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Brouwer/Milliken Collection Edit


Finding Aid Author
Ashley Aberg
Finding Aid Date
November 7, 2023
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Finding Aid Note
Part of the Manuscript Collections, Greenwich Historical Society Contact: Christopher Shields, Curator of Library and Archives 47 Strickland Road Cos Cob, CT 06807 United Stated


  • 1740-1986 (Creation)


  • 5.75 Linear Feet (Whole)
    6 Letter size document boxes, 1 letter size half document box, 1 banker's box of recordings, 1 separated box of reel to reels in need of conservation, 1 slide box, 1 card catalog box.


  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no conditions governing access to this material.

  • Arrangement

    This collection has been arranged into four series.

    Series I: Histories, Research, and Genealogies. This includes the box of slides and the card catalog. Series II: Printed Materials Series III: Photographs Series IV: Recordings

  • Biographical / Historical

    Irene Brouwer and Phoebe Milliken performed this research and collected these materials over the course of their lives. They donated this research themselves to the Greenwich Historical Society in 1987. Irene Brouwer was the wife of noted architect Dirk W. Brouwer, and Phoebe Milliken was the wife of noted textile heir Gerrish Milliken, Jr.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], The Brouwer/Milliken Collection, Greenwich Historical Society.

  • Scope and Contents

    The materials in this collection are primarily comprised of collected research and materials related to Greenwich history broadly and the specific history of a handful of important families and properties. These inclue the Meads, Palmers, and Reynolds, along with some of their associated properties. This research includes general history, but also genealogical information collected about everyone possible in the "Families and Individuals" sub-series. She also focuses on a few local preservation and natural conservation societies. There is also a box of photographs, and a box full of recorded audio materials, although many are not currently listenable as the reel-to-reels are suffering from acetate degradation called vinegar syndrome. The casette tapes have not been digitized.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Casettes require a casette player, slides are best viewed over a lightbox with loup.