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SC 146

Brooks, Eleanor Stabler, 1892-1986. Papers of Eleanor Stabler Brooks, 1910-1959: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: SC 146
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Brooks, Eleanor Stabler, 1892-1986
Title: Papers of Eleanor Stabler Brooks, 1910-1959
Date(s): 1910-1959
Quantity: 8.46 linear feet (5 cartons, 6 file boxes, 1 folio box) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Family correspondence of the Stabler-Brooks family of Massachusetts with multiple ties to Harvard and Radcliffe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession numbers: R2002-10, R2002-17
These papers were given to the Radcliffe Archives by Eleanor Morse and Frona Brooks Vicksell between October and December 2002.

Processing Information:

Processed: April 2003
By: Jane S. Knowles


Access. Papers up to and including 1935 are unrestricted. Papers from 1936 to 1959 (Series II, #7c-11c) are closed until January 1, 2030.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Radcliffe Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Unrestricted papers (up to and including 1935) may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures. No copying is permitted of the closed papers (1936-1959) until January 1, 2030.

Preferred Citation:

Eleanor Stabler Brooks Papers, 1910-1959; item description, dates. SC 146, folder #. Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Eleanor Stabler Brooks papers, 1903-1983 (SC 128) and Eleanor Stabler Brooks papers, 1917-1985 (SC 146.1).


Eleanor Stabler, daughter of Edward Lincoln Stabler and Elizabeth Tubby Stabler, was born September 9, 1892. The Stablers were Quakers and lived first in Brooklyn, New York, and then in Greenwich, Connecticut. Eleanor attended Radcliffe, graduated, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude in biology in 1914, and was the winner of the Jonathan Fay Prize. At Harvard she met Charles Franklin Brooks, meteorologist (Harvard A.B. 1911, A.M. 1912, Ph.D 1914) and they married in June 1914.
Charles Franklin Brooks (1891-1958) was the son of Morgan Brooks, professor of engineering at the University of Illinois-Urbana and Frona Marie Brooks, who did graduate work at the Harvard Annex (later Radcliffe College), 1884-1886. Frona and Morgan Brooks had eight children, five of whom attended Radcliffe and Harvard including their daughter Frances Brooks Colcord, classmate of Eleanor Stabler Brooks.
Charles Franklin Brooks worked in the United States Department of Agriculture on the Atlas of American Agriculture (1914-1915); he was then instructor in geography at Yale University (1915-1918). After service during World War I with the United States Army Signal Corps in Texas, he returned to Washington to edit the Weather Bureau's Monthly Weather Review (1918-1921). He was appointed associate professor of meteorology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (1921), full professor (1926), and he remained at Clark until 1931. From 1931 until 1958 he was professor of meteorology at Harvard University and director of the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory. He was largely responsible for founding the American Meteorological Society in 1919, remaining its secretary until 1954 and editing its bulletin until 1938.
The Brooks had seven children, five of whom attended Harvard and Radcliffe. Brooks home schooled the children until the family moved to Milton, Massachusetts. Brooks and the children spent summers at Silver Lake, New Hampshire corresponding frequently with Charles Franklin Brooks who remained at home to work and teach. Together they wrote Why The Weather? (1924). After the death of her husband in 1958, Brooks lived with her sister Anna Bunker Stabler (Radcliffe Class of 1923). Brooks died in New Haven, Connecticut in 1986.


The collection is arranged in three series:


Series I, Subseries A, Eleanor Stabler Brooks to Charles Franklin Brooks (#1.1-2.12), includes courtship and marriage, birth and education of children, summer activities at Silver Lake, New Hampshire. There are frequent comments on the weather.
Series I, Subseries B, Charles Franklin Brooks to Eleanor Stabler Brooks (#2.13-4.16), includes courtship and marriage, birth of children, child rearing (#3.23), teaching at Yale, service with the United States Army Signal Corps, 1918 (#2.25-3.4), and employment at the Weather Bureau, United States Department of Agriculture. Also included is his appointment as professor at Clark University 1921-1931, at Harvard University, 1931-1958, his professional activities and trips. There are references to the weather and to meteorological research throughout Charles Franklin Brooks 's letters.
Series I, Subseries C, Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks with others (#4.17-6.13), includes Eleanor Stabler Brooks' letters to her parents about Radcliffe life (1912-1914) (#4.17-5.12); Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks to parents after their marriage, to their children, friends, and relatives. Additionally there is an English theme and story (#6.8) written by Eleanor Stabler Brooks.
Series I, Subseries D, Others to Eleanor Stabler Brooks and Charles Franklin Brooks (#6.14-6.27), includes correspondence from parents, siblings, other relatives, and children. Additionally there is correspondence about the founding of Radcliffe's Iota chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (#6.19).
Series II, Restricted Family Correspondence, 1936-1959 (#7c-11c). Closed until January 1, 2030.
Series III, Eleanor Stabler Brooks' Radcliffe College Scrapbook, 1910-1915 (#12fb), documents Eleanor Stabler Brooks' student activities and prowess in gymnastics and athletics.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Athletics--United States
Cambridge (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Courtship--United States
Meteorologists--United States
Meteorology--United States
Mothers and daughters--United States
Silver Lake (N.H.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Women--Family relationships
Women--Societies and clubs
Worcester (Mass.)--Social life and customs--20th century
Brooks, Charles Franklin, 1891-1958
Brooks, Edward, 1916-
Brooks, Eleanor Stabler, 1892-1986
Brooks, Frona Marie, -1947
Brooks, Morgan, 1861-1947
Clark University (Worcester, Mass.)--Faculty
Colcord, Frances Brooks, -1966
Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1912
Harvard University--Faculty
Morse, Margaret Brooks, 1917-1997
Palmer Memorial Institute (Sedalia, N.C.)
Parker, George Howard, 1864-1955
Phi Beta Kappa. Massachusetts Iota (Radcliffe College)
Radcliffe College--Basketball
Radcliffe College. Radcliffe Athletic Association
Radcliffe College. Class of 1914
Radcliffe College. Class of 1923
Radcliffe College. Class of 1938
Radcliffe College--Societies, etc.
Stabler, Anna Bunker, 1901-1991
Stabler, Edward Lincoln, 1865-1959
U.S. Army Signal School