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Girl Guides of Canada. Calgary Area fonds


Physical Description:
8.93 m of textual records and other material

The Girl Guides began operation in Canada in 1910 in St. Catharines, Ontario, a year after the movement's foundation in England by Lord Baden-Powell. Canadian headquarters were established in Toronto in 1912 and a Canadian Council was federally incorporated in 1917. In 1961 the organization became known as Girl Guides of Canada. Its aim is to train girls to become responsible citizens and family members. Girls between the ages of six and seventeen enroll in various Brownie Packs and Guide or Ranger Companies under the direction of volunteer leaders, and earn badges in a wide variety of fields. Camping and nature activities figure strongly in Guiding. The Guide movement in Alberta began in 1912 with Companies forming first in Edmonton and then around the province. The 1st Calgary Guide Company was registered on September 23, 1913. The Local Committee of Calgary Girl Guides began meeting in 1915 with Mrs. J.H. Woods as president and approximately six Companies of Guides in existence. Guide and Brownie groups were originally formed at various churches, and later non-denominational companies were established. In 1956 the Calgary Area was established, with four Divisions, each with several Districts, and each District with several Packs and Companies. As the city grew more Divisions and Districts were created, and by the 1990s there were approximately 12 Divisions, 48 Districts, 250 individual Packs and Companies, and 8500 girls involved in Guiding in the Calgary Area. For further information see Boots, Tents and Miniskirts: Girl Guides in Calgary / Edith Woolliams. - Calgary: Century Calgary Publications, 1975.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Calgary Area annual reports (1953-1995); minutes (1915-1927, 1953-1980); records of Standing and Ad-hoc Committees (1959-1994); early badge records and Company registrations (ca. 1920-19760; papers and photographs documenting the development of Jubilee Camp (the gift of Stan Pallesen) (1969-1995); memorabilia and photographs of special camps (1957-1989); programs of Guiding events (1927-1998); scrapbooks (1927-1979); newspaper clippings (1915-1997); over 1200 classified photographs (1929-1997); over 1400 classified slides (1957-1987); videos of Calgary Area activities (1985-1994); papers of Districts, Divisions and Zones (1935-1988); registrations, minutes, badge records, scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia of individual Packs and Companies (1913-1995); memorabilia and photographs of individual Guiders / leaders (1921-1992) and alumnae groups (1966-1995); and miscellaneous records pertaining to Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the international organization and Guiding in general. The fonds also includes the records of the national Girl Guides of Canada and the Alberta Council which pertain to Calgary Area and local operations (1925-1996). The national records consist of incorporation documents, policy manuals, handbooks, annual reports, catalogues of uniforms and supplies, and promotional literature, posters and videos. The provincial records consist of annual reports, newsletters, and a promotional video.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Girl Guides of Canada. Calgary Area and Catherine Jackson, 1966-2000.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Further additions expected.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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