Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. Organizational records

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. Organizational records
Creator: Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc.
Inclusive dates: 1930-1980, and undated
Extent: 2 cubic foot (in 4 boxes, 1 Oversized volume)
The collection documents the activities and history of the Isabella County Girl Scouts.

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# 2498, 2795, 2823

Access Restrictions:

Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. Organizational records are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. Organizational records, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Collection is organized alphabetically then chronologically.


Organizational History:

The Girl Scouts of America was established in 1912 by Juliet Gordon Low and based on the British Girl Guides.

The Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. was started in 1930 as the Girl Scout Council of Mount Pleasant, Michigan, Inc. Originally, the objective of the council was to help girls realize the ideals of womanhood as preparation for the responsibilities in the home and service to the community. Girl Scouts emphasized outdoor life, learning about health, homemaking, first aid, handicrafts, comradeship, developing initiative, self-control, self-reliance, and unselfish service to others.

By 1980, the organization included 45 troops with over 600 girls in Mount Pleasant and Isabella County. Scouts collected books for hospitalized veterans and sold cards to support cerebral palsy. They planted flowers and trimmed Christmas trees. They also sold cookies. Self-improvement projects included: bird-watching, nature study, art training, snow sculpture, folk dancing, bread-making, chair canning, homemaking, and good deeds.

In the early 1930s, Edward Owen Harris built a cabin on the Chippewa River and donated it to the Girl Scouts. It was later named for his daughter, Jane (died 1953), as the Jane Harris Girl Scout Cabin. The Girl Scouts used the cabin for various activities. The cabin was later abandoned as the isolated location led to repeated vandalism. The Scout Room was then established on the second floor of McFarlane’s Dairy on W. Mission Street between Wisconsin and Locust. Scouting thrived here from 1949-1954/55.

In 1951, Scout Commissioner Audrie Batson and CMU Comptroller Norvall C. Bovee planned to move the cabin into town. Over $10,000 was raised and the cabin was moved on September 20, 1951, and updated. On June 5, 1955, dedicatory ceremonies were held. The cabin currently backs Chippewa Park on Remus Road (M-20 West).

Many changes have occurred since the 1950s. In 1952, the United Way began sponsoring the Girl Scouts, which previously had been sponsored by community fund drives. In 1954, the council expanded to include girls from all over Isabella County. In 1963, the council merged with 12 other counties in Michigan to form the Mitten Bay Council, headquartered in Saginaw. The Mitten Bay Council now includes 21 counties. Originally only young teens were allowed membership. Now there are five age groups. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection of Organization Records, 1930-1980, undated, documents fifty years of the Council. Materials include: financial records, 1937-1945, 1953-1962; scrapbooks, 1951-1980; bulletins, 1951-1959; record book, 1947-1962 (with correspondence, bulletins, and meeting minutes); photographs, 1945, 1959, 1980; constitution and by-laws, 1938, 1955; journals of activities, 1930-1956 (meeting minutes of the Leadership Council); annual reports, 1952-1958; directories, 1940-1962; some loose correspondence and meeting minutes, which document the leadership, not the actual Girl Scout meetings, 1960-1962, 1954-1964. Special events such as Senior Round-Ups and conferences are also included in the collection. Boxes 1-2 contain letter-size materials while Box 3 contains legal-size materials and Box 4 has oversized materials.

Subject Terms

    • Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc.
    • Girl Scouts of the United States of America.
    • Outdoor life.
    • Youth--Michigan--History.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    • Isabella County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Inc. Organizational records. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Allebasi Camp Site, 1957-1960
    Box   1 F   2
    Council Directory, 1959
    Box   1 F   3
    Constitution and By-laws, 1938
    Box   1 F   4
    Directories, Isabella and some Mitten Bay Council, 1940-1962
    Box   1 F   5
    Girl Scout Cabin (Includes Photographs), 1951-1980 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   6
    Girl Scout Senior Roundup, 1961-1962
    Box   1 F   7
    Girl Scout Senior Roundup, 1965
    Box   1 F   8
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Assorted Badges, undated
    Box   1 F   9
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Girl Scout (Fund) Drives, 1951-1952
    Box   1 F   10
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Financial Reports, 1953-1954
    Box   1 F   11
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Meeting Minutes, 1954-1964
    Box   1 F   12
    Isabella County Girl Scouts, Miscellaneous Group Photographs and Negatives, 1945, 1957-1958, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Journal of Activities, 1930-1935
    Box   1 F   13
    Journal of Activities, 1936-1939
    Box   1 F   14
    Journal of Activities, 1940-1942
    Box   1 F   15
    Journal of Activities, 1943-1945
    Box   2 F   1
    Journal of Activities, 1946-1949
    Box   2 F   2
    Journal of Activities, 1950-1953
    Box   2 F   3
    Journal of Activities, 1954-1956
    Box   2 F   4
    Miller, Rosalie, 1946-1947
    Box   2 F   5
    Mount Pleasant Girl Scout Council, Annual Reports, 1952-1958
    Box   2 F   6
    Mount Pleasant Girl Scouts Leaders Association, Constitution, 1955
    Box   2 F   7
    Other Organizations, 1957-1962
    Box   2 F   8
    Presidents' Letters (Isabella County Girl Scouts), 1960-1962
    Box   2 F   9
    Programs, Camp Annual Meetings, 1941-1962
    Box   2 F   10
    Regional Conferences, 1964, undated
    Box   2 F   11
    Special Events, 1956-1962
    Box   2 F   12
    Training, Courses, Content, Participants, 1959-1960
    Box   3 F   1
    Account Book, 1937-1945
    Box   3 F   2
    Cash Book, 1938-1949
    Box   3 F   3
    Directories, Isabella and some Mitten Bay Council, 1961
    Box   3 F   4
    Girl Scout Senior Roundup (Photographs), 1959
    Box   3 F   5
    Isabella County Girl Scout Council Miscellaneous, 1952-1962
    Box   3 F   5
    Isabella County United Way, 1952-1961
    Box   4 F   1
    Bulletins, 1951-1959
    Box   4 F   2
    Record Book, 1947-1962
    Box   4 F   3
    Scrapbooks, 1951-1958
    Box   4 F   4
    Scrapbooks, 1958-1960
    V   1  
    Account Book, 1953-1962