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Patricia Manuele Camp Fire Girls Uniform

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0237

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a Camp Fire Girls ceremonial uniform and moccasins that were customized by the wearer and reflected the rank and achievements they had attained. Each patch and bead's color, shape, and size has a meaning for members in the organization and reflect their ability.


  • circa 1950-1960s


Terms of Access

The Patricia Manuele Camp Fire Girls Uniform, circa 1950-1960s is open to researchers.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Born in 1951, Patricia Ann Manuele was a Buffalo, NY native and member of the Camp Fire Girls organization. She attended various universities around the nation before settling in Oregon. In 2007 she passed away after battling leukemia.

The Camp Fire Girls organization was founded in 1910 and incorporated in 1912. Concerned with providing recreational opportunities for girls comparable to those existing for boys, the founders aimed "to train girls for their responsibilities as distinct from those of boys." A 1915 Camp Fire Girls manual proclaims: "Camp Fire Girls is an organization of girls and women to develop the home spirit and make it dominate the entire community." Prominent among the founders were Dr. and Mrs. (Charlotte) Luther Hasley Gulick who worked out much of the early program of the Camp Fire Girls at Wohelo, their summer camp in Sebago, Maine. The name of the Gulick's camp, Wohelo, became the motto of the Camp Fire Girls, symbolizing the goals of "Work, Health, and Love."


3.17 Linear Feet (2 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



A collection of clothing items worn by Patricia Ann Manuele during her time in the Camp Fire Girls. Each item features specific elements and decorations that carry meaning within the organization.


This collection is arranged at an item level.

Acquisition Information

The Patricia Manuele Camp Fire Girls Uniform was donated to the University Archives by Patricia Ann Manuele's mother, Ann Manuel, in October 2014.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

See also MS 32 Camp Fire Girls of Buffalo and Erie County Records, 1913-1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Joseph E. Patton, November 2015.


Finding Aid for the Patricia Manuele Camp Fire Girls Uniform
Finding aid prepared by Joseph Patton.
17 November 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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