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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 263

Records of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts, 1915-1967

Minutes, reports, photographs, etc., of Massachusetts Girl Scouts, which provided leadership training, camping, health education, and volunteer work for young girls.

Dates

  • 1915-1967

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Massachusetts Girl Scouts is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Extent

2.29 linear feet ((5+1/2 file boxes) plus 14 photograph folders, 1 oversize folder, electronic records)

This collection contains minutes, reports, and other records of the State Camp Committee (1921-1949); Camping Department (1923-1941); Metropolitan, Eastern, and Western Divisions (1926-1936); Eastern Division Field Committee (1926-1935); and Local Directors' Association (1926-1934). There are also reports, biographical information, correspondence, and other papers of Sarah Louise Arnold, Augusta B. Hartt, Helen Storrow, and various other Massachusetts Girl Scouts leaders, including Anne Hyde Choate, Mrs. Carl Dennett, and Gertrude Allisder Perkins. In addition, there are many letters from and articles about Lou Henry Hoover, National Girl Scout President from 1922 to 1925 and from 1935 to 1937. Also, there are many photographs of Sarah Arnold, Augusta Hartt, Helen Storrow, and other leaders and Scouts. There are few records prior to 1921. The Massachusetts Girl Scouts' web site is being captured periodically as part of Harvard University Library's Web Archive Collection service (WAX); searchable archived versions of the web site will be available through this finding aid in 2010.

HISTORY

The American Girl Scout program, an adaptation of Sir Robert Baden-Powell's English Scouting and Guiding movement, was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low. In 1915 the program was incorporated and established their headquarters in Washington, D.C. The following year the headquarters were moved to New York City. "Local councils" were formed in Massachusetts in 1916, and by 1917 almost 800 Massachusetts girls belonged to troops in Boston, Brookline, New Bedford, Salem, Springfield, and other cities. The local councils soon joined together as a State Council to set standards for activities and uniforms. This Massachusetts Council, chartered under a new constitution and incorporated in Massachusetts in 1919, helped establish standards and regulations later adopted by the National headquarters. Women representing the Massachusetts Girl Scouts served on the National Board from its inception, and helped set the course for scouting nationwide. Among the pioneering efforts of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts were the organization in 1916 of the first "Junior Scouts" (later named "Brownies") in Marblehead, and the First National Training School for Girl Scout Leaders, held at the Winsor School in Brookline in the summer of 1917.

In 1919 the Massachusetts organization was divided into the Eastern, Western, and Metropolitan (Boston) Divisions. Activities included leadership training, camping, health education, and volunteer work. Organizers and early leaders of the Massachusetts scouting movement included Sarah Louise Arnold, Augusta Batchelder Hartt, and Helen Osborne Storrow. In addition to her active involvement in Scout programs, Storrow donated "Our Chalet" in Switzerland as an international gathering place for Girl Scouts and Guides. Histories of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts can be found in folder 119 and in oversize folder.

ARRANGEMENT

The collection is arranged in ten series:
  1. Series I. Massachusetts State Camp Committee. Folders 1-27.
  2. Series II. Camping Department. Folders 28-49.
  3. Series III. Metropolitan Division. Folders 50-60.
  4. Series IV. Eastern Division. Folders 61-71.
  5. Series V. Western Division. Folders 72-84.
  6. Series VI. Eastern Division Field Committee. Folders 85-94.
  7. Series VII. Local Directors' Association. Folders 95-98.
  8. Series VIII. Other records. Folders 99-102, E.1.
  9. Series IX. Girl Scout leaders. Folders 103-134.
  10. Series X. Photographs. Folders 135-148.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 75-107, 75-109

The records of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts were given to the Schlesinger Library in April 1975 by the Massachusetts Girl Scouts.

SEPARATION RECORD

The following items have been removed from the collection and transferred to the Organization File:
  1. "The Report of the First American Brownie Pow-Pow or Council, Held at Norbeck, Maryland, November 1922," 91 p., mimeo.
  2. "Historical Statement of the Constitution and By-laws of the Girls Scouts, Inc.," 64 p., mimeo., c.1922
  3. "With the Girl Scouts in 1922," published pamphlet, 8 p.
  4. Girl Scout Leader, Vol. 39, No. 3, March 1962 - 50th anniversary issue with articles and pictures on GS history.

CONTAINER LIST

  1. Box 1: 1-27
  2. Box 2: 28-55
  3. Box 3: 56-76
  4. Box 4: 77-106
  5. Box 5: 107-134
INDEX OF CORRESPONDENTS
  1. Alden, Verna - 109
  2. Arnold, Ida Persis - 130
  3. Arnold, Sarah L. - 68, 104
  4. Baden-Powell, Lady Olave - 112
  5. Bailey, Alice Taylor - 105
  6. Ball, Ida - 128
  7. Barnes, Harriet C. - 105
  8. Barsciauskaite, Elena - 106
  9. Brady, Genevieve G. - 105, 107
  10. Bunker, Mary Hawthorne - 130
  11. Byng, Evelyn - 130
  12. Chester, Alice - 133
  13. Choate, Anne Hyde - 102, 111-114, 128, 130
  14. Clapp, Sarah - 130
  15. Clise, Rosalind H. - 105
  16. Cooke, Bertha R. - 110
  17. Cumnock, Ruth - 130
  18. Davis, Dorothea - 115
  19. Delano, Leila B. - 106
  20. Emerson, Ella May - 112
  21. Faden, Evangeline - 128, 134
  22. Falk(?) see Von Herrenschwand, Ida
  23. Feustermacher, Dorothy - 113
  24. Ford, Grace - 112
  25. Forrest, Harriet - 105
  26. Francken-Dyserinck, W. Wijaendts - 106
  27. Furse, Katherine - 106
  28. Glenn, Georgiana - 110, 113
  29. Greer, Mrs. Fred - 114, 130
  30. Hall, Emma - 130
  31. Hartt, Augusta B. - 110-114, 122
  32. Hoffman, Mira - 115
  33. Hoover, Lou Henry - 107, 128
  34. Hunt, Melissa - 115
  35. Husband, Elfrida - 106
  36. Jackson, Dorothy - 106
  37. Jenks, Betsy - 112
  38. Kelley, Anne P. - 112
  39. Kelley, Mrs. James J. - 128
  40. Kerr, Rose - 106
  41. Letson, Helen - 113
  42. Lewis, Caroline E. - 130
  43. Lilinska(?), R. - 106
  44. Lindberg, Elin A. - 111
  45. Lindenmeyer, Antonia - 106
  46. Lingham, Grace E. - 130
  47. Miller, Clementine - 111
  48. Moore, Lillian - 115
  49. Moreland, Marion C. - 130
  50. Morse, Evelyn - 112
  51. Neal, Cora - 105
  52. Parson, Llewellyn - 105
  53. Perkins, Gertrude Allisder - 130
  54. Pfaff, Gertrude - 109
  55. Piepers(?) - 106
  56. Rippin, Jane Deeter - 105
  57. Rittenhouse, Constance R. - 111
  58. Roberts, Marion A. - 102
  59. Royal, Betty Anne - 130
  60. Rusk, Ethel - 130
  61. Sandiford, Alice - 134
  62. Sill, Lewis Ashley - 109, 114
  63. Sinnett, Edith - 115
  64. Stephen, Mary - 113
  65. Stevens, Helen Ward - 112
  66. Storrow, Helen - 112, 128
  67. Storrow, James J. - 130
  68. Vance, Mary - 115
  69. Von Herrenschwand, Ida ("Falk") 133
  70. Warren, Leslie C. - 112
  71. Watson, Jeannette K. - 105
  72. Wellman, Mary Lines - 113, 114, 130
  73. Wells, Katharine Abbot - 102
  74. Wendell, Edith - 109, 112
  75. Wheeler, Edward C., Jr. - 112
  76. White, Alice - 102
  77. Willett, Martha W. - 130
  78. Wright, Mrs. Leonard - 114, 130, 133
  79. Wright, Margaret B. - 105

Processing Information

Processed: March 1978

By: Katherine Gray Kraft
Link to catalog
Title
Massachusetts Girl Scouts. Records of the Massachusetts Girl Scouts, 1915-1967: A Finding Aid
Author
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Sponsor
The collection was processed with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
EAD ID
sch00725

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