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Frank P. Brackett papers

 Collection — Box: 16a
Identifier: 0144

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Frank P. Brackett's papers contain professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, Pomona college documents, Personal documents, Government publications, financial documents, illustrations, ephemera, and newspaper clippings and pamphlets.

Dates

  • 1826-1975

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

Biography of Frank Brackett

Dr. Frank Parkhurst Brackett was born in Provincetown, Mass. in 1865. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887. Soon after he graduated he moved to California. In 1887, he taught at the McPherron Academy for boys in Los Angeles. In 1889 he married Lucretia Burdick in Pomona, California. He taught astronomy, mathematics, and Latin at Pomona College from 1892 to 1932. In 1912, he took a sabbatical to travel to Algeria to conduct experiments on government funded research project. During World War I, he took another leave of absence from teaching to participate in the Commission in the Relief for Belgium. At the same time, during World War I, he worked closely with Captain A. W. Stevens in Los Angeles on the Selective Service Act of 1917. Brackett joined the R.O.T.C. and trained at Angel Island, in the San Francisco harbor, during the 1920s. From 1892 to 1932 Dr. Brackett, his colleagues and his students, as well as members of the community observed climatical, meteorological, and solar observations at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus for the United States Department of Agriculture, which later was renamed to the United States Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau.

Extent

17 boxes

Language of Materials

English

Abstract:

Dr. Frank Parkhurst Brackett was born in Provincetown, Mass. in 1865. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1887. Immediately after he graduated he moved to California. In 1887, he taught at the McPherron Academy for boys in Los Angeles. In 1889 he married Lucretia Burdick in Pomona, California. He taught astronomy, mathematics, and Latin at Pomona College from 1892 to 1932. In 1912, he took a sabbatical to travel to Algeria to conduct experiments on government funded research project. During World War I, he took another leave of absence from teaching to participate in the Commission in the Relief for Belgium. At the same time, during World War I, he worked closely with Captain A. W. Stevens in Los Angeles on the Selective Service Act of 1917. Brackett joined the R.O.T.C. and trained at Angel Island, in the San Francisco harbor, during the 1920s. From 1892 to 1932 Dr. Brackett, his colleagues and his students, as well as members of the community observed climatical, meteorological, and solar observations at the Brackett Observatory on the Pomona College campus for the United States Department of Agriculture, which later was renamed to the United States Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau.

Series Arrangement

Series 1, Correspondence, 1883-1975 and Undated

Subseries 1.1, Correspondence, 1883-1919

Subseries 1.2 Personal correspondence, 1891-1945

Series 2, Manuscripts, 1919-1975 and Undated

Series 2.1, Granite and Sagebrush, 1941-1951 and Undated

Subseries 2.2, More Granite and Sagebrush, 1944 and Undated

Subseries 2.3, History of Pomona Valley, Undated

Subseries 2.4, Biography of Theodore-Roosevelt-Gast, Undated

Subseries 2.5, Armistice Day Orientation, 1927

Series 2.6, Danville Historical Society, 1884

Subseries 2.7, Concerning the observatory and astronomy at Pomona College, Undated

Series 3, Pomona College, 1900-1948

Subseries 3.1, Financial documents, 1899-1948

Subseries 3.2, Business reports, 1894-1948

Subseries 3.3, Social Life, 1911-1947 and Undated

Subseries 3.4, Astronomy expedition, 1923 and Undated

Subseries 3.5, Astronomy department, 1893-1942

Series 4, Personal documents, 1865-1925

SubSeries 4.1. Financial documents, 1867-1925

Subseries 4.2, Legal documents, 1913-1941

Subseries 4.3, Genealogy, 1913-1951

Subseries 4.4, School Catalogues, 1887-1941

Series 5, Government documents, 1917-1949

Subseries 5.1, United States War Department, 1917-1936

Subseries 5.2, Commission for Relief in Belgium, 1916-1936

Subseries 5.3, Reserve Officers Training Corps -- California, 1918-1936

Subseries 5.4, War Department, Air Corps, Material Division, 1917-1933

Subseries 5.5, Department of Commerce, Civilian Aeronautics Administration, 1940-1949

Series 6, Illustrations, Undated

Series 7, Ephemera, 1826-1941

Series 8, Newspaper clippings and pamphlets, Undated

Physical Location

Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Alison Howell in 2004.

Accruals

No addition to the collection is anticipated.

General Physical Description note

no content

Processing Information

Arranged and Processed by Russell Michalak
Title
Guide to the Frank P.Brackett Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Russell Michalak
Date
June 4, 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

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