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Helen Shear Diary

Identifier: M2255

Content Description

Collection contains an official Camp Fire Girl personal diary (January-May 1937) written by Shear when she was 17 years old. Contents mention a trip to Trinity Church at 18th and Broadway, going to the City Auditorium to see the Civic Symphony Orchestra, visiting Englewood and a Camp Fire meeting at 2105 South Fillmore Street, frigid snowy weather, writing school reports, working at the Camp Fire office, visiting neighbors and friends and folding Red Cross bandages.


  • January-May 1937

Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Helen Elizabeth Shear was born on June 12, 1920 in Denver Colorado to Charles and Dortha Shear. The Shear family lived in Denver at 2595 South Fillmore in the University Park neighborhood. Shear was a Camp Fire girl and graduated from South High School in 1938. The family later moved to Dillon, Colorado, where by 1940, Helen Shear was working as a waitress. She married Andrew Q. Everly and lived in Springfield, Missouri and Wichita, Kansas. Her last residence was in Amarillo, Texas where she died on March 8, 2005. She is buried next to her husband at Brown Cemetery in Cedar Creek, Missouri.


1 envelope(s)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Shannon Mawhiney, 2019.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.


Alternate title: "Diary of a Camp Fire Girl"


Diary contains Camp Fire Girl symbols, phases of the moon symbols and interpretations, credo, Law of the Camp Fire.

Helen Shear Diary
Keli Schmid
March 8, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States