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Bruins Family Letters

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Identifier: yhm-arc-2012-035

Content Description

Letters from John H. Bruins, class of 1918, to his parents, and from William H. Bruins, class of 1953, to his father John Bruins. Most of the first set of letters are from John H. Bruins, Clinton, NY and are mailed to Rev. W. H. Bruins, Theresa, NY. However, John addresses his letters to both of his parents. He talks about his life at the College. There is information in his letters on various subjects that may be interesting to researchers; for instance, he often discusses his professors (including President Stryker (aka Prex/Prexie) (Bible), C. K. Chase (aka Trot) (Latin), Fitch (aka Little Greek) (Greek), Super (German), Brown (Algebra), Bill Marsh (Public Speaking), Dan Chase (Gym/Hygiene?)), his classes (German, Latin, Greek, Bible, Trig, Algebra, Gym, Hygiene, Public Speaking), exams, his frat (Emerson Literary Society/Sigma Phi?), DT (Delirium Tremens), speech contests, how cutting classes worked, how students bypassed the rules of room draw, pranks, etc. The dates range from 1904-1917. Another set of letters dated in the 1920s from family members to John H. Bruins, American Consulate, Riga, Latvia (1925-26), and Vice Consul, Singapore (1926-28).

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Received from Bill Bruins '53. Letters were kept in the family; found by Bill Bruins in his aunt Helen's garage.

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