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Brewster Family Collection, 1900-1983, n.d. (bulk 1923-1962)

Correspondence, 1900-1983, n.d.
1 linear foot
Catalog Number: M201.1

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Series Description:
This series contains letters, mostly of an unofficial nature, that were written either by or to various members of Ralph Owen Brewster's family. Correspondents include Brewster himself; Carrie Bridges Brewster, his mother; Sadie Bridges, his aunt; Dorothy Foss Brewster, his wife; and his sons Charles and Owen Brewster. The bulk of the correspondence consists of condolence letters to Mrs. Brewster upon her husband's death in December, 1961. These letters are arranged according to Mrs. Brewster's own filing system. Among the condolences are a telegram from Herbert Hoover and a letter from Douglas MacArthur.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically
Restrictions:None.


Biographical Materials, 1902-1983, n.d.
0.75 linear feet
Catalog Number: M201.2

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Series Description:
This series contains two scrapbooks compiled by Ralph Owen Brewster's mother on Brewster's years as Maine governor (1924-1928), as well as newspaper and magazine clippings and other miscellaneous materials, including speeches, documenting Brewster's political career. Also included are an interview with Mrs. Brewster about her years in the Blaine House, copies of Brewster's memorial service at Bowdoin College in January, 1962, and other miscellany.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically
Restrictions:None.


Images, 1905-1960, n.d.
1.25 linear feet
Catalog Number: M201.3

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Series Description:
Images in this series include portraits of Ralph Owen Brewster, his wife and children, his parents, his wife's family (the Fosses), as well as portraits of unidentified individuals. Bachrach, Harris & Ewing, and Underwood & Underwood are among the photographic studios represented by the portraits. There are a number of images of Brewster in an official capacity as well as snapshots of Brewster family members and friends in casual settings. Also included are photographs and negatives of the Brewster family home in Dexter, Maine, and a Fourth-of-July celebration in that town in July, 1951. The bulk of the images are unidentified and undated.
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically
Restrictions:None.


Home Movies, 1930-1969, n.d.
2.25 linear feet.

Catalog Number:M201.4

Series Description:
Motion pictures featuring the family of Ralph Owen Brewster. There are 105 reels of home movies, the bulk black and white, 16 mm. (copies available on DVD). Read movie synopses online.

Arrangement: Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions: None.


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