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Brewster Family collection (M201)

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Title:
Brewster Family collection
Creator:
Brewster family
ID:
M201
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1923-1962
Date [inclusive]:
1900-1983, undated
Extent:
5.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains political scrapbooks, letters, clippings, assorted ephemera and images compiled and saved by Ralph Owen Brewster's mother and wife.
Preferred Citation note:

Brewster Family Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

Ralph Owen Brewster (1888-1961) was born in Dexter, Maine, to William E. and Carrie Bridges Brewster on February 22, 1888. He was graduated from Bowdoin College in 1909 (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa Society). He worked as the principal of Castine High School before attending Harvard University. There he earned an L.L.B. in 1913. From 1914-1925 Brewster was a partner in the Portland, Maine, law firm of Chapman and Brewster. His political career began in 1916 when he was elected to the lower house of the Maine legislature. After resigning this position in order to enlist in the U.S. Army, Brewster was re-elected after his return at the end of World War I. In 1922 he was elected to the Maine State Senate, where he served until being elected governor of Maine in 1924. He served as governor from 1924-1928, was elected as the 3rd District U.S. congressman from 1934-1940, then won a seat in the U.S. Senate, serving from 1941-1952. Brewster lost the election for a third term in the U.S. Senate in 1952 and retired in 1953. Brewster married Dorothy Foss in 1913. They had two sons: Charles Brewster, born in 1916, and Owen Brewster, who was born in 1917 but died young in 1932. Brewster died in Brookline, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1961.

The collection (1900-1983, bulk 1923-1962) contains scrapbooks, letters, clippings, assorted ephemera and images compiled and saved by Ralph Owen Brewster's mother, Carrie Bridges Brewster, and his wife, Dorothy Foss Brewster. The materials primarily reflect the political career of Ralph Owen Brewster but also provide information through family letters and memorabilia about other Brewster family members. The photographs include Brewster family portraits and images of Ralph Owen Brewster's political activities. Also included are home movies featuring Brewster family and friends.

More extensive documentation of Brewster's political career is available in the Ralph Owen Brewster Papers.

Scope and Contents note:

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 note:

Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically

Bowdoin College, 1961-1965

Box 1 Folder 1

Brewster, Carrie Bridges, 1900-1922

Box 1 Folder 2

Brewster, R.O., letters to Dorothy Foss Brewster, 1958-1960

Box 1 Folder 3

Brewster, R.O., miscellaneous correspondence, 1948-1957

Box 1 Folder 4

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: Bowdoin College, A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 5

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: card file

Box 1 Folder 5

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: Christian Scientists, A-K, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 6

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: Christian Scientists, L-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 7

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: Cong., A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 8

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: miscellaneous, A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 9

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: money, A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 10

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: organizations, A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 11

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: special letters, A-H, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 12

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: special letters, J-M, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 13

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: telegrams A-Z, 1961-1962

Box 1 Folder 14

Condolences on death of R.O.B.: V.I.P., A-Z, 1962

Box 1 Folder 15

Dexter Historical Society, 1983

Box 1 Folder 16

Family history letters, 1956-1957

Box 1 Folder 17

Family letters, 1930-n.d.

Box 1 Folder 18

Miscellaneous, 1942-1983

Box 1 Folder 19

Scope and Contents note:

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 note:

Arranged alphabetically, then chronologically

Blaine House, 1970

Box 2 Folder 1

Bowdoin College: Glee, Mandolin, and Guitar Clubs certificate, 1906

Box 2 Folder 1a

Bowdoin College: memorial for R.O.B, 1962

Box 2 Folder 2

Bowdoin College: personal data form for R.O.B., n.d.

Box 2 Folder 3

Brewster, Carrie Bridges: ephemera, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 4

Brewster, Dorothy Foss: ephemera, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 5-6

Brewster, Ralph Owen: political materials, 1923-1952

Box 2 Folder 7

Bridges, Sadie: writings, n.d.

Box 2 Folder 8

Clippings (newspaper), c.a. 1902-1983

Box 2 Folder 9

Clippings (newspaper), 1949

Box 2 Folder 10

Clippings (magazine), 1940-1967

Box 2 Folder 11

Miscellaneous periodicals, 1949-1983

Box 2 Folder 12

Scrapbook, 1923-1925

Box 2 Folder 13-15

Scrapbook, 1925-1927

Box 2 Folder 16-18

Scope and Contents note:

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 note:

Arranged alphabetically.

Civil War Veterans with Maine Congressional Delegation with Calvin Coolidge and R.O. Brewster, 1927

Map-case B-12

Dexter, Maine: Brewster Residence

Box 3 Folder 1

Dexter, Maine (July 4, 1951)

Box 3 Folder 2

Dexter, Maine (Labor Day, 1946)

Box 3 Folder 3

Family photograph album, n.d.

Volume 1

Foss family

Box 3 Folder 4

International Christian Leadership at Prayer Breakfast, 1960

Map-case B-12

Marathon, Florida (New Years, 1950)

Box 3 Folder 5

Photographs, miscellaneous saved by Carrie Bridges Brewster

Box 3 Folder 6

Portraits: [Brewster, Carrie Bridges]

Box 3 Folder 7

Portraits: Brewster, Charles and Owen

Box 3 Folder 8-9

Portraits: Brewster, Charles and Owen

Ovsz-Box M201

Portraits: Brewster, Dorothy Foss

Box 3 Folder 10

Portraits: Brewster, Dorothy Foss

Ovsz-Box M201

Portraits: Brewster, Ralph Owen

Box 4 Folder 1

Portraits: Brewster, Ralph Owen

Ovsz-Box M201

Portraits: Brewster, Ralph Owen with 1905 graduating class, Dexter High School

Ovsz-Box M201

Portraits: Brewster, William E. and children

Box 4 Folder 2

Portraits: unknown

Box 4 Folder 3

Professional life, R.O.B.

Box 4 Folder 4-7

Snapshots: Bowdoin College, ca. 1937

Box 5 Envelope 1

Snapshots: Brewster, Charles F., 1938-1939, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 2

Snapshots: Brewster, Ralph Owen, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 3

Snapshots: Buildings, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 4

Snapshots: Dogs (family pets), 1929, 1939, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 5

Snapshots: Family and friends, 1907, 1913-1915, 1925-1937

Box 5 Envelope 6

Snapshots: Family and friends, 1938

Box 5 Envelope 7

Snapshots: Family and friends, 1939

Box 5 Envelope 8

Snapshots: Family and friends, 1940-1950

Box 5 Envelope 9

Snapshots: Family and friends, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 10-19

Snapshots: France and Germany, 1945

Box 5 Envelope 20

Snapshots: Military, 1945-1946, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 21

Snapshots: Miscellaneous, 1926, 1938-1939

Box 5 Envelope 22

Snapshots: Miscellaneous, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 23-24

Snapshots: Smith, Margaret Chase, n.d.

Box 5 Envelope 25

Arrangement note:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents note:

Motion pictures featuring the family of Ralph Owen Brewster. There are 105 reels of home movies, the bulk black and white, 16 mm. (use copies available on DVD). View movie content summaries online.

Home movies, original 16mm reels, numbers 1-105

Box 6

Home movies, DVDs (use copies)

Box 7

Home movies, Blue Ray discs (master digital files)

Box 7
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