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Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.) Records, 1919-1996

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.) Records, 1919-1996

Predominant Dates: 1919-1947

ID: MSS BoyScouts

Primary Creator: Boy Scouts of America. Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.)

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Organized into ten series: I. Membership Records; II. Annual Reports; III. Minutes; IV. Financial Records; V. Publications and Newsletters; VI. Subject Files; VII. Benton District; VIII. Wallamet Area Council; IX. Photographs; and X. Troop 13 Records.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 Records document the organization's youth members, adult leaders, and activities. Troop 1 was established in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1919.

Scope and Content Notes

The Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 Records document the membership and activities of this youth organization of Corvallis, Oregon.

The bulk of the records are membership records, annual reports, meeting minutes, subject files, and photographs for Troop 1 from its founding in 1919 through the mid-1940s. Of special note are materials and photographs pertaining to construction of the troop's cabin; materials pertaining to the alumni of the troop and the 20th, 50th, and 75th anniversary celebrations of the troop; and information about and photographs of Delmer Goode and Carl Merryman. The records also include newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera of the Benton District (for Benton County) and the Wallamet Area Council (southwestern Oregon) for the 1930s and 1940s. Records of Troop 13 (Corvallis, Or.) for the 1930s are also included.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Troop 1 of the Boy Scouts of America was established in Corvallis, Oregon, in 1919 and sponsored by Congregational Church of Corvallis. The Troop built a cabin in 1935-1936 for meetings and events.

Delmer Goode founded the troop and was its first Scoutmaster from 1919 to 1930. Goode began his career at Oregon Agricultural College (now Oregon State University) in 1919 as assistant college editor and served as Director of University Publications from 1943 to 1956. In the early 1970s, the Delmer Morrison Goode Collection on Higher Education was established in the Kerr Library with funds donated by alumni of Troop 1. In 1922, Goode established an alumni group for the troop, which supported the continued activities of the troop and returned to Corvallis for frequent anniversary celebrations, including major events for the 50th anniversary in 1969 and the 75th in 1994.

Carl Merryman joined the troop in 1922, served as Scoutmaster, and was an active member and officer of the troop's alumni organization. Merryman graduated from Oregon State College in 1934.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 120 photographs; 3 boxes

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: Materials pertaining to Delmer Goode's work at Oregon State University are available in the Office of University Publications and OSU Press Records (RG 018) and materials pertaining to the Delmer Goode Fund are part of the Library Records (RG 009).

Preferred Citation: Boy Scouts of America Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.) Records (MSS BoyScouts), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Boy Scouts of America. Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.)
Boy Scouts of America. Troop 13 (Corvallis, Or.)

People, Places, and Topics

Boy Scouts--Oregon.
Boy Scouts of America. Benton District
Boy Scouts of America. Troop 1 (Corvallis, Or.)
Boy Scouts of America. Willamette Area Council
Corvallis (Or.)
Goode, Delmer M.
Local History
Merryman, Carl Dittmar, 1909-1999

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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