Boy Scouts of America

     To provide the visitor with a manageable number of sources to read, we have compiled a selected bibliography regarding the history of the Boy Scouts of America below. Please note that references to the founders of Scouting are listed elsewhere on this site.


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  • Boy Scouts of America. National Cub Scout Committee. History of Cub Scouting. Irving, TX: Boy Scouts of America, 1987.
  • Boyle, Patrick. Scout's Honor: Sexual Abuse in America's Most Trusted Institution. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1994.
  • BSA National Cub Scout Committee. History of Cub Scouting. Irving, TX: Boy Scouts of America, 1987.
  • Conley, Walter. "William Dickson Boyce: Pioneer Publisher, Individualist and Good Scout." In The Elbeetian Book of Memories, edited by Charles Joseph Merlin and Elbeetian Legion, 11-24. Hudson Heights, NJ: The Elbeetian Legion, 1963.
  • Hantover, Jeffrey P.  "Sex Role, Sexuality, and Social Status: The Early Years of the Boy Scouts." Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 1976.
  • Macleod, David I. Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.
  • Murray, William D. The History of the Boy Scouts of America. New York: Boy Scouts of America, 1937.
  • Peterson, Robert W. The Boy Scouts: An American Adventure. New York: American Heritage Publishing, 1984.
  • Phillips, John Calvin. "Selling America: The Boy Scouts of America in the Progressive Era, 1910-1921." M.A. thesis, University of Maine, 2001.
  • Purkiss, Joel A. "Strategic Imaginings: White Masculinities and Their Idealized Others in British and United States Boy Scout Handbooks, 1908-1948." Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 2005.
  • Rowan, Edward L. To Do My Best: James E. West and the History of the Boy Scouts of America. 1st ed. Las Vegas, NV: International Scouting Museum, 2005.
  • Wagner, Carolyn Ditte. "The Boy Scouts of America: A Model and a Mirror of American Society." Ph.D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1979.

     Given the amount of publications issued by and about the Boy Scouts of America, not to mention the number of articles and books on the BSA, several bibliographies arranged by subject is the only manageable way to present this information. Below are a list of subjects, for which bibliographies have been prepared (as a PDF Document). Simply right-click to download the bibliography.


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