Lone Scouts collection, 1915-1997

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Lone Scouts
Title
Lone Scouts collection
Dates
1915-1997 (inclusive)
Quantity
21 cubic ft. (17 record, 2 document, 7 F-17, 1 F-22 boxes)
Collection Number
08244
Summary
The Lone Scouts were a unique club for isolated rural boys who could not find enough members to form a boy scout troop. Eventually, the club turned into a men’s fraternal organization called the Elbeetian League. The collection contains Lone Scout and Elbeetian League memorabilia, publications, and correspondence.
Repository
University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
82071
Telephone: 3077663756
ahcref@uwyo.edu
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

William D. Boyce founded The Lone Scouts of America in 1915. He was the same magazine publisher who founded the Boy Scouts in 1910, but he wanted the Lone Scouts to be independent. By using his network of paper boys, W. D. Boyce was able to distribute his magazine, The Lone Scout, to youngsters in rural areas where there were not enough boys to form a Boy Scout troop. The venture struggled until 1924, when the Boy Scouts absorbed the Lone Scouts organization, which was in financial disarray. By 1927, however, the Lone Scouts was reborn as the Elbeetian Legion because Charles J. Merlin had kept the organization alive through exchanging correspondence and newsletters. With time out for World War II, the informal fraternal organization met faithfully in conventions since 1934. As alumni of the Lone Scouts, they called themselves the Elbeetian Legion after the first initials of a publication called The Lone Beaver Tribune or L.B.T. Many of the Lone Scouts got their start in journalism by writing Lone Scout newsletters.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Lone Scouts collection contains adult Elbeetian Legion correspondence and some young correspondence from the early Lone Scout pen pal days. Most of the collection, however, consists of copies of the Elbeetee national newsletter and many more copies of local newsletters published from Lone Scout days through the 1990s. The Elbeetee and smaller newsletters such as The Friendly Provoker, or The Old Timer contain short editorials, reminiscences, jokes, compliments and other items that might fit into a small town newspaper Annual LBT Conventions are always heavily promoted. A lot of these materials are included on duplicate microfiche negatives. A complete set of handbooks has been preserved along with examples of medallions, badges and patches. Miscellaneous items include research papers, publicity materials, application forms, membership cards, and so forth.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, Lone Scouts collection, 1915-1997, Collection Number 08244, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by the Lone Scouts at the date of processing. For more information about the Lone Scouts at the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, see:

Lloyd C. Haefka Lone Scout papers, Collection Number 08410 Barton Baker papers, Collection Number 09845

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Many members of the Lone Scouts donated their materials to the American Heritage Center from 1983 to 1997.

Custodial History

Custodial History

Created by combining AHC collections.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by John Hanks in April 2005.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I.:  Awards, Badges, Patches and MedallionsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folders
1 1-4
Awards, Badges, Patches, and Medallions
1910s-1990s

Series II.:  Correspondence with EnclosuresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Ashurst, Thomas
1983?
1 6
Baker, Milton R.
1976-1981
1 7
Bednar, Charles J.
undated
Folders
1 8-9
Boyd, Franklin C.
1920-1979
Folder
1 10
Brown, Glenn E.
1926
Folders
1 11-12
Burner, Lincoln Charles
1979
Folder
1 13
Coe, Roland M.
1939-1951
1 14
Depew, Ward E.
undated
1 15
Doval, Armando (Marreno)
1920
1 16
Edwards, Bryan E.
1983
1 17
Fish, Charles
1964-1975
1 18
Fisher, Elmer H.
undated
1 19
Freier, Paul
1975-1976
Folders
1 20-21
Fry, George W.
1981-1984
2 1-8
Fry, George W.
1981-1984
Folder
2 9
Hart, Maurice
1918-1920
2 10
Hollingsworth, Herman W.
undated
2 11
Hoting, William D.
1981
2 12
Jackson, James L.
1981
2 13
Johnson, Lee P. V.
1919-1983
2 14
Jordan, Gene
undated
2 15
Kellar, Wilbur J.
1972
2 16
Killeen, Dan S.
1970-1982
Folders
2 17-19
La Pointe, C. M.
1974-1982
Folder
2 20
Larsen, Otto C.
1920-1922
Folders
3 1-2
Lawson, Horace L.
1961-1983
Folder
3 3
Levine, Art
1953
3 4
Lone Scout Advertising, Forms
undated
3 5
Lone Scout Collectors
1982
3 6
Lone Scout Business Letters
1922-1935
3 7
Lone Scout Descriptive Material
undated
3 8
Lone Scout Miscellaneous – Certificates, Booklets, Postcards
1915-1982
3 9
Marti, Ray
1983
3 10
McNamara, James, and Edison Signor
1985
3 11
Merlin, Charlie
1972
3 12
Miller, Franklin S.
1934
3 13
Mooney, Alfred Leland
1966
3 14
Moot, Edmund Northrup
1983
Folders
3 15-22
Nelson, Edward E.
1943-1983
Folder
4 1
Nelson, Edward E.
1943-1983
4 2
Newson, Paul
1940
4 3
Nunn, Alexander
1967
Folders
4 4-5
Park, James
1928-1932
Folder
4 6
Petterchak, Janice
(Academic Paper on Lone Scouts)
1997
Folders
4 7-9
Peterson, Clarence
1970s-1980s
4 10-14
Rearick, Frank
1920s
Folder
4 15
Reck, Emerson
1983
4 16
Reed, Marvin E.
undated
4 17
Richardson, Cecil Calvin
1978
4 18
Scott, Walter E.
1928
4 19
Signor, Edison B.
1918-1983
4 20
Smith, Robert U.
1924-1980
4 21
Stone, Fred P.
undated
4 22
Taylor, J. Hugh
1930s
Folders
5 1-6
Taylor, J. Hugh
1930s
Folder
5 7
Thompson, Perry Emerson
undated
5 8
Various Individual Items
1972-1985
5 9
Wagner, A. J. Gaston
1954-1980
5 10
Walsh, Jim (Ulysses)
1919-1980
5 11
Weese, Elmer Martin
1916-1920
5 12
White, Gilbert F.
undated
5 13
Whitehair, Louis A.
1981-1982
5 14
Wiens, J. F.
1983
5 15
Wright, Charles
1965-1970
5 16
Photographs – Enclosures
1930s-1940s

Series III.:  PublicationsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1.: Lone Scouts of America
Box Folder
5 17
Boy Scouts
1910s-1960s
5 18
Lone Scout Handbooks
1920s
5 19
Microfiche and Negatives of Lone Scout,
undated
5 20
Microfilm of Youth,
1924-1925
6 1
Membership Records – Enclosures
1935-1975
6 2
Small Publications by Scouts – Poetry, Cartoons, Etc.,
undated
Newsletters as follows:
Box Folder
6 3
Pre-1920
6 4
1920
6 5
1921
6 6
1922
6 7
1923
Folders
6 8-10
1924
6 11-13
1925
6 14-15
1926
Subseries 2.: Elbeetian Legion
Box Folder
6 16
1927
Folders
7 1-2
1928
Folder
7 3
1929
7 4
1930
7 5
1931
7 6
1932
7 7
1933
7 8
1st Elbeetee Convention
1934
7 9
1935
Folders
7 10-11
1936
7 12-13
1937
Folder
8 1
1938
8 2
1939
8 3
1940
8 4
1941
8 5
1942
8 6
1943
8 7
1944
8 8
1945
8 9
1946
8 10
1947
8 11
1948
8 12
1949
8 13
1950
8 14
1951
8 15
1952
8 16
1953
8 17
1954
8 18
1955
8 19
1956
9 1
1957
9 2
1958
9 3
1959
9 4
1960
9 5
1961
9 6
1962
9 7
1963
9 8
1964
9 9
1965
Folders
9 10-11
1966
9 12-13
1967
Folder
10 1
1967
Folders
10 2-4
1968
10 5-8
1969
10 9-11
1970
10 12-13
1971
Folder
11 1
1971
Folders
11 2-4
1972
11 5-8
1973
11 9-12
1974
Folder
11 13
1975
Folders
12 1-4
1975
12 5-10
1976
12 11-14
1977
13 1-2
1977
13 3-7
1978
13 8-12
1979
13 13-14
1980
14 1-3
1980
14 4-7
1981
14 8-10
1982
14 11-13
1983
15 1-3
1984
15 4-5
1985
15 6-7
1986
Folder
15 8
1987
15 9
1988
15 10
1989
15 11
1990
15 12
1991
15 13
1992
15 14
1993
15 15
1994
15 16
1995
15 17
1996
15 18
1997
Subseries 3.: Original Lone Scout Magazines
Box
16
1915-1916
17
(Includes Teepee Lodge Test, undated)
1917
18
1918
19
1919
20
1920
21
1921-1924

Series IV.:  William D. Boyce Books, Scrapbooks, Boys Life Magazine, Duplicate Lone Scouts, Etc.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
22
Boys Life and BSA-The Lone Scout,
1928-1965
23
Certificates and Scrapbook made for William D. Boyce,
1920s-1932
24
Travel books by William D. Boyce
1912-1928
25
Youth and Elbeetian League Memories Books
1924-1969
26-27
Duplicate Lone Scout Magazines
1915-1924

Additional Container ListsReturn to Top

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Container(s) Description

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Amateur journalism--20th Century.
  • Lone Scouts--Canada.
  • Lone Scouts--United States.

Personal Names

  • Boyce, William D., 1848-1929.
  • Merlin, Charles J.

Corporate Names

  • Elbeetian Legion.
  • Lone Scouts of America.