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Register of the Bruner (Clara Raynor) Collection, 1913-1956
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bruner (Clara Raynor) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1956
    Collection number: Mss236
    Creator: Rosamund Raynor Flygare
    Extent: 1 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Bruner (Clara Raynor) Collection, Mss236, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Access Points

    personal name

    Bruner, Clara Isabel Raynor
    Bruner, Joseph W. (d. 1918)

    corporate name

    Womn's Home Missionary Society (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Methodist Episcopal Church. Epworth League
    Young Women's Christian associations


    Women in missionary work -California
    Nursing -California
    Church work with youth -California
    San Francisco (Calif.) -Social conditions


    Clara Isabel Raynor Bruner studied at the San Francisco National Training School (1913-1915) with trhe intention of becoming a medical missionary. The School was operated under the auspices of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Mehtodist Episcopal Church. It began in 1890 to train deaconesses and in 1901 it undertook to train women for other Christian work. After graduating from the School Miss Raynor took nursing coursework in Southern California (1915-1917). There she married Rev. Joseph W. Bruner, minister at Lakeside Methodist Church near Hanford, Calif. (1917). The following year Bruner began training for military chaplaincy, caught the Spanish Influenza and died. Mrs. Bruner continued in Christian work, participating in such groups as the Epworth League and the YWCA. She also supported missionary work in China and in India.

    Scope and Content

    The Bruner Collection consists chiefly of materials relating to the period of Mrs. Bruner's education (1914-1925). It includes: publications of the San Francisco National Training School; a scrapbook (1913-1920; biographical materials on Rev. Bruner (1918); Mrs. Bruner's correspondence (1914-1956); and, scattered clippings, programs and Methodist missionary periodicals.