Clinton T. Brann Papers, 1891-1963

MS 594

5 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

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Overview

In 1918, Clinton Melville Tilman Brann, a dentist by training, served with in the 17th Field Artillery of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, a unit cited for gallantry in five critical engagements of the First World War. During his time overseas, Brann maintained an intense correspondence with Rhea Oppenheimer, despite fears that their different religious (he Presbyterian, she Jewish) and family backgrounds would prove an obstacle. After demobilization, Brann returned home and on Sept. 17, 1919, married Rhea. He went on to build a successful practice in dentistry in Iowa, raising a son and daughter. Clinton Brann passed away on Sept 8, 1961, in Orlando, Fla., with Rhea following on December 29, 1987 in Winter Park, Fla.

In two regards, the Brann collection presents an unusual glimpse into families affected by the First World War. First, Brann's letters home offer a sense of his unusual role in the service, as a junior officer and dentist, and second, his letters are marked by his unusual relationship with Rhea Oppenheimer and their concerns over the future prospects for a mixed marriage. The collection also includes a wealth of photographs of the Branns' life together, a family scrapbook, and a handful of mementoes and miscellaneous documents.

Organization of Collection

  • Series 1. World War I, 1917-1922
  • Series 2. Rhea Oppenheimer Brann, 1902-1986
  • Series 3. Clinton Brann, 1891-1961
  • Series 4. Photographs, 1893-1995
  • Series 5. Scrapbook, 1940s
  • Series 1. World War I, 1917-1922
  • Series 2. Rhea Oppenheimer Brann, 1902-1986
  • Series 3. Clinton Brann, 1891-1961
  • Series 4. Photographs, 1893-1995
  • Series 5. Scrapbook, 1940s

Collection Details

Language

English

Location

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Information on Use

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research.
Clinton Brann, ca.1919
Clinton Brann, ca.1919