National historically (!) has little interest in the history of Scouting. Remember the huge celebration of the centennial of Bill Hillcourt's birth in 200? 0___0 (I don't either.)
Much of what BSA does publish is not accurate.
The patrol system is not one method in which Scouting for boys can be carried on. It is the only method."
—Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting's founder
Nope. R.H. Philipps, The Patrol System, 1917
It's the story of the Unknown Scout who guided Chicago publisher William D. Boyce through a pea-soup fog in 1909 in London—and that led him to the office of Robert S.S. Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. There Boyce picked up a trunkload of literature about the young movement for British boys, leading him to incorporate the Boy Scouts of America on Feb. 8, 1910, soon after returning to the United States.
Boyce never recounted that tale, and it was clear in London that day.
And the Wood Badge beads story - oh my!
The volunteers at Sam Houston would probably love old Scouting papers.
Our council had records going back to before BSA arrived in the area (Scouting predated BSA's arrival here by four years.), but council's staff threw them away a few years ago to make space in the file cabinets before the museum committee even know there was a risk. We would have happily purchased more file cabinets or paid for off-site storage. Irreplaceable loss.