Clara H. Brucker papers: 1920-1980
Summary Information
Title: Clara H. Brucker papers
Creator: Brucker, Clara H.
Inclusive dates: 1920-1980
Extent: 8 linear feet
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Active in numerous civic and charitable organization, Clara Brucker assisted her husband Wilber M. Brucker, who had served as both governor of Michigan and Secretary of the Army. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, travel briefs and diaries.
Call number: 8558 Aa 2
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
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Clara Brucker (donor no. 3767).

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Clara H. Brucker papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Clara H. Brucker was born in Iowa, then moved to Michigan where she graduated from Saginaw High School. Although teaching was her first love, she decided on a business career when the First World War broke out. After graduation from Drexel Institute she became a statistician for Du Pont and later for General Motors in New York, where she also studied magazine writing at Columbia.

In 1923 she married Wilber Brucker, then Prosecuting Attorney of Saginaw County, later to become Attorney General and Governor of Michigan, as well as Secretary of the Army. In the early 1930s, Clara Brucker received her B.A. in economics and M.A. in political science from Michigan State College.

Throughout her life, Clara Brucker was involved in many activities and organizations, including the School of Government, which she organized in 1940 and headed for over twenty years; the Detroit Children's Aid Society; the International YWCA; the auxiliary of Rainbow Division Veterans; and the Republican Auxiliary. In Washington she was Chairman of the Endowment Fund of the Soldiers', Sailors', Marines' and Airmen's Club.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Clara Brucker collection includes papers concerning her work with the Mock Republican Conventions and her interest in the prevention of sex crimes against women and children, the General Federation of Women's Clubs and miscellaneous other charities. One of Clara Brucker's correspondents was May-ling Soong Chiang (Mme. Chiang Kai-shek). The collection has been arranged into the following series: Personal and biographical; School of Government; Women's civic, political and service organizations; Clippings; Travel and trip briefings; Diaries; and Miscellaneous.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1939-1945.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1946-1960.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1953.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1953-1961.
  • Sex crimes.
  • Social service -- United States -- Societies, etc.
  • Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs.
  • Women civic leaders -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Civic leaders -- Michigan -- Detroit.
  • Governors' spouses -- Michigan.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1837-1950.
  • Michigan -- Politics and government -- 1951-
  • Diaries.
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Chiang, May-ling Soong, 1897-2003.
  • Detroit School of Government.
  • Detroit School of Government. Mock Republican Convention.
  • General Federation of Women's Clubs.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Brucker, Clara H.
Contents List
Request materials for use in the Bentley Library
Container / Location Title
 
Personal and biographical [series]
Box   1  
Biographical material
Box   1  
Papers, Hantel estate
Box   1  
Brucker and Hantel genealogical and miscellaneous materials
Box   1  
Miscellanea (include notes of interview conducted by Robert Warner with her assessment of the personalities she encountered while her husband was Secretary of the Army) June 15, 1961
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
Undated
Box   1  
1921-1923, 1930-1936
Box   1  
1941-1948
Box   1  
1950-1955
Box   1  
1956-1959
Box   1  
1960-1962
Box   1  
1963-1966
Box   1  
1967-1969
Box   1  
1970-1978 (6 folders)
Box   1  
1979
 
Tributes to Wilber Brucker and related dedicatory material
Box   1  
Letters of condolence (sample) 1968
Box   1  
Tributes to Wilber Brucker 1968
Box   1  
Tributes undated, 1974-1975 to Wilber Brucker 1974-1975, undated
Box   1  
Dedication Brucker Room, Bentley Historical Library 1974
Box   1  
Dedication Brucker Hall, Fort Myer, Virginia 1978
Box   1  
Papers re. Madame Chiang Kai-shek 1956-1976 (2 folders)
 
School of Government 1945-1978 [series]
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
1945-1949
Box   1  
1950-1959
Box   1  
1960, 1976, 1976-1978
Box   1  
Purpose
Box   1  
Constitution and by-laws
Box   1  
Minutes 1959-1962
Box   1  
Minutes Board of Directors 1958-1960
Box   1  
Miscellaneous resolutions 1952, 1963
Box   1  
Resolution , concerning protection of women and children undated
Box   1  
Miscellaneous committee reports 1940, 1961-1962
 
Annual report
Box   1  
Educational director undated, 1944-1953, 1962-1963
Box   1  
President 1942, 1958-1959
Box   1  
Treasurer 1959-1968
Box   1  
Recording secretary 1960
Box   2  
Membership lists 1952-1959
 
Membership yearbook
Box   2  
1942-1959
Box   2  
1960-1965, 1966, 1970-1972
Box   2  
Newsletter 1954-1960 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Programs 1960-1961
Box   2  
Speeches by Mrs. Brucker 1956-1957
Box   2  
Speeches 1958, 1960 by others 1958-1960
Box   2  
May Day luncheon undated, 1946-1953, 1962-1968
Box   2  
Clippings Countess Alexandra Tolstoy 1951
Box   2  
Miscellaneous clippings
 
Women's civic, political and service organizations 1942-1978, undated [series]
 
Mock Republican Convention
Box   2  
Miscellanea Undated
Box   2  
1940
Box   2  
1944
Box   2  
1948 (2 folders)
Box   2  
1952
Box   2  
Speeches by Mrs. Brucker to various women's clubs
 
General Federation of Women's Clubs
Box   2  
Correspondence 1955, 1962
Box   2  
Papers 1961-1963
 
Women's City Club of Detroit
Box   2  
Papers 1963, 1965-1978
Box   2  
Magazine 1964-1966 (2 folders)
Box   2  
National Presbyterian Church Women's Group Speech by Mrs. Brucker 1958
 
Federation of Republican Women
Box   2  
Membership yearbooks 1961-1964
Box   2  
Administration Liaison Committee reports 1958-1960
Box   2  
Speeches by Mrs. Brucker 1956-1960
Box   2  
Miscellanea
Box   2  
Children's Aid Society 1945-1948, 1971, 1976-1977 including minutes 1945-1977
 
Prevention and Enforcement of sex crimes against women and children
Box   2  
Correspondence 1953, 1955
Box   2  
Committee lists 1953, 1955
Box   2  
Articles 1946, 1950, 1957 sexual crimes 1946-1957
Box   2  
Report Governor's Commission on Deviated Sex Offender 1951
Box   2  
Clippings 1953
Box   2  
Morality in media (2 folders)
 
Morality in media of Michigan
Box   2  
Correspondence 1971-1976
Box   2  
Minutes undated, 1972-1976
Box   2  
Newspaper clippings
Box   2  
Miscellanea
Box   2  
Knights Templar 1968-1978
Box   2  
International Neighbors Club 1959-1960
Box   2  
Wolverine Girl's State 1961
Box   2  
Rainbow Division Auxiliary 1962-1963
Box   2  
Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association 1965
Box   2  
Papers miscellaneous charities 1956-1960
Box   2  
Red Cross 1942
Box   3  
Salvation Army 1951, 1959-1966
 
Northwood Institute, National Women's Board
Box   3  
Correspondence 1971-1979
Box   3  
Minutes 1970-1978
Box   3  
Newsletters undated
Box   3  
Membership lists undated
Box   3  
Fun Auction Day 1970-1976
Box   3  
Starr Commonwealth for Boys 1949, 1957, 1969, 1974-1977 Correspondence (sample) 1949-1977
Box   3  
Walker and Gertrude Cisler Library 1969-1971
Box   3  
Speeches by others 1960-1973
 
Speeches by Mrs. Brucker
Box   3  
To Michigan State University 1957
Box   3  
Undated
Box   3  
1956-1960
Box   3  
Papers 1922, 1935 by Mrs. Brucker 1922-1935
Box   3  
Notable American Women 1932, 1945 articles by Mrs. Brucker 1932-1945
Box   3  
Notable women of Northwood Institute 1972
 
Clippings [series]
Box   3  
General Douglas McArthur 1951
Box   3  
Hart-Romney senate campaign 1970
Box   3  
Miscellaneous (3 folders)
 
Travel and trip briefings [series]
Box   3  
Okinawa 1955
Box   3  
Europe 1956
Box   3  
Seventh U.S. Army inspection 1957
Box   3  
Alaska 1958
Box   3  
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1958
Box   3  
Miscellanea 1958
Box   3  
Far East 1960
Box   3  
Western United States 1962 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Travel letters Mabel Slocum 1957
Box   3  
Trip Scandinavia, Russia, Germany and Italy 1969
 
Diaries [series]
Box   7  
1954-1960
Box   8  
1954-1960

(continued)

Box   4  
Various dates
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   4  
Scrapbook
Box   4  
Book: Johann Adam Brucker and His American Descendents by Wallace H. Brucker (1978).
Box   5  
Appointment books (sampled)
Box   6  
Courtship letters exchanged between Wilber Brucker and Clara Hantel 1920-1923
Box   6  
Letters exchanged between Wilber and Clara Brucker 1940, 1948, 1955
Box   6  
Letters exchanged with Mrs. Orin Bradford
Box   6  
Letters re. Wilber Brucker's papers (including letters from Dwight Eisenhower)