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Guide to the Frank P.Brackett Papers
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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1 Professional correspondence, 1883-1975 and Undated

 

Subseries 1.1 Correspondence, 1883-1919

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1883-1888

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1898-1905

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1893-1905

Scope and Content Note

Brackett corresponded with colleagues from Dartmouth College, Goodsell Observatory at Carleton College, Yerkes Observatory at Williams Bay, Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Lick Observatory at University of California National Academy of Sciences - Committee on Solar Research, and Solar Observatory on Mt. Wilson, California. He wrote to employees of the Pacific Electric Railway.
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1906

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and manufacturers of astronomical equipment.
Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1907

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and manufacturers of astronomical equipment. Photographs and blue prints of equipment are included. Also, Brackett corresponded with colleagues running Observatories in the United States as well as in Australia and Europe.
Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1908

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and manufacturers of astronomical equipment, invitations to the dedication of Brackett observatory at Pomona College, and notes on the cost of the observatory at Pomona College.
Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1909

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and manufacturers of astronomical equipment.
Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1910

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and manufacturers of astronomical equipment.
Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1911

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues from observatories in America and Europe.
Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1912

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues in the astronomy field, manufacturers of astronomical equipment, and with, Dr. Abott, a colleague from the Smithsonian, who Brackett travelled with to Algeria to conduct research for the U. S. government.
Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1913

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and paper manufacturers and manufacturers of astronomical equipment.
Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1914

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues as well as book publishers, and academic libraries.
Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1915

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues, librarians who wanted to obtain a copy of Brackett's recent publication in Pomona College's Astronomical Society's journal, and membership fees for the Astronomical Society, and publications about the abolishment of the Fahrenheit thermometer by Honorable Albert Johnson from the U.S. House of Representatives.
Box 1, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1916

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues, librarians who desired a copy of the recent copies of Pomona College's Astronomical Society's journal, and membership fees.
Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence, 1917

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and his colleagues, librarians who desired to obtain Dr. Brackett's article that was published Astronomical Society journal, and membership fees.
Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence, 1918

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and a colleague about obtaining a recommendation to teach at Pomona College.
Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence, 1919

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains an invitation from Meredith Snyder, the mayor of Los Angeles, to Professor Brackett to greet the Belgian King, Albert I in Los Angeles, California.
Box 2, Folder 17

Correspondence, 1920

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and a librarians in regard to the acquisition of earlier publications by the Astronomical Society journal.
Box 2, Folder 18

Correspondence, 1921

Box 2, Folder 19

Correspondence, 1922

Box 2, Folder 20

Correspondence, 1923

Box 2, Folder 21

Correspondence, 1924

Box 2, Folder 22

Correspondence, 1925

Box 2, Folder 23

Correspondence, 1926

Box 2, Folder 24

Correspondence, 1927

Box 2, Folder 25

Correspondence, 1928

Box 2, Folder 26

Correspondence, 1930 and 1933

Box 2, Folder 27

Correspondence, 1935

Box 2, Folder 28

Correspondence, 1936

Box 2, Folder 29

Correspondence, 1938

Box 2, Folder 30

Correspondence, 1940-1945

Box 2, Folder 31

Correspondence, 1945-1948

Box 2, Folder 32

Correspondence, Undated

 

Subseries 1.2 Personal correspondence, 1868-1937

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
Box 3, Folder 1

Burdick family correspondence, 1868-1892

Box 3, Folder 2

Los Angeles School of Art and Design, 1891-1893

Box 3, Folder 3

Sympathy letters about Mary Brackett's death, 1893

Box 3, Folder 4

Trip to Algeria, 1911-1912

Box 3, Folder 5

"Home letters", 1916

Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence with Fong F. Sec, 1922-1937

Scope and Content Note

This folder contains correspondence between Professor Brackett and Fong F. Sec, who graduated from Pomona College in 1905, about Fong's travels with his family, opinion about the formation of Scripps College in 1927, and the invasion of China by Japan in the late 1920s.
Box 3, Folder 7

Christmas cards, 1926-1945

Box 3, Folder 8

Postcards, 1926 and Undated

 

Series 2 Manuscripts, 1919-1975

Scope and Content Note

This series contains Brackett's manuscript for Granite and Sagebrush, More Granite and Sagebrush, History of Pomona Valley, the Danville Historical Society, Armistice Day Orientation, Concerning the observatory and astronomy at Pomona College, and Biography of Theodore Roosevelt-Gast

Arrangement

Arranged by chapter.
 

Subseries 2.1 Granite and Sagebrush 1941-1951 and Undated

Note

Granite and Sagebrush was published in 1944.
Box 4, Folder 1

Brief outline of history - Granite and Sagebrush, Undated

Box 4, Folder 2

Synopsis, Master copy parts I-IV, Undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Synopsis, Master copy parts VI-VIII, Undated

Box 4, Folder 4

Introduction and text, Chapters 1-3, Undated

Box 4, Folder 5

Text, Chapters 4-6, Undated

Box 4, Folder 6

Text, Chapters 7-8, Undated

Box 4, Folder 7

Text, Chapters 9-10, Undated

Box 4, Folder 8

Text, Chapters 11-12, Undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Text, Chapters XIII-XIV, Undated

Box 4, Folder 20

Text, Chapters XV-XVI, Undated

Box 4, Folder 11

Text, Chapters XVI-XIX, Undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Chapters 21-22, research on Pomona's families, Undated

Box 4, Folder 13

Chapters 23-25, Undated

Box 4, Folder 14

Chapters 26-28 and 30, Undated

Box 4, Folder 15

Chapters 29, Undated

Box 4, Folder 16

Chapter 30 1/2a and 30 1/2b, Undated

Box 4, Folder 17

Chapters 31-34, Undated

Box 4, Folder 18

Chapters 35-36, Undated

Box 5, Folder 19

Chapters 40A and 40B, Undated

Box 5, Folder 20

Notes for Pomona College history; quotes from Student Life, Metate, and Pomona Student, Undated

Scope and Content Note

Student Life, Metate and Pomona Student are Pomona College student run periodicals.
 

Subseries 2.2 More Granite and Sagebrush 1944 and Undated

Box 5, Folder 21

More Granite and Sagebrush : Late correspondence, Clippings, Source materials, Undated

Box 5, Folder 22

More Granite and Sagebrush : Manuscript and Correspondence, 1944

Box 5, Folder 23

Pomona faculty list, Undated

Box 5, Folder 24

Proof pages of illustrations and title pages, Undated

Box 5, Folder 25

Illustrations, Undated

Box 5, Folder 26

Newspaper clippings : Reviews of Granite and Sagebrush, 1941-1951

Box 5, Folder 27

Granite and Sagebrush : Contents and outline, Undated

Box 5, Folder 28

Granite and Sagebrush Copy 3, Undated

Box 5, Folder 29

Granite and Sagebrush Copy 3.1, Undated

Box 5, Folder 30

Granite and Sagebrush Copy 3.2, Undated

Box 5, Folder 31

Correspondence about Pomona College history, Undated

Box 5, Folder 32

Manuscript -- Pomona College history, Undated

Box 5, Folder 33

Subject Sketches for College history, 1947

Box 6, Folder 1

More Granite and Sagebrush notes,

Box 6, Folder 2

Revised drafts of some chapters from More Granite and Sagebrush,

Box 6, Folder 3

Revised drafts of some chapters of More Granite and Sagebrush,

Box 6, Folder 4

Old drafts of parts of More Granite and Sagebrush,

Box 6, Folder 5

Introduction, Chapters 1-10 and Epilogue More Granite and Sagebrush,

Box 6, Folder 6

Correspondence with Allen Hawley and Richard Armour regarding Brackett's book, 1948

 

Subseries 2.3 History of Pomona Valley, Undated

Box 7, Folder 1

Manuscript notes, 1919-1975

Box 7, Folder 2

Manuscript notes, Undated

Box 7, Folder 3

Manuscript drafts and correspondence, 1919

Box 7, Folder 4

Manuscript drafts, 1919

Box 7, Folder 5

Manuscript notes and publications, 1931 and 1941 and 1975

 

Subseries 2.4 Biography of Theodore-Roosevelt-Gast, Undated

Box 7, Folder 6

Manuscript notes, Undated

 

Subseries 2.5 Armistice Day Orientation, 1927

Box 7, Folder 7

Manuscript notes, ca. 1920s

 

Subseries 2.6 Danville Historical Society, 1884

Box 7, Folder 8

Manuscript, Undated

 

Subseries 2.7 Concerning the observatory and astronomy at Pomona College, Undated

Box 7, Folder 9

Manuscript notes, Undated

 

Series 3 Pomona College, 1894-1948

Scope and Content Note

This series contains documents about Pomona College's finances, business reports, social life, astronomy expedition, and the astronomy department.
 

Subseries 3.1 Financial documents, 1894-1948

Box 8, Folder 1

Financial reports, 1900-1903

Box 8, Folder 2

Real estate owned by Pomona College, 1900 and 1937-1948

 

Subseries 3.2 Business reports, 1899-1948

Box 8, Folder 3

Graduate Study at Claremont Colleges, 1894

Box 8, Folder 4

President's report to the Board of Trustees, 1899-1900

Box 8, Folder 5

Pomona College "Unclassified documents", 1897-1937

Box 8, Folder 6

Yale's Reconstruction plan, 1919

Box 8, Folder 7

History of the Claremont Colleges by Frank P. Brackett, 1926

Box 8, Folder 8

Pomona College Library, 1926

Box 8, Folder 9

Report of the President of the Claremont Colleges, 1927-1928

Box 8, Folder 10

Report from Pomona College to the Southern California Congregational Conference by Frank Brackett, 1934

Box 8, Folder 11

Report of on the Organization of the Claremont Colleges, 1936

Box 8, Folder 12

Departments and Degrees at Pomona College, Undated

Box 8, Folder 13

Brackett observatory, Undated

 

Subseries 3.3 Social life, 1911-1947 and Undated

Box 8, Folder 14

Rembrandt Club, 1911

Box 8, Folder 15

Pomona College pageant, 1913

Box 8, Folder 16

Announcements and invitations, 1913-1926 and Undated

Box 8, Folder 17

Greek system rules and regulations, 1915-1926

Box 8, Folder 18

Sororities, Undated

Box 8, Folder 19

Pomona College Songs and Hymns, 1923 and Undated

Box 8, Folder 20

Pomona College Plays and Players, 1925-1937

Box 8, Folder 21

Founder's Day and Commencement speeches, 1926

Box 8, Folder 22

Honoring F. P. Brackett, 1932

Box 8, Folder 23

Dr. Frank P. Brackett's Farewell address, 1932

Box 8, Folder 24

Honoring James Blaisdell, 1936

Box 8, Folder 25

50th anniversary, 1937

Box 8, Folder 26

60th anniversary, 1947

Box 8, Folder 27

Newspaper clippings, Undated

Box 8, Folder 28

Publications, Undated

 

Subseries 3.4 Astronomy expedition, 1923

Scope and Content Note

Frank Brackett and his students from Pomona College travelled to Santa Catalina Island, California to observe and record a solar eclipse that occurred on September 10, 1923.
Box 9, Folder 1

Negatives of solar eclipse, September 10, 1923

Box 9, Folder 2

Proof sheets and negatives of the expedition, September 10, 1923

Box 9, Folder 3

Photographs, September 10, 1923

Box 9, Folder 4

Photographs of the expedition, September 10, 1923

Box 9, Folder 5

Wilson's map of Avalon and Catalina Island, 1923

Box 9, Folder 6

Kodakery, 1923

Box 9, Folder 7

Pomona College Eclipse hunters Bagged Quarry : Director of Observatory Describes Successful Operations at Point on Catalina Island, Los Angeles Daily Times, September 19, 1923

Box 9, Folder 8

Catalina Islander, 1923

Box 9, Folder 9

Darkness at Midday, September 10, 1923

Biography/Organization History

Darkness at Midday is a movie about the total eclipse of the Sun at Santa Catalina Island on September 10, 1923. Dr. Brackett applied for Copyright for the text of the completed drama in 1923. In August 1923 the movie was registered in the United States Copyright office under Remittance no. 84996.
Box 9, Folder 10

Financial records for eclipse expedition, 1923

Box 9, Folder 11

Eclipse fund, 1923

Box 9, Folder 12

Notes and programs about the eclipse expedition, September 10, 1923

Box 9, Folder 13

Correspondence, 1923

Note

Brackett wrote the then Secretary of Commerce, President Herbert Hoover about the solar eclipse.
Box 9, Folder 13

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Pomona College, 1923

 

Subseries 3.5 Astronomy department, 1893-1942

Box 10, Folder 1

Test in Astronomy C2, 1917

Box 10, Folder 2

Examination in Astronomy B100a, 1926

Box 10, Folder 3

Astronomy C100A tests, 1903-1925

Box 10, Folder 4

Test in Astronomy B16, 1929

Box 10, Folder 5

Notes on Tycho Brahe's Mechanics, Undated

Box 10, Folder 6

Outline of Astronomy and Renaissance Astronomers, Undated

Box 10, Folder 7

Manuscript : An Astronomer's Thought of God in the Universe, Undated

Box 10, Folder 8

Astronomy at Pomona College by Frank P. Brackett, 1929

Box 10, Folder 9

Notes on mathematics, 1893-1899

Box 10, Folder 10

Astronomy notebook, Undated

Box 10, Folder 11

Experiment # 23, Undated

Box 10, Folder 12

Publications about astronomy, 1910-1942

Box 10, Folder 12

Instrument shows Movies of the Sun, 1929-1930

Scope and Content Note

Professor Brackett and Captain A. W. Stevens are mentioned in the article.
 

Personal documents, 1865-1925

 

Subseries 4.1 Financial documents, 1867-1925

box 11, folder 1

Ledger, 1867-1897

box 11, folder 2

Brackett family Ledger, 1939-1946

box 11, folder 3

Ledger from the Burdick, Bates, ad Burns families, 1868-1900

box 11, folder 4

Personal finances, 1911

box 11, folder 5

Bills, 1912

box 11, folder 6

Receipts 1913

box 11, folder 7

Personal finances, 1914

box 11, folder 8

Checks, 1915

box 11, folder 9

Financial statements, 1916

box 11, folder 10

Bank statement, 1917

box 11, folder 12

Bills, 1924

box 11, folder 13

Receipts, 1933

box 11, folder 14

Checks and bank statements, 1918-1925

box 11, folder 15

Stock certificate, 1872

box 11, folder 16

Stock market graphs, 1946-1947

box 11, folder 17

California state and San Bernardino county tax receipts, 1865-1901

box 11, folder 18

Federal taxes, 1948-1951

 

Subseries 4.2 Legal documents, 1913-1941

box 11, folder 19

Lucretia Brackett and the Mutual Building and Loan Association of Pomona, California, 1865-1901

Biography/Organization History

This document gives the Claremont Water Company rights to lay pipes and make aqueducts for water.
box 11, folder 20

Passports and Visas, 1865-1901

 

Subseries 4.3 Genealogy, 1913-1951

box 12, folder 1

Autobiography -- Manuscript copy, Undated

box 12, folder 2

Notes on Autobiography -- Manuscript copy, Undated

box 12, folder 3

Biography of Frank P. Brackett -- Professor Walter T. Whitney, 1951

box 12, folder 4

Brackett family, Undated

box 12, folder 5

Burdick family, 1913

box 12, folder 6

Brackett family genealogy, Undated

box 12, folder 7

Frank Brackett's funeral service and obituary, 1951

box 12, folder 8

Dartmouth College 60th Anniversary for the class of 1887, 1947

Scope and Content Note

Frank Bracket graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887. This folder contains documents about his the reunion he attended in 1947.
 

Subseries 4.4 School catalogues, 1887-1941

box 12, folder 9

Los Angeles High School yearbooks, Undated

Note

The children in the Brackett and Bates families attended high school in Los Angeles County.
box 12, folder 10

Catalogue : McPherron Academy Boarding and Day School, Los Angeles, California, 1887

box 12, folder 11

St. Johnsburg Academy, Vermont, 1923

Biography/Organization History

Solomon Brackett, Frank Brackett's father, taught science at this preparatory school in Vermont.
 

Series 5 Government documents, 1917-1949

 

Subseries 5.1 United States War Department, 1917-1936

Scope and Content Note

Dr. Frank Brackett wrote to U.S. government officials about the expenditures of the Southern California Local Exemption Board in connection with the Selective Service Act of 1917. United States congress passed the second act to draft civilians into the United States military; the first draft occurred during the American Civil War.
Box 13, Folder 1

Correspondence, Local Exemption Board, Pomona, California, 1917-1919

Box 13, Folder 2

Publication -- Chronicles of the Selective Service Draft, 1918

Box 13, Folder 3

Chronology of the Selective Service Act of 1917, 1917-1919

 

Subseries 5.2 Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1916-1936

Scope and Content Note

These folders contain correspondence from German General Moritz Freiherr von Bissing, between Dr. Brackett, President Herbert Hoover and Commission for Belgian Relief volunteers, pamphlets and newspaper clippings in German and Belgian, and a photograph.

Biography/Organization History

The Commission for Relief in Belgium began at the end of World War I. Brackett and other volunteers received a working visa in order to help Belgians rebuild its infrastructure after the war.
Box 13, Folder 4

Correspondence with American officials from the Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1916-1917

Box 13, Folder 5

Correspondence with Governor General Moritz Freiherr von Bissing, 1916

Biography/Organization History

Governor General Von Bissing governed occupied Belgium during World War I. These letters are written in German.
Box 13, Folder 6

Correspondence between Dr. Brackett and President Herbert Hoover, 1916-1936

Box 13, Folder 7

Lectures, Undated

Box 13, Folder 7

Deportation at Wavre, Belgium as seen by an American Eye-witness, ca. 1920-1929

Note

Taken from a lecture, "Belgium Enslaved", by F. P. Brackett.
Box 13, Folder 7

Professor Brackett's participation in the Commission for Relief in Belgium by Phebe Estelle Spalding, ca. 1920-1929

Box 13, Folder 8

Publications, Undated

Box 13, Folder 8

With the Commission for Relief in Belgium by Professor Brackett, ca. 1920-1929

Box 13, Folder 9

Pamphlets, 1916-1917

Note

The pamphlets are written in English and Dutch.
Box 13, Folder 10

Newspaper clippings, 1916-1936

Note

The newspaper clippings are written in English and French.
Box 13, Folder 11

Work visa, 1916

Note

The work visa was issued by the Belgian government.
 

Subseries 5.3 Reserve Officers Training Corps in California, 1918-1936

Box 13, Folder 12

History of the R. O. T. C. at Pomona College, Claremont, California, February 13, 1918-1927

box 13, folder 13

Establishment of Unit Reserve Officers Training Corps, ca. 1920-1929

box 13, folder 14

Taps, the Publication of the Reserve Officers Training Corps. Encampment stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, California, 1927

 

Subseries 5.4 War Department, Air Corps, Material Division, 1917-1933

Box 13, Folder 15.1

War Department, Air Corps, Material Division, Reports, 1930

Box 13, Folder 15

War Department, Air Corps, Material Division, Correspondence, 1933

Box 13, Folder 15

Correspondence with United States War Department to establish courses at Pomona College, 1917

 

Subseries 5.5 Department of Commerce, Civilian Aeronautics Administration, 1940-1949

Box 13, Folder 16

Civilian Aeronautics Administration, Navigation test, ca. 1940-1949

Box 13, Folder 17

Brackett Airport, Pomona, California, Undated

Box 13, Folder 18

Government coupons, 1922 and Undated

 

Series 6 Illustrations, Undated

box 14, folder 1

Photo scrapbook, Undated

box 14, folder 2

Pencil drawing of Frank P. Brackett, Undated

box 14, folder 3

Portrait of Frank P. Brackett, Undated

box 14, folder 4

Photographs of Pomona College students, Undated

 

Series 7 Ephemera, 1826-1941

box 15, folder 1

Typeface, 1941

box 15, folder 2

Key, Undated

box 15, folder 3

Lingering memories, 1937

Scope and Content Note

A tribute to Lucretia Burdick Brackett. This keepsake was given to Frank Brackett when his wife died in 1937. It contains Lucretia Brackett's letters and memorabilia.
box 15, folder 4

Leather receipt pouch, ca. 1826-1899

Scope and Content Note

Thomas Burdick kept a leather pouch with his promissory notes for payment of goods sold to customers who lived in San Bernardino County. Lucretia Burdick Brackett's father was Thomas Burdick.
box 15, folder 5

Briefcase, Undated

box 15, folder 6

Manuscript on vellum, 1834

Note

The manuscript is written in German.
box 15, folder 7

Mason reunion on wood, Undated

box 15, folder 7

Ribbon from Dartmouth College's class of 1887, 1887

box 15, folder 8

Commission for Belgian Relief medals, 1914-1919

box 15, folder 9

Herbert Hoover medal, 1914-1919

box 16, folder 1

Diplomas and awards, 1887-1909

 

Series 8 Newspaper clippings and pamphlets, Undated

Box 17, Folder 1

Newspaper clippings, Undated

Box 17, Folder 2

Pamphlets, Undated