Being a Girl Scout archivist is always an adventure. Donations come in bags and boxes, via the mail or literally left on a doorstep. We know to go through the donations carefully. We get lots of old uniform socks, the occasional 20-year old cookie box (with the cookies still inside!), not to mention the potentially hazardous old first aid kits.

One recent donation included a shopping bag full of assorted papers: flag ceremony diagrams, permission slips, the typical troop records. But among the packing lists and kaper charts was this photo:


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Captain Irma Gorton and Troop 47 of Pittsburgh, c. 1923


At first I thought it was a photocopy,  but no, it is the real thing.  There is some damage to the photo, but it is in remarkably good shape for being nearly 100 years old.

According to the caption written in pencil on the back, this is Troop 47, sponsored by Latimore Junior High School in Pittsburgh. Irma S. Gorton was captain, and the date is estimated as 1923.

But wait…there’s more! These documents were in an envelope in the same bag of random papers:


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Irma Gorton’s membership card



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Irma Gorton’s appointment certificate


The appointment certificate needs some preservation attention. It has been folded for decades, all four borders are present but delicate. You can also see the official stamp/seal in the lower left corner.

It is only fair to send these items to the Girl Scout Council of Western Pennsylvania, but I wanted to share them first!

©2017, Ann Robertson


5 responses to “Pittsburgh’s Troop 47”

  1. Cool BEANS!

  2. Thanks for sharing these, Ann. They’re pretty neat.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing…your right, it is so much fun.

  4. Cindylee McCoy Avatar
    Cindylee McCoy

    What an amazing find!! Best wishes on restoring them. History is great, GS History is awesome!!

  5. What a lovely photo, and such an interesting collection of faces and personalities! Thank you for sharing.

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