Carl Milton Brewster Papers 1902-1958
Cage 44

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Carl Milton Brewster
Carl Milton Brewster Papers
Cage 44
Date [inclusive]
0.75 Linear feet
This collection includes memoirs, correspondence, photographs, clippings, and publications of Carl Milton Brewster.

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Biographical/Historical note

Carl Milton Brewster (1881-1961) was Professor of Organic Chemistry at Washington State University from 1912 to 1950. He was born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, the son of Milton Brewster and Mary (Lambert) Brewster. He received his A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1903, and then taught high school science for two years at Two Harbors, Minnesota. He then pursued graduate study in organic chemistry, receiving his A.M. degree from Harvard University in 1906. He was Francis Parkman Fellow at Harvard from 1908 to 1909. Brewster continued his studies at Heidelberg University prior to becoming professor of chemistry at Mount Union College (1910-1912). After his marriage to Alfhild Nordby, he joined the faculty of the State College of Washington.

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Arrangement note

Series 1 includes Brewster's memoirs, called "True Stories" (1951-1958). These consist of loose-leaf pages with several hundred brief typescripts by Brewster, photographs, sketches, stamps, news clippings and other items glued in or inserted. On the first page of volume 1 (1951-1955), Brewster described "True Stories" as "Incidents and recollections written mainly for the children and grandchildren as they came to mind, and set down in abbreviated form to enclose with my weekly letters."

Series 2 consists of miscellaneous documents, including a small amount of correspondence, a listing of books donated by Brewster to the Washington State University Libraries, and other items.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Carl Milton Brewster donated this small collection of his papers to the Washington State University Libraries in 1960.

Processing Information note

The collection was initially processed shortly after it was received, and was reprocessed by Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian, in 2005.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Brewster, Carl Milton, 1881-1961 -- Correspondence.
  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.

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Collection Inventory

 1 Memoirs, "True Stories" 

Box Folder

Volume 1 1951-1955 

1 1-3

Volume 2 1955-1957 

1 4-6

Volume 3 1957-1958; miscellaneous, 1914-1956 

1 7-9

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 2 Miscellaneous 

Box Folder

Miscellaneous undated 

1 10

List of books donated by Carl M. Brewster (to Washington State University) undated 

1 11

Photographs and postcards 1919-1956 

1 12

Passport certificate signed by Elihu Root 1907 

1 13

Incoming correspondence 1918-1919 

2 14

Correspondence 1916-1944 

2 15

Civil defense undated 

2 16

Laboratory Manual of General Organic Chemistry by C. M. Brewster undated 

2 17

Scrapbook of clippings of articles by Brewster 1901-1904 

2 18

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