Girl Scouts of the USA

     To provide the visitor with a manageable number of sources to read, we have compiled a selected bibliography regarding the history of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) below. A longer, but not necessarily comprehensive bibliography, is available as a PDF Document.

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  • Aller, Susan Bivin. Juliette Low. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner, 2007.
  • Baden-Powell, Olave, and Mary Drewery. Window on My Heart: The Autobiography of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1973.
  • Biegert, Melissa Ann Langley. "Woman Scout: The Empowerment of Juliette Gordon Low." Ph.D. diss., University of Texas, 1998.
  • Dennison, Martha Jo, Frank Steiner, and Kristin Goeters. The Story of Juliette Low. New York: Girl Scouts of the USA,, 1993.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA. 75 Years of Girl Scouting. New York: Girl Scouts of the USA, 1986.
  • Levey, Mary, Mary Degenhardt, and Girl Scouts of the USA. Highlights in Girl Scouting, 1912-2001. New York: Girl Scouts of the USA, 2002.
  • Miller, Susan A. Growing Girls: The Natural Origins of Girls' Organizations in America, The Rutgers Series in Childhood Studies. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
  • Perry, Elisabeth Israels. "From Achievement to Happiness: Girl Scouting in Middle Tennessee, 1910s-1960s."
    Journal of Women's History 5, no. 2, (Fall, 1993): 75-94.
  • ———. "’The Very Best Influence’: Josephine Holloway and Girl Scouting in Nashville's African-American Community." Tennessee Historical Quarterly 52, no. 2, (1993): 73-85.
  • Pressly, Paul. "Educating the Daughters of Savannah's Elite: The Pape School, the Girl Scouts, and the Progressive Movement." Georgia Historical Quarterly 80, no. Summer, (1996): 246-275.
  • Revzin, Rebekah E. "American Girlhood in the Early Twentieth Century: The Ideology of Girl Scout Literature, 1913-1930." Library Quarterly 68, no. 3, (1998): 261-275.
  • Royse, David. "Scouting and Girl Scout Curriculum as Interventions: Effects on Adolescents' Self-Esteem." Adolescence 33, no. 129, (1998): 159-168.
  • Smalt, Ruth Herron. "The Influence of Girl Scouting as a Character-Building Organization on the Moral Development of Young Girl Scouts." Ph.D. diss., Fordham University, 1996.
  • Tedesco, Laureen Ann. "A Nostalgia for Home: Daring and Domesticity in Girl Scouting and Girls' Fiction, 1913-1933." Ph.D. diss., Texas A&M University, 1999.
  • ———. "Progressive Era Girl Scouts and the Immigrant: Scouting for Girls (1920) as a Handbook for American Girlhood." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31, no. 4, (Winter, 2006): 346-368.
  • Tietz, Elsie Randall. "A Study of the Citizenship Education Programs of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Y.M.C.A. And Y.W.C.A. In Cedar Falls, Iowa." M.A. thesis, Iowa State Teachers College, 1955.
  • Wade, Eileen Kirkpatrick. The World Chief Guide - Olave, Lady Baden-Powell: The Story of Her Life. 2nd revised ed. London: Hutchinson, 1972.
  • Williams, Lillian Serece. A Bridge to the Future: The History of Diversity in Girl Scouting. New York: Girl Scouts of the USA, 1996.
  • Wright, Katharine O. Twenty-Five Years of Girl Scouting, 1912-1937. New York: Girl Scouts of America, 1937.


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