A Guide to the Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers, undated, 1884-1981

A Guide to the Guide to the Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers

Summary Information

Title
A Guide to the Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers
Creator
Brundage, Augustus Jackson, b. 1890
Inclusive Dates
undated, 1884-1981
Extent
6.0 Linear feet
Abstract
Born in Danbury, Connecticut, Augustus Jackson Brundage attended the Danbury public schools before entering the Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs in September 1906. He was appointed State Club Leader for the Extension Service of the Connecticut Agricultural College and the United States Department of Agriculture in 1917. Mr. Brundage retired from the University in 1948 but remained active with the 4-H.
Call Number
1981.0001
Language
English
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Jeffrey Mayer (1987)
Repository
University of Connecticut Libraries 405 Babbidge Road Unit 1205 Storrs, Connecticut, 06269-1205 860.486.2524 archives@uconn.edu

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Historical Manuscripts and Archives Division of the University of Connecticut Libraries in three sections. In 1975, Ruth Brundage donated the photographs and memorabilia pertaining to the class of 1910. In 1981, she donated the 4-H glass slides. The remainder of the collection was donated in July of 1987 by Mrs. Peg [Brundage] Christie after her mother's death. In 1995, the Historical Manuscripts and Archives and Special Collections Divisions of the University Libraries merged to become Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open and available for research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description, #:#], Augustus Jackson Brundage Papers.  Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center,  University of Connecticut Libraries.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts (document genre)
  • Memorabilia
  • Moving images
  • Photographs
  • Publications
  • Scrapbooks
  • Slides (photographs)

Subject(s)

  • Educators

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Biography

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, on 19 August 1890,  Augustus Jackson Brundage attended the Danbury public schools before entering the  Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs in September 1906. Brundage graduated in 1910 and in 1912 accepted the position of caretaker at the  H. B. Mallory estate in Danbury. He also served as supervisor of the teaching of agriculture in the Mansfield and Lebanon schools before his appointment as State Club Leader for the Extension Service of the  Connecticut Agricultural College and the  United States Department of Agriculture in 1917.

Brundage served as the Director of the International 4-H Leader Training School at Eastern State Exposition in Springfield from 1923 through 1930. He served on numerous national committees for the promotion of 4-H Club work. Mr. Brundage retired from the University in 1948 but remained active with the 4-H.

Married in 1915 to Ruth Miller, also a C.A.C. graduate, the Brundage's had four children. Two of the boys, Granville and Roger, were killed in action during World War II. The Brundage pool (Greer Field House) on the University campus is named in their honor.

Brundage was a member of the House of Pioneers of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national fraternity of Extension workers, and of  Alpha Gamma Rho, a national college social fraternity.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, memorabilia, clippings, publications films and photographs relating to Brundage's interests and career. Topics include education, agriculture, University and Connecticut history, the 4-H and family materials.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

The following materials have been separated from the collection and cataloged:

On Being American Dodd Call No. C5342

RUS Dodd Call No. B5460

The Lookout (available in the University Archives), November 1901, December 1901, August 1902, March 1903, September 1905, January 1906, September 1906, June 1907, June 1908, February 1912.

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Bibliography

Walter Stemmons,  Connecticut Agricultural College—A History, Storrs: Connecticut Agricultural College, 1931.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Personal, 1884-1981 

BoxFolder

Correspondence, 1930, 1967 

11

Education memorabilia, 1910-1970 

12

Connecticut history, 1884-1975 

13-4

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Series II: Employment, 1913-1971 

BoxFolder

Alumni publications, 1933-1968 

15-6

Class of 1910 reunions, 1935, 1960 

17

Emeritus, 1956-1974 

18

History, 1928-1971 

19-10

James Barnett pamphlets, 1969, 1971 

111

Testimonials (for others), 1942-1951 

112

Testimonials (memorabilia), 1948 

113

Testimonials (original letters), 1947 

114

University Correspondence, 1916 

115

Varsity letters, [1910] 

116

4-H Extension Newsletters, 1931-1944 

117

4-H Round Up programs, 1924-1931 

118

4-H Memorabilia, 1914-[1934] 

219

4-H Pamphlets about China, 1953-1968 

220

Extension publications, 1953-1979 

221-23

Farm and Home Week guide, 1935-1944 

224

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Series III: Family, 1909-1972 

BoxFolder

Granville Brundage, 1943-1961 

225-26

Roger Brundage, 1939-1964 

227-28

Storrs Cemetery Association, 1954-1972 

229-30

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Series IV: Photographs, undated, 1910-1963 

Box

Class of 1910, undated 

3

Class of 1910 oversize, 1910 

4

Glass negatives (4-H), undated 

Box

16mm film, undated 

5

 1981-0001/MP 1 Machine plowing and planting at Lee Farm 1942   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) ; 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013.


    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1 I
    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 1 P
Digital Object

Machine plowing at Lee Farm, 1942


Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "Lee Farm" "[farming]"; "Albert E. Wilkinson Extension Service4 Storrs, Conn." Written on cardboard in box: "Lee Farm - [misc] - maching [plowing]" Film depicts young men transplanting seedlings and several examples of machine farming at Lee Farm in Coventry, CT. A tractor-mounted tiller, probably on a McCormick-Deering Farmall tractor, is shown at 1 min. 30 sec. A horse-drawn plow is used at 2 min. 13 sec. A tractor with what is mostly likely a John Deere 290 corn planter attached is shown at 2 min. 30 sec. Albert E. Wilkinson served as the Extension Service's vegetable gardening specialist as part of his duties in the Horticulture Department at the Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs starting in 1930. Wilkinson shot over 1000 feet of film documenting vegetable growing and harvesting throughout the country to share with his classes and during community movie nights throught the Extension Service Program. More information on the Extension Service program can be found in the Cooperative Extension Service collection (MSS19700003). Total run time 3 min. 47 sec.

 1981-0001/MP 2 Fruit blossoms, CWLA, Lee Farm 1942   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) ; 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013.


    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1I
    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 2 P
Digital Object

Fruit blossoms, Lee Farm, ca. 1939


Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "Fruit blossoms & Lee Farm"; "Albert E. Wilkinson Extension Service Storrs, Conn." Film begins at 3 min. 49 sec. and documents ornamental flowers and flowering fruit trees at Lee Farm in Coventry, CT. Film also depicts young women doing farm work as part of the Connecticut Women's Land Army (CWLA). The women use hoes, hand plows, and a tractor-mounted tilling machine. This video was most likely taken the same day as the machine plowing video (1081.0001/MP1) as several of the young men from the first video can be seen in the background. More information on the CWLA can be found in the University of Connecticut Agriculture and Resource Economic Department Records collection (MSS1998-0069). Photographs of the CWLA can be found in the University of Connecticut Photograph Collection (MSS1998-0010). Albert E. Wilkinson served as the Extension Service's vegetable gardening specialist as part of his duties in the Horticulture Department at the Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs starting in 1930. Wilkinson shot over 1000 feet of film documenting vegetable growing and harvesting throughout the country to share with his classes and during community movie nights throught the Extension Service Program. 3 min. 46 sec. run time.

 1981-0001/MP 3 Potato harvesting at Lee Farm ca. 1940   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) ; 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013.


    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1 I
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 3 P
Digital Object

Potatoe harvesting at Lee Farm, ca. 1940


Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "Albert E. Wilkinson Storrs, Connecticut (University of Conn.)" This short film (run time 3 min.) contains footage of men harvesting potatoes, probably on Lee Farm. At 8 min. 30 sec. the harvester (digger) can be seen, which required twelve men to drive the tractor, sort, bag, and load potatoes on to a second truck. Researchers of the history of agricultural technology may be interested in this video. Albert E. Wilkinson served as the Extension Service's vegetable gardening specialist as part of his duties in the Horticulture Department at the Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs starting in 1930. Wilkinson shot over 1000 feet of film documenting vegetable growing and harvesting throughout the country to share with his classes and during community movie nights throught the Extension Service Program. Total run time 3 min. 47 sec.

Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

 1981-0001/MP 4 Potato field tour at the farm of Louis L. Grant 1946   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) : 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013.


    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1 I
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 4 P
Digital Object

Potatoe field day L.L. Grant, ca. 1943


Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "Potato field day L.L. Grant." Footage is of a demonstration of potato digging machine at the farm of Louis L. Grant in Attwaugan, Connecticut on September 9, 1946. The end of the video depicts close shots of the machinery and would be of interest to historians of agricultural technology. Film most likely shot by Albert E. Wilkinson. For Wilkinson's report on the field tour see box 4 of the Cooperative Extension Service collection (MSS19700003) Total run time 3 min. 49 sec.

 1981-0001/MP 5 Potato harvesting ca. 1943   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) ; 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013.


    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1 I
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 5 P
Digital Object

Potatoe harvesting, ca. 1943


Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "potatoe harvesting" " [?] Potato [?]" "Dust & [?] [1946]"; "Albert E. Wilkinson University of Conn. Storrs, Conn." Footage depicts potato harvesting demonstration at the farm of noted jurist Simon S. Cohen in Rockville, Connecticut. Video begins at 14 min. 44 sec. Potatoes are unearthed by a digging machine, collected in baskets, and then put in barrells which are picked up by men using small crane mounted to flatbed truck. A number of black farm employees are shown packing the potatoes into barrells and two children are prominant at the start of the film (15 min. 25 sec).The machinery depicted here is less developed than that shown in 1981-0001/MP3 and 1981-001/MP4. At 15 min. 55 sec. the film cuts, possibly to Lee Farm, also to potato harvesting. In this portion the equipment shown in 1981-001/MP3 is shown and several women are assisting with sorting the potatoes. Albert E. Wilkinson served as the Extension Service's vegetable gardening specialist as part of his duties in the Horticulture Department at the Connecticut Agricultural College at Storrs starting in 1930. Wilkinson shot over 1000 feet of film documenting vegetable growing and harvesting throughout the country to share with his classes and during community movie nights throught the Extension Service Program. Total run time 3 min. 49 sec.

 1981-0001/MP 6 Potato harvesting, winter weather 1944   1 film reel : si., col. (Kodachrome) ; 16mm. Film reformatted, 2013


    Disk
Moving Images   1981-0001/DVD 1 R
    Cassette
Moving Images   1981-0001/VR 1 I
    Reel
Moving Images   1981-0001/MP 6 P
Digital Object

Potatoe harvesting, ca. 1943


Access

Original not available due to fragility. Use reference copy.

Scope and Content Note

Written on box: "potato [digging]" "ice storms John Morris [soil sh...?] "[slanety ? potato ? harvesting?]" "Albert E. Wilkinson Hillside Rd. Storrs Conn." Video footage depicts the aftermath of an ice storm and minor snow accumulation at the farm of John E. Morris in Wethersfield, CT. Bags of potatoes are shown in the fields waiting to be gathered. The storm likely occoured in early November, 1944. Total run time 1 min. 24 sec.

Oversize 4-H photographs undated 

5

Oversize color photographs of World War II memorial ( Granville Brundage, undated 

6

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Series V: Scrapbooks and ephemera, undated, 1962 

Box

Scrapbook, undated 

5

Class banner, undated [1910] 

5

Class of 1910 banner and smock, undated 

5

Clippings and photographs, undated 

5

Maps of Mansfield, undated 

5

Cetificate of Merit (Chinese), 1962 

5

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