Guide to the Records of Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems), Lynn, Massachusetts, undated, 1924-1945
 
*I-559

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Sophia Rehm as MS Word document, May 2014. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on October 30, 2014. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems), Lynn, Massachusetts
Title: Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems), Lynn, Massachusetts Records
Dates:undated, 1924-1945
Abstract: Organized in April, 1924, the records of Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems) of Lynn, Massachusetts span from 1924 to 1945. During World War II, the scouts participated in an Emergency Service Corps, and were invited to participate in the Boy Scout - General Eisenhower Waste Paper Campaign. The material in this collection includes weekly meeting programs and reports, newspaper clippings, scout assignments and certificates, correspondence, financial records, a photograph, and the American flag used by the Troop.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 manuscript boxes)
Identification: I-559
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS Boston, MA
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Historical Note

Image from a General Eisenhower Waste Paper Campaign poster, WWII.

Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems) of Lynn, Massachusetts was organized in April 1924. Its dated records span from 1924 to 1945. The troop's first Scoutmaster was Abraham Gold. Harry Weiner (born circa 1905-1985) became Scoutmaster in 1925 and remained in the position through 1945. The Troop met approximately weekly during the school year, most often in the Lynn Hebrew School, which opened at 46 Blossom St., Lynn, MA in 1922 and closed in 1967. At least 141 boys in six patrols participated as Scouts in Troop 4 between 1924 and 1945, with an average of 25 Troop members at any one time.1

The Troop's activities consisted of regular hikes, often at Camp Nihan in Saugus, Massachusetts, or in Lynn Woods in Lynn, Massachusetts, community service at the Hebrew School, and participation in Boy Scout jamborees and rallies. During World War II, the Scouts also participated in an Emergency Service Corps, and were invited to participate in the Boy Scout-General Eisenhower Waste Paper Campaign. Sponsored by General Eisenhower, this two-month campaign, from March 1 to April 30, 1945, addressed a shortage of paper in the United States for making and packaging items for the armed forces. The campaign's goal was to acquire 150,000 tons of waste paper from Boy Scouts nationwide. A poster about the campaign is included in the collection.

At least two former troop members were killed in action during World War II, and a former troop member spoke to the troop about being stranded in a life boat on the Pacific in the Merchant Marines. Troop leaders who entered into military service are indicated by an asterisk in the List of Troop 4 Leaders in Box 1, Folder 2.

Chronology

1924 Troop 4 organized; Abraham Gold is Scoutmaster
1925 Harry Weiner becomes Scoutmaster
1927 Troop holds first annual Parent Night
1930 Troop fights forest fire in Lynn Woods
1936 Members of troop blow taps over the grave of Harold Frank at its unveiling
1937 Members of troop attend the First National Boy Scout Jamboree in D.C.
1943 Troop visited by Herbert Weiner, Ensign in Merchant Marine and former Scout who was stranded on open life boat in the Pacific for 21 days
1944 Two former Troop members, former scout Lt. Bernard Lipsky and former committeeman Maurice Goldstein, are killed in action
1945 Troop invited to participate in the Boy Scout - General Eisenhower Waste Paper Campaign
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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the records of Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems) of Lynn, Massachusetts, spanning from 1924 to 1945. Weekly meeting programs and reports, contained in record books, make up the bulk of the collection. The largest book of records, “Troop Minutes and Records July 26, 1926 to April 6, 1945” is divided into two folders. Years are separated within the book by title pages, often written on the backs of contemporary advertisements or flyers. Records of attendance and dues, financial records, rosters, correspondence, and news clippings are dispersed throughout meeting minutes and reports chronologically. Additional papers, including a General Eisenhower Waste Paper Campaign poster, appear after Part 2 of the records book, in Box 1, Folder 4.

Also included in the collection are newspaper clippings, Scout essays, drawings, forms, and certificates, correspondence, event and news bulletins, a photograph, and the American flag used by the troop, donated in 1988 by Cecil Weinstein. Box 1, Folder 1 contains Scouts’ applications to the Emergency Service Corps, which are restricted due to the inclusion of medical histories. In Box 1, Folder 5, some meeting minutes, written in pencil, are smudged and illegible.

Of note are mentions of the first national Scout jamboree in Washington, D.C. in 1937, including a description of a presentation on the event by attending Troop 4 Scouts. Also of note are numerous comments on the war in essays and meetings, and involvement in war-related activities during World War II.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Collections and Engagement of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

Alpha Delta Phi Records, unprocessed collection at AJHS Boston.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Boy Scout Troop 4 (Sachems), Lynn, Massachusetts Records; I-559; box number; folder number; Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS.

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Acquisition Information

Donated by the Jewish Heritage Center of the North Shore in 2013.

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Access Points

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Container List

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Series I: Boy Scout Troop 4 “Sachems” Lynn, Massachusetts, undated, 1924-1945

English.
Boxes 1-2.
Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by type of material.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
1 1 Emergency Service Corps Documents, Newspaper Clipping (Some Items Restricted) undated, 1937-1942 request_box
1 2 List of Troop 4 Leaders [1924-1945] request_box
1 3 Minutes and Records Book (Part 1 of 2) undated, 1926-1945 request_box
1 4 Minutes and Records Book (Part 2 of 2) undated, 1926-1945 request_box
1 5 Patrol Leaders Council Meeting Minutes Book 1933-1941 request_box
1 6 Photograph of Former Scouts on Brandeis Basketball Team 1942 request_box
1 7 Programs and Bulletins Book, Miscellaneous Notes and Records 1934-1941 request_box
1 8 Records Book, Miscellaneous Assignments, Forms, Records, Booklet undated, 1924-1944 request_box
BoxFolderTitleDateRequest
2 American Flag Used by Troop 4 undated request_box
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