Guide to the James A. Brewster Papers

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University of California, Santa Cruz
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Guide to the James A. Brewster Papers

Collection number: MS 193

The University Library



Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Contact Information:

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
Processed by:
UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
March 2004
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2004 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: James A. Brewster papers,
Date (inclusive): 1823-1954
Date (bulk): (bulk 1870-1907)
Collection number: MS 193
Creator: Brewster, James A.
Extent: 0.6 linear feet

1.5 document boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: Includes journalism and an autobiography by the American writer James Brewster, as well as documents and other materials related to him.
Physical location: Stored offsite at NRLF: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

James A. Brewster papers. MS 193. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elliot Evans, 1971.

Biographical Note

Brewster was born in Blooming Grove, New York, in 1830. He began his journalistic work on the newspaper at Beliot College in Wisconsin, and continued to contribute to newspapers throughout the country steadily until shortly before his death. Brewster married Lucy Gale Truesdell, and then in 1858 moved to San Francisco. In addition to writing and serving occasionally as an editor, he held a succession of other jobs, including hotel man, lumber boss, and farm hand, and more ofen, school teacher, first in "the gold fields" and then on the island of Oahu, where he opened "Brewster's School" in Honolulu. He traveled widely within the United States and Europe, writing under various pseudonyms besides his own name, including Algernon, Truthful James, Cottonade, Bumlebee, and Veritas. Returning to California, Brewster started the first public school in Santa Barbara before ending up in Santa Cruz, where he died in 1907.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes documents, journalism, an autobiography, and other materials either by or related to James Brewster.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Brewster, James A. (James Arbuckle)
Journalist--American
Autobiography--Man Authors

Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

Evans, Maud McKay


Collection Contents

 

Biographical, 1919-1964

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains biographical material about James Brewster, and also a short memoir attributed to Lucy Truesdell Brewster.
Box-folder 1:1

By Maude McKay Evans, n.d.

Box-folder 1:2

Memoir [by L.T.Brewster?], n.d.

Box-folder 1:3

Notebook with autobiography, begun in 1890.

Box-folder 1:4

Photographs and tintype portraits, c.1860-1900

Box-folder 1:5

Ephemera, c.1904-1906

 

Correspondence, 1864-1944

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a smattering of letters to or about the Brewsters, and also a short letter to "Mrs. S.A. Evans".
Box-folder 1:6

To the Brewsters, 1864-1920

Box-folder 1:7

About the Brewsters, 1861

Box-folder 1:8

To Mrs. S. A. Evans, 1944

 

Writings, c.1870-1903

Physical Description: 4 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains writings by James A. Brewster as journalist, editor, and diarist.
Box-folder 1:9

Articles, c.1870-1903

Box-folder 2:1

Scrapbook of articles, 1880-1888

Box-folder 2:2

Beliot College Monthly articles, 1853-1854

Box-folder 2:3

Autobiography - incomplete transcript, n.d.

Box-folder 2:4-5

James Arbuckle Brewster Recollections - E. Evans, edited transcript

Box-folder 2:4

Part 1, n.d

Box-folder 2:5

Part 2, n.d.

 

Maud Evans Research Material, 1919-1964

Physical Description: 2 folders

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material about James Brewster, and also miscellaneous items and photos relevant to Maud Evans' research on the Brewsters.
Box-folder 2:6

Research materials, n.d.

Box-folder 2:7

Yosemite photographs w/letter, ca. 1880-1900