Girl Scout Archives

Girl Scouts has been making a difference in the lives of girls since 1912. Just as our membership has grown, so has our place in history.

The Girl Scout National Historic Preservation Center (NHPC), a department at Girl Scouts’ central office in New York City, includes the Girl Scouts of the USA national archives. The NHPC was established in 1987 to preserve and promote Girl Scout history. Its collection dates back to 1912, the inception of Girl Scouting, and features over 60,000 photographs, 7,000 publications, 5,000 periodicals, 650 Girl Scout uniforms, miscellaneous ephemera, and official records of the national organization. Our media collection consists of over 600 cubic feet of materials in various formats dating back to 1918.


Girl Scouts of the USA's National Historic Preservation Center is open to the public (by appointment) Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and is located at 420 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Contact us via email or call:
(800) GSUSA 4 U [(800) 478-7248] or (212) 852-8000
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

We also welcome researchers to access our archive collection by submitting an application (PDF).