A Guide to Archives and Manuscripts
of Other Countries

     To date we have discovered only a handfull of archival collections of Guiding/Scouting material held within the United States not related to either the BSA or the GSUSA. Because there are not that many citations for each region, it was felt that rather than creating a Guide for a country with one or two sources, one page listing all of them would be sufficient. If you are aware of additional achival collections (within the USA or not), please contact us.


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  • South African Institute of Race Relations. J.D. Rheinallt Jones and Edith Jones Collection. Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University. New Haven, CT.


  • S, Walter Denmark Bernice, Evelyn interviewer. Lowy, and interviewer. Walter S. Holocaust Testimony (Hvt-2739) December 16, 1994. Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Mahwah, N.J. Contents: Videotape testimony of Walter S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1923. He recalls his family's affluence; their immersion in cultural activities; increasing Nazi influence leading to his expulsion from Boy Scouts; joining a Zionist youth group which provided positive experiences; the Anschluss; he and his mother visiting every embassy, hoping to emigrate; his sister moving to England in fall 1938; being stripped of all rights by the Nuremberg Laws; hiding in his maternal grandmother's villa during Kristallnacht; his arrest in a round-up; his father obtaining his release through the Nazi manager of his business; sailing for the United States on the Queen Mary from England with his parents and sister; other relatives joining them; and enlisting in the United States Navy. Mr. S. notes his father's five sisters and their families were all killed. He shows documents.


  • Ford Motor Co. "Redeeming a Rubber Empire: Ford Builds an Industry in the Amazon Jungles," Photograph Album, 1931 (Accession 1893). Benson Ford Research Center, The Henry Ford. Dearborn, MI. Contents: The album is comprised of eighty-three 10 x 12 inch black and white photographs with captions that document Ford Motor Company rubber activities in Brazil in 1931. The album includes images of staff housing and dormitories; native housing and native families; schools, school children, and boy scouts; gardens and farming; roads and road construction; jungle clearing, burning, logging and planting; rubber trees at various stages of growth; long views of the plantation and the river; the cemetery; and a wildlife exhibit. The title is embossed in gold on the cover of the album.


  • Belleville Scout-Guide Museum. Sir James Whitney School, 350 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario. Contents: The museum contains an extensive collection of Scout and Guide memorabilia from the Boer War to the present plus a large Scouting library. Tours are available by appointment.
  • Canadian Museum of Scouting. Scouts Canada National Office, 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa, Ontario. Contents: Exhibits include badges, photographs, paintings, equipment, books, and gifts from foreign Scout association. The focus is on the early days of Scouting in Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • Niagara Scouting Museum. 4377 4th Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Contents: The museum contains a large display of badges, uniforms, and other items including items from the 8th World Jamboree 1955 held in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Boy Scouts Association (Canada). Baden-Powell's Canadian Boy Scout Organization Headquarters (Microfiche Series; No. 79920). Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions, National Library of Canada. Ottawa. Contents: Filmed from a copy of the original publication held by the National Library of Canada. Ottawa.
  • Friedman, Norman H. Norman Friedman Boy Scouts Collection. Rare Books and Special Collections Division, McLennan Library, McGill University. Montreal. Contents: The Norman Friedman Boy Scout Collection was given to the library by its creator in 1946. Norman H. Friedman was not only a Montreal book collector but also was very active as an adult leader in the scouting movement. The collection contains some 341 titles in 830 volumes including short runs of serials. The material is almost exclusively British and Canadian and dates before 1950. Many of the items are of an ephemeral or pamphlet nature, but there is a copy of the first edition, in parts, of Scouting for Boys (1908) as well as later editions. The collection also includes autograph letters from Sir Robert and Lady Baden-Powell.
  • Girl Guides Association (Canada). Girl Guides of Canada fonds (1911-1985). Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. Contents: Archive consists of minutes of meetings, annual reports, policy organization and rules and related material, and Scrapbook Entitled "Our First Fifty Years". Guiding had spread to Canada by 1910, when the first company of guides was organized in St. Catharines, Ontario. Attempts at national organization began the following year, and in 1912, a Canadian Council was formed with Lady Mary Pellatt of Toronto as the first Chief Commissioner. The Canadian Council of the Girl Guide Association was federally incorporated in 1917. Within Canada, provincial associations and where necessary divisions, districts and local associations were established to implement the Girl Guide programme. In 1961, the Canadian Council changed its name to the Girl Guides of Canada/Guides du Canada. Other groups with an interest in girls' activities have co-operated with the Girl Guides, by sponsoring their own companies of guides sanctioned by the Canadian organization. Among such "Kindred Societies" have been: the Imperial Order, Daughters of the Empire; the Catholic Women's League of Canada; the Girls' Friendly Society; the Salvation Army; the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada; and the Fédération des femmes canadiennes-françaises. In 1962, an agreement was reached, whereby Les Guides catholiques du Canada (secteur français) affiliated with the Girl Guides of Canada and became responsible for guiding among francophone Roman Catholics. This had hitherto been the work of the Fédération des guides catholiques de la province de Québec, an affiliate of the Girl Guides since 1939.
  • Guides Francophones du Canada. Fonds des Guides francophones du Canada (1929-1996). Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. Contents: The fonds contains of 16 sets of textual material reflecting the establishment of the movement in 1961, administration, operations, relations with the guides and scout movement French and English in Canada and outside the country until its disaffiliation from the Girl Guides of Canada in 1994. The photographs and slides attest to the overall activities of Girl Guides, members of the movement, various events (games, meetings, rallies, camp facilities, and so on.), places and buildings. Among the A/V material  are films or videos about the Guides or about their activities ("Forest Blue, a single kingdom", Montreal, 1987; "Promotion Guides and Scouts FQGS", 1987-1988, etc.). and sound recordings such as songs, radio, and so on. Le fonds contient également divers dessins de vignettes ("Viens avec nous", Vers ma 1re classe", etc.) concernant le mouvement et un album de dessins. Les badges (et autres distinctions) sont décrits dans une série spécifique. The fund also contains several drawings of vignettes ( "Come with us," To my 1st class, "etc.). Regarding the movement and an album of drawings. Badges (and other distinctions) are described in a specific set.
  • Low, J. Walter. Letter, 1915. Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Provo, UT. Contents: Handwritten letters dated 24 March 1915 and addressed O. A. Kirkham. Low writes about the Boy Scouts of Canada, the possibility of Italy entering World War I, and that "Hugh Brown looks fine in his new field uniform and has an excellent squadron of well trained mounted rifles."
  • Plast-Ukrainian Youth Association. Plast-Ukrainian Youth Association fonds (1911-1968). Library and Archives Canada. Ottawa, Ontario. Contents: Plast-Ukrainian Youth Association was established in Canada by Ukrainian immigrants who came to Canada in the post-World War II period. The first National Plast Conference was held on 3-5 September 1949 in Toronto. Plast branches and groups were organized in the major Ukrainian communities across Canada and include units of cubs, scouts, rovers, and senior scouts. The association has acquired permanent training and camping centres, and local and district headquarters buildings. It also conducts numerous camps for cubs and scouts and publishes several journals and leaders' manuals. The Ukrainian scouting movement requires that its participants speak Ukrainian and pursue some Ukrainian studies. It has no official organizational ties with the Canadian scouting movement. Fonds consists of statutes, charters, regulations, conference, council and national executive reports, minutes of various meetings, manuals, branch reports, camp and training records, financial matters, correspondence and communiques, bulletins and newsletters, list of members and addresses, educational and other material; statutes, charters and regulations, n.d., 1947-1981, 25 cm (vols.1-2); material for a history of Plast, n.d., 1911-1972, 5 cm (vol.2); Plast Congress and Conferences of Ukrainian Plast Organizations, n.d., 1948-1977, 20 cm (vol.2); International Bureau and International Council, n.d., 1952-1980, 38 cm (vols.3-5); National Assemblies, 1949-1980, 20 cm (vols.5-6); National Executive, minutes and reports, 1951-1979, 14 cm (vol.6); Main Manual-Zhytia v Plasti, by Dr. Oleksander Tysovsky, 1956-196, 40 cm (vols.7-8); male and female divisions, 1948-1981, 1.48 m (vols.9-16); Sub-Commissioner of Training Seminars, Educational Advisor, 1958-1975, 5 cm (vol.16); Conferences of Scout Troops and Cub Troopleaders, 1970-1979, 8 cm (vol.16); educational seminars and camps, 1949-1977, 20 cm (vol.17); depositions and distinctions, 1951-1977, 10 cm (vol.18); branch reports, 1948-1987, 2.20 m (vols.19-29); camps 1949-1980, 1.80 m (vols.30-38); financial matters, 1948-1979, 1 m (vols.39-43); grant applications and submissions to government, 1963-1978, 10 cm (vol.44); general correspondence and communiques, 1948-1981, 2.23 m (vols.44-55); bulletins and newsletters, n.d., 1947-1982, 80 cm (vols.56-59); list of members and addresses, n.d., 1949-1980, 40 cm (vols.60-61); miscellaneous, n.d., 1964-1976, 40 cm (vols.62-63); educational material, n.d., 1967, 40 cm (vols.64-65). Fonds also consists of a video recording of the Plast Jamboree held in Quebec in 1967; a visit to Montreal Expo; parades in Ottawa; and the unveiling of the Ukrainian plaque at the National Archives of Canada building by the Honourable Paul Martin.
  • Maciw, Christina, and Myron Momryk. Plast-Ukrainian Youth Association: National Archives of Canada, MG 28, V 107: finding aid, Occasional research reports; research report no. 31. Edmonton, Alta.: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, 1988.
  • Tamarack (59th) Association. Camp Tamarack Fonds, 1942-1972 (95-020). University Archives, Thomas J. Bata Library, Trent University. Peterborough, Ontario.  Contents: Camp Tamarack was established in 1922 as a Jewish Boy Scout's camp. The camp was situated on 350 acres of land in the Muskoka Lake District near Bracebridge, Ontario. The camp aimed to provide a camp setting where each boy counted. The boys were divided into small groups with two staff members to five boys. This allowed the boys to have individual attention instead of being part of a mass group of people. This Jewish Boy Scout Camp was owned by the Tamarack (59th) Association which was a member of the Ontario Camping Association. The camp was first located in the Lake of Bays area. The first Director was Mr. Edgar Reason, also first Scoutmaster of the 59th Scout Troop. In 1957, Stanley G. Wild was appointed Director. Activities at the camp included swimming, canoeing, water skiing and horseback riding as well as numerous other special events like baseball games, fishing, camp outs, gymnastics and handicrafts. The campers lived in cabins while they were in the camp. In 1972 the camp closed.
    This fonds consists of records of a Jewish Boy Scout Camp called Camp Tamarack. The fonds has minutes of the Tamarack Association, correspondence, form letters, bulletins, photographs, financial statements, inventories, accounts, reports, camp programmes, menus, brochures, insurance policies, construction proposals, Public Health Department licences and reports, minutes of the Camp Services Co-operative and other information regarding school camping and the Boy Scouts of Canada.


  • H., Edward (interviewee), David Krakow (interviewer), and Margot Brandes (interviewer). Edward H. Holocaust Testimony (Hvt-2513) December 17, 1993. Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library. New Haven, CT. Contents: Videotape testimony of Edward H., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1928. He recalls expulsion from school in 1938 due to anti-Jewish laws; his father's nine-day incarceration in Sachsenhausen after Kristallnacht; leaving by ship for Cuba in April 1939; returning upon hearing of the St. Louis; departure for Shanghai on August 20; the ship returning to Bremerhaven due to the war; his father and brother smuggling themselves to Antwerp; remaining in Cologne with his mother; their illegal journey to Antwerp; his father's and brother's incarceration as enemy aliens; his mother's death; his brother's release; assistance from a German family friend in escaping to Paris with his brother; smuggling themselves to the unoccupied zone; assistance from the French boy scouts; living in Marseille; their father's transfer to Les Milles; living in an OSE children's home; visiting his brother; attempting to visit their father prior to his deportation (they never saw him again); his brother being smuggled to Switzerland in September 1942 with help from the scouts; being smuggled to Switzerland by OSE with a group of children in April 1943; living in a children's home; attending a Benedictine school, then engineering school in Geneva; emigration to the United States in 1948; and his brother joining him in 1949.
  • M., Henri (interviewee), Pam Goodman (interviewer), and Bonnie Dwork (interviewer). Henri M. Holocaust Testimony (Hvt-1736) November 12, 1990. Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library. New Haven, CT. Contents: Videotape testimony of Henri M., who was born in Izmir, Turkey in 1924. He recounts his family's move to Clichy, France in 1926; relatives emigrating to Saint-Brieuc; participating in Boy Scouts; German invasion; fleeing with his parents and brother to Saint-Brieuc; returning home after two months; anti-Jewish restrictions; smuggling himself to Moissac, in the unoccupied zone, with assistance from a non-Jew; living in a home organized by Jewish scouts (EIF); forming lifelong friendships, including his future wife; his brother's arrival; his parents living nearby; receiving false papers from a clandestine Jewish scout group (la Sixième) and dispersing in 1943 when Germans arrived; attending school under his false name; passing his baccalaureate in June 1944; joining the Jewish partisans; actions against Germans in Mazamet and Castres; liberation; returning to Moissac; not joining the French army after they would not accept his non-French colleagues; learning relatives had been deported and did not return; emigration to Cuba in 1948 to join relatives; marriage; his daughters' births; and emigration to the United States to escape Castro, although he initially supported him. Mr. M. discusses his increasing cynicism due to his war experiences and the Castro revolution. He shows photographs, documents, and artifacts.
  • Union Générale des Israélites de France (UGIF). Records, 1940-1944. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. New York. Contents: Records of the Union Générale des Israélites de France (UGIF) consist of correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, financial records, clippings of propagandistic material, lists, registers and questionnaires regarding activities in Northern (occupied) and Southern (unoccupied) zones of France. General records concern predecessor organization, Comité de Coordination des Oeuvres de Bienfaisance du Grand Paris, establishment of UGIF, relations with UGIF bureaus and government departments outside France, and aid to Jews in concentration camps. Records of the occupied zone concern general services including assistance to needy Jews, emigration, aid to camp inmates, relations with French and German authorities, and the collection of one-billion-franc tribute; administration and finance; social services including employment bureaus and aid to children; youth activities and vocational training including agricultural training, girls' homes, ORT, and sports activities; children's homes and health services including clinics and hospitals; canteens and supplies; and food distribution. Records of unoccupied zone concern social assistance including correspondence with the Central Consistory in Lyons; social assistance through ORT; OSE and Eclaireurs Israélites de France; Comité d'assistance aux Réfugiés d'Allemagne and Federation of Jewish Societies in France for the relief of camp internees; HICEM (Hias-ICA Emigration Association; Alliance Israélite Universelle; and other matters.


  • Burnett, Frances Hawks Cameron. Papers of Frances Hawks Cameron Burnett, 1818-1936 (Bulk 1911-1936). Manuscript Reading Room, Library of Congress. Washington, DC. Contents: Family and general correspondence, subject files, speeches, poems and other writings in Japanese, drawings, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and memorabilia relating primarily to Burnett's associations and activities in Japan. Documents her work with the Nippon Renmei Shonendan (Boy Scouts of Japan/Nippon Renmei Shonendan), founding of the Nippon Jindo Kai (Japan Humane Society), social life in Tokyo and at the Imperial Court, and her general interest in furthering relations between the U.S. and Japan. Correspondents include Viscount Kentaro Kaneko, Viscount Yasumichi Kato, Takeko Kujo, Count Nobuaki Makino, Miyo Nagayo Saito (wife of Japanese ambassador to the U.S. Hirosi Saito), and Viscount Eiichi Shibusawa.


  • Caks, Raimunds. Papers, 1943-1980. Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN. Contents: Raimunds Caks was a Latvian American journalist living in West Allis, Wisconsin. His papers (1943-1980) include correspondence, programs, and publications, much of which relate to the Latvian scouting movement and to Caks's affiliation with the Latvian Welfare Association (Daugavas Vanagi).


  • Mullins, Gerald W. Papers, 1961-1963. Historical Society Library, Wisconsin Historical Society. Madison, WI. Contents: Correspondence and articles relating Mullins' Peace Corps experiences during his training period and then experiences as a Boy Scout leader and teacher of mathematics and physical education in the Philippines. Includes letters to his family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin; copies of letters from John F. Kennedy, Sargent Shriver, and Hubert Humphrey; and articles by and about Mullins.


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