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COLLECTION Identifier: SC 146

Papers of Eleanor Stabler Brooks, 1910-1959


Family correspondence of the Stabler-Brooks family of Massachusetts with multiple ties to Harvard and Radcliffe.


  • Creation: 1910-1959


Language of Materials

Materials in English.


Access. Papers up to and including 1935 are unrestricted. Papers from 1936 to 1959 (Series II, #7c-11c) are closed until January 1, 2030.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Radcliffe Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Unrestricted papers (up to and including 1935) may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. No copying is permitted of the closed papers (1936-1959) until January 1, 2030.


8.46 linear feet ((5 cartons, 6 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Series I, Subseries A, Eleanor Stabler Brooks to Charles Franklin Brooks (#1.1-2.12), includes courtship and marriage, birth and education of children, summer activities at Silver Lake, New Hampshire. There are frequent comments on the weather.

Series I, Subseries B, Charles Franklin Brooks to Eleanor Stabler Brooks (#2.13-4.16), includes courtship and marriage, birth of children, child rearing (#3.23), teaching at Yale, service with the United States Army Signal Corps, 1918 (#2.25-3.4), and employment at the Weather Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture. Also included is his appointment as professor at Clark University 1921-1931, at Harvard University, 1931-1958, his professional activities and trips. There are references to the weather and to meteorological research throughout Charles Franklin Brooks 's letters.

Series I, Subseries C, Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks with others (#4.17-6.13), includes Eleanor Stabler Brooks' letters to her parents about Radcliffe life (1912-1914) (#4.17-5.12); Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks to parents after their marriage, to their children, friends, and relatives. Additionally there is an English theme and story (#6.8) written by Eleanor Stabler Brooks.

Series I, Subseries D, Others to Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks (#6.14-6.27), includes correspondence from parents, siblings, other relatives, and children. Additionally there is correspondence about the founding of Radcliffe's Iota chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (#6.19).

Series II, Restricted Family Correspondence, 1936-1959 (#7c-11c). Closed until January 1, 2030.

Series III, Eleanor Stabler Brooks' Radcliffe College Scrapbook, 1910-1915 (#12fb), documents Eleanor Stabler Brooks' student activities and prowess in gymnastics and athletics.


Eleanor Stabler, daughter of Edward Lincoln Stabler and Elizabeth Tubby Stabler, was born September 9, 1892. The Stablers were Quakers and lived first in Brooklyn, New York, and then in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eleanor attended Radcliffe, graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in biology in 1914, and was the winner of the Jonathan Fay Prize. At Harvard she met Charles Franklin Brooks, meteorologist (Harvard A.B. 1911, A.M. 1912, Ph.D 1914) and they married in June 1914.

Charles Franklin Brooks (1891-1958) was the son of Morgan Brooks, professor of engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana and Frona Marie Brooks, who did graduate work at the Harvard Annex (later Radcliffe College), 1884-1886. Frona and Morgan Brooks had eight children, five of whom attended Radcliffe and Harvard including their daughter Frances Brooks Colcord, classmate of Eleanor Stabler Brooks.

Charles Franklin Brooks worked in the United States Department of Agriculture on the Atlas of American Agriculture (1914-1915); he was then instructor in geography at Yale University (1915-1918). After service during World War I with the United States Army Signal Corps in Texas, he returned to Washington to edit the Weather Bureau's Monthly Weather Review (1918-1921). He was appointed associate professor of meteorology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (1921), full professor (1926), and he remained at Clark until 1931. From 1931 until 1958 he was professor of meteorology at Harvard University and director of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory. He was largely responsible for founding the American Meteorological Society in 1919, remaining its secretary until 1954 and editing its bulletin until 1938.

The Brooks had seven children, five of whom attended Harvard and Radcliffe. Brooks home schooled the children until the family moved to Milton, Massachusetts. Brooks and the children spent summers at Silver Lake, New Hampshire corresponding frequently with Charles Franklin Brooks who remained at home to work and teach. Together they wrote Why The Weather? (1924). After the death of her husband in 1958, Brooks lived with her sister Anna Bunker Stabler (Radcliffe Class of 1923). Brooks died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1986.


The collection is arranged in three series:

  1. Series I, Unrestricted Family Correspondence
  2. Series II, Restricted Family Correspondence
  3. Series III, Eleanor Stabler Brooks's Radcliffe College Scrapbook

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: R2002-10, R2002-17

These papers were given to the Radcliffe Archives by Eleanor Morse and Frona Brooks Vicksell between October and December 2002.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Eleanor Stabler Brooks papers, 1903-1983 (SC 128) and Eleanor Stabler Brooks papers, 1917-1985 (SC 146.1).

Processing Information

Processed: April 2003

By: Jane S. Knowles

Brooks, Eleanor Stabler, 1892-1986. Papers of Eleanor Stabler Brooks, 1910-1959: A Finding Aid
Radcliffe College Archives, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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