Papers of Wilhelmina Batchelder-Brown, 1934-2019 (inclusive), 1939-1985 (bulk)
- Majority of material found within 1939-1985
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Use
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
2.08 linear feet ((5 file boxes) plus 1 photograph folder)
In addition, the collection contains a booklet about the Harvard-Massachusetts General Hospital nursing program; World War II ration books; letters to Alice Van Liere and annual reports of the Service League of Morgantown, West Virginia, of which she was president. Also included is an autobiographical outline written by Batchelder-Brown in 2019.
The collection was received with letters bundled together by date or subject. The archivist has maintained this arrangement and almost all of the folder headings are taken from Batchelder-Brown's categories. Those folder titles created by the archivist appear in square brackets. Most folders from 1952 onward include letters from George Batchelder to the Van Lieres, in addition to the letters from Batchelder-Brown. The collection is arranged chronologically.
Most of the photographs in this collection are or will be digitized and available online.
In 1954, the couple moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where Batchelder-Brown taught sixth grade while George served in the Navy. They then relocated to the West Coast and eventually to Scottsdale, Arizona, where George earned a PhD from Arizona State University. Batchelder-Brown received her teaching certification and, after the family relocated to San Mateo, California, she enrolled at San Francisco State University and earned a Master's Degree. She began managing a cooperative art gallery and also began an apprenticeship in art conservation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, continuing these studies at the Yale Art Conservation Laboratory.
The family relocated to Beverly, Massachusetts, in 1982, and Batchelder-Brown worked at the New England Document Conservation Center and the F.L. Olmsted National Historic site before establishing her own art conservation business. She and George also helped preserve and restore a Frederick Law Olmsted landscape at Moraine Farm, in Beverly. George Batchelder had grown up on this property and after his death in 1999, Batchelder-Brown donated the property to a trust. In 2002 she married Thomas G. Brown, Jr., who died in 2019. As of 2019, Batchelder-Brown is living in Santa Rosa, California.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Wilhelmina Batchelder-Brown were given to the Schlesinger Library by Wilhelmina Batchelder-Brown in September 2019.
By: Susan Earle.
The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Processing of this collection was made possible by the Ware Acquisitions Fund at the Schlesinger Library and the Archival Processing Fund.
- EAD ID
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