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
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff
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The collection was the gift of Clara Brucker (donor no. 3767).
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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.
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.
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-
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.
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Container / Location
Personal and biographical [series]
Papers, Hantel estate
Brucker and Hantel genealogical and miscellaneous materials
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
Tributes to Wilber Brucker and related dedicatory material
Letters of condolence (sample) 1968
Tributes to Wilber Brucker 1968
Tributes undated, 1974-1975 to Wilber Brucker 1974-1975, undated