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Guide to the James A. Brewster Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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


    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.


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

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Evans, Maud McKay