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William J. Brewster album


Identifier: 00-2011-50-0

Scope and Contents

The William J. Brewster album (2011-50-0) was given to Rev. William J. Brewster by his Sheltering Arms Congregation in 1933 for his seventy-fifth birthday. The album contains birthday wishes and signatures from campers who attended Camp White and Camp Gould. These were camps run by the Episcopal Church for inner city orphans and located on Bantam Lake. Camp White was for the girls and Camp Gould for the boys. The camps were in operation from as early as 1933 to at least 1940. Included in the album are photographs from the camps which show children participating in camp activities such as canoeing and swimming. Also in the album is a poem titled "A Tribute" that was written for Rev. Brewster, as well as a prayer written by Mary Conklin and Gloria Ruby. The item is currently housed in 3A Box 4.


  • created: 1933
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/05/2012

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Rev. William J. Brewster was born in 1858 in New Haven, Connecticut. He was one of four sons born to Rev. Joseph Brewster and Sarah Bunce Brewster; three of which followed in their father’s footsteps and entered into the Episcopal ministry. In 1881 William J. Brewster graduated from Yale. He then relocated to the Dakota Territory to teach, and in 1885 was married to Emma Colby. The couple had three children born to them in the Dakota Territory before moving back to William’s home state. After returning to Connecticut the couple had two more children. In 1897 Brewster was ordained a deacon in his first parish at Northford, Connecticut. In 1899 he accepted a call to St. John’s Church in Warehouse Point. From 1916 to 1933 he was rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield. He continued as rector emeritus after resigning as rector in 1935. Rev. Brewster passed away at the age of 93 on March 31, 1952.

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Source of Acquisition

Donor unknown.

Method of Acquisition

Found in collection.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

7 South Street
P.O. Box 385
Litchfield CT 06759
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