SIA RU007304, Brooks, Robert Angus 1920-, Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976

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Summary

Creator:
Brooks, Robert Angus 1920-
Title:
Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976
Dates:
1926, 1926-1976
Notes:
Robert Angus Brooks (1920-1976) was a scholar of classical philology and an administrator. He was educated at Harvard (A.B., 1940, A.M., 1941, Ph.D., 1949) and served in the Army Air Force, 1942-1946, and taught classics at Harvard until 1951. He was Vice-President, 1951-1965, and President, 1969-1971, of Harbridge House, a Boston consulting firm, and Assistant Secretary of the Army, 1965-1969. He joined the Smithsonian as Deputy Under Secretary in 1971. He became Assistant Secretary in 1972 and Under Secretary in 1973
Summary:
These papers consist primarily of notes and reports relating to Brooks's education and military service. Coverage of most of his career -- years at Harbridge House, the Pentagon, and the Smithsonian -- is spare. Also included are papers concerning professional memberships, speeches, articles, poetry, resumes, and obituaries. Correspondence makes up a small part of the collection
Topic:
Museums--Administration
Subjects:
Brooks, Robert Angus 1920-, Dalhousie Castle School, Harbridge House, United States Army, Roxbury Latin School (Mass.), Harvard University, United States Army Air Forces, Smithsonian Institution Office of the Under Secretary
Form/Genre:
Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
Local Number:
SIA RU007304
Physical Description:
1.7 linear meters

Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 7304

Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-

Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-
Title: Robert Angus Brooks Papers
Dates: 1926-1976
Quantity: 1.7 linear meters.
Collection: Record Unit 7304
Language of Materials: English

Historical Note

Robert Angus Brooks (1920-1976) was born in Calcutta, India, to American parents. He attended preparatory school in Scotland at Dalhousie Castle school (1928-1934), and later at Roxbury Latin School in Massachusetts (1934-1936). He received degrees in classical philology from Harvard--B.A., 1940, M.A., 1941, Ph.D., 1949. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, and was promoted to Captain in 1945. He married Jane S. Kochmann in 1943.

After the war he was a Junior Fellow at Harvard, and later Instructor of Classics (1949-1951). From 1951 to 1965 he worked in the Boston consulting firm, Harbridge House, Inc. In 1965 he was appointed by Lyndon Johnson as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics, and served there until 1969, when he rejoined Harbridge House as its President. In 1971 he accepted the position as Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution where he remained until his death in 1976.

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Descriptive Entry

This collection documents the different stages in Robert Brooks’s education and career. Most of the material is professional in nature; there are few intimately personal letters or recordings. Much of the collection consists of business correspondence, notes, and financial records, as well as personal memorabilia, poetry and poetry translations.

Brooks’s correspondence can also be found in the records of the Office of the Under Secretary, Record Unit 137. The papers of Robert A. Brooks at the Smithsonian Institution Archives can be supplemented by a collection of papers relating to his term as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics located at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, in Austin, Texas.

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This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7304, Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-, Robert Angus Brooks Papers

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Container List

Series 1

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1948-1976, AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.

This series consists primarily of incoming personal correspondence. Included are letters from Robert A. Brooks’s family, McGeorge Bundy, Army Secretary Stanley R. Resor, Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, and General W. C. Westmoreland. The correspondence is fairly ephemeral. Many of the letters express admiration for Brooks’s poetry or concern during his illness.

Box 1

Folder 1 A, general

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Folder 2 B, general

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Folder 3 Baker, Charles D., 1968, 1976

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Folder 4 Becker, Eugene M., 1969, 1971, Assistant Secretary of the Army

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Folder 5 Brooks, Alison, 1975

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Folder 6 Brooks, Camilla, undated

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Folder 7 Brooks, Mabel, 1975, undated

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Folder 8 Brooks, Milton, 1960-1961

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Folder 9 Brooks, Robert A. and Jane, Christmas letter, 1969

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Folder 10 Brooks, Roger, undated

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Folder 11 Bundy, McGeorge, 1969

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Folder 12 C-D, general

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Folder 13 Cook, Coleman P., 1965, 1969

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Folder 14 F-H, general

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Folder 15 K, general

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Folder 16 Keller, John W., M.D., 1970. Concerns health of Robert A. Brooks.

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Folder 17 Kennedy, George, 1969-1973

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Folder 18 L, general

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Folder 19 M, general

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Folder 20 McNamara, Margaret (Mrs. Robert S.), undated

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Folder 21 P-R, general

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Folder 22 Resor, Stanley R., 1970

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Folder 23 Ripley, S. Dillon, 1976. Written just before Brooks’s death.

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Folder 24 S, general

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Folder 25 Sanyour, Michael, 1969-1970

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Folder 26 T-Z, general

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Folder 27 Westmoreland, General W. C., 1969

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Folder 28 Unidentified correspondence, 1965-1976, undated

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Series 2

DALHOUSIE CASTLE SCHOOL, 1926-1935, 1960.

This series includes correspondence between Dalhousie and Robert Brooks’s parents, Milton and Mabel; two letters from Robert's father concerning his conduct and responsibilities as a young man; receipts and bills; Brooks’s grades and papers; several editions of the school publication, the Dalhousie Chronicle; and a brief diary kept by Brooks during the spring 1934 school semester.

Box 1

Folder 29 Dalhousie correspondence with Milton and Mabel Brooks, 1929-1935, 1960

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Folder 30 Correspondence, Milton Brooks to Robert A. Brooks, 1926-1933

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Folder 31 Dalhousie receipts and bills, 1928-1935, and undated

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Folder 32 Dalhousie school papers and reports, 1928-1934

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Folder 33 Dalhousie Chronicle, 1934-1935

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Folder 34 Robert A. Brooks diary, 1934, and miscellany

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Series 3

ROXBURY LATIN SCHOOL, 1933-1944.

This series consists of grade reports, letters to Milton Brooks concerning Robert's performance, newspaper clippings, programs, and other memorabilia. Also included are several editions of the Roxbury Latin School Tripod.

Box 2

Folder 1 Roxbury Latin School grades, papers and memorabilia, 1933-1937, 1944, and undated

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Folder 2 Roxbury Latin School Tripod, 1934-1942

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Series 4

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 1936-1976.

This series documents Robert A. Brooks’s years in attendance and in association with Harvard. Included are papers relating to Brooks’s admission, general guides and reports for Harvard students, and Brooks’s grades and awards while at Harvard. Brooks also kept many of his exams and lecture notes from his classes in Greek, Latin, geography, history, etc., and programs, certificates and diplomas for academic and extracurricular activities, including diplomas for drama and acting. The collection contains records relating to Brooks’s graduate studies and junior fellowship at Harvard; his fellowship with the American Academy in Rome during the 1940s; his employment as a professor of classics, and job opportunities refused from other universities in the late 1940s and early 1950s; his place on the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Department of Astronomy in the 1970s; and his doctoral thesis, "Ennius and Roman Tragedy."

Box 2

Folder 3 Harvard admission papers and exam, 1936

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Folder 4 Harvard registers, guides and reports, 1936-1943

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Folder 5 Harvard financial records, 1936-1943

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Folder 6 Harvard grade reports and awards, 1937-1940

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Folder 7 Robert A. Brooks graded papers, Harvard, 1936-1940

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Folder 8 Robert A. Brooks exams and papers, Harvard Greek

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Box 3

Folder 1 Robert A. Brooks exams and papers, Harvard French, history and Latin

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Folder 2 Harvard examination papers and Graduate Record Exam

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Folder 3 Harvard geography lecture notes

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Folder 4 Harvard Greek lecture notes

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Folder 5 Harvard Greek lecture notes and papers

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Folder 6 Harvard Greek lecture notebook

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Box 4

Folder 1 Harvard history lecture notebook

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Folder 2 Harvard Latin lecture notes

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Folder 3 Harvard Latin lecture notebook

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Folder 4 Harvard philosophy lecture notes

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Folder 5 Harvard lecture notes, miscellaneous

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Box 5

Folder 1 Harvard programs, certificates, memorabilia

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Folder 2 American Academy in Rome, application for scholarship and correspondence, 1940-1944, 1947, 1972, 1975

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Folder 3 Harvard graduate school and employment, 1940-1951

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Folder 4 University employment offers, 1948-1958

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Folder 5 Harvard Board of Overseers, Committee to Visit the Department of Astronomy, 1973-1976

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Folder 6 Harvard doctoral thesis, 1949

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Series 5

PAPERS RELATING TO MILITARY SERVICE, 1942-1956.

This series outlines Robert A. Brooks’s service in the Army Air Force. It contains several training manuals, handbooks, and intelligence school notes kept by Brooks. Most of the documents included are official papers and special orders relating to Brooks’s duties and personal effects, and follow his career during the war, and in the Reserve Corps after the war. The collection also contains newspaper clippings, souvenir publications, and other memorabilia, including certificates of gratitude (one from President Harry Truman), an officer's candidate school year book, and a farewell publication for the Seventh Air Force.

Box 6

Folder 1 Army training manuals

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Folder 2 Army Air Force Intelligence School handbooks and manuals

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Folder 3 Army Air Force Intelligence School notes, 1943

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Folder 4 Air intelligence photographs

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Box 7

Folder 1 Maps, Pacific Theater of Operations

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Folder 2 Photo intelligence manuals

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Folder 3 Photo intelligence report

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Folder 4 Medical papers

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Folder 5 Memorandum receipts

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Folder 6 Pay vouchers and allotments of pay, 1943-1945

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Folder 7 Personal and legal affairs, 1943-1946, 1956

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Folder 8 Special orders--leave

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Folder 9 Special orders--promotion

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Folder 10 Special orders--transfers

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Folder 11 Discharge and separation papers

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Folder 12 Letters, commendations, certificates and diplomas

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Folder 13 Air Force Officers' Reserve Corps, 1946-1953, undated

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Box 8

Folder 1 Souvenir war publications

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Folder 2 Newspaper clippings

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Folder 3 Air Force memorabilia

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Folder 4 Officer candidate school yearbook

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Series 6

HARBRIDGE HOUSE, INC., 1951-1975.

This series documents Robert A. Brooks’s involvement as an employee and a stockholder in Harbridge House, Inc. Records in this collection include business letters, interoffice memoranda, board of directors' meeting agendas and notes, and stockholders' reports. Also included are Brooks’s personal holdings and transactions with the company, memorabilia, and awards received.

Box 8

Folder 5 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes letters, interoffice memoranda, board of directors meetings and notes, 1962, 1969-1972.

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Folder 6 Harbridge House profit sharing trust

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Folder 7 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes general financial and miscellaneous articles.

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Box 9

Folder 1 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes stockholders' reports, 1970-1974.

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Folder 2 Harbridge House personal stock, 1967-1975

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Folder 3 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes personal and financial records, 1970-1972, 1975 and undated

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Folder 4 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes newspaper clippings and awards and memorabilia.

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Series 7

ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR INSTALLATIONS AND LOGISTICS, 1965-1971.

This series consists of papers relating to Robert A. Brooks’s service as Assistant Secretary of the Army. Several items of special interest are contained in the Smithsonian collection: the White House press release announcing Brooks’s appointment; the invitation and procedures for Robert F. Kennedy's graveside memorial services; itineraries for Brooks’s official visits to Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and the West Coast; Brooks’s letter of resignation; a reflective letter written by Brooks on the mistakes made in Vietnam and the United States during his term in office; clippings and articles saved by Brooks; and an exit questionnaire about his service in the Johnson administration.

Box 9

Folder 5 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics, 1965-1968 and undated

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Folder 6 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics, 1969, 1971

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Folder 7 Hearings before the special subcommittee on the M-16 rifle program, 1967

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Folder 8 Newspaper clippings and articles, 1965-1970, and undated

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Folder 9 Memorabilia, programs and photographs as Assistant Secretary of the Army, 1965-1970, and undated. See also description of oversize material (listed after box 13) for related items.

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Box 10

Folder 1 Evaluation of term as presidential appointee

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Folder 2 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library contribution

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Series 8

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1971-1976.

This series consists primarily of incoming and outgoing records, letters and memoranda, including proposals for a museum of man, and a zoo restaurant. Also included are Brooks’s editing and publishing notes, and other memorabilia.

Box 10

Folder 3 Smithsonian Institution reports, letters and memoranda, 1972-1975, and undated

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Folder 4 Smithsonian Institution reports, letters and memoranda, 1976

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Folder 5 Smithsonian Institution editing and publication notes

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Folder 6 Smithsonian Institution articles, clippings and programs

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Series 9

MEMBERSHIPS.

This series concerns Robert A. Brooks’s membership in both political committees and informal clubs. Brooks served on President Nixon's Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise from 1969 to 1971. These papers consist of memoranda and publications relating to the committee's activities and findings. Brooks also served as a consultant for the Commission on Government Procurement, and included in his papers is the 1972 Congressional report from the commission. Other papers concern the Council for a Livable World, the Northeast Electronics Research and Engineering Meeting of 1969, the Washington, D.C., Cosmos Club, the Harvard Club of Boston, the American Philological Association, the Saint Andrews Society of Washington, D.C., and the Savin Hill Yacht Club.

Box 10

Folder 7 Memberships--Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise, 1969-1971

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Folder 8 Memberships--Commission on Government Procurement

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Folder 9 Memberships--Cosmos Club

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Folder 10 Memberships--Council for a Livable World

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Folder 11 Memberships--Harvard Club of Boston

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Folder 12 Memberships--Northeast Electronics Research and Engineering Meeting, 1969

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Folder 13 Memberships--miscellaneous

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Series 10

DRAMA PRODUCTIONS, ARTICLES, SPEECHES, AND POETRY.

This series contains notes, letters and programs relating to speeches, articles, plays and performances given, or participated in, by Robert A. Brooks. Included are staging plans for a Christmas play directed by Brooks, and articles and speeches on new company survival and the military-industrial complex. A significant part of this collection contains poetry written and translated by Brooks. Of special interest are an essay on Virgil, translations of Erich Kastner, and a poem probably written shortly before his death.

Box 10

Folder 14 Productions and plays participated in and directed by Robert A. Brooks

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Box 11

Folder 1 Articles and speeches, copies, notes and letters

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Folder 2 Virgil: A Collection of Critical Essays, containing R.A. Brooks essay

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Folder 3 Poetry by Robert A. Brooks

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Folder 4 Unedited collection of poems by Robert A. Brooks

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Folder 5 Reviews of Robert A. Brooks poetry and performances

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Folder 6 Robert A. Brooks poetry translations

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Folder 7 Robert A. Brooks translations of Erich Kastner poetry

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Folder 8 Poetry Society of Georgia

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Folder 9 Robert A. Brooks notes on Byron

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Series 11

MISCELLANY.

This series contains various items concerning Robert A. Brooks’s finances and travels. Of note are Brooks’s resumes and a "Who's Who" biography, his employment inquiries and refusals before he accepted the Smithsonian position, his obituaries and several memorial tributes, and papers from his father's company in India, circa 1933.

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Folder 10 Personal and financial records, 1953, 1966-1970, 1974

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Box 12

Folder 1 Automobile ownership, maintenance papers and receipts

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Folder 2 Travel papers and receipts

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Folder 3 Skisearch, Inc.

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Folder 4 The Brooks School

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Folder 5 Robert A. Brooks resume and recommendations, and Standard Form 171

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Folder 6 Employment searches and refusals, 1970-1971

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Folder 7 Independent council - Tufts-New England Medical Center, 1971

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Folder 8 Obituaries and memorials

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Folder 9 Milton Brooks letters of recommendation and personnel affairs, The Angus Company, Ltd., Calcutta, 1933

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Folder 10 Stamp collection

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Folder 11 Miscellaneous clippings, notes, memorabilia

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Portrait of Robert A. Brooks

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Certificate of Appointment to Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise

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Diploma from American Society of Military Engineers honoring Robert A. Brooks, 1967

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Group photos of Army Policy Board, 1966-1968. Subjects identified include Robert A. Brooks.

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