 1947, 1966 to 1975; tributes to Taylor Statten; Canoe Lake Oldtimers Reunion Dinner, 1955; Camp Tonakela items.

6: Taylor Statten Camps: song books, clippings, miscellaneous.

7: Taylor Statten Camps: "Wap Proceedings" - Camp administrative materials, 1957 to 1962; Resource Rangers Summer Camp, 1965.

8: Taylor Statten Camps: miscellaneous, including objectives and program of camping in wartime, 1942, and memorials of Tonakela.

Box 2


1: Algonquin Park Leaseholders Association: lists, newsletters, minutes, correspondence, "Wildlands News", the newsletter of the Algonquin Wildlands League, 1968 to 1972.

2: Algonquin Park Advisory Committee (APAC): Ontario Camping Association briefs and related materials, correspondence, 1968 to 1971.

3: APAC: Minutes, documents, terms of reference, etc.

4: APAC: folder 3 continued, plus background papers.

5: APAC: assorted briefs to the Committee.

Box 3


1: APAC - Taylor Statten Camps - Ontario Government: correspondence, briefs, 1971.

2: APAC: miscellaneous briefs, reports, etc. 1968 to 1973; Taylor Statten Camps statistical data on camp operations.

3: APAC: background materials, briefs, submissions, newsletters; 1971 Confidential Summary of Planning and Policy Recommendations.

4: Dr J.H. Ebbs' file on the master plan for Algonquin Park. Includes Bernadette Ferry's paper "A Descriptive Study of the Beneficial Aspects of a Month Long Camp for Children with Cystic Fibrosis", 1973 to 1974.

Box 4


1: Camp Tonakela - list of contributors, n.d.

2: Camp Tonakela: brochures, clippings, publicity and fundraising materials. Adele Ebbs' ms (pencil) "Camping in One World"; Chick Hendry's 1952 typescript "Observations on a Visit to Camp Tonakela near Madras, India"; newspaper articles.

3: Camps Sequoyah and Tsali (North Caroline, U.S.A); papers, briefs, correspondence, newsletters, administration items, brochures; publications by the Director, C. Walton Johnson. (Provenance: John Ebbs).

4: Camps Sequoyah and Tsali, continued: similar materials.

5: copy negatives prepared from originals in the Ebbs photograph collection. Scenes from: Camp Couchiching, n.d., 1909 to 1910, 21 negatives; Camp Ahmek, 1922, 1924, 2 negatives; Camp Wapomeo, 1924 to 1925, 2 negatives; YMCA Camp Kenora, n.d., 1 negative (Young Taylor Statten); Camp Wawanda, n.d., 2 negatives; Camp Elphinstone (earliest YMCA camp in British Columbia), n.d., 4 negatives.