Walter John Hoxie papers
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Walter John Hoxie papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Hoxie, W. J., (Walter John), 1848-1934.
Title: Walter John Hoxie papers
Dates: 1917-1937
Extent: 0.4 cubic feet (7 folders)
Identification: MS 0403

Biographical/Historical Note

Walter John Hoxie was born in Rochester, New York, graduated from Putnam Free School, served for a short time in the Astronomical Division of the U.S. Coast Survey, and then became a school teacher. He taught, in chronological sequence, at Tyng Academy, Tyngsboro, Massachusetts; Bridgewater Normal School, Bridgewater, Massachusetts; Plantation School and the Normal School for Freedmen, both on Lady's Island, South Carolina; Boston Farm School, Boston harbor, and various other places in Massachusetts. He removed to Frogmore, South Carolina on St. Helena's Island in 1879, and to Savannah, Georgia, in 1901, where he lived until 1927. Hoxie then moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he spent the remainder of his life with his daughter. He was a recognized authority on birds and spent some months in 1888 collecting specimens in Florida for the U.S. Biological Survey. Hoxie's home near Savannah was at Bona Bella. He formed a nature group for young girls, many of whom became members of the first Girl Scout troop when it was organized by Juliette Gordon Low. He wrote the first Girl Scout Handbook, titled "How Girls Can Help Their County." He has been called the foremost naturalist in the South and wrote over 500 articles for newspapers and magazines.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal correspondence, articles, clippings, and photographs concerning the Girl Scouts of America, photographs of nature subjects, some original poems, and a number of glass negatives.

Index Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Girl Scouts--Georgia--Savannah.
Hoxie, W. J., (Walter John), 1848-1934.
Letters (correspondence)
Photography of plants.
Wet collodion negatives.
Wildlife photography.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Walter John Hoxie papers, MS 403, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Victor H. Bassett, 1978; Girl Scouts of the U.S. of America, the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center, date unknown (Addenda).


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Separated Material

Artifacts were separated and cataloged with the Georgia Historical Society Artifacts Collection. View digital images of artifacts at the end of this collection inventory or search the Digital Image Catalog for further information.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11"Tommy, Edge of the World Stories and others. Retold by Granpa. Dedicated to the Girl Scouts of Savannah" ( 117.0 p. )
Laid in the front is a Foreword by Anna S. Bassett (Mrs. Victor H. Bassett), a copy in her hand of "From Somewhere in New England," by Prof. W.J. Hoxie from the Savannah Morning News, July 22, 1917.



12"In the Land of Trails" ( 15.0 p. )
Recollections of early days in Florida, by Prof. Walter John Hoxie.



13"Walleila Wilds." By Granpa"
Typed poem.



14-14Photographs of Walter J. Hoxie and of the Girl Scouts at Lowlands, circa 1917-1919. View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6.
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215Scrapbook of clippings: Nature articles by W.J. Hoxie from the Savannah Morning News, 1917-1918


3Correspondence, 1917, 1934-1937 ( 16.0 items. )
Walter J. Hoxie to Polly (Mary Russell Day), June 14, 1917 with news of himself; same to "Mr. Adjutant," July 19, 1934, regarding his service in the Civil War; 11 letters of condolence to Mrs. Day regarding the death of her father, August-December, 1934; Arthur E. Hoxie to William G. Fargo, September 15, 1935, regarding Fargo's biographical sketch of W.J. Hoxie to William G. Fargo, September 15, 1935, regarding Fargo's biographical sketch of W.J. Hoxie; Mrs. Victor H. Bassett to Mrs. Day, July 7, 1937, regarding an article by W.J. Hoxie.


4Articles and clippings regarding W.J. Hoxie ( 12.0 items. )
includes a poem, "The Farmer and his little granddaughter."


5Photographs. Nature subjects, flora and fauna, and a few regarding W.J. Hoxie ( 122.0 items. ). View images: 1 | 2 | 3.
Includes 7 glass negatives.
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6Photograph album of nature subjects and some Girl Scouts. View images: 1 | 2 | 3.
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7Photograph album. Camp Walleila (Girl Scouts). View images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4.
Envelope with two negatives in front.
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A-0403-001 Walter John Hoxie’s wallet View online.