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Guide to the Boy Scouts of America Collection of ephemeral material, 1838-1993
Special Collections M0855  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Access Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Boy Scouts of America Collection of ephemeral material,
    Date (inclusive): 1838-1993
    Collection number: Special Collections M0855
    Creator: Unknown
    Extent: 8.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1996.

    Preferred Citation:

    [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.

    Access Terms

    Csatari, Joseph.
    Rockwell, Norman.
    Boy Scouts.
    Scouts and scouting.