Arthur W Bromage papers: 1917-1979 (bulk 1935-1975)
Summary Information
Title: Arthur W Bromage papers
Creator: Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979
Inclusive dates: 1917-1979
Bulk dates: 1935-1975
Extent: 3 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of political science at the University of Michigan specializing in municipal government, Ann Arbor, Michigan city council member 1949-1953, member of several state commissions and boards, consultant to numerous city charter commissions. Papers relate primarily to his service on Ann Arbor city council and his research interests.
Call number: 8582 Aa 2
Language: The materials are 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 prepared by Sara Aichele, 1995

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection (Donor No. 28588329) was transferred in two separate accessions. The first transfer was from Mary C. Bromage in 1979. The second transfer was from Susanna Bromage Paterson in 1995.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, Box No., Arthur W. Bromage Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Arrangement

The Arthur Bromage papers are divided into five series:

  1. Correspondence, 1936-1979 (0.2 linear ft.)
  2. Speeches, 1942-1971 (0.3 linear ft.)
  3. Topical, 1942-1971 (0.5 linear ft.)
  4. Press Clippings, 1928-1972 (5 bound volumes and 5 folders)
  5. Writings, 1924-1979 (0.3 linear ft.)

Biography

Arthur Watson Bromage was born in East Windsor, Connecticut on February 27, 1904. He attended Enfield High School in Connecticut from 1917 to 1921. His undergraduate education took place at Wesleyan University in Connecticut from 1921 to 1925. He received his Master's degree from Harvard University in 1926 and his Ph.D. in 1928.

As a specialist in municipal government and administration, Arthur Bromage was associated with the University of Michigan beginning in 1929. He attained the rank of professor of political science in 1938, and served as chairman of the department from 1961 to 1964. He attained the status of professor emeritus in 1974. Long active in the university's Institute of Public Administration, Professor Bromage participated in training graduate students for careers in city management.

During World War II, Bromage was commissioned in January 1943 as a major in the Army. Bromage attended the School of Military Government in Charlottesville, Virginia. Afterward he was assigned to Fort Custer in Michigan from May 1943 to January 1944. He served overseas in England, France and Germany from February 1944 to September 1945. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he served with the Regional Military Government Detachment for Bavaria in 1945, participating in the restoration of civil authority in that region of Germany. He was awarded the European, Africa, Middle East ribbon with three battle stars, the American campaign medal and the World War II victory medal. After World War II, he resumed his position as professor of political science at the University of Michigan.

In addition to university teaching and research, Bromage served as a city councilman in Ann Arbor from 1949 until 1953. Throughout his career, he was active in the National Municipal League. He served, by appointment of the governors of Michigan, on four state and local study commissions. He contributed to city, county and citizen bodies as secretary to the Michigan Commission of Reform and Modernization of Government in 1938 and as a member of the Michigan Commission on Intergovernmental Relations from 1954 until 1955. In 1956, Bromage was given an honorary life member status in the International City Manager's Association and of the Michigan Municipal League. He was a charter consultant to numerous cities.

Among Bromage's publications are many books, articles and notes on state, municipal, county and metropolitan government. His best known works include: American County Government,Organization and Cost of County and Township Government,State Government and Administration in the U.S.,Manager Plan Abandonments,Introduction to Municipal Government and Administration,On the City Council,A Councilman Speaks, and Councilmen at Work. His syndicated articles, released through the National League of Cities, appeared in state municipal league journals throughout the United States.

He was a member of: American Political Science Association, American Society for Public Administration, International City Managers' Association, and National Municipal League. In 1973, the Michigan Chapter of the International City Managers' Association established the Arthur W. Bromage Internship, a graduate internship, annually awarded at the University of Michigan.

He and Mary Cogan were married in 1928. They had one daughter, Susanna Bromage Paterson, six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Arthur Bromage died on February 9, 1979 in his home in Ann Arbor.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Arthur Bromage papers provide documentation of his service as Ann Arbor city councilman and other political activities and some of his academic research. The papers include correspondence, speeches, press clipping s and publications.

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.


  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Bavaria (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1945-
  • Municipal government.
  • Germany.
  • Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Common Council.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Political Science.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence 1936-1979 [series] (0.2 linear feet)

The Correspondence series is organized chronologically and includes only professional correspondence. His correspondence with his wife is included in the Mary C. Bromage papers, also housed at the Bentley Historical Library.

Box   1  
1936-1945
Box   1  
1950-1960
Box   1  
1961-1962
Box   1  
1963-1964
Box   1  
1965-1969
Box   1  
1970-1979
 
Speeches 1942-1971 [series] (0.3 linear feet)

The Speeches series is organized chronologically. Included are speeches Arthur Bromage gave as an Ann Arbor councilman and in other political forums.

Box   1  
1942-1949
Box   1  
1952-1959
Box   1  
1960-1968
Box   1  
1970-1971
Box   1  
Miscellaneous, undated
Box   1  
1970-1979 (2 folders)
 
Topical 1942-1971 [series] (0.5 linear feet)

The Topical series is organized alphabetically. Included under the heading "Military Experience" are Arthur Bromage's service records and other materials documenting his experience with military government overseas during World War II. The rest of the material in the Topical series is from other events or activities in which Bromage participated.

Box   1  
Ann Arbor Alderman 1948-1949
Box   1  
Bibliography
Box   1  
Biography
Box   1  
Book Reviews 1931-1971
Box   1  
Bromage Fellowship 1977-1993
Box   1  
Class Material (University of Michigan) 1951, 1972-1973
Box   1  
Committee Papers 1962-1964
Box   1  
Creelman Estate 1969
Box   1  
Diary of England and France 1928
Box   1  
Education 1917-1925
 
Military Experience
Box   1  
General School Reports 1943
Box   1  
Military Government 1993
Box   1  
Service Records 1942-1955 (2 folders)
Box   1  
World War II Writings 1945
Box   1  
Recognition in the Press 1979
Box   1  
Summary of Ph.D. Thesis 1928
 
University Activities
Box   1  
Harvard College 1926-1928
Box   1  
University of Michigan 1926-1977
 
Press Clippings 1928-1972 [series] (5 volumes, 5 folders)

The Press Clippings series includes clippings from newspapers where either Arthur Bromage or Mary Bromage are the subject of the article. This series is organized chronologically.

Box   2  
1928-1935
Box   2  
1937-1954
Box   2  
1938-1945
Box   2  
1944-1956
Box   2  
1945-1952
Box   3  
1958-1977
Box   3  
1960-1962
Box   3  
1963-1964
Box   3  
1965-1972
 
Writings 1924-1979 [series] (0.3 linear feet)

The Writings series includes various non-published material, Bromage's collegiate papers and thesis, and a selection of his journal publications. Only articles and reprints that were not listed in his bibliography (see Topical Files) were retained for this collection.

Box   3  
Ann Arbor City Elections 1964
Box   3  
Cities and villages undated
Box   3  
College papers 1924
Box   3  
College Thesis 1925
Box   3  
County Home Rule 1962-1973 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Government Activities 1950-1977
Box   3  
Governor's Special Commission on Local Government 1970-1971
Box   3  
How to Study Your State Constitution, undated
Box   3  
Illinois Home Rule 1964-1966
Box   3  
Model State Constitution, undated
Box   3  
Poetry, "The University" 1979
Box   3  
Recollections of Early Years in Warehouse Point 1933
Box   3  
Published articles and reprints of articles (selection)