The Gladys Addington Brewer Papers consists of newsclippings, a radio show program, correspondence, letters of recommendation and resignation, postcards, poems and essays, and memorabilia documenting the life and careers of Gladys and William Brewer. The papers date between 1927 and 1977, but the majority of the materials fall within 1940-1945. The letters of recommendation, most notably from Congressman B. Carroll Reece, provide an insight into Gladys Brewer's teaching and service careers between 1926 and 1945. The correspondence between husband and wife illustrates the marital stresses experienced by them during World War II.
The papers have been arranged into three series: Series 1, Career Related Items, 1935-1945; Series 2, Correspondence, 1927-1977; and Series 3, Memorabilia, 1929-1962. Two file folders containing photographs have been removed from the collection and placed into the archives special environment storage area under the heading Gladys Addington Brewer Papers. A subject index to the papers follows the Box and Folder list.
Method of Acquisition
The Gladys Addington Brewer papers were donated to the East Tennessee State University Foundation for the Archives of Appalachia by her daughter, Mrs. Barbara Brewer Blevins, in July of 1984.
The following photographs have been removed and placed in the Small Photograph Collections.
one 5 x 8 of Captain Ira Maynard Tipps.
one 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 of Captain Platt - "Officer of the club and her boss."
one 3 x 5 of Gladys Brewer in front of Service Club.
three 3 x 5 of Bill Brewer in Army (with other soldiers).
four 2 x 3 of Gladys and Bill in front of Service Club.
one 3 x 5 of four soldiers.
two 3 x 4 of Bill Brewer in Army.
five 2 x 3 of Bill Brewer in Army.
one 2 x 3 1/2 of Gladys Brewer.
three 2 x 2 1/2 of Gladys Brewer.
one 1 x 1 of Gladys Brewer.
two 3 x 5 postcards of Gladys and Bill Brewer.
one 7 x 9 of Bill Brewer with others at the Sphinx.
one 3 x 4 1/2 of Brewer's store.
one 2 x 3 of man in front of Economy Store (Bill's other store).
one 3 x 4 1/2 of a house.
one 3 x 4 1/2 of Mr. and Mrs. Clark Brewer with a note on back.
one 2 x 2 1/2 of African-Americans in front of building.
Greg Taylor completed processing and the papers were opened in 1984.