Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers
Creator: Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council.
Inclusive dates: 1951-1971, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic foot (in 1 box, 2 Oversized folders)
The collection consists of photographs, artifacts, publications, and newspaper clippings (copies) of the Council.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2612, 2924

Access Restrictions:

Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Collection is organized alphabetically..


Organizational History:

The Paul Bunyan Council No. 259 of Midland, Michigan, was chartered in 1951 and included the Michigan counties of Arenac, Crawford, Gladwin, Iosco, Midland, Ogemaw, and Roscommon. It was then subdivided into three districts, Au Sable, Chippewa, and the Pines, each with a volunteer district committee. There was also a paid District Executive. By 1969, about 125 member Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Explorer posts were sponsored by local organizations with help from nearly 1400 volunteer leaders. The council functioned at least until 1971, when it was merged into the Lake Huron Area Council No. 265.

In late 1959, 640 acres of land in Oscoda County, Michigan, was purchased from Two Lakes Hunt and Fish Club to be used as a Boy Scout Reservation (Camp), later called Paul Bunyan Scout Reservation (P. B. S. R.). Most of the money to purchase the land was donated by Alden B. Dow of Midland. Scouts hoped that eventually the camp would function as a year-round training facility for men and boys.

Arthur E. Henry served as the Council’s Scout Executive during the 1960s. He was from Midland. Henry retired as professional advisor to the Order of the Arrow on September 14, 1974. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection mainly consists of photographs, artifacts, some of the Council’s publications, and newspaper clippings (copies). The oversized materials consist mostly of merit badges glued onto cardboard, probably for an exhibit display, information about the history of the badges, and a retirement plaque presented to Arthur E. Henry in 1974. Most of the collection documents the dedication and early use of the P. B. S. R., 1959-1971 and undated.

Several artifacts and other materials of peripheral value to the collection, i.e. generic Scout items, were withdrawn during processing. Relevant Jamboree books were added to the Clarke’s book collection.

Subject Terms

    • Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council.
    • Boy Scouts of America--History--Michigan--Midland.
    • Henry, Arthur E.
    • Dow, Alden B., 1904-
    • Youth--History--Michigan.
    • Outdoor life.
    • Midland (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Boy Scouts of America. Paul Bunyan Council Organizational papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Arthur E. Henry, Cards, 1961, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Flag (of Paul Bunyan Council), 1951-1971
    Box   1 F   3
    Merit Badges, 1950s-1970s, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Newspaper Clippings (copies), 1961-1970
    Box   1 F   5
    Order of the Arrow, Sash, Pin, circa 1969
    Box   1 F   6
    P.B.S.R. Dedication Materials, etc., 1960-1971, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Photographs, Miscellaneous, 1960s-1970s
    Box   1 F   8
    Photographs, Order of the Arrow, 1969
    Box   1 F   9
    Photographs, P.B.S.R., 1962-1963, 1970
    Box   1 F   10
    Photographs, Presentations, 1963, 1965
    Box   1 F   11
    Photographs, Scout Exposition at Midland County Fairgrounds, 1963
    Box   1 F   12
    Publications, 1960-1969, undated
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #1, Photographs, National Jamboree, 1950-1960
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder #2, Retirement plaque of merit badges, presented to Arthur E. Henry, 1974; Merit badges (6 mounted displays), 1959-1975; History on merit badges, circa 1974, 1959-1974