HENRIETTA BROMWELL PAPERS
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The Henrietta Bromwell Papers date from 1868 to 1938. The bulk of the material consists of Bromwell's notes from genealogical research that she conducted between 1905 and 1938. The information contained in the notes generally includes the person's surname and given name, birth and death dates, profession and other identifying information. She organized the notes according to the family surname and in alphabetical order. The bulk of the notes derive from her research on Bromwell and family surnames beginning with the letter "B." Bromwell wrote these notes on very small pieces of paper. The pieces comprise newspapers, invoices, receipts or blank paper. Bromwell included a few newspaper clippings with her notes. The clippings include obituaries, social news or brief mentions from The Denver Post or Rocky Mountain News.
Additional papers consist of correspondence she received from family and friends, a diary and invoices. Two letters dating from 1868 that Bromwell wrote to her father are included. The papers document the extensive genealogical research Bromwell conducted. In addition to several publications by Henrietta Bromwell, the Western History/Genealogy Department has the following material directly related to Henrietta and her father including:
The series consists of Henrietta Bromwell's genealogy research notes. The bulk of the series comprises scrawled notes on bits of paper, which resulted in her monumental work on the Colorado Portrait in the biographical index. The information contained in the notes usually includes the person's surname and given name, birth and death dates, profession along with any relevant information she discovered. Bromwell wrote these notes on very small pieces of paper. Most of the notes are quite fragile. Originally, the notes were tied together in large clusters with straight pins, hair clips, safety pins and ribbon. Due to this arrangement many of the notes could not be read and were torn. The clusters were dismantled. Plastic paper clips hold the notes together and preserve the original order. A few newspaper clippings are included.
The bulk of the series consists of correspondence Bromwell received from family members and friends. A diary of her trips throughout Colorado and the U.S. to promote her father's (H.P.H. Bromwell) book, Restorations of Masonic Geometry and Symbolry is included. The first several pages of the diary contain lists of the cities she visited. The diary is also available on microfilm. The remaining material includes correspondence from the Daughters of the American Revolution, two letters she sent to her father, invoices and receipts.
Microfilm (Mflm 108) contains only the diary: Trips Made by Author for Father's Masonic Book, February 1905-November 8, 1908
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Henrietta Elizabeth Bromwell was born July 13, 1859 in Charleston, Illinois. Her father, Henry Pelham Holmes (H.P.H.) Bromwell, was a poet and a politician. He married Elizabeth Payne in 1858. In addition to Henrietta, they had a son, Henry Pelham Payne Bromwell, in 1862. Towards the end of the Civil War, Elizabeth Bromwell died. Five years after her death, Mr. Bromwell relocated with his children to Denver, Colorado.
Henrietta, known as Nettie to her family and friends, arrived in Denver at the age of eleven. In 1885, she attended the University of Denver to study art. Henrietta became a renowned artist, specializing in landscapes completed in oils, watercolor or pen and ink. Her father encouraged Henrietta's artwork and independence. (Mr. Bromwell worked with the Colorado State legislature on behalf of women's suffrage.) In 1893, Henrietta and Anne Evans organized the Artists' Club of Denver, which later evolved into the Denver Art Museum. Henrietta served as the club secretary until 1897. Henrietta's artwork led to travel as she searched for interesting scenery to paint. Either traveling alone or with other women, Henrietta went to Texas, New Mexico and eventually to London and Europe. In 1897, Henrietta exhibited her artwork in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York.
After her father died in 1903, Henrietta focused on writing and publishing. She helped form the Henry Bromwell Masonic Publishing Company to publish the book, Restorations of Masonic Geometry and Symbolry, by her father. From 1905 to early in 1908, Henrietta traveled extensively throughout Colorado and the U.S. by train visiting Masonic lodges to promote her father's book. She also published her father's poetry and began writing. Previously she wrote for the Western Club Woman and The Coloradan. Bromwell began to research and write books in which she combined genealogy, biography and history. Her work culminated in the five-volume Colorado Portrait and Biographical Index. Henrietta Bromwell continued to write and paint until she died on January 8, 1946 after a long illness.
2 box(es) (1 linear foot)
1 microfilm reel(s) (35mm) (Mflm 108)
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Microfilm (Mflm 108) contains only the diary: Trips made by Author for Father's Masonic Book 1905-1908.
Number of Boxes: 2
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- Artists -- Colorado. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Bromwell, Henrietta E. (Henrietta Elizabeth) -- Archives.
- Bromwell, Henry Pelham Holmes, 1823-1903 -- Archives.
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