John Brattin Family Collection
00254

Summary Information

Repository
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator
Brattin, Alice Jane, 1914-
Creator
Brattin, John, 1915-
Creator
Knight, Kate Baker
Title
John Brattin family collection
ID
00254
Date [inclusive]
1849-1995
Extent
8.5 Cubic feet 8 boxes, 1 scrapbook box, 1 oversize folder
Language
English

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical/Historical

John Bowlby Brattin was born on June 7, 1915 to Elizabeth Hope and Claude Lamar Brattin. Since the age of four, John was a life-long resident of East Lansing, Michigan. After graduating from high school in 1932, John and a friend hitch-hiked across the United States, unable to attend the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles which was the original goal. After returning home, John attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University) and graduated in 1936 with his Bachelor’s degree. During his time at MSC, John met his first wife, Alice Jane Knight, MSC '35, whom he married in 1939. A few months later, John graduated from the University of Michigan with his law degree. Together, John and Alice Jane had seven children together: John David, Katherine Elizabeth, Nancy Lu, Celia Jane (CJ), Helen Louise, Stella Margaret, and Joel James. His children affectionately called him “Chetty.” John had his own law practice in East Lansing, worked to help end racism, and protested against the United States involvement in wars. He volunteered his time to several local community organizations, such as the Edgewood United Church, the Lansing Mental Health Center, the East Lansing School Board, the American Friends Service Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and more. He was awarded the Greater Lansing Human Relation award in 1962. An avid traveler, John traveled around the world. He visited all fifty states, all the provinces in Canada, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Newfoundland, and more. He was also a collector of stamps and loved playing tennis. John’s first wife, Alice Jane, died in 1983. Three years later in 1986, John married his second wife, Margaret Peisner. John passed away on May 6, 1995.

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Scope and Content

The John Brattin family collection is mainly John Brattin’s papers and correspondence, but it does contain materials and correspondence from his first wife, Alice Jane, and his mother-in-law, Kate Baker Knight. This collection covers John’s life from high school graduation until his death. Included in the collection are correspondence, work documents, photographs related to the Bowlby, Baker, and Knight families, certificates, family newsletters, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, a postcard collection, small tokens from John’s travels, and stamps.

There are many loose stamps found throughout the collection in various folders. Also, letters that are addressed to “Chetty” were referring to John Brattin. His family nickname was “Chetty.”

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections June 28, 2016

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824
517-355-2330
archives@msu.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1935.
  • Michigan State University. Class of 1936.
  • University of Michigan. Law School.

Genre(s)

  • Account books
  • Certificates
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Ephemera
  • Genealogies (histories)
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Legal correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • East Lansing (Mich.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Brattin, Alice Jane, 1914-
  • Brattin, John, 1915-
  • Knight, Kate Baker
  • Westie, Elizabeth Hope

Subject(s)

  • Lawyers -- Michigan
  • Olympics
  • Postage stamps
  • Stamp collecting
  • Travel
  • Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae

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Collection Inventory

Alice Jane Brattin 

Box Folder

Account Book 1945-1947 

1 1

Alumni List - Adrian Public Schools 1930 

1 2

Art History Notes - Examples of Art Scrapbook undated 

1 3

Charm School Play Script, The 1922 

1 4

College Report Cards 1931-1935 

1 5

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1918-1979 

2 1

 July 3 - 15, 1935 

2 2

 July 17 - August 15, 1935 

2 3

 August 19 - October 7, 1935 

2 4

 October 8 - November 15, 1935 

2 5

 November 16 - December 26, 1935 

2 6

 December 27, 1935 - February 3, 1936 

2 7

 February 10 - June 26, 1936 

2 8

 July - October 1936 

2 9

 November 1936 - March 1937 

2 10

 April - July 1937 

2 11

 August - November 1937 

2 12

 December 1937 - March 1938 

2 13

 April - July 1938 

2 14

 August - October 1938 

2 15

 November - December 1938 

2 16

 January - March 1939 

2 17

 1939-1955, undated 

2 18

 1961-1965 

2 19

Correspondence and Notes from College and Mason 1934-1938, undated 

2 20
Box Folder

Epherma - Dance Cards and Valentines undated 

1 6

Expenses Book 1932-1933 

1 7

Guestbook from Memorial Service for Alice Jane Brattin 1983 

1 8

MSC Dance Cards and Ticket Stubs 1931-1940 

1 9

"Memories of my Mother: Alice Jane Brattin" by C. J. Burrell 1991 

1 10

Miscellaneous - Note Cards, Drivers License 1983, 1992, undated 

1 11

Musings by Alice Jane Brattin undated 

1 12

Record of Family Traits February 26, 1935 

1 13

"Thicker Than Water" by Marshall Palley Circa 1984 

1 14

Thoughts and Memories from Friends 1983-1990 

1 15

Restricted 

Box Folder

Settlement (Restricted) February 5, 1982 

1 16

Autopsy and Will (Restricted) 1983 

1 17

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John Brattin 

Box Folder

Account Ledger 1961-1962 

5 14

Account Ledger 1964-1966 

5 15

Address Labels 1991, undated 

5 16

Application for a British Empire-Wide Visa May 19, 1934 

5 17

Assorted Notes, Stickers, and Stamps undated 

5 18

Brattin Inventory undated 

5 19

Brattin's Iowa High School Content Examination November 17, 1931 

5 20

"The Brattin Stamp Co. Catalogue of the Commonest Stamps of the World, Books 1 and 2", author unknown undated 

5 21

Brattin Woods 1979, 1995, 1997 

5 22

Business Taxes - IRS 1958-1982 

5 23

Calendar 1960 

5 24

Calendar 1960-1961 

5 25

Certificates Awarded to John Brattin 1941, 1988, undated 

5 26

Certificates of Claud Brattin 1942 - 1972, undated 

5 27

Claud Brattin's Pilot Flight Record and Log Book 1943-1947 

5 28

Congratulations on the Greater Lansing Human Relations Award 1962 

5 29

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 May 1927 - December 1930 

3 1

 January 1931 

3 2

 February - December 1931 

3 3

 March - July 1932 

3 4

 August - December 1932 

3 5

 1933 

3 6

 January - September 1934 

3 7

 October - December 1934 

3 8

 January - August 1935 

3 9

 September - December 1935 

3 10

 1936 - June 1937 

3 11

 July - December 1937 

3 12

 1938 

3 13

 March - May 1939 

3 14

 June - December 1939 

3 15

 1940 

3 16

Personal - Early Career (Arranged Alphabetically) 1941-1943 

3 17-18

 1945-1996 

4 1

Addressed to both John and Alice Jane Brattin 1938, undated 

4 2

Addressed to both John and Alice Jane Brattin June - September 1939 

4 3

Addressed to both John and Alice Jane Brattin October 1939 - January 1940 

4 4

Assorted Family Letters 1918 - 1932, undated 

4 5

Assorted Letters to John Brattin 1974-1992 

4 6

B.L. Brattin 1938, 1960-1961, undated 

4 7

Blanche to John and Family 1960-1964, 1992, undated 

4 8

Bob Coppock to John and Family 1990, undated 

4 9

Charlotte to John and Family 1991-1993 

4 10

Claud and Elizabeth Brattin to John Brattin 1933 - 1966, undated 

4 11

Envelopes 1965 

4 12

Florence to John and Family 1989-1993, undated 

4 13

From John to Unidentified 1947-1990, undated 

4 14

Grace to John and Family July 12, 1970 

4 15

Gretchen Williamson (Photos included) 1969-1992 

4 16

Helen Brattin to John Brattin 1961-1991 

4 17

Jimmie to John Brattin January - June 1985 

4 18

John to Barbara Lu Brattin 1938 

4 19

John Brattin and Alice Jane Brattin July 1933 - July 1934 

4 20

John Brattin and Alice Jane Brattin August - December 1934 

4 21

John Brattin and Alice Jane Brattin January - June 1935 

4 22

John Brattin and Alice Jane Brattin 1951 - 1959, undated 

4 23

John to Children 1959, 1986 - 1992 

4 24

John to Margaret October 8, 1985 

4 25

John to his Parents 1961, undated 

4 26

Leah to John and Family 1991 

4 27

Margaret Knight 1930 - 1931, undated  

4 28

Mary Bowlby and John Brattin 1965-1975 

4 29

Mary Bowlby and John Brattin 1976-1991 

4 30

Meg to John and Family 1935 - 1994, undated 

4 31

Philately 

Box Folder

Organized by Last Name, K-Ni 1942-1943 

4 32

Organized by Last Name, Ni-Ru 1942-1943 

4 33

Organized by Last Name, Sa-Z 1942-1943 

4 34
Box Folder

Precancel Stamps 1941-1942 

4 35

Stamps and Trying to Work on a Ship 1931-1934 

5 1

Unsigned Letters 1960 - 1961, undated 

5 2

William Knight 1906 

5 3
Box Folder

Date Book 1965 

5 30

Diary of Social Life and 1932 Trip undated 

5 31

Fall of Pemberton Mill by Elizabeth Stewart Phelps; Marguerite of France by Felicia Hemans; Notes on trip from Denver to Hagerman's Pass, Glenwood Springs and Return August 1892 

5 32

Family Background and Genealogical Information 2015, undated 

5 33

Family Newsletters 1984-1992 

6 1

Family Newsletters 1993 - 1995, undated 

6 2

Faxon Family Tree undated 

6 3

Federal Reformatory - Chillicothe, Ohio Paperwork 1939 

6 4

Financial Ledger 1960-1995 

6 5

Finanical Ledger - Law Office and Stamps 1946-1955 

6 6

Genealogy of John and Alice Jane Brattin Families undated 

6 7

Grievance Material Related to Denial of Admission to the Bar in Washington, D.C. Circa 1939 

6 8

Harris A. Silverberg vs. Kerns Hotel 1935-1936 

6 9

"Improving the Sunday School Thro Expressional Activities" by Kate Knight October 7, 1925 

6 10

James A. Wilder Memorandum Book/George N. Chalkers Book 1849-1874 

6 11

John Brattin Assorted Reciepts, Notices, and Business Cards 1936-1966, undated 

6 12

John Brattin's High School Diploma and High School Reunion Speech 1932, 1994 

6 13

John Brattin Motor Trip Diary Circa 1927 

6 14

John Brattin Olympic Trip Memorabilia 1932 

6 15

John Brattin Paper Route Log Book undated 

6 16

John Brattin's Personal Notes undated 

6 17

John Brattin Political and Personal Causes undated 

6 18

John Brattin University of Michigan Membership Cards 1934-1939 

6 19

John and Alice Jane Brattin Membership Cards and Ticket Stubs 1936, 1939, and undated 

6 20

Ledger 1945-1952 

6 27

Letters of Introduction for John Brattin and Curtis White Traveling to the Olympic Games July 1932 

7 1

Liberal Arts Essay, Author Unknown Unknown 

7 2

Marriage License of John and Alice Jane Brattin March 27, 1939 

7 3

Memo Book undated 

7 4

"Memorie's of J. B." by Mercer Patriarche undated 

7 5

Miscellaneous - Correspondence, Notes, and Stamps 1934-1993, undated 

7 6

MSC Commencement Program June 15, 1936 

7 7

Newcomer's Evening Bridge 1964-1968 

7 8

Newsletter. "The Players" October 1951 

7 9

Newspaper Clippings 1936-1962, undated 

7 10

Newspaper Clippings undated 

7 11

Newspaper Clippings. The Brattin Family 1936-1958, undated 

7 12

Notebook undated 

7 13

Part of a Calendar 1978-1979 

7 14

Personal. John Brattin 1979 

7 15

Photocopies of Plaques for John Brattin 1962, 1982 

7 16

Photograph Book undated 

7 17

Plays 

Box Folder

"Cuckoos on the Hearth: Play in Three Acts" by Parker Fennelly 1942 

7 18

Incomplete Play Scripts undated 

7 19
Box Folder

Precancel Collecting in the Thirities undated 

7 20

Railroads and Freight Cars undated 

7 21

Report Cards of John Brattin 1920-1936 

7 22

Road Map and Historical Guide - New York undated 

7 23

Single Entry Ledger 1940-1943 

7 24

Stamps 

Box Folder

Brattin's Notes on his own Stamp Collection undated 

7 25

Envelopes with Stamps and Loose Stamps 1860-1934, undated 

7 26

Envelopes with Stamps and Loose Stamps Found in Cigar Box 1949-1987, undated 

7 27

How to Tells Stamps Materials 1925, undated 

7 28

Stamp Collection 1981-1984, undated 

7 29

Stamp File Books 1964-1965, 1971, undated 

7 30
Box Folder

Tennis Rankings 1931-1934 

7 31

Thank You Note undated 

7 32

University Materials 1934-1936, undated 

7 33

University of Michigan Law School Examination Books, Report Card, and Account Book 1936-1939 

7 34

Valentine's undated 

7 35

Wedding Invite of James and Margaret Thomas-Stahle 1938 

7 36

West Adrian Congregational Church 100th Anniversary Program 1936 

7 37

Will Journal 1942-1967 

7 38

Yearbook-Calendar 1935 

7 39

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Kate Baker Knight 

Correspondence 

Box Folder

 1896-1898 

5 4

 1906-1908 

5 5

 1910 

5 6

 1921-1922, 1927 

5 7

 1930-1933 

5 8

 1935-1939 

5 9

 1941-1947 

5 10

 1948-1949 

5 11

 1951 

5 12

 undated 

5 13
Box Folder

Kate Knight's Canadian Favourites Cook Book 1949 

6 21

Kate A. Baker Diary December 9, 1883 - November 7, 1885 

6 22

Kate Knight Funeral Program 1965 

6 23

Kate Baker Knight's Journal 1892-1954 

6 24

Kate Baker's Musings 1891 

6 25

Kate Baker's Postcard Collection Circa 1906 

6 26

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Books 

Box Folder

Law Register Book 1939-1969 

7 40

"Longs Peak: It's Story and a Climbing Guide" by Paul W. Nesbit 1953, 1972 

7 41

"Unique Ghost Towns and Mountain Spots" by Caroline Bancroft 1961 

7 42

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Epherma 

Box Folder

Brattin Pencils undated 

7 43

Business Cards and Stickers from Nevada and Wyoming 1950, undated 

7 44

Locks of Hair undated 

7 45

Rock Collection from California Trip undated 

8 4
Box

Stamp Magnifying Glass undated 

8
Box Folder

Wallet and Swatch of Materials undated 

7 46

Wishbone undated 

8 5

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Photographs 

Box Folder

Baker/Knight/Lapham Family Member undated 

1 18

Baker/Knight/Thomas Family Members 1870, 1898, undated 

1 19

Brattin Family Members 1953 and undated 

1 20

Alice Jane Brattin 1933-1937 

1 21

Alice Jane Brattin undated 

1 22

Alice Jane and Margaret Knight 1919-1929 

1 23

Alice Jane Knight and Others 1932-1935 

1 24

Claud Brattin and Alice Jane Brattin undated 

1 25

Mr. & Mrs. Claud L. Brattin July 24, 1946 

1 26

John Brattin 1934-1983, undated 

1 27

John and Alice Jane Brattin 1934, undated 

1 28

John Brattin and Groups of People 1979-1984, undated 

1 29

John Brattin and Others undated 

1 30

John David Brattin December 1941 

1 31

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter undated 

1 32

Kate Baker Knight 1896-1953, undated 

1 33

Kate Baker Knight Teaching 1895-1896 

1 34

William Knight 1933, 1964, undated 

1 35

Local Politicians and Police Officers 1939-1977 

1 36

Places undated 

1 37

People 1934-1987, undated 

1 38

Scenes 1932, 1934, undated 

1 39

Stella and others 1983-1984 

1 40

Train 1981 

1 41

Photo Album 1918-1923, undated 

Box
1
Folder
42

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Plaques 

Box Folder

Michigan Credit Union Attorneys Conference May 15, 1984 

8 1

Certificate of Service Award to John Brattin February 28, 1982 

8 2

Annual Human Relations Award to John Brattin February 28, 1962 

8 3

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Oversized 

Oversize Drawer

Certificate from the Supreme Court of the United States of America May 6, 1968 

Drawer 3

Years of Service to the Ingham County Bar Association November 9, 1989 

Drawer 3

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Scrapbooks 

Box

Kate Baker to Margaret Knight undated 

8

Kate Baker's Commonplace Book undated 

8

Scrapbook/Newspaper Clippings undated 

8

Scrapbook/Newspaper Clippings undated 

8

Scrapbook/Newspaper Clippings undated 

8

Scrapbook/Newspaper Clippings undated 

9

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