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Stella Brewer Brookes papers

 Collection — Box: 1-3
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0087

This small collection of materials documents a portion of the professional life of Stella Brewer Brookes, Ph.D., scholar, educator, and author. Having earned the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in English from Wiley College, University of Michigan, and Cornell University, respectively, Dr. Brookes served on the faculty at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia for 45 years as an esteemed professor.

The Stella Brewer Brookes collection primarily highlights Brookes’ writings and opinions regarding Joel Chandler Harris. Various drafts of Brookes’ book are found within the collection. Also included is correspondence between Brookes and publishing companies as well as some biographical information on her, her husband, and her brother, J. Mason Brewer, a noted folklorist. Also of note is correspondence between Brookes and Julia Collier Harris, Harris’s daughter-in-law and author of two books about him. The collection contains many newspaper clippings regarding Brookes’ family, Joel Chandler Harris, and race relations in Atlanta.

Dates

  • 1932-1976

Creator

Rights Statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact archives@auctr.edu.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Biographical note

Born in Fanin, Texas, Stella Brewer Brookes married Dr. E. Luther Brookes, a professor of chemistry and Director of the Science Department at Clark College, in 1928 on the campus. After his death in 1944, she pursued the doctoral degree he encouraged her to obtain, and remained loyal to Clark College.

Brookes became the authority on Joel Chandler Harris, noted folklorist. Harris’s famous Uncle Remus character was a “wise, genial, old Negro” who read animal stories to his slave owner’s son; in 1879, he first appeared with a distinctive dialect – which had rarely been used in fiction prior – in the Atlanta Constitution thus securing Harris a place in American literature. Harris went on to author several novels including Uncle Remus: His Songs and Sayings and Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit. Brookes wrote several biographical entries about Harris and authored Joel Chandler Harris, Folklorist in 1950.

Biographical Timeline
1903 January 22
Born in Fannin, Texas to J. H. and Minnie Brewer; fifth of six children (Noted folklorist J. Mason Brewer was older brother).
1923
Graduated magna cum laude and valedictorian from Wiley College (Wiley, Tex.).
1924
Became member of Clark College faculty.
1928
Married Dr. Enes Luther Brookes in Crogman Chapel (on old Clark University campus), Professor of Chemistry and Director of Science Department.
1930
Earned Master of Arts in English Literature from University of Michigan. Ranked among top five of her class in scholastic excellence.
1944
Husband, Enes Luther Brookes died in Atlanta.
1946
Earned Ph.D. from Cornell University; elected to membership in Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Delta Gamma Honor Societies.
1948
Chosen as "Bronze Woman of the Year in Education" in Atlanta by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Incorporated.
1950
Authored Joel Chandler Harris, Folklorist; published by the University of Georgia Press.
1951
Elected to honorary membership in the International Mark Twain Society.
1957
Chosen by prestigious Encyclopædia Britannica to write biographical sketch on Joel Chandler Harris.
1965
Wrote the Introduction to Schocken Books publication of the Uncle Remus Stories.
1967
Second printing of Joel Chandler Harris, Folklorist issued.
1968 April 1
Wrote special article for the Centennial Edition of the Atlanta Constitution, "Brer Rabbit: Master Trickster"
1969
Retired from Clark College after 45 years; received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Clark College; relocated to Brewer family home in Austin, Texas.
1993 November 15 (or 23)
Died in Austin, Texas.

Arrangement

There are ten series within the collection: Biographical information; Correspondence; Joel Chandler Harris: Folklorist; Speaking engagements; Awards, certificates and special recognitions; Other writings; Photographs; The Wren's Nest; Joel Chandler Harris: Uncle Remus; and Scrapbooks.
Title
Stella Brewer Brookes papers,1944-1969
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Jackson and Hans Sprenckle, 2007 April, 2010 June.
Date
2007 April, 2010 June
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English.

Revision Statements

  • June 2010: In June 2010 Hans Sprenkle worked as an intern from the Georgia Archives Institute for the Archives Research Center. He processed additional material and revised the finding aid to the Stella Brewer Brookes Papers.

Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository

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