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Collection Overview
Title:Warren Conference Center records
Date: 1971-2000
Location Code:31/2
Reference Code:A101
Extent:0.15 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:This collection documents the development and activities of the Warren Conference Center. The collection contains material relating to Camp Henry Warren, the use of the grounds and facilities as a recreation area by faculty and staff of Northeastern University, the transformation of The Warren Center into The Warren Conference Center, and the expansion of the buildings and grounds.
Historical Abstract: Henry Ellis Warren was an inventor, who developed the first battery-powered clock and the Telechron Clock, the first clock to run on alternating current power. In 1957, his widow, Edith Smith Warren, donated 40 acres of their farm in Ashland, Massachusetts to Northeastern University. The grounds were named the Warren Center for Physical Education and Recreation and hosted an overnight summer camp, Camp Henry Warren, for handicapped and underprivileged children, and children of Northeastern University staff. Children were recommended for the camp by programs, such as the YMCA and the Boy's Club of Boston. In 1964, the Charles Hayden Foundation, an organization devoted to the physical, mental, and moral development of children, gave $100,000 to the Warren Center, which was used to build service buildings, roads, and a parking area, small beach, water and sewage system, and playing field. The overnight summer camp was later called Camp Narepadee and then Camp Nor'easter. In 1965, a day camp was established in conjunction with Roxbury Work and Study Project. At the dedication of the Warren Center in 1967, the Warren Benevolent Society, founded by Edith Warren, donated an additional 104 acres to the University. The Charles Hayden Foundation donated another $400,000 to build a central lodge, several cottages, and more playing fields. Following the dedication, the Warren Center was operated by the Boston-Bouvé College of Northeastern University, which used the Center to train students and teachers of physical education. Physical education majors of Boston-Bouvé staffed the camps to fulfill their requirements. The grounds were also rented to organizations, such as the Golden Age Club, Campfire Girls, church groups, and local firemen. In 1992, The Warren Center became the Warren Conference Center. It is now used for meetings, trainings, and gatherings by both private companies and Northeastern University. Since 1992, the Warren Conference Center has been continually renovated and has expanded its facilities to include more overnight guest rooms, more meeting rooms, and a waterfront.
Language and Scripts:Materials are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Arranged into one alphabetical sequence by subject.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Warren, Henry Ellis
  • Warren, Edith Smith

  • Camp Henry Warren
  • Camp Narepadee
  • Camp Nor'easter
  • Warren Center
  • Warren Conference Center

  • Camps for children with disabilities

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Materials were acquired from the Warren Conference Center.
Accruals:Further accruals are expected.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Material in this collection is copyrighted and owned by Northeastern University.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Eliana Wachs Cashman, March 2008.

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1Biography: Henry Ellis Warren1980
1Camp Henry Warren1971
1Camp Nor'Easter1979-1980
1Conference Center1996
1Flyers1987, 1996-1997
1“Out on a Limb” Newsletter1995-2000
1Summer Program1971-1974
1Winter Holiday Programn.d., 1981, 1994-1995