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William G. Brooks Papers

Call Number: MS092

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of W. G. Brooks' photographs and memorabilia from his time at Tufts College between 1911 and 1915. Photograph albums include tours of the Mandolin and Glee Clubs to New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Michigan, and New York (including photographs of Niagara Falls and the "New Grand Central Station New York City"). Also included are photographs of the Class of 1915, of sports teams and individual photographs of athletes of 1915, and of Tufts honorary and social organizations. The collection also contains photographs of the Delta Upsilon fraternity house, of Junior Week 1914 (with the parade of the Horribles), and of Class Day 1914 (with speakers and the bombardment); photographs of East Hall interior and exterior; group shots of banquets, Delta Upsilon members, and Glee and Mandolin Clubs, individual portraits of the Class of 1915 and Delta Upsilon. Memorabilia includes posters, a scrapbook, music and lyrics for "Parent of Light," the 1915 class song by Brooks, other Tufts related items, and newspaper clippings. Also included in the collection are an Atwater Kent Radio Instruction Book from 1926, a company and product history booklet, and a Radio Log.


  • 1890 -- 1995


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have not been transferred to Tufts University. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.


This collection is arranged into two series: Photographs and Memorabilia, 1911-1915; Delta Upsilon Materials.


5.1 Linear Feet (7 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Biographical / Historical

William Gooch Brooks (1894-1985) graduated from Tufts College in 1915 with a B.S. in Chemistry. While at Tufts, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity, the Glee and Mandolin Clubs, and the Evening Party Association. Brooks also co-wrote the class song of 1915, "The Parent of Light." After graduation, Brooks managed the Armstrong Cork Co. plant in South Braintree and served on the Braintree Industrial and Business Development Commission. Known as "Mr. Braintree" in business and real estate circles, he was also active in many charitable and civic organizations. A building, street, and baseball field in Braintree were named in his honor. Brooks married Dorothy Foster at Goddard Chapel on June 1, 1917. [A letter to the editor of the Tufts Criterion states that he is married to Helen Hare Brooks.] He had four sons, including William H. Brooks, who graduated from Tufts College in 1954. He died in 1985 at the age of 91.

Custodial History

UA217 was moved to MS092 and a second series was created.

Accession 2011.076 Delta Upsilon materials: Brooks' son (also William, class of 1952) passed materials along to John Baronian, and following Baronian's death, they came into the possession of Paul Gillespie. Gillespie passed them on to Rocco (Rocky) Carzo who gave them to the Digital Collections and Archives.

Processing Information

For the first accession, tissue paper was inserted between pages of the three photo albums as a preservation measure. The second accession was donated by W. G. Brooks' son, William, in the summer of 2011. It includes photographs, posters, Delta Upsilon material, and Tufts memorabilia. All photographs were removed from their frames, and where possible mats or backing were removed. It appears that there were four different photograph albums judging from the color of the album leaves and their sizes. When possible, photographs were removed from the leaves but kept in the original context of the presumed album and cataloged together in folder(s). Except for some photo collages there was no indication of original order and DCA imposed an arrangement. The collection also contained Tufts Class Day booklets from 1912 and 1914 and these were moved to the Class Collection: UA039. The following items were removed from the second accession because they were duplicates and moldy: Tufts College: A Seat of Learning in New England, Tufts Song Book, Tufts College Bulletin Annual Catalog 1912-1913, History of Tufts College, 1854-1896, Brown & Blue 1890(2), Brown & Blue 1892, 1981, 1893, 1896, 1894, Senior Thesis: "A method for the accurate determination of the mineral fillers of a rubber compound," Tufts College Bulletin, Annual Report of the Treasurer 1912-1913,Tufts College Annual Report of the President 1912-1913. Tissue paper was used between the photographs and the scrapbook pages to prevent acid transfer and a photograph of the Mandolin Club has been placed in a thick polyester sleeve to prevent further damage. The group photograph of the 18th Convention of Delta Upsilon in 1914 is attached to shards of broken glass from the original frame. For preservation purposes the photograph needs to be separated from the glass if it is possible to remove it without damaging the image.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

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