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Papers of Bryant Edgar Foster

 Collection
Identifier: MBEF

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Bryant Edgar Foster consists of documents dated 1891 to 1969, with the bulk falling from 1917 to 1943. This collection contains material primarily from Foster's service in the Army, including correspondence (much by Bryant Foster and his wife Lucy Chapin Foster), military papers such as copies of orders, photographs, maps, postcards and a war scrapbook. Also included are a number of diaries by Lucy Chapin Foster that cover the war years as well as earlier and later periods. Some miscellaneous materials relating to both the Foster and Chapin families are also included.

Dates

  • 1891-1969
  • Majority of material found within 1917-1943

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. However, some items are stored off-site, so advance notice is recommended.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biography

Bryant E. Foster served with the 89th Division, 314th Ammunition Train, in World War I. Following the war he worked for the Great Western Sugar Company in northern Colorado, and beginning in 1933 worked as an appraiser with the Federal Land Bank. Foster was born on July 25, 1891, in New Mexico, and died in Fort Collins, Colorado, in October of 1968. Foster received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1917. He returned to school at the Colorado Agricultural College and received a B.S. in agronomy in 1926.

Foster married Lucy Chapin on December 21, 1917. They had one daughter, Katharine, born May 30, 1928.

Extent

4.25 linear feet (2 record cartons, 1 document case, 1 clamshell box, 3 oversize folders)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Bryant E. Foster served with the 89th Division, 314th Ammunition Train, in World War I. Following the war he worked for several years with the Great Western Sugar Company in northern Colorado, and beginning in 1933 worked as an appraiser with the Federal Land Bank. This collection contains material primarily from his Army service, including correspondence (much by Bryant Foster and his wife Lucy Chapin Foster), military papers such as copies of orders, photographs, maps, postcards and a war scrapbook. Also included are a number of diaries by Lucy Foster that cover the war years as well as earlier and later periods. Some miscellaneous materials relating to both the Foster and Chapin families are also included.

Arrangement

The collection consists of seven series in 2 record cartons, 1 document case, 1 clamshell box, and 3 oversized folders:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1917-1969

Series 2: Diaries of Lucy Chapin Foster, 1908-1943

Series 3: Military service, 1917-1926 and undated

Series 4: Personal and family papers, 1891-1956 and undated

Series 5: Maps, 1918 and undated

Series 6: Photographs and scrapbook, 1918-1919 and undated

Series 7: Artifacts, 1913-1916 and undated

Acquisition

The Papers of Bryant Edgar Foster was acquired by James E. Hansen for the Colorado Agricultural Records Project in July 1981, and was transferred to the Colorado Agricultural Archive in February 2004. In 2008 the collection was transferred from the Colorado Agricultural Archive to the manuscript collections.

Processing

Processing was completed in September 2007. Materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes and partially rearranged to correspond to series. Metal fasteners were removed and news clippings and letters were placed between sheets of acid-free paper. The scrapbook was digitized, photographs removed and placed in protective sleeves, paper currency removed and placed in protective sleeves, and papers removed to acid-free folders.

Title
Guide to the Papers of Bryant Edgar Foster
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Holley R. Lange
Date
Copyright 2007
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
970-491-1844