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John Brobeck Papers

 Collection — Box: 28
Identifier: SC-112

Scope and Contents

The John Brobeck collection (SC-112) is a compilation of materials detailing the activities of a professor of physiology. The collection is largely personal correspondence and other papers he has accumulated over the years through his work-related activities and through his involvement in various organizations. The arrangement of the collection is for the most part in keeping with the order Mr. Brobeck bestowed upon it before shipment to the college.

Personal correspondence is filed alphabetically by last name. Within each file, items are found chronologically according to the dates on which they were written. In addition to lengthy letters, there are photographs, memos, and a variety of greeting cards. There is also biographical information about several of Mr. Brobeck's friends and acquaintances. The oldest material dates from the 1930s, but most is more recent. The most copious records seem to have been kept between 1950 and 1980.

Files that relate to Mr. Brobeck's activities are divided into two categories. There are those that detail his participation in organizations and activities of a secular/scientific nature and those that cover his involvement with organizations that have a religious orientation. Within each section, materials are organized alphabetically, usually by the name of a specific organization. The secular files contain a wide variety of records including reviews, letters, appraisals, photographs, and publications. Also covered here are Mr. Brobeck's visits to Taiwan and Thailand, his appearances at various conferences, his years of service on the American Physiological Society (APS) Education Committee, and his term as APS President. Examination of Mr. Brobeck's involvement in religious organizations is possible through such records as letters, clippings, publications, and the occasional photograph.

Materials that relate specifically to Wheaton College are filed separately. Most of these records pertain to Mr. Brobeck's dealings with the Board of Trustees and to his active involvement with the Alumni Association. There are letters, formal records from his years as a representative to the trustees, and clippings from the Wheaton Alumni magazine and other sources. Materials are arranged within four broad groupings: the Alumni Association, items of correspondence, trustee papers, and other miscellaneous items relating to the college. Organization within the first three sections is generally chronological; there is no order to the arrangement of the last.


  • Created: 1935-1996
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1980
  • Other: Date acquired: 1999


Conditions Governing Access

There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.


28 boxes

11.76 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Source of Acquisition

Wheaton College Special Collections received the materials through a personal donation by Mr. Brobeck in 1999.

Method of Acquisition


Other Descriptive Information

The John Brobeck materials at Wheaton College are a collection of the papers of a distinguished physiologist. They give insight into his work at Yale University and at the University of Pennsylvania and detail his involvement with a wide variety of organizations both secular and religious. Most of the material can be categorized as correspondence, but there are also photographs, published items from various newspapers and magazines, academic papers, and formal records of his dealings with the Wheaton College Board of Trustees as an Alumni representative.

John Brobeck Papers
Buswell Library Special Collections Staff
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Roman Script

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

501 College Ave.
Wheaton IL 60187-5593 USA