Loose_leaf. This rich archive celebrates the eight decades long career of a girl scout, from 1917 to the 1990s. Gail Remington Willits (1904-2003) joined the Girl Scouts in 1917 and went on to become the first Eaglet in Essex County, New Jersey, a leader of the Orange, NJ scout troop for 14 years, the founder of Troop 13 in Maplewood in 1941, a delegate to the international scout conference in 1947, and finally an advisor to troops in Newark and Burlington County, even being recognized by Juliette Gordon Low herself.
Contents of Part I:
> Autograph Book of Gail Remington Willitts, appears to be given on the occasion of her 60th anniversary as a Girl Scout, a reception given by the Maplewood-South Orange Girl Scouts, about a quarter full of inscriptions. Laid in: newspaper clipping: Willitts celebrates 60 years in Girl Scouts; two cards, an index card with names checked off, notes on scratch paper.
> Cadette Girl Scout Handbook, Second Printing, 1963 [ex libris Jan Nair].
> Junior Girl Scout Handbook, first page torn out and laid in, filled out [ex libris Amy Giatte].
> Notebook of songs, some handwritten, some pasted in, many laid in, text block loose and laid in.
> Folder of clippings from Girl Scout leader.
> Binder for Troop #13 Maplewood, including:
---Special Award from Oranges and Maplewood Community Chest Campaign, 1951.
---Summary of Program for International Troop #13 (Immigrant, Citizen, Attache, Ambassador designations) as well as several other programs and requirements.
---Troop and Troop Committee Membership Registration form, filled out, 1951.
---Handwritten notes for programs, goals, etc.
---Requirements for the Juliette Low Encampment 1948 trip at Our Chalet in Adelboden, Switzerland.
---Attendance and dues.
---Girl Scout Records for 14 girls.
---Troop and Troop Committee Membership Registration Forms, years 1949, 1950.
---Service Sheet 1951-1952.
---Schedule for troop as member of the Community Chest Oranges and Maplewood.
---International Opportunities for 1952.
---Golden Eaglet pin description.
Contents of Part II:
> Small manila envelope, including:
---Three newspaper clippings re: Girl Scouts anniversaries—61st anniversary of Girl Scouts, including GAIL WILLITTS’s 55 year pin award with photograph; 50th anniversary of the South Orange and Maplewood Girl Scouts; Gail Willitts’ 72nd Girl Scout anniversary.
---Girl Scout pin, possibly the 55 year pin from newspaper clipping.
---Camp Edith Macy-Andree Clark with updates on Girl Scout veterans.
> Girl Scout sticker and red bow pin.
> Various ephemera including:
---Note regarding Thanks Badge being out of stock but with the wish it be awarded Gail Willitts.
---Newspaper clipping about the 60th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
---Card from troop girls.
---Newspaper clipping from the Newark Evening News, Tuesday, October 25, 1921 with photograph of New Jersey delegation marching with about 5,000 Girl Scouts in NYC [very brittle with chipping and center tear].
---Newspaper clipping: “Women boast of age as Scouts mark birthday” on 50th anniversary, with photograph of GAIL WILLITTS taking pointers on kerchief knotting from a Brownie.
---Newspaper clipping from the Maplewood-South Orange News-Record, Thursday, December 12, 1957: Maplewood Girl Scout group to honor Mrs. K. T. Willitts for 40 years service, with photograph of Gail Willitts.
---Newspaper clipping: Chosen delegate to international scout conference about Gail Willitts, with inked note: NY Times June 1947.
---1921 Program for The Women’s Forum by the Women’s Club of the Oranges and Affiliated Organizations, Subject: “The Young People of Today” Presented by Themselves. Gail Willitts gave a talk on the Girl Scouts.
---“A History of the Golden Eaglet Order,” 4 pages typed.
---“The Golden Eaglet-Mailing List” December 1961, 3 pages typed.
---Hand-paginated staplebound booklet of Camp Songs, Tapawingo.
---Original and photocopy of The General Assembly of The State of Ohio, Ohio Senate statement honoring Gail Willitts for 75 years of Girl Scouting, with letter from Richard H. Finan, 7th Senate District, President, Pro Tempore.
---photocopy of Riverview article (Great Rivers Girl Scout Council) honoring GAIL WILLITTS for 75 years; “Historical Synopsis of Service Activities of Gail Remington Willitts,” 3 pages, November 21, 1984.
---Card from the Great Rivers Girl Scout Council inviting Gail Willitts to receive a special year pin at the annual meeting on May 6, 1993, with Recognitions Ceremony program.
> Two scrapbooks:
---One appears to be GAIL WILLITTS’s, with magazine clippings and booklets pasted in.
---Joan Willitts’ scrapbook for Glass Badge, Clothing Badge, Child Care Badge, and Interior Decoration Badge.
---Girl Scout pin sticker with bow attached, cloth strips, newspaper clippings, tie-dye pinned in, as well as ephemera (Extremely brittle, with covers detached, chipping, and large tears to margins). Fair. Item #3591