Fonds PR0223 - Canadian Girl Guides Association, Alberta Council fonds

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Canadian Girl Guides Association, Alberta Council fonds

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    • 1924-1967 (Creation)

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    1.01 m of textual records and other material

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    Administrative history

    The Girl Guide movement began in the United Kingdom in 1909, as an offshoot of Lord Robert Baden-Powell's Boy Scouts. It began as a series of games used by young people to learn and explore the countryside around them and was introduced to Canada in 1910.

    By 1912 the Girl Guide movement was established in most parts of the country and in 1913 the first officers were warranted in Alberta. Although Guiding had a slow start in Alberta, it gained momentum after Lord and Lady Baden-Powell visited the province in 1923. In 1929 the formal provincial organization took place in Calgary after Lady Rodney was appointed Provincial Commissioner.

    The Guiding movement expanded over the next decade and by 1937 it had five Divisions and over 60 Companies and Packs. In the late 1940s the first permanent campsite, Tangletrees, came into existence. In 1950 a permanent headquarters for the Alberta Council of the Canadian Girl Guides Association was established in an unused war service building in Edmonton. Since that time several regional offices and headquarters have opened in Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge. After 1961, the Canadian Girl Guides Association became known as Girl Guides of Canada.

    Today, Girl Guides of Canada promotes the emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual well being of girls and women.

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    Fonds consists of records pertaining to the Girl Guide movement in general, as well as records of the Canadian Girl Guides Association, Alberta Council. These records include newspaper clippings, published material, minutes, reports, directories, correspondence, diaries, photographs, postcards, negatives and posters. The fonds has been divided into the following series: Newspaper clippings; Published material; Periodicals; Annual Reports; Business records; Correspondence; Camps and Scrapbooks; Lone Guides; Photographs; Miscellaneous records.

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    The Canadian Girl Guides Association, Alberta Council deposited records with the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1968. In 1980, Margaret Stearman deposited more records of the Canadian Girl Guides Association, Alberta Council with the Archives.


    Arrangement note: Within each series a chronological arrangement has been followed, except in the Correspondence series, which is arranged alphabetically.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Other records pertaining to the Canadian Girl Guides Association are located in accession PR1994.0041 at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

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        Further accruals are not expected.

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        Most of the information in the Administrative history was obtained from the Girl Guides of Canada web-site at, accessed on November 1, 2001.

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        Includes the following accessions:


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        Also includes ca. 220 photographs, 22 postcards, 31 negatives and 18 posters.

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