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Esther Brisbin Collection - MS 98

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The printed material and photographs of Esther Brisbin Chamberlain date from 1918 to 1924. The collection focuses mainly on her attendance at Bowling Green State University. Included are several programs and tickets for some of the social events provided by the Normal College. Brisbin's career as an elementary school teacher is evidenced by a one-year teaching certificate and an Elementary School Life Certificate. Also included are photographs of the Normal College and three of its professors, Frederick G. Beyerman, James R. Overman, and George W. Beattie.

This collection was part of the University Archives when responsibility for the archives was assumed by the Center for Archival Collections on July 1, 1977. This register was prepared by S. M. Hughes in May 1986.

Biographical Sketch

Esther Irene Brisbin was born in Milton Center, Ohio, on June 26, 1899, to Minnie Hall and Charles H. Brisbin. In 1919, she married Herman Foster Weatherbee, a minister from Nashville, Ohio. There, she taught elementary school until the death of her husband. Brisbin returned to Wood County and enrolled in Bowling Green State Normal College in 1920, where she received a diploma in elementary education on June 16, 1921.

In February of 1922, Brisbin married Royal Francis Chamberlain. They resided at 331 South Grove in Bowling Green. She received her Elementary School Life certificate on November 7, 1924.

Scope and Content

The Esther Brisbin collection deals largely with the years surrounding her attendance at Bowling Green State Normal College. It contains a number of programs from the various musical festivals provided by the Normal College "entertainment course," for which a student could purchase a semester pass. These festivals included members of the Normal College and city of Bowling Green communities, as well as nationally recognized artists. Herman F. Weatherbee, Brisbin's first husband, is listed as a chorus member in the May Festival of 1918. These programs span from 1918 to 1921. However, there are no programs for 1920, the year she lived in Holmes County, Ohio. One program, a 1921 presentation of New York Chamber Music contains a drawing and the notation "Royal Francis Chamberlin [sic], 331 S. Grove, B.G."

The receipts in the collection provide an idea of some of the costs of attending the Normal College, even though the tuition was free. On-campus housing was provided for women. However, Brisbin probably lived in one of the rooms available in private houses off-campus, as her biology notebook gives the address "304 Buttonwood, BGNC."

Brisbin apparently taught elementary school before attending the Normal College in 1920, as her teacher's certificate from Holmes County was valid for September 1, 1919 to September 1, 1920. Her Elementary School Life Certificate was issued in November 1924, which indicates she completed the mandatory twenty-four months of teaching after receiving her diploma in 1921. There are no state records of where she taught, nor does the collection give any indication.

Included in the collection are photographs of some of the main buildings of the Normal College, all of which are now part of Bowling Green State University. Also contained are candid photographs of Frederick G. Beyerman, James R. Overman, and George W. Beattie, all of whom were professors at the Normal College in its earliest years. Some of the photographs provide views of the mall with its original circular drive and early lamp posts. Several photographs of James R. Overman have been removed from the collection and added to the general photograph files of the Archives.

Brisbin apparently had a strong interest in the arts as shown by her attendance of the many musical festivals and by the drawings and color studies in her handmade sketchbook.

While this collection gives some idea of the life of a student at Bowling Green State Normal College, there is little information from a personal point of view. However, the photographs, receipts, and printed materials offer some insight into the history of what has become Bowling Green State University.

Series Description

SCRAPBOOK AND SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS

NEWSPAPER CLIPPING.
n.d.
Bowling Green State Normal College Science Building, Administration Building, and Training School (later Mosely Hall, University Hall, and Hanna Hall).

NOTEBOOK.
(1921?)
Biology notebook; nineteen different classifications with hand-drawings and descriptions.

POSTCARD.
n.d.
Bowling Green State University Normal College Administration Building (later University Hall).

SKETCHBOOK.
n.d.
"Drawings--Esther Brisbin"; contains seven perspectives, five color studies, and three constructive drawings; hand-sewn binding.

PRINTED MATERIAL

ADVERTISEMENT
n.d.
Leaflet for Zoeller String Quartet containing a testimonial from Helen Keller.

ANNOUNCEMENT
1921.
Bowling Green State Normal College commencement exercises, 10 o'clock, June 16, 1921.

CERTIFICATE
August 29, 1919.
Elementary Education certificate issued by Holmes County, Ohio, to Esther Weatherbee for September 1, 1919 to September 1, 1920.

CLIPPING
n.d.
Newspaper photo of Science Building, Administrative Building, and Training School, (now Moseley Hall, University Hall, and Hanna Hall).

PROGRAM
May 15-17, 1918.
Bowling Green Normal College Fourth Annual May Festival held at M. E. Church auditorium; H. F. Weatherbee listed in "Personnel of Chorus."

PROGRAM
May 8-10, 1919.
Bowling Green State Normal College Victory May Festival held at M. E. Church auditorium.

PROGRAM
January 11, 1921.
Bowling Green State Normal College; Francesca Zarad, soprano; drawing on verso.

PROGRAM
March 24, 1921.
New York Chamber Music held at Bowling Green High School auditorium; drawing on verso, signed Esther Weatherbee.

PROGRAM
March 27, 1921.
St. Paul's M. E. Church Choir.

PROGRAM
April 15 and 16, 1921.
"Northwestern Ohio Superintendant's and Principals' Round Table" held at Bowling Green State Normal College.

PROGRAM
May 4 and 5, 1921.
Bowling Green College Music Festival, held at Del-Mar Theater.

PROGRAM
June 16, 1921.
Bowling Green Normal School Seventh Annual Commencement; Esther Brisbin Weatherbee listed as recipient of diploma in elementary education.

PROGRAM
1920-1921.
Men's Glee Club from Otterbein College.

PROGRAM
n.d.
"Redpath Lyceum Bureau presents the Oratio Artists."

RECEIPT
September 27, 1920.
$1.50 from E. Weatherbee for lab fee, signed R. A. Sauer.

RECEIPT
September 28, 1920.
$7.50 for six weeks of lunch issued by Bowling Green State Normal College.

RECEIPT
1921.
$2.00 from Esther Weatherbee for second semester Faculty-Student Activities fee.

RECEIPT
1921.
Bowling Green State Normal College entertainment course, second semester, 1920- 1921.

TICKET.
May 15-17, 1918.
Bowling Green Normal College Fourth Annual May Festival.

TICKET.
n.d.
For Normal College entertainment course; lecture by Dr. Woods Hutchinson and Zoeller String Quartet included.

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

POSITIVE PRINT
n.d.
Frederick G. Beyerman, head of Department of Physical Education and Hygiene, Bowling Green State Normal College.

POSITIVE PRINT
n.d.
James R. Overman, Head of Department of Mathematics, Bowling Green State Normal College.

POSITIVE PRINT
n.d.
Administration Building (later University Hall), "Beat T.U." spelled out in front steps.

POSITIVE PRINT
n.d.
Administration Building (later University Hall).

POSITIVE PRINT
n.d.
George W. Beattie, head of Department of Agriculture, Bowling Green State Normal College.

Inventory

Box 1

Folders
  1. Sketchbook, n.d.
  2. Notebook, 1921?
  3. May Festival programs, ticket, 1918, 1919, 1921
  4. Programs, printed materials, 1920, 1921
  5. Program, receipt, 1921
  6. Program, announcement, 1921
  7. Certificates, 1919, 1924
  8. Photographs, n.d.
  9. Photographs, n.d.
  10. Photographs, n.d.
  11. Photographs, n.d.
  12. Photographs, n.d.
  13. Photographs, n.d.

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