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PAPERS, 1939-2002
2.8 linear feet


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Please cite materials from this collection as follows:
Georgana Falb Foster Papers, Iowa Women's Archives, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.


Collection Overview

The papers (donor no. 638) were donated by Georgana Foster in 2004. .
The papers are open for research.
Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to The University of Iowa.
In Box 5.
Processed by:
Elizabeth Engel, 2004. [FosterGeorgana.doc]


Georgana Mary Falb was born May 15, 1928 in Postville, Iowa to George Harry Falb and Myrtle Marie (Kerr) Falb. She grew up in the agricultural town of Elgin, Iowa. Her father was a postmaster and automobile dealer, as well as the mayor for fourteen years. Her mother taught physical education and home economics and coached the girls’ basketball team. Falb attended the Elgin public school, graduating in 1945 as valedictorian. In high school, Foster worked in the public library and a canning factory, as well as delivered newspapers.

Falb became active with the Camp Fire Girls in 1940 and served as a camp counselor for three years at Camp Hitaga in Walker, Iowa during the summers of 1945-1946 and 1953. In 1947 she was a camp counselor at Camp Hiwela in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. During 1954, Falb worked as a Field Secretary and Day Camp Director for the Iowana Council of Camp Fire Girls in Cedar Rapids.

Falb attended Upper Iowa University from 1945 to 1947 before transferring to the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa), where she received a B.A. in sociology in 1949. She earned a second B.A. in General Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1989. The degree was a self-designed program and focused on South Asian studies, emphasizing popular art and worship of Hindu goddesses.

From 1949 to 1952 Falb worked as a short term missionary in India with the Women’s Division of Christian Service of the Methodist Church. While there, she met her future husband, John Henry Foster. They wed on September 4, 1954 at the Providence, Rhode Island, Friends Meeting, a Quaker church. While her husband attended graduate school, Georgana Foster worked as a secretary/receptionist for the Family and Children’s Service in Ithaca, New York from 1954 to 1957. After this, she was the Secretary to the Director of the Smith College Nursery School from 1957 to 1958. Other organizations that Foster volunteered for include the League of Women Voters of Amherst, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and the Leverett, Massachusetts, Town Historical Commission.

Scope and Content Note

The Georgana Falb Foster papers date from 1939 to 2002 and measure 2.8 linear feet. The papers are arranged in three series: Biographical,Camp Fire Girls, and Artifacts. The bulk of the papers pertain to Foster’s activities within the Camp Fire Girls from 1939 to 1954.

The Biographical series contains a biographical sketch of Foster. Also included in this series is a brief history of Foster’s childhood home in Elgin, Iowa, as well as items relating to her time spent in India.

The Camp Fire Girls series contains correspondence from Georgana Falb, mostly to her family, while a camper and camp counselor at Camp Hitaga from 1940 to 1946, and seven scrapbooks documenting her time there. Also included within this series are a number of materials relating to social recreation activities and the history of Camp Hitaga. The series also contains correspondence from her time as a camp counselor at Camp Hiwela in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, as well as materials from Foster’s association with the Iowana Council. The end of the series includes books about camp counseling and campcraft that were used by Georgana Falb Foster during her time with Camp Fire Girls. A memoir pertaining to her years connected with the Camp Fire Girls is also included.

The Artifacts series contains numerous items relating to Falb’s involvement with the Camp Fire Girls, including a ceremonial gown and collar, award jewelry, camp T-shirts, and a beaded vest. Also included within the series are a sari uniform and three pins, all from India, pertaining to Falb’s work there as a missionary from 1949 to 1952.

Related Collections

Falb Family
Clippings mainly on girls’ basketball in the towns of Elgin and Clermont, Iowa compiled by Myrtle Kerr Falb and Georgana Falb Foster.


Box List

Box 1                          
      Biographical information              
    Camp Fire Girls                    
      Camp Hitaga (Walker, Iowa)              
Correspondence, 1940-1946 (7 folders)


Requirement for Torch Bearer in Literature
Box 2                  
          Camp Fire Scrapbook, 1939
“Scraps,” 1945
Requirement for Torch Bearer in Social
            Leadership [oversize: in box 6]  
          Wahanka Scrapbook (disbound) [oversize: in box 6]  
Box 3                

Requirements for Camp Hitaga Rewards

        Recreational activities        


Dance and social recreation handbooks
Folk dancing materials
Joyful Singing
song booklets
Songbooks, 1945-1954
          From Bloomers to Blue Jeans: The Fifty Years of Camp Hitaga, 1931-1981
50th Anniversary materials
Brochure, 1989
Efforts to save Camp Hitaga, 1990s
Reopening, 1996-2002
Box 4                
      Camp Hiwela (Wild Rose, Wisconsin)        
        Correspondence, 1947
“Boys’ and Girls’ Camps in Wisconsin” booklet, 1947
      Iowana Council        
        Birthday Project, 1954
Field director materials, 1954
Let’s Light Another Candle – Hawkeye Recreatory Notebook
Leota C. Battin materials (Executive Director of Iowana Council of Camp Fire Girls)
Noel Newell materials (Assistant Director of Iowana Council of Camp Fire Girls)
        Camp Fire Girls professional opportunities
Leadership training materials, 1946-1948, 1954
Luther Gulick and Ernest Thompson Seton materials
The Torch newsletters, 1998-2000
          Book of the Camp Fire Girls, 1936
Camp counselor booklets, 1940, 1946, 1947
Box 5                
          Campcraft ABC’s by Catherine T. Hammett, 1941
Library of the Seven Crafts: The book of Ceremonials, 1930
The Outdoor Book by Wanda Taylor Linderman, 1947
The Junior Book of Camping and Woodcraft by Bernard S. Mason, 1943
Knots and Braids in Handcraft, 1941
General Leathercraft by Raymond Cherry, 1946
The Romance of Leather: A Brief History of Leather and a Description of Tanning, 1937
Potter’s Primer by Jane Snead, 1943


Box 6                
      Camp Fire Girls                    
          Requirement for Torch Bearer in Social Leadership
Wahanka Scrapbook (disbound)
Box 7                          
      Camp Hitaga                    
        Award jewelry
Award patches
Camp Hitaga 50th Anniversary pencil
Camp Hitaga county fair memento
Camp Hitaga mug
Candle holder
Indian head pin with “Indian” name holder
Pocket knife


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