Scope and Content
Title: Boy Scouts of America Collection of ephemeral material,
Date (inclusive): 1838-1993
Collection number: Special Collections M0855
8.5 linear ft.
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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[Identification of item] Boy Scouts of America Collection of ephemeral material, M0855, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Scope and Content
The ephemera in this collection was gathered from a Scouter's point of view, and includes materials which might have been
collected over a lifetime career in scouting. The majority of the material in the collection reflects what a Scout leader
or executive would want or require for successful organization and management of scouting activities, as well as career development.
This includes brochures on better scouting, training materials, administrative paperwork, and inspirational posters and texts.
There are several posters and calendars by well-known artists and Boy Scout supporters, Joseph Csatari and Norman Rockwell.
Another area which is well-represented in the collection is newspaper articles and media and marketing materials. These include
publications by scouting organizations as well as articles concerning the Boy Scouts. Additionally, information on major Boy
Scout events is included in the collection. Unfortunately, the broker who sold the collection to the library lost the files
which contained biographical information on the original collector of the BSA Ephemera during a relocation of the brokerage
business. As a result, the original processor was responsible for the ordering and sequencing of all materials. This sequencing
reflects the subject categories common to the organization of the Boy Scouts of America and the hierarchical order common
to other finding aids.
Scouts and scouting.