Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers


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Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger Samuel Miller Brownell and Esther Delzell Brownell papers collection held by the Bentley Historical Library. For more information about the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

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Samuel Miller Brownell was an educator and school administrator who served as U.S. Commissioner of Education from 1953-1956 and as Superintendent of Detroit Public Schools from 1956 to 1966. He was married to Esther Delzell Brownell, who taught high school history before their 1927 marriage. This collection documents the Brownells’ family life, and to a lesser extent, Samuel M. Brownell’s career. Materials include a large collection of correspondence between Samuel and Esther Brownell, personal papers reflecting the family’s social and cultural activities and daily life, and a series of scrapbooks, dating from 1900 to 1988, containing photographs, clippings, newsletters, correspondence, and ephemera. The older scrapbooks provide information about the early lives of both of the Brownells, and later scrapbooks document the family’s vacations and Samuel Brownell’s career as an educator, administrator, and political appointee.

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Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Access to digitized sound recordings may be limited to the reading room of the Bentley Historical Library, located on the Ann Arbor campus of the University of Michigan.

Recent Deposits

  • Brownell, Samuel Miller, 1900- (2020)
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