SIA RU007304, Brooks, Robert A (Robert Angus) 1920-1976, Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976
- Brooks, Robert A (Robert Angus) 1920-1976
- Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976
- Data Source:
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- 1926, 1926-1976
- 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.
- 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.
- Brooks, Robert A (Robert Angus) 1920-1976, 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
- Mixed archival materials, Collection descriptions
- Local Number:
- SIA RU007304
- Physical Description:
- 6 cu. ft. (12 document boxes) (oversize materials)
Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Table of Contents
- Collection Overview
- Historical Note
- Descriptive Entry
- Index Terms
- Administrative Information
- Container List
- Series 1 - PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1948-1976, AND UNDATED. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
- Series 2 - DALHOUSIE CASTLE SCHOOL, 1926-1935, 1960.
- Series 3 - ROXBURY LATIN SCHOOL, 1933-1944.
- Series 4 - HARVARD UNIVERSITY, 1936-1976.
- Series 5 - PAPERS RELATING TO MILITARY SERVICE, 1942-1956.
- Series 6 - HARBRIDGE HOUSE, INC., 1951-1975.
- Series 7 - ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY FOR INSTALLATIONS AND LOGISTICS, 1965-1971.
- Series 8 - SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1971-1976.
- Series 9 - MEMBERSHIPS.
- Series 10 - DRAMA PRODUCTIONS, ARTICLES, SPEECHES, AND POETRY.
- Series 11 - MISCELLANY.
Record Unit 7304
Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-
Robert Angus Brooks Papers, 1926-1976
|General Information About This Collection|
|Repository:||Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Creator:||Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-|
|Title:||Robert Angus Brooks Papers|
|Quantity:||1.7 linear meters.|
|Collection:||Record Unit 7304|
|Language of Materials:||English|
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.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7304, Brooks, Robert Angus,1920-, Robert Angus Brooks Papers
Series 1PERSONAL 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.
Folder 1 A, general
Folder 2 B, general
Folder 3 Baker, Charles D., 1968, 1976
Folder 4 Becker, Eugene M., 1969, 1971, Assistant Secretary of the Army
Folder 5 Brooks, Alison, 1975
Folder 6 Brooks, Camilla, undated
Folder 7 Brooks, Mabel, 1975, undated
Folder 8 Brooks, Milton, 1960-1961
Folder 9 Brooks, Robert A. and Jane, Christmas letter, 1969
Folder 10 Brooks, Roger, undated
Folder 11 Bundy, McGeorge, 1969
Folder 12 C-D, general
Folder 13 Cook, Coleman P., 1965, 1969
Folder 14 F-H, general
Folder 15 K, general
Folder 16 Keller, John W., M.D., 1970. Concerns health of Robert A. Brooks.
Folder 17 Kennedy, George, 1969-1973
Folder 18 L, general
Folder 19 M, general
Folder 20 McNamara, Margaret (Mrs. Robert S.), undated
Folder 21 P-R, general
Folder 22 Resor, Stanley R., 1970
Folder 23 Ripley, S. Dillon, 1976. Written just before Brooks’s death.
Folder 24 S, general
Folder 25 Sanyour, Michael, 1969-1970
Folder 26 T-Z, general
Folder 27 Westmoreland, General W. C., 1969
Folder 28 Unidentified correspondence, 1965-1976, undated
Series 2DALHOUSIE 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.
Folder 29 Dalhousie correspondence with Milton and Mabel Brooks, 1929-1935, 1960
Folder 30 Correspondence, Milton Brooks to Robert A. Brooks, 1926-1933
Folder 31 Dalhousie receipts and bills, 1928-1935, and undated
Folder 32 Dalhousie school papers and reports, 1928-1934
Folder 33 Dalhousie Chronicle, 1934-1935
Folder 34 Robert A. Brooks diary, 1934, and miscellany
Series 3ROXBURY 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.
Folder 1 Roxbury Latin School grades, papers and memorabilia, 1933-1937, 1944, and undated
Folder 2 Roxbury Latin School Tripod, 1934-1942
Series 4HARVARD 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."
Folder 3 Harvard admission papers and exam, 1936
Folder 4 Harvard registers, guides and reports, 1936-1943
Folder 5 Harvard financial records, 1936-1943
Folder 6 Harvard grade reports and awards, 1937-1940
Folder 7 Robert A. Brooks graded papers, Harvard, 1936-1940
Folder 8 Robert A. Brooks exams and papers, Harvard Greek
Folder 1 Robert A. Brooks exams and papers, Harvard French, history and Latin
Folder 2 Harvard examination papers and Graduate Record Exam
Folder 3 Harvard geography lecture notes
Folder 4 Harvard Greek lecture notes
Folder 5 Harvard Greek lecture notes and papers
Folder 6 Harvard Greek lecture notebook
Folder 1 Harvard history lecture notebook
Folder 2 Harvard Latin lecture notes
Folder 3 Harvard Latin lecture notebook
Folder 4 Harvard philosophy lecture notes
Folder 5 Harvard lecture notes, miscellaneous
Folder 1 Harvard programs, certificates, memorabilia
Folder 2 American Academy in Rome, application for scholarship and correspondence, 1940-1944, 1947, 1972, 1975
Folder 3 Harvard graduate school and employment, 1940-1951
Folder 4 University employment offers, 1948-1958
Folder 5 Harvard Board of Overseers, Committee to Visit the Department of Astronomy, 1973-1976
Folder 6 Harvard doctoral thesis, 1949
Series 5PAPERS 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.
Folder 1 Army training manuals
Folder 2 Army Air Force Intelligence School handbooks and manuals
Folder 3 Army Air Force Intelligence School notes, 1943
Folder 4 Air intelligence photographs
Folder 1 Maps, Pacific Theater of Operations
Folder 2 Photo intelligence manuals
Folder 3 Photo intelligence report
Folder 4 Medical papers
Folder 5 Memorandum receipts
Folder 6 Pay vouchers and allotments of pay, 1943-1945
Folder 7 Personal and legal affairs, 1943-1946, 1956
Folder 8 Special orders--leave
Folder 9 Special orders--promotion
Folder 10 Special orders--transfers
Folder 11 Discharge and separation papers
Folder 12 Letters, commendations, certificates and diplomas
Folder 13 Air Force Officers' Reserve Corps, 1946-1953, undated
Folder 1 Souvenir war publications
Folder 2 Newspaper clippings
Folder 3 Air Force memorabilia
Folder 4 Officer candidate school yearbook
Series 6HARBRIDGE 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.
Folder 5 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes letters, interoffice memoranda, board of directors meetings and notes, 1962, 1969-1972.
Folder 6 Harbridge House profit sharing trust
Folder 7 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes general financial and miscellaneous articles.
Folder 1 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes stockholders' reports, 1970-1974.
Folder 2 Harbridge House personal stock, 1967-1975
Folder 3 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes personal and financial records, 1970-1972, 1975 and undated
Folder 4 Harbridge House, Inc. Includes newspaper clippings and awards and memorabilia.
Series 7ASSISTANT 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.
Folder 5 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics, 1965-1968 and undated
Folder 6 Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations and Logistics, 1969, 1971
Folder 7 Hearings before the special subcommittee on the M-16 rifle program, 1967
Folder 8 Newspaper clippings and articles, 1965-1970, and undated
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.
Folder 1 Evaluation of term as presidential appointee
Folder 2 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library contribution
Series 8SMITHSONIAN 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.
Folder 3 Smithsonian Institution reports, letters and memoranda, 1972-1975, and undated
Folder 4 Smithsonian Institution reports, letters and memoranda, 1976
Folder 5 Smithsonian Institution editing and publication notes
Folder 6 Smithsonian Institution articles, clippings and programs
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.
Folder 7 Memberships--Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise, 1969-1971
Folder 8 Memberships--Commission on Government Procurement
Folder 9 Memberships--Cosmos Club
Folder 10 Memberships--Council for a Livable World
Folder 11 Memberships--Harvard Club of Boston
Folder 12 Memberships--Northeast Electronics Research and Engineering Meeting, 1969
Folder 13 Memberships--miscellaneous
Series 10DRAMA 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.
Folder 14 Productions and plays participated in and directed by Robert A. Brooks
Folder 1 Articles and speeches, copies, notes and letters
Folder 2 Virgil: A Collection of Critical Essays, containing R.A. Brooks essay
Folder 3 Poetry by Robert A. Brooks
Folder 4 Unedited collection of poems by Robert A. Brooks
Folder 5 Reviews of Robert A. Brooks poetry and performances
Folder 6 Robert A. Brooks poetry translations
Folder 7 Robert A. Brooks translations of Erich Kastner poetry
Folder 8 Poetry Society of Georgia
Folder 9 Robert A. Brooks notes on Byron
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.
Folder 10 Personal and financial records, 1953, 1966-1970, 1974
Folder 1 Automobile ownership, maintenance papers and receipts
Folder 2 Travel papers and receipts
Folder 3 Skisearch, Inc.
Folder 4 The Brooks School
Folder 5 Robert A. Brooks resume and recommendations, and Standard Form 171
Folder 6 Employment searches and refusals, 1970-1971
Folder 7 Independent council - Tufts-New England Medical Center, 1971
Folder 8 Obituaries and memorials
Folder 9 Milton Brooks letters of recommendation and personnel affairs, The Angus Company, Ltd., Calcutta, 1933
Folder 10 Stamp collection
Folder 11 Miscellaneous clippings, notes, memorabilia
Portrait of Robert A. Brooks
Certificate of Appointment to Advisory Council for Minority Enterprise
Diploma from American Society of Military Engineers honoring Robert A. Brooks, 1967
Group photos of Army Policy Board, 1966-1968. Subjects identified include Robert A. Brooks.
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