Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers: 1900-2003
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Title: Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers
Creator: Brownell, Samuel Miller, 1900-
Inclusive dates: 1900-2003
Extent: 20 linear feet
Extent: 1 oversize folder
Samuel Miller Brownell was an educator and school administrator who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1953-1956 and as Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools from 1956 to 1966. He was married to Esther Delzell Brownell, who taught high school history before their 1927 marriage. This collection documents the Brownells’ family life, and to a lesser extent, Samuel M. Brownell’s career. Materials include a large collection of correspondence between Samuel and Esther Brownell, personal papers reflecting the family’s social and cultural activities and daily life, and a series of scrapbooks, dating from 1900 to 1988, containing photographs, clippings, newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera. The older scrapbooks provide information about the early lives of both of the Brownells, and later scrapbooks document the family’s vacations and Samuel Brownell’s career as an educator, administrator, and political appointee.
Call number: 2010176 Aa 2; Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Jennifer Barr, 2010