Mary C. Bromage papers: 1862-1994 (bulk 1923-1980)
Summary Information
Title: Mary C. Bromage papers
Creator: Bromage, Mary Cogan.
Dates: 1862-1994 (Majority of material found within 1923-1980)
Extent: 4 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of Written Communication in the School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan; writer on Irish history; correspondence, family history, newspaper editorials, photographs, and topical files.
Call number: 9564 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Sara Aichele, 1995

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

This collection was received from Susanna Bromage Paterson (Donor no. 8329) in 1995.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Mary C. Bromage papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Mary C. Bromage was born on October 13, 1906 in Massachusetts to James J. and Sarah Edith Ives Cogan. She attended public high school in Wakefield and Peabody, Massachusetts from 1920 through 1924. From 1924 to 1925, Bromage worked as a reporter for two Boston newspapers. During this same time, she was enrolled at Radcliffe College, earning her bachelor of arts degree (summa cum laude) in 1928. Her fields of concentration for her bachelor's degree included English literature, American and European government, world history, philosophy, Latin, French and German. Upon graduation, she married Arthur Watson Bromage (see separate Arthur Bromage finding aid). She continued her education at the University of Michigan, receiving her master's degree in 1932. The topic of her master's thesis was a comparative analysis of the treatment of Irish history in the medieval period.

In addition to her personal scholarly interests and family obligations, Mary Bromage continually took on other responsibilities. She was chief administrative officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Washington, D.C from 1943 to 1944 and acting Dean of Women at the University of Michigan from 1944 to 1950. She was chief editorial writer for the Ann Arbor News from 1950 to 1955 and from 1954 to 1974 she was a lecturer in the English Department and professor in the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. Bromage was an author and Professor Emerita of Written Communication at the School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan. She also taught written communication for national business firms and government agencies. She instructed executives on clear writing and communication with employees. She conducted workshops and seminars in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Far East, Latin America and Africa.

Mary Bromage received many awards throughout her life. As a result of her editorials in the Ann Arbor News, the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge awarded her its "certificate of recognition in bringing about a better understanding of the American way of life." The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Graduate School selected her to receive its annual "award of merit" and its award as "the most outstanding instructor at the Center," electing her to its Hall of Fame. In 1974, she was designated an Outstanding Educator of America. The U.S. Army Audit Agency also awarded her a Certificate of Appreciation. In 1991, the National Guard presented her with its medal for "outstanding support." In 1992, the Postal Inspection Service presented her with a special award in recognition of her "valuable contributions."

Much of her focus in her published writings was on Ireland and written communication. Bromage's book DeValera and the March of a Nation (1956, 1957, 1962, 1964, 1967) was published in Great Britain and the United States. Other books she had published were Cases in Written Communication (1964 and 1971), Churchill and Ireland (1964), Writing for Business (1971) and Writing Audit Reports (1979 and 1984 in Spanish). Many professional and academic journals have carried her articles on Irish nationalism as well as on written communication and writing audit reports.

She both participated in television and radio programs and wrote about topics of interest. Bromage was a host for University of Michigan television programs between 1954 and 1955 and a participant in 1974 and 1977. She was also involved in several radio programs involving Ireland and communications.

Bromage spent much of her time traveling outside the United States for research and lectures. She was a resident in Dublin, Ireland from 1936 through 1937. She spent time traveling in Great Britain, continental Europe, Korea, Japan, and Russia.

She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Women of the University Faculty, League of Women Voters, Midwest Case Research Association, American Committee on Irish Studies, Conference on British Studies, and the University of Michigan Research Club. She was appointed to the board of the University's Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. She received the Citation of Honor from the Regents of the University of Michigan for her "notable career" as an author and teacher and for her "contributions to the academic leadership of the University."

She and her husband Arthur had one daughter, Susanna Bromage Paterson, six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Mary Bromage died on January 3, 1995 at her daughter's home in Berkeley, California. She had been preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Bromage.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Mary C. Bromage papers are divided into five series: Correspondence, Family History, Newspaper Editorials, Photographs and Topical.

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.


  • Ann Arbor news.
  • Ireland.
  • Bavaria (Germany) -- Politics and government -- 1945.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Bromage, Mary Cogan.
  • Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • De Valera, Eamonn, 1882-1975.
  • Bromage, Mary Cogan.
  • Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • Bromage, Arthur W. (Arthur Watson), 1904-1979.
  • Cogan, James J.
  • Ives, Sarah Edith.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence 1936-1992 [series]

The Correspondence series (.7 linear feet; 1923-1993) is the strongest series of this collection. It contains many letters from her husband, Arthur Bromage, as well as other family members, friends and acquaintances. It is organized partly chronologically and partly alphabetically, mainly for individuals with substantial concentrations of correspondence.

Box   1  
1942-1962
Box   1  
1963-1978
Box   1  
1963-1993
 
Bromage, Arthur W.
Box   1  
Excerpts February 1944-August 1945
Box   1  
1936
Box   1  
January-February, 1944
Box   1  
March-April, 1944
Box   1  
May-June, 1944
Box   1  
July-August, 1944
Box   1  
September-October, 1944
Box   1  
November-December, 1944
Box   1  
January-February, 1945
Box   1  
March-April, 1945
Box   1  
May-June, 1945
Box   1  
July-October, 1945
Box   1  
Coffey, Ruth B. 1964, 1975
Box   1  
Cogan, David 1957-1993
Box   1  
Cogan, James and S. Edith 1937-1953
Box   1  
DeValera, Eamon and Sile 1961-1981
Box   1  
Grandchildren 1976-1995
Box   1  
Ives, James E. (Uncle Ned) 1933-1938
Box   1  
McGraw-Hill 1993
Box   1  
O'Brien, Sophie 1954
Box   1  
Paterson, Susanna Bromage 1953-1993
 
Family History [series]

The Family History series (.3 linear feet; 1862-1989) consists of information that Mary C. Bromage had gathered and saved about her family. It contains a diary written by her grandfather in 1862 and information on Sarah Edith Ives, her physician mother from 1892 to 1983, and her father Reverend, James J. Cogan from 1931 to 1980. It is organized alphabetically.

Box   1  
Biography
Box   1  
Bromage, Arthur (written by Mary C. Bromage for great grandchildren) undated
Box   1  
Bromage, Mary Cogan, transcript and cassette tapes of an interview 1990
Box   1  
Bromage, Susanna and John Paterson
Box   2  
Cogan, James J. (father) (5 inch reel recording)
Box   2  
Cogan, Sarah Edith Ives (mother)
Box   2  
Education 1921-1928
Box   2  
Fall River and Beyond
Box   2  
Ives and Cogan Family Tree
Box   2  
Ives, J.T. Bostock (grandfather) 1862
Box   2  
Ives, S. Mary (aunt)
Box   2  
Manor Lodge (the Ives Home) (photograph) 1977-1979
Box   2  
Summary Written by Mary C. Bromage 1989
Box   2  
Wedding Prayer Written by James J. Cogan 1941
 
Newspaper Editorials [series]

The Newspaper Editorials series (3 folders and 6 bound volumes; 1950-1954) is composed of bound volumes of Bromage's editorials for the Ann Arbor News. The volumes are organized chronologically.

Box   2  
Undated
Box   2  
Unpublished
Box   2  
1950
Box   2  
1951
Box   2  
1952-1953
Box   2  
1953
Box   2  
1954 (2 folders)
 
Photographs [series]

The Photograph series (.5 linear feet; 1891-1988) includes pictures of her mother, her husband in the military, and group photos of seminars which she or her husband conducted. The photographs have been organized according to the subject of the picture and then arranged alphabetically.

Box   2  
Bromage, Arthur 1911-1970
Box   2  
Bromage Family 1946, undated
Box   3  
Bromage, Arthur and Mary Together 1925-1928, 1960
Box   3  
Bromage, Mary C. 1907-1926, 1930, 1966-1982
Box   3  
Bromage, Mary C. Teaching at the University of Michigan 1946-1954
Box   3  
Cogan, Edith Ives 1891-1931
Box   3  
Cogan Family 1943-1961, undated
Box   3  
Friends and Associates 1951-1962
Box   3  
Ire 1936-1975
Box   3  
Ives Family 1900-1905, undated
Box   3  
Paterson, Susanna Bromage and Family 1936-1975
Box   3  
Writing Seminars (Mary and Arthur Bromage) 1961-1988
 
Topical [series]

The final series, Topical (2 linear feet; 1923-1994), contains general material about the variety of activities in which Bromage participated. Included are book reviews of Bromage's writings, information collected while she was writing her book on DeValera (autographs from two Irish presidents and an Irish Nationalist leader as well as her notes and diary while she resided in Ireland), her notes on her unpublished writings and short stories, and material that Bromage used in teaching at the University of Michigan and in the seminars that she conducted.

Box   3  
Article Review, "Defensive Writing," 1971
Box   3  
Awards 1950, 1973-1979, 1992
Box   3  
Bibliography
 
Book Reviews
Box   3  
Cases In Written Communication undated
Box   3  
Cases In Written Communication II 1967
Box   3  
Churchill and Ire 1964-1967
Box   3  
DeValera and the March of a Nation 1956-1957
Box   3  
Writing Audit Reports 1979-1980
Box   3  
Writing for Business 1964-1965
Box   3  
Bromage, Arthur's Military Experience
 
Diary
Box   3  
1953
Box   3  
1987-1989
 
Traveling
Box   3  
Eng 1973
Box   3  
Korea 1979
Box   3  
Moscow 1986
Box   3  
Munich 1988
Box   3  
Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award 1976
Box   3  
Instructor Contracts 1994
 
Ireland
Box   3  
Autographed Material 1939, 1957, 1973
 
DeValera
Box   3  
Background 1942-1953
Box   3  
Book 1963
Box   3  
Photographs 1918-1955
Box   3  
Diary 1953
Box   3  
Lectures 1977-1992
 
O'Brien, Sophie
Box   3  
Excerpts undated
 
Writings
Box   3  
"An Old Woman's Recollections," undated
Box   3  
"Glimpses of a Long Life," undated
Box   3  
"Paradise," undated
Box   4  
Travel 1957, 1966, 1977-1992 (2 folders)
 
Manuscript
Box   4  
"Ireland's Nationalist Leadership is a 20th Century Prototype?" undated
Box   4  
"Lady to the Last," undated
Box   4  
"Nationalist Leadership--The Irish Prototype," undated
Box   4  
"Recollected Glimpses of Eugene O'Neill in Provincetown, Mass." 1984
Box   4  
"Sacred Fount," undated
Box   4  
Short Stories undated (2 folders)
Box   4  
Short Stories 1924-1979
Box   4  
"The Tenets of Force In The Role of a Nationalist Leader," undated
Box   4  
"Two Short Stories," (submitted for the Major Fiction Award) undated
Box   4  
Untitled and undated
Box   4  
Newspaper Story 1923
Box   4  
Passports 1970, 1977, 1980
Box   4  
Personal Honors 1976, 1982
Box   4  
Recognition in the Press 1978-1992
Box   4  
Speeches 1983-1993
Box   4  
Synopsis Pilot Report Writing Seminar 1965
 
Teaching Material
Box   4  
Audit Reports undated
Box   4  
Correspondence Course, Business In Writing 1992
Box   4  
Correspondence Course, Practical Writing for Business 1965
Box   4  
Course Evaluation for Graduate School United States Department of Agriculture 1991-1993
Box   4  
Executive Education Center undated
Box   4  
Foreign Communication undated
Box   4  
Government Audit Training Institute 1993-1994
Box   4  
Investigative Writings 1986
Box   4  
Speaker Evaluation at University of Michigan 1989-1991
Box   4  
Transparencies Originals undated
Box   4  
Written Communication undated
Box   4  
Writing and Re-Writing undated
Box   4  
Transcripts of Interviews done for Book on Ire 1936, 1952-1953
Box   4  
Travel in Europe 1960
Box   4  
University of Michigan Recognition 1962-1992
Box   4  
Workshop and Class Arrangements 1991-1994