Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Kendall P. Brooks Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Kendall P. Brooks Papers,
Creator: Brooks, Kendall P., 1867-1964.
Inclusive dates: 1894, 1967, and undated
Extent: .75 cubic feet (in 2 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
The papers consist mainly of Professor Brooks' grade books for his physics classes, 1910-1947, and for other classes he taught at Central Michigan University, his research work, and personal papers.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English and German
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1627

Access Restrictions:

Kendall P. Brooks Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Kendall P. Brooks Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.



Kendall P. Brooks was born on July 4, 1876 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He earned an A.B. from Alma and a M.A. from the University of Michigan, in mathematics and physics. Brooks later did graduate studies work in Berlin, Goetingen, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In 1910, Brooks moved to Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to teach at Central State Teachers College, now Central Michigan University (CMU), where he taught until 1947. Eventually Professor Brooks became the Head of the departments of Physics and Mathematics. In 1938 he was named Director of Graduate Studies at CMU. On September 1, 1964 the then new CMU science building was named in Prof. Brook’s honor.

On August 29, 1899 Brooks married Gratia Dunning. Together, they had two daughters, Gratia and Elizabeth, both of whom preceded him in death.

Professor Brooks died on December 27, 1964 as the result of a car accident in Mount Pleasant. (This information is from his obituary, December 28, 1964, a copy of which is in the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of Prof. Brooks’ grade books for his physics classes, 1910-1947, physics, philosophy, and mathematics note notes, papers in German related to his studies at the University of Berlin, other academic notes and papers, a few personal certificates and personal property of Brooks and his wife, his Alma College mementos, and a copy of his obituary. In the fall 1918 term some of the students in his physics classes are listed as members of the CMU S.A.T.C, or Student Army Training Corps. There are also some grade books of H.S. Doolitle in this collection.

Subject Terms

    • Brooks, Kendall P., 1867-1964.
    • Central Michigan University. Student Army Training Corps.
    • Central Michigan University. Faculty.
    • Alma College.
    • Physics--History--United States.
    • Physics--Study and teaching.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History--20th century.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Kendall P. Brooks Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Information, including Obituary, 1897, 1964
    Box   1 F   2
    Alma College, Mementos, 1894-1898
    Box   1 F   3
    Bank Account Book, 1909-1910
    Box   1 F   4
    Certificates, Knights Templar, etc. 1917, 1962, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Certificates of his Wife, Gratia G. Brooks, 1897, 1967
    Box   1 F   6
    Chemistry Notebook, 1916
    Box   1 F   7
    Evolution and Christianity Notes, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    German, Papers Written in, 1908-1910
    Box   1 F   9
    History of Philosophy, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Mathematics Notebook, undated
    Box   1 F   11
    Physics Grade Books, 1910-1919
    Box   1 F   12
    Physics Grade Books, 1919-1929
    Box   1 F   13
    Physics Grade Books, 1929-1943
    Box   2 F   1
    Physics Grade Books, 1943-1947
    Box   2 F   2
    Physics Notebooks; Physics Notes (Loose pages), 1899, 1909, undated; 1918-1921
    Box   2 F   3
    Published Papers, 1910
    Box   2 F   4
    Valedictory Address, August 13, 1837?
    F   1  
    Oversized Folder, Certificates, Masonic, 1906, 1959