S. Carnot Brennan Papers

Collection Summary

Title: S. Carnot Brennan Papers
Call Number: MS 94-18
Size: 1.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Donated by the Brennan Family
Processed By: JEO, 2-14-1994; JEF, 11-16-1998; MN, 11-2012
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.

Content Note

This collection of S. Carnot Brennan’s papers contains correspondence, photographs, and documents concerning Brennan’s career as the district manager of the social security administration in Wichita and as a member of the Board of Regents of Wichita State University. These materials primarily focus on Brennan’s life before and after his retirement in 1964 from the social security office and his position on the Board of Regents. This collection also provides insight into the history of WSU including incorporation of the school into the Kansas higher education system and dedication of several buildings, including the Corbin Education Center and the Brennan residence halls, on the WSU campus. 

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Photographs. Several group photographs including Brennan. The first dated 12 November 1918 includes a picture of the Paris Symphony Orchestra on a visit to Wichita, and the young Brennan is indicated in photo. The second is a photograph of the Wichita Social Service Staff with Brennan, 12 May 1953. Lastly, there is a certificate of recognition from the Board of Regents to Brennan, 13 July 1959.
Box 1 FF 2 Managers Conference 1962, Department of Health. 12-1-1959 to 3-4-1965. Correspondence, agendas on education, and welfare memorandums pertaining to Brennan's work on the Fair Housing Committee. Also included are newspaper clippings highlighting the role of Brennan in these activities.
Box 1 FF 3 Clippings 1937 to 1970. Letters, cards, newspaper clippings pertaining to Brennan's career with the social security administration and his involvement with WSU as a member of the Board of Regents.
Box 1 FF 4 Retirement Party. Correspondence, cables, etc. congratulating Brennan on his 1964 retirement from the Social Security Administration. Included in this folder is a certificate dated 7-22-1964 recognizing Brennan's service.
Box 1 FF 5 Social Security. Appointments, correspondences, brochures, booklets, etc. regarding Brennan's position in the social security administration 1937-1964.
Box 1 FF 6 Social Security/WSU. This file includes a Social Security Alumni Association newsletter dated 1975-1976, certificates of appointment in the Board of Regents of WSU and correspondence and documents from 1958 to 1967 pertaining to the position. Included also are studio photographs of Brennan from 1954, 1957, and 1963.
Box 1 FF 7 Dormitory Dedication. Correspondence and newspaper clippings, celebrating and congratulating Brennan on the dedication of the S. Carnot Brennan residence halls, 8-9-1967. Includes remarks on occasion by Harry F. Corbin.
Box 1 FF 8 Wichita State University Merger Information. Materials commemorating the WSU merger including correspondence, bulletins, clippings and documents. Items of note include a 1963 University of Wichita booklet, a 1959 Alumni Magazine with an article summarizing a discussion of trustees.
Box 1 FF 9 Corbin Education Center. Agendas, correspondence and newspaper clippings commemorating the 1964 dedication.
Box 1 FF 10 Medicare Alert 1966. Letter, brochures, newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to issues regarding the Medicare debate.
Box 1 FF 11 Hi-Twelve Club. Rosters, programs, and regrets of the Hi-Twelve Men's Club including a 1950 certificate of membership and directory of members.
Box 1 FF 12 WSU Speech Material 1923-1972. A loose collection of materials including correspondence, interviews from 1923, and peace corps questionnaires. Items of note are Brennan's teacher contract from 1923, and a letter from the Veteran's Bureau to Brennan concerning adjusted composition dated 1-1-1925.
Box 1 FF 13 Retired Professional and Business Men's Club. Includes 1977 membership lists, 1976-77 Roster, a certificate of appreciation from WSU to Brennan, nomination for club positions, and a copy of a 1965 club constitution.
Box 1 FF 14 Retirement Cards and Letters (received 1964). Newspaper clippings, correspondence and letters commencing Brennan's retirement. Includes a copy of remarks made by Judge Delmas Hill at luncheon honoring Brennan, 1964, a certificate of acceptance to Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity to Brennan, 1963. Included also are a 1938 high school diploma for Mary Jane Brennan. Photographs of Brennan's retirement and appreciation letter for a gift of scholarship to WSU in 1965.
Box 1 FF 15 Ada Richard Correspondence, Allen's Park. Brochures and correspondence for Colorado Cabin rentals from 1963-1970.
Box 1 FF 16 S. C. Brennan Correspondence - Personal, 1938-1971. Various correspondence including the following items of note: Brennan's teaching certificate from 1924 and a WSU Alumni certificate from 1967, celebrating his membership since 1917.
Box 1 FF 17 Photographs. Includes photographs from the 22nd Annual Honors Convocation at WSU and a convocation program from 3-28-1976, a 1953 photo of The Women's Finance Council, the 1960 Advance Management training school, and photographs of Brennan's retirement. Included also is a commissioner's citation from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 5-21-1963.
Box 1 FF 18 Letters of Appointment, 1937, etc. Various correspondence from 1936-1970 pertaining to Brennan's employment in the Social Security administration, his retirement, and related matters.
Box 1 FF 19 Miscellaneous. Includes a 1964 Sigma Phi Epsilon Journal with an article on Wichita Chapter; a copy of The New York Times, 12-20-1965; record books and note cards with addresses dated 1955; and, an autographed copy of Jack Matthews' “Book Collecting and the Search for Reality,” a speech given to WSU Library Associates in 1971.