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JOHN HALL BRETT PAPERS
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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Correspondence
DATE SPAN: 01/08/1932 - 03/22/1941

DESCRIPTION: Letters and telegrams pertaining to Brett's appointment and subsequent conferral of the Order of the Crown of Siam. Francis Sayre, a Professor at Harvard Law School and son-in-law of Pres. Wilson, was commissioned to effect the appointment. Commendation and support for Brett was provided by C.F. Weed, a Vice President at the First National Bank of Boston and leader for a local unemployment relief fundraising campaign, and by Stuart J. Fuller, a U.S. State Department consular official for the Far East. Phya Subarn Sompati, Minister of the Siamese Legation to the U.S., officially welcomed Brett to his new position, and later initiated his conferral honor. Letters from W. Taylor, a British subject and close associate of Brett while at the Bank of Siam, provide some insight into the situations in Europe and Siam prior to World War II.



Box: 1 Fold: 2 Miscellaneous Material
DATE SPAN: [01/15/1932]? - 06/14/1938

DESCRIPTION:

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Photograph Album - Siam
DATE SPAN: [01/15/1932]? - [06/15/1938]?

DESCRIPTION: Depicts friends and scenes from Siam (Thailand) during the Bretts' residence there in the 1930s. No annotations.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Photograph Album - Siam
DATE SPAN: [01/15/1932]? - 06/15/1938

DESCRIPTION: Depicts friends and scenes from Siam (Thailand) during the Bretts' residence there in the 1930s, including their departure in 1938. No annotations.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Unbound Photograph Album - China, Siam
1914 - 1925

DESCRIPTION: Depicts family and rural scenes from China in the late 1910s and early 1920s.

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Unbound Photograph Album - China, Siam, Japan
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1914 - [01/01/1925]?

DESCRIPTION: Depicts family, friends and scenes from Hawaii, Hong Kong, China and possibly Japan, including passage aboard the "Yokohama." No annotations.

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Unbound Photograph Album - China
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1914 - [01/01/1925]?

DESCRIPTION: Depicts family, friends and scenes from Hong Kong and China, including passage aboard the S.S. "Mongolia," Peking and the Great Wall, ca. 1914-15. No annotations except on the backs of a few loose photographs.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Photographs
DATE SPAN: [01/01/1910]? - [01/01/1940]?

DESCRIPTION: Three packets of loose small photographs depicting family, friends and scenes from the Far East and Algiers, including Lucy Robinson Greenley [Brett's mother-in-law?] in Japan. Many with annotations on the back.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Photographs
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1914 - [12/15/1955]?

DESCRIPTION: Five loose, 8x10 photographs depicting M/M Brett with pets, Brett with banking associates in Tientsin, China, 1917 and 1924, a garden party with Sun Yat Sen in Canton, and Brett in 1955 with his 1905 Bowdoin College classmates. Annotations on back sides.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Two Large Photograph Albums
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1914 - [01/01/1925]?

DESCRIPTION: Depicts family, friends and scenes from Hong Kong, Canton and rural China, including posed portraits of Chinese in traditional costumes, wedding ceremonies, classrooms, libraries, and smoking opium, and of British troops stationed in Canton. No annotations.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 Siamese (Thai) Art Book
DATE SPAN: [01/01/1900]? - [12/31/1940]?

DESCRIPTION: Book written entirely in Thai script, the first third as text and the remainder as pictures of Thai art with descriptions. English holographic translations accompany the art descriptions.

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Pictorial Book "Siam"
DATE SPAN: 01/01/1933 - 12/31/1933

DESCRIPTION: A 1933 pictorial publication compiled by P. Gastaldy, containing "a series of photographic documents on the Kingdom of Siam, for the purpose of making better known the wealth and beauty of Siam's architecture." Includes printed descriptive captions in English and French. Images are actual photographic prints pasted onto specified plates.

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