Collections and archives that document and preserve Girl Scout history for future generations are maintained and exhibited at the National Historic Preservation Center at Girl Scout National Headquarters in New York City and at the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, a National Girl Scout Program Center, in Savannah, Georgia.
The Girl Scout National Historic Preservation Center is a Girl Scout Museum and Archive at Girl Scouts Headquarters in New York City. It was established in 1987 by a decision of the Girl Scouts National Council Session (triennium Convention) as a place to preserve and promote Girl Scout History. The Collection dates back to 1912, the inception of Girl Scouting, has over 60,000 photographs, 7,000 publications, 5,000 periodicals, 650 Girl Scout Uniforms, Ephemera and official records of the National Organization. Our media collection consists of over 600 cubic feet of materials in various formats: film (16mm, 35mm, filmstrip), 1”, ¾”, VHS, beta, LP, 78rpm, 45rpm, reel-to-reel. CD-ROM/DVD, etc. – dating from approximately 1918 to present.
The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is a special treasure of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and the first designated historic landmark in the city. The imposing Regency townhouse was built in 1818-1821 for Savannah Mayor, James Moore Wayne, and later U. S. Supreme Court Justice. He sold the house to his niece, Sarah Stites Gordon, and her husband, William Washington Gordon I, Juliette Low’s grandparents. They were the first of four generations of Gordons to live in the house until it was purchased by Girl Scouts of the USA in 1953 and saved from destruction. Carefully restored to its documented 1886 appearance, a year of extensive changes to the house and the year of Juliette Low’s marriage, the historic collections, artwork by Juliette Low and room arrangements transport guests to the Victorian era and the early years of Girl Scouting. The Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace is owned and operated by Girl Scouts of the USA as a National Girl Scout Program Center and an historic house museum for the general public. The official purpose of the Center is to perpetuate the spirit and vision of the founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in an inspiring environment and to provide unique learning opportunities and the historic interpretation of the life of Juliette Low and the Wayne-Gordon house and to further the values of Girl Scouting.