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Norman York and The Invincibles: Interstate Troop of Corresponding Scouts letters

Call Number: RH MS 1482


This collection contains correspondence sent between members of the Boy Scouts' Invincibles, many written by teenage scout Norman York. Some letters are typewritten on official letterhead, while others are handwritten or carbon copied. York's pen pals included boys in other states and other countries, including England. These letters discuss matters about the Invicibles group, the Boy Scouts of America organization, and personal matters. Also included in the collection is a band roster from Mart, Texas, and orders and reports from the Invincibles group.


  • Creation: 1914 - 1916


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Invincibles

The Invincibles were a group founded by scoutmaster George M. Holt from the Boy Scouts of America organization in Kansas City, Missouri. The group consisted of scouts from different states and countries who were each required to write a certain number of letters to each other every month.

Norman York was sixteen years old in 1914 and came from Mart, Texas. He was the assistant chief in his troop. He took his job seriously and wrote many letters. Despite the Invincibles considering themselves part of the Boy Scouts, they were never formally recognized, and the Invincibles organization petered out in the later 1910s.


0.25 linear foot (1 document case)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS 1482

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Between the Covers. Rare Book, Inc., 2017.



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Norman York and The Invincibles: Interstate Troop of Corresponding Scouts letters
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Norman York and The Invincibles: Interstate Troop of Corresponding Scouts letters, RH MS 1482, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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