Guide to the Kenneth Wayne Brewer Photographs,
1907-2004

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Kenneth Wayne Brewer Photographs
Dates: 1907-2004 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.25 linear foot)
Collection Number: USU_P0381
Summary: The Kenneth Wayne Brewer Collection consists of 81 photographs dated from 1907-2004.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph Collection

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

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

Historical Note

Kenneth Wayne Brewer was born on November 28, 1941, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Shortly after his birth, his father, Ulyss Brewer, deployed for World War II where he served most of his time fighting in the Philippines. After his father's deployment, Brewer and his mother, Edna Juanita Virt Brewer, moved in with his maternal grandmother, Mary Belle Virt.

After returning from the War in 1945, his father aspired to be a boxer but due to an injury he drove freight trucks in Indianapolis instead. Eventually he became an office manager for A & H Trucking Co. His mother worked as a typist for the same firm and his grandmother was a gift wrapper for a department store in Indianapolis. Because of his parents' schedules, Brewer was largely raised by his grandmother. He eventually graduated from Thomas Howe High School where he earned mostly B's and C's and participated in football and the ROTC.

Brewer attended Butler University for a year in 1959 before transferring to New Mexico Western College (now Western New Mexico University) in Silver City, New Mexico. He played football until a leg injury ended his career. He graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary teaching. In 1967 he graduated with a Master of Arts from New Mexico State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1973.

Dr. Brewer began teaching poetry at Utah State University in 1968. During his career at USU he wrote and published poetry extensively, and he eventually gained national attention being included in national anthologies and several listings of prominent American poets. He retired in the spring of 2000, after 32 years of teaching. He was named the Utah Poet Laureate in January 2003.

Ken married in 1964, and had two children, Kimberly Diane (Marsing) in 1966 and Jonathan Keith in 1969. Dr. Brewer died on March 15, 2006 following a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Content Description

The Kenneth Wayne Brewer Collection consists of 81 photographs dated from 1907-2004. The majority of the pictures were taken in the 1940s and 1950s from Brewer's childhood and include his parents, Ulyss and Edna, various relatives, and friends. Photos from 1907-1959 are in black and white, after 1960 all the images are in color. Folder 2 consists of color prints taken by Dr. Brewer in 2004 of the Swenson Symposium.

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.

Permission to publish material from the Kenneth Wayne Brewer Photographs must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Kenneth Wayne Brewer Photographs. (P0381). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Topical

Acquisition Information :  

The Kenneth W. Brewer Photographs were given to Utah State University Special Collection and Archives by Dr. Brewer in 1997, with a second set given in 2006.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Kandice Newren, October 2008.

Related Materials :  

Kenneth Wayne Brewer Papers P0381


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 01:01:01: Starting from the right back: Mary Pottage (grandmother to Ken Brewer), Clarence Pottage (great uncle to Ken Brewer), Laura Dirk (cousin to Mary Pottage), and Marie Dirk (cousin to Mary Pottage), 1907 1907
01:01:02: Mary Pottage (grandmother), age 13, 1911 1911
01:01:03: Great Grandpa Pottage (to Ken Brewer), 1905 1905
01:01:04: Edna Virt (mother to Ken Brewer), age 4, 1921 1921
01:01:05: Edna Virt, 1921 1921
01:01:06: Charles W. Virt (grandfather to Ken Brewer), c. 1915 1915
01:01:07: Mary (Pottage) and Edna Virt, c. 1920 1920
01:01:08: Sharon Billings, June 1936 1936 Jun
01:01:09: 4014 E. 10th, Indianapolis, June 1936 1936 Jun
01:01:10: Charles Lawrence Brewer (brother to Ken Brewer) January 12, 1940 1940 Jan 12
01:01:11: Edna (Virt) Brewer, June 1941 1941 Jun
01:01:12: Ulyss Brewer, Sergeant of U.S. Army, 1939 1939
01:01:13: Charles Lawrence Brewer, 09/16/39-04/04/1940 1940
01:01:14: Charles Virt, Edna and Ulyss Brewer, Dale Smith, 1940 1940
01:01:15: Edna Brewer, 1944 1944
01:01:16: Charles Virt & Bill Young, 1943 1943
01:01:17: Ken Brewer, August 1943 1943 Aug
01:01:18: Ken Brewer and Frank (uncle to Ken Brewer), 1943 1943
01:01:19: Charles Virt & Ken Brewer, 1945 1945
01:01:20: K.W.(aka Ken Brewer), Ulyss, and Becky, Ken's dog at Big Sugar River (1937 Studebaker on right side), August 1943 1943 Aug
01:01:21: K.W. and Brewer at Big Sugar River, August 1943 1943 Aug
01:01:22: K.W. and Brewer at Big Sugar River, August 1943 1943 Aug
01:01:23: Ken Brewer, 1942 1942
01:01:24: 125 W. Kansas House, 1942 1942
01:01:25: Ken and Edna Brewer, 1945 1945
01:01:26: Ken and Ulyss Brewer, August 1943 1943 Aug
01:01:27: Ken Brewer and Mary Virt, 1946 1946
01:01:28: Charles Virt, 1944 1944
01:01:29: Ken Brewer, 1946 1946
01:01:30: Charles and Mary Virt, 1945 1945
01:01:31: Mary Virt, Ken Brewer, and Charles Virt at Washington Park Cemetery, 1945 1945
01:01:32: Ulyss, Ken, Becky(dog), 1946 1946
01:01:33: Ken Brewer and Kay Newman, 1946 1946
01:01:34: Ken Brewer at Big Sugar River, 1945 1945
01:01:35: Ken Brewer, Grandma Brewer, and Mildred at Pikeville, Kentucky, 1946 1946
01:01:36: Ken Brewer, 1945 1945
01:01:37: Ken Brewer, 1945 1945
01:01:38: Ken Brewer, 1946 1946
01:01:39: Ken Brewer, 1947 1947
01:01:40: Public School #62, c. 1948. Ken is the the second person in line 1948
01:01:41: Ulyss Brewer and Great-Grandma Pottage, August 1950 1950 Aug
01:01:42: Ulyss and Ken Brewer, 1950 1950
01:01:43: Ken Brewer in Pikeville, Kentucky, 1946 1946
01:01:44: Brewer and Great Grandma Brewer 1907-2004
01:01:45: Ken Brewer in baseball outfit, 1951 1951
01:01:46: Ulyss Brewer dressed as a woman, Halloween 1952 1952
01:01:47: E. 10th House, 1953 1953
01:01:48: Aunt Catherine, Ken and Grandma Brewer, 1952 1952
01:01:49: Ken and Ulyss Brewer, 1954 1954
01:01:50: Grandma, 1955 1955
01:01:51: House, 1955 1955
01:01:52: Garage, 1955 1955
01:01:53: Grandma, 1956 1956
01:01:54: Ken Brewer in military uniform, 1956 1956
01:01:55: Ken Brewer and John Kiesel, All-Stars, 1956 1956
01:01:56: Thomas Howe High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1956 1956
01:01:57: Ken Brewer in baseball uniform, 1956 1956
01:01:58: Ken Brewer, 1958 1958
01:01:59: House on 10th Street, 1957 1957
01:01:60: Ulyss Brewer in the garage, 1958 1958
01:01:61: House at Tippecanoe, 1959 1959
01:01:62: Ulyss Brewer and dog, 1960 1960
01:01:63: Ulyss Brewer and dog, 1961 1961
01:01:64: Edna Brewer and dog, 1962 1962
01:01:65: Ulyss and Edna Brewer with Kim and Jon on their laps, 1969 1969
01:01:66: Four generations, 1970 (Grandmother holding Jon, Ken holding Kim, and Edna Brewer) 1970
01:01:67: The Tippecanoe, 1970 1970
01:01:68: Kenneth Brewer, February 1942 1942 Feb
01:01:69: Ken Brewer, 1992 1992
01:01:70: Bobbie (Roberta) Stearman, Ken Brewer, and Bill Holm in Springdale, Utah, May 25, 1997 1997 May 25
01:01:71: Unknown man and Ken Brewer 1907-2004
01:02:01-10: Includes Roy Swenson (brother of May Swenson), Mark Doty and Cynthia Hogue, Bobbie Stearman, Paul Crumbley, Paul Swenson, and a postcard for the symposium 1907-2004

Subjects

    • Family Names :
    • Brewer family--Photographs.
    • Brewer, Kenneth, 1941- --Photographs.
    • Occupations :
    • Poets, American--Utah--Photographs.
    • Occupations :
    • Poets laureate--Utah--Photographs.
    • Occupations :
    • College teachers--Utah--Photographs.

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