Guide to the Edgar B. Brossard addendum,
1889-1980

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Creator: Brossard, Edgar Bernard, 1889-1980
Title: Edgar B. Brossard addendum
Dates: 1889-1980 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 7 boxes (3 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 220
Summary: The Edgar B. Brossard Addendum collection contains personal items relating to the civic, religious, and business aspects of Dr. Brossard's work and that of his wife, Laura Cowley Brossard, as he traveled through-out the world fulfilling his duties both as a member and chairman of the United States Tariff Commission, and as a tireless leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This collection offers a wonderful insight into a man who was influential in both civic and religious matters in Utah and in Washington, D.C. from 1924 to his death in 1980. The collection contains letters, photographs, postcards and newspapers about Dr. Brossard's personal interests, especially in his church service. Many of Laura Brossard's letters, articles, and personal letters are also included.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Edgar B. Brossard was born on April 1, 1889 in Oxford, Idaho to Amable Alphonse and Mary Catherine Hobson Brossard. He was the eighth of twelve children. In 1889, Brossard's mother passed away and two years later, his father remarried and moved the family to Logan, Utah. Brossard attended the prep school for the Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He graduated in 1911 from USU in economics having lettered in four sports as well.

In late 1911, Brossard accepted a call to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Swiss-German mission. He was assigned to France and later became president at age twenty-three of the newly organized Paris, France mission.

He was released in 1914 and returned to Logan where under the direction of the Department of Agriculture and the UAC he led a farm management program designed to teach farmers how to better manage their finances. In 1915, he married Laura Parkinson Cowley. Brossard eventually continued his education at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, where he earned an MA in 1917, and a PhD in 1920. Laura also continued her education earning an MA degree from the University of Chicago.

In 1923, Brossard was appointed to the staff of the U.S. Tariff Commission to help research the effects of tariffs on U.S. agriculture. In 1925, President Coolidge nominated him to fill a vacancy on the commission. Democrats vigorously opposed his appointment because of his protectionist leanings and he was not confirmed until 1927. Brossard continued serving on this board until his retirement in 1959. During that time, he traveled abroad many times for tariff and trade conferences, both with foreign governments and with the United Nations. He also became a personal acquaintance of five U.S. Presidents and was chairman of the commission for seven years. Also during his time in Washington he held many positions in the LDS Church and oversaw the construction of the now-famous LDS Chapel in Washington, D.C. During these years Mrs. Brossard worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Home Economics and held many church positions.

Edgar Brossard retired in 1959 and government, civic, religious, and international leaders including President Dwight D. Eisenhower paid many tributes to him. Brossard planned to retire to Utah, but was asked to serve as a Mission President in the New England Mission of the LDS Church. In one year, he oversaw substantial growth both in members and in church organization, as well as participating in the construction of a monument in Sharon, Vermont to honor Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS Church. In 1959 Brossard was suddenly transferred to Paris to ‘clean up' the Paris France Mission. Nine missionaries were excommunicated and various church members were disciplined for teaching doctrine that was not in harmony with the church's official canon before the situation calmed. Brossard remained mission president in Paris until 1961. His administration in France yielded impressive growth in membership and those he served commended his leadership.

In 1961, Brossard and his wife retired to Salt Lake City, Utah where they continued to be active in many clubs and organizations in addition to many Church functions. He served on the Sunday School General Board for the LDS Church, as a Bishop, and as a worker in the Salt Lake Temple. Laura Brossard passed away on March 6, 1976. She was 83. Edgar Brossard died four years later on August 23, 1980. He was 91. Both are buried in the Salt Lake City cemetery.

Sources:

Knowles, Eleanor, "Biography of Edgar B. Brossard: Government, Church & Civic Leader," 1974 (SC call # 920 B793-K)

Mehr, Kahlile, "The Trial of the French Mission," Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 21, No. 3, Autumn 1988 (SC call # 289.305 D541, 1988)

Content Description

The Edgar B. Brossard Addendum collection contains personal items relating to the civic, religious, and business aspects of Dr. Brossard's work and that of his wife, Laura Cowley Brossard, as he traveled through-out the world fulfilling his duties both as a member and chairman of the United States Tariff Commission, and as a tireless leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This collection offers a wonderful insight into a man who was influential in both civic and religious matters in Utah and in Washington, D.C. from 1924 to his death in 1980. The collection contains letters, photographs, postcards and newspapers about Dr. Brossard's personal interests, especially in his church service. Many of Laura Brossard's letters, articles, and personal letters are also included.

Addendum to the Edgar B. Brossard papers (COLL MSS 4).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Preferred Citation :  

Edgar B. Brossard addendum, 1889-1980. (COLL MSS 220). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to Box and Folder.

Acquisition Information :  

Donation.

Related Materials :  

Edgar B. Brossard CollectionCOLL MSS 4

Edgar B. Brossard photograph collectionP0111


Detailed Description of the Collection

Washington D.C., church and government activities
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Luggage stickers from Europe ca. 1927
1 2 Passenger list 1927
1 3 Guide book for Rock Creek Church Yard, Washington, D.C. 1933
1 4 Caricature of E.B.B. from Washington Post 1934
1 5 Letters and a telegram to Mrs. Cowley, mother-in-law of EBB
1 6 The Instructor magazine, October 1937
1 7 The Utah Stater, V. III, n. 3 February, 1940
1 8 Missionary pamphlet from LDS Washington Stake 1942
1 9 The Millennial Star Sept 3, 1942
1 10 Book of Thank-yous from Brossard church congregation 1942
1 11 LDS Church News Sept 2, 1944
1 12 Testimonies of six men regarding LDS Church undated
1 13 Copy of USU Student Life, April 16, 1915; Utah State Alumnus Dec 1950
1 14 Times-Herald article (photocopy) regarding LDS chapel in D.C. 1952
1 15 Funeral program for Virginia Driggs
1 16 Letter from Harris & Ewing Photographers 1953
1 17 Nov. 1956 issue of The Instructor
1 18 Christmas card from Dwight D. Eisenhower
1 19 Church program for EBB as he left to preside in New England 1959
1 20 Biography of EBB 1949
1 21 Guest book for EBB from reception 1961
1 22 Programs for dedicatory services of LDS chapel in Washington D.C.
1 23 Postcards
1 24 Master Calendar
1 25 Business and place cards
1 26 United Nations Pin 1947
1 27 Postcards from England
1 28 Newspaper articles about EBB
1 29 Postcards from New York
1 30 Envelopes from US Tariff Commission office
1 31 Letter from EBB concerning Washington D.C. LDS chapel
1 32 Church program 1973
1 33 Church programs, 1975; history of LDS Church in D.C.
1 34 Newspaper articles on LDS Church and personal history
1 35 Church Program 1975
1 36 Checks and receipts from donations to LDS Church
1 37 Checks and receipts from donations to USU and BYU

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Laura Parkinson Cowley Brossard
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Family History of Laura Brossard (LCB)
2 2 Copies of LCB's patriarchal blessing 1912
2 3 Calendar for Western Cultus Club
2 4 Letter to LCB from her brother, LDS Apostle Matthew Cowley
2 5 Women's Relief Society directory for D.C., ca. 1937; certificate from Red Cross
2 6 Letters from Relief Society and RS magazine
2 7 Text of address by Amy Lyman 1945
2 8 Personal letters from Grace Colton 1934
2 9 Personal letters from Leah Widtsoe 1945
2 10 Church Newsletters with article of LCB
2 11 Guest lists 1966
2 12 Mission call, identity cards, and certificate 1949
2 13 Blessing given to LCB by LDS President David O. McKay 1959
2 14 Mission identity card for LCB 1959
2 15 Blessing given to LCB by Henry D. Moyle 1959
2 16 Poem by Elouise Bell 1961
2 17 Articles and letters for and about The Instructor
2 18 Education and work résumé
2 19 Menu for Wisteria Garden restaurant
2 20 Articles and materials relating to Bureau of Home Economics
2 21 Efficiency exam results 1927
2 22 Piano recital program from A.C. School of Music
2 23 Papers, letters, and miscellaneous relating to LCB's education
2 24 Letters relating to Bureau of Home Economics
2 25 Notarized letter regarding thesis
2 26 Convocation program, University of Chicago
2 27 Transcripts from University of Minnesota and Stayer College
2 28 Various Articles
2 29 Photocopied pictures of LCB
2 30 Personal letters 1927
2 31 Letters and miscellaneous items
2 32 Thank-you cards
2 33 Poems and music
2 34 Personal correspondence, EBB to LCB

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New England Mission
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Newspaper article on EBB's call to be mission president
3 2 Relief Society Bulletins
3 3 Programs for Relief Society Conference of New England 1959
3 4 Address given at conference
3 5 Scrapbook of New England Mission
3 6 Scrapbook of New England Mission
3 7 Program for dedication of Joseph Smith Memorial in Vermont

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French Mission
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Articles for Relief Society in French and English 1960
4 2 Relief Society manuals, one French, one English 1961
4 3 Book of Quotations
4 4 French instruction manual for Relief Society 1959
4 5 Relief Society directory for France 1961
4 6 Silhouette of LCB
4 7 Newspaper article on French Mission
4 8 Newspapers articles on French mission 1961
4 9 Personal story about EBB
4 10 Personal letters 1961
4 11 Postcards from Paris
4 12 Business cards of EBB
4 13 Articles from Alvin Dyer
4 14 Letters from LDS Church Historical Department about donations
4 15 Deseret News article about EBB 1931
4 16 LDS Church directory for France
4 17 News articles on French Mission
4 18 Mission Diary of Brossards'
4 19 Missionary Handbook, 1961; in French and English
4 20 Booklet on Apostasy and Restoration
4 21 Relief Society Remembrance Book from France
4 22 Photo Album of French Relief Society 1961

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Retirement
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Card for Gustave Brossard's 50th wedding anniversary
5 2 Article and Christmas card relating to Gustave Brossard
5 3 Letters regarding first Brossard Collection (Coll Mss 4) and Student Loan program
5 4 Articles and items regarding donations to University of Utah and Republican party
5 5 Program for and article on death of Walter Moyle
5 6 Copy of article on Washington D.C. Temple
5 7 Items regarding EBB works with Sons of Utah Pioneers
5 8 Booklets about Old Main Society
5 9 Invitation to USU Christmas Reception 1975
5 10 Letters and directory on Cannon-Hinckley Church History Club
5 11 Copies of LDS Church News and USU Statesman
5 12 Copy of Article from USU Statesman
5 13 Personal address book
5 14 Booklet: A Thought For Today"
5 15 Collection of quotes, poetry, and inspirational stories
5 16 Register of George Dollinger Pyper collection from University of Utah
5 17 Brochure from first Festival of American West
6 1 Names and addresses to whom book on Brossard family was sent
6 2 Expanded and revised list of above
6 3 Thank-you notes received regarding book
6 4 Thank-you notes continued
6 5 Thank-you notes continued

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Edgar and Laura Brossard's Families
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 1 1892 telegram to Joel Ricks
7 2 Obituary for Franklin Parkinson 1943
7 3 LDS Articles of Faith card (in Finnish)
7 4 Obituary for Eulalie Brossard
7 5 Obituary for Octabe and Henriette Brossard
7 6 Obituary for Marie Alice Audette
7 7 Card and wedding announcement
7 8 Cards memorializing Madame Octave Brossard
7 9 Cards memorializing Achille Brossard
7 10 Cards memorializing Thomas Maquin and Marguerite Brossard
7 11 Obituary for Achille Brossard
7 12 Booklet on pioneer trails 1948
7 13 Reprint of first issue of Deseret News
7 14 Family papers from Brossard family, naturalization and baptismal certificates

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Brossard, Edgar Bernard, 1889-1980.
    • Brossard, Laura Cowley, 1893-1976.
    • Corporate Names :
    • United States Tariff Commission.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormon Church--Missions--France--Paris.
    • Mormon Church--Missions--New England.
    • Mormon Church--Utah.
    • Mormon Church--Washington (D.C.)
    • Mormon missionaries.

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