Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.) papers
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Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.) papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.)
Title: Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.) papers
Dates: 1921-1969
Extent: 9.5 cubic feet (19 boxes)
Identification: MS 2000

Biographical/Historical Note

The Girl Scouts of the United States were established in 1912 in Savannah, Georgia, by Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927). Juliette Low, inspired by the work of Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scout and Guide movement, decided to organize an American equivalent. The Girl Guide, as they were originally known, consisted of two troops which were registered in Savannah on march 12, 1912. The first Girl Guide was Daisy Gordon Lawrence, the niece of Juliette Low.

The first Council was established on March 12, 1912. Elizabeth Beckwith was chosen as the first commissioner. The carriage house (330 Drayton Street) behind the Low House served as Council headquarters.

By May, 1913, the name Girl Guides was officially changed to Girl Scouts. In 1913, the first Girl Scout handbook, entitled How Girls Can Help Their Country, was published in Savannah. It had been adapted from the English Girl Guide Handbook by Prof. W.J. Hoxie of Savannah. The movement was growing more popular and in June, 1913, the National Council Headquarters was moved to Washington, D.C.; and later in 1916 to New York City.

The Girl Scout Council of Savannah was officially chartered a corporation in the State of Georgia in 1925. The Council purchased campsites on local islands around Savannah for use by the Girl Scouts. A campsite on Wassaw Island was purchased in July 1914. In 1923, Camp Walleila on Whitemarsh Island was purchased and the camp operated until 1950. Union Camp gave Calder Cottage, in the Juliette Low Park, as a gift to the Council in 1948. Rose Dhu Island was purchased in 1964.

The Gordon family home (142 Bull Street) became the Girl Scout National Headquarters in October 1953. It is now known as the Juliette Gordon Low Girl Scout National Center. The National Center is operated as a house museum and interpretive center for the Girl Scouts.

With the growing popularity of the Girl Scout movement, the Girl Scout Council of Savannah began incorporating additional counties under its jurisdiction. In January of 1961 the Savannah Council merged with the Glynn County, Georgia Girl Scout Council to encompass a total of 19 coastal counties under its control. This also included two South Carolina Counties, Jasper and Hampton. By 1968, 28 counties were under the supervision of the Council.

The Council has been involved in various activities since its inception. Community involvement projects range from relief work during the depression and victory campaigns during World War II to educational awareness programs during the Civil Rights movement. In 1976 the Council sponsored the first annual "Night in Old Savannah," an ethnic heritage festival. In 1985, the Council turned sponsorship of the festival over to the Alee Shrine Temple.

In 1985, due to space limitations, the Council moved its headquarters from 330 Drayton Street to 428 Bull Street and rented the Drayton Street carriage house to the Junior League.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of the Girl Scout Council of Savannah. They provide insight into the broad range of local, regional, and national programs in which this Council has been involved. The records range from administrative - annual reports, minutes, financial reports, membership, correspondence - to the Girl Scout Troop files. Some of the local and national programs include the Children's Council of Chatham County, Family Service of Savannah, Juliette Low World Friendship Program, and the National Association of Girl Scout Executives. This collection also contains information on the Girl Scout day camps administered by the Council: Camp India, Skidaway Point, Isle of Hope, and Camp Walleila.


Index Terms

Administrative records.
Annual reports.
Financial records.
Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.)
Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
Letters (correspondence)
Minutes (administrative records)
societies--Georgia--Savannah.

Location of Originals

Originals of the following materials are in the possession of the Girl Scout Council of Savannah: Girl Scout calendar, 1948; fundraising letter and all of folder 32 (box 3); Savannah Council brochures; First Girl Scout Troops; "The Girl Scout Leader," 1947-1949; First Day sale card; 1937 scrapbook; promotional brochures for Camp Walleila.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the creating organization.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Girl Scout Council of Savannah (Ga.) papers, MS 2000, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Deposited, 1979. Gifted to Georgia Historical Society, 2002.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

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

Container List

 

Box

Fldr

11Activities. Girl Scout Week programs, 1947
 
2Activities. 1st Annual Geechee Bowl football game, 1949
 
3Activities. Leaders Club, 1934, 1948
 
4Activities, Pageant, circa 1932
 
5Activities. Parades, caroling, 1946-1948
 
6American Friends Services Committee, re "Clothes for Friendship" program, 1948
 
7GSA Anniversary, 1947-1949
 
8GSA Anniversary, 1954
 
9-10GSA Anniversary, 1960-1963
 
11Annual reports, 1925-1942
 
12Annual reports, 1943-1947
 

Box

Fldr

213Annual reports. Boy Scouts, 1946
 
14Annual report. Commissioners, 1941
 
15Annual Meeting notices, 1946-1948
 
16Big Sister party ideas, 1948
 
17Board of Directors, list of, 1942-1947
 
18Girl Scout calendar, 1948
Photocopy.
 
19Child placement service, undated
 
20Children's Council of Chatham County, Inc. Correspondence, 1945, 1949-1950
 
21Children's Council of Chatham County, Inc. Minutes, 1945
re Community Welfare Council, children's centers, recreation groups.
 
22Constitution and bylaws
 
23Constitution and bylaws, guidelines for writing
 
24Convention. Regional, 1926
 
25Convention. National, 1937
 
26Convention. National, 1941
 
27Cooking badges (paperwork concerning) and recipes, 1945-1948
 
28Cookie sales, 1936-1937
 
29Cookie sales, 1947
 
30Cookie sales, 1948
 

Box

Fldr

331-45Correspondence
Re campaign letter, 1937; Colonial Dames Home, 1939; Edwin Gould Foundation, 1935-1937; health and safety activities, 1944; improvements on headquarters building (including blueprints by C. Bergen), 1945-1948; international flags, 1927-1932; Juliette Low Memorial Fund, 1937-1943; miscellaneous, 1928-1949, 1963; national visitors, 1934-1941; president, 1946-1947; Region VI, 1935-1948; Region VI conference; resignations from Board, 1946; tents, 1946; training volunteers, 1946. Folder 32 contains photocopies.
 

Box

Fldr

446Camp. Brochures, 1949-1968
Photocopies.
 
47Camp counselor training notebook, 1947
 
48"Camp Cues", 1948
 
49Camping and sewing information
 
50Camp director's manual, 1965
 
51Camp director's roundtable, circa 1969
 
52Girl Scout Day Camp, 1946-1949
 
53Camp India (Swainsboro, Ga.). Dedication ceremony, 1967
 
54Camp. Skidaway Point and Isle of Hope, 1948
 
55Camp. Skidaway Point, 1951
 
56Camp. Skidaway Point, 1952
 
57Family Service of Savannah annual report, 1947
 
58-61Financial
Re services reports, 1961-1964; treasurers files, 1936-1938; taxes, 1943-1946; treasurers report, 1944-1947.
 

Box

Fldr

562-67Girl Scout Council of Savannah, Ga. Juliette Low World Friendship Program
Re international news and programs, 1956-1959; international opportunities, 1960; minutes, 1959-1961; pen pals, 1959; reports, 1959.
 
68Girl Scout kit (folder of textual materials), 1961
 
69Membership lists, 1933-1936
 
70Membership lists, 1953
 
71Membership lists, 1956-1965
 

Box

Fldr

672Membership. Local Council member guide, circa 1941
 
73Membership. First Girl Scout Troops (list copied from original "Girl Guides," 1912-1913). Photocopy
 
74GSA minutes, 1941
 
75GSA minutes, 1942-1946
 
76GSA minutes of the Board of Directors, 1943-1946
 
77GSA minutes of the Board of Directors, 1961-1964
 
78National Association of Girl Scouts Executives correspondence, 1946; 1948
 
79National Equipment Service correspondence, 1946-1947
 
80National Equipment orders, 1946-1947
 
81-87Newsletters. "The Girl Scout Leader," 1947-1949 (photocopies); "Low's Echo," 1956-1957, 1961-1965; "Newsletter," 1954
 

Box

Fldr

788-89Newsletters. "The Sundial", 1939-1944, 1945-1948
 
90Nominating Committee report, 1946-1947
 
91-95Personnel
Re GSA personnel, 1935-1944; local directors, 1937-1942; salaries, 1948; Anna H. Beckmann, 1944-1949; Elizabeth Lancaster, 1947-1948.
 
96Program Committee reports, 1946-1947
 
97Public Relations Committee, 1946-1947
 
98Registration summary report, 1946
 
99Senior conference, 1947
Minutes, correspondence, programs, photograph.
 
100Senior graduation certificates
 

Box

Fldr

8101Senior Roundup, 1959
 
102Juliette Low postage stamp, 1948
 
103Training course, 1943-1945
 
104Troop camp applications, 1947-1948
 
105Troop camp reports, 1947
 
106Troop organization committee, 1946
 
107Tuberculosis Association, 1946
 
108World Friendship Fund correspondence, 1946-1948
 
109Scrapbook, 1931
 
110Scrapbook, 1937
Photocopy.
 

Box

Fldr

9111-121Camp Walleila, 1935-1942; 1944-1946
Minutes, correspondence, director's reports, schedule of activities.
 

Box

10Camp Walleila

Annual reports, 1923-1943
Camp committee reports, 1936-1937
Camp director's report, 1938, 1943
Camp staff employment agreements, 1947
Camp staff correspondence forms
Camper comments and schedules
Cash audit, 1943
Cook outs, 1948
Correspondence, 1948
Correspondence, 1949
Counselor applications, 1947
Dietitian, 1939-1940
Inquiries, 1947-1948
Maps
Miscellaneous
Play Day, 1947
Program aides, 1945
Promotional brochures on camp, 1937-1946
Photocopies.
 

Box

11Girl Scout troop files

Troop 2, 1926-1959
Troop 3, 1922-1968
Troop 4, 1924-1968
Troop 5, 1921-1966
Troop 6, 1921-1967
Troop 7, 1924-1968
Troop 8, 1921-1968
Troop 9, 1922-1966
Troop 10, 1921-1967
 

Box

12Girl Scout troop files

Troop 11, 1921-1968
Troop 12, 1924-1966
Troop 13, 1922-1968
Troop 14, 1921-1966
Troop 15, 1921-1968
Troop 16, 1923-1964
Troop 17, 1921-1966
Troop 18, 1921-1968
Troop 19, 1922-1968
Troop 20, 1930-1968
Troop 21, 1921-1968
Troop 22, 1921-1968
 

Box

13Girl Scout troop files

Troop 23, 1928-1965
Troop 24, 1926-1966
Troop 25, 1922-1968
Troop 26, 1921-1968
Troop 27, 1922-1968
Troop 28, 1922-1968
Troop 29, 1924-1968
Troop 30, 1922-1966
Troop 31, 1924-1967
Troop 32, 1926-1967
Troop 33, 1927-1967
 

Box

14Girl Scout troop files

Troop 34, 1927-1967
Troop 35, 1927-1967
Troop 36, 1933-1967
Troop 37, 1940-1967
Troop 38, 1947-1968
Troop 39, 1948-1965
Troop 40, 1951-1968
Troop 41, 1939-1968
Troop 42, 1940-1967
Troop 43, 1940-1968
Troop 44, 1939-1968
Troop 45, 1941-1966
Troop 46, 1939-1968
Troop 47, 1945-1968
 

Box

15Girl Scout troop files

Troop 48, 1939-1968
Troop 49, 1944-1965
Troop 50, 1945-1967
Troop 51, 1947-1967
Troop 52, 1945-1967
Troop 53, 1952-1967
Troop 54, 1946-1968
Troop 55, 1950-1968
Troop 56, 1948-1966
Troop 57, 1948-1967
Troop 58, 1948-1967
Troop 59, 1949-1968
Troop 60, 1955-1968
Troop 61, 1952-1968
Troop 62, 1955-1964
Troop 63, 1955-1967
Troop 64, 1953-1965
Troop 65, 1953-1965
Troop 66, 1952-1965
Troop 67, 1952-1965
Troop 68, 1952-1966
Troop 69, 1952-1968
Troop 70, 1952-1968
 

Box

16Girl Scout troop files

Troop 71, 1954-1968
Troop 72, 1952-1968
Troop 73, 1952-1968
Troop 74, 1956-1967
Troop 75, 1952-1967
Troop 76, 1953-1968
Troop 77, 1952-1967
Troop 78, 1952-1968
Troop 79, 1952-1968
Troop 80, 1952-1965
Troop 81, 1954-1968
Troop 82, 1953-1966
Troop 83, 1953-1968
Troop 84, 1951-1966
Troop 85, 1952-1968
Troop 86, 1952-1968
Troop 87, 1952-1967
Troop 88, 1953-1968
Troop 89, 1955-1967
Troop 90, 1950-1968
Troop 91, 1950-1967
Troop 92, 1950-1968
Troop 93, 1950-1968
Troop 94, 1952-1968
 

Box

17Girl Scout troop files

Troop 95, 1950-1967
Troop 96, 1950-1966
Troop 97, 1950-1967
Troop 98, 1952-1966
Troop 99, 1950-1965
Troop 100, 1950-1967
Troop 101, 1950-1967
Troop 102, 1949-1967
Troop 103, 1950-1964
Troop 104, 1952-1967
Troop 105, 1952-1967
Troop 106, 1951-1964
Troop 107, 1949-1967
Troop 108, 1950-1967
Troop 109, 1950-1967
Troop 110, 1949-1967
Troop 111, 1949-1967
Troop 112, 1954-1968
Troop 113, 1954-1968
Troop 114, 1953-1966
Troop 115, 1957-1967
Troop 116, 1954-1966
Troop 117, 1954-1966
Troop 118, 1957-1966
Troop 119, 1954-1966
Troop 120, 1954-1967
Troop 121, 1953-1966
Troop 122, 1954-1964
Troop 123, 1954-1964
Troop 124, 1958-1966
Troop 125, 1954-1966
 

Box

18Girl Scout troop files

Troop 126, 1954-1967
Troop 127, 1954-1964
Troop 128, 1954-1965
Troop 129, 1954-1963
Troop 130, 1955-1966
Troop 131, 1955-1967
Troop 132, 1959-1965
Troop 133, 1954-1967
Troop 134, 1955-1967
Troop 135, 1959-1967
Troop 136, 1959-1966
Troop 137, 1955-1966
Troop 138, 1955-1963
Troop 139, 1955-1966
Troop 140, 1955-1967
Troop 141, 1956-1967
Troop 142, 1955-1966
Troop 143, 1957-1965
Troop 144, 1957-1966
Troop 145, 1955-1967
Troop 146, 1956-1963
Troop 147, 1956-1964
Troop 148, 1956-1964
Troop 149, 1956-1964
Troops 150-152, 1960-1967
Troops 153-160, 1960-1967
Troops 161-165, 1960-1967
Troops 166-170, 1960-1966
Troops 171-175, 1960-1967
Troop 176, 1957-1966
Troop 177, 1956-1966
Troop 178, 1957-1966
Troop 179, 1956-1966
Troop 180, 1957-1966
Troop 181, 1957-1967
Troop 182, 1957-1967
Troop 183, 1960-1965
 

Box

19Girl Scout troop files

Troop 184, 1957-1966
Troop 185, 1957-1965
Troop 186, 1957-1964
Troop 187, 1957-1967
Troop 188, 1957-1967
Troop 189, 1957-1967
Troop 190, 1957-1967
Troop 191, 1958-1966
Troop 192, 1957-1966
Troop 193, 1957-1967
Troop 194, 1957-1960
Troop 195, 1957-1958
Troop 196, 1957-1967
Troop 197, 1958-1964
Troop 198, 1957-1967
Troop 199, 1958-1967
Troop 200, 1957-1962
Troop 201, 1957-1967
Troop 202, 1950-1966
Troop 203, 1960-1967
Troop 204, 1957-1967
Troop 205, 1960-1966
Troop 206, 1957-1968
Troop 207, 1958-1964
Troop 208, 1958-1965
Troop 209, 1958-1967
Troop 210, 1958-1967
Troop 211, 1958-1968
Troop 212, 1958-1967
Troop 213, 1958-1966
Troop 214, 1958-1967
Troop 215, 1958-1967
Troop 216, 1958-1967
Troop 217, 1958-1967
Troop 218, 1958-1966
Troop 219, 1958-1967
Troops 220-222, 1958-1967
Troop 223, 1959-1964
Troop 224, 1959-1967
Troop 225, 1959-1967
Troop 226, 1959-1964
Troops 227-228, 1959-1967
Troop 229, 1959-1966
Troop 230, 1959-1966
Troops 231-233, 1959-1967
Troops 234-236, 1960-1967
Troops 237-245, 1960-1967
Troop 310, 1967