MS-064: The Papers of Henry T. Bream (Class of 1924)
(21 boxes, 8.28 cubic feet)
Inclusive Dates: 1910-2002
Processed by: Ashley Domm, ‘07
The Papers of Henry T. Bream were a gift to Musselman Library from John D. Bream.
Henry T. Bream was born on November 21, 1899 to Wilson and Lucinda Trostle Bream. After graduating from the
Upon his graduation, Bream was offered a teaching and coaching position at Phoenixville high school. In 1926 he returned to his alma mater as freshmen football and basketball coach and was promoted to head coach a year later. Bream continued as head coach until 1952 when he became athletic director and head of the Physical Education department, a position Bream held until his retirement in 1969. Always quick to lend a helping hand “Hen” coached varsity track from 1932 to 1936 and varsity baseball from 1952 to 1956 until those vacancies in the faculty could be filled. During World War II local area high schools were in need of coaches to keep their programs active. Bream coached the Biglerville high school football and
In 1927 Bream married Louise Dougherty and they had two children. Henry T. Bream Jr. was born in 1930 and was nicknamed “Timmy.” John D. Bream was born in 1934 and was called “Jack.” In 1939 Timmy Bream died from infantile paralysis.
Henry Bream was an active member of his community serving in many organizations. He was active in the Lions Club, the Elk’s Lodge, the Good Samaritan Lodge, and the American Legion just to name a few. Bream also served as a liaison between the College and the community, serving on the Community Chest for many years. Bream was an active member of the St. James Lutheran Church and was President of the men’s Bible class. While a student at Gettysburg College Bream was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the Pen and Sword Society. While on the faculty he served on many committees including the financial aid, advisory and curriculum and policy committees. Bream was also on the Board of Trustees as the Alumni Trustee.
“Hen” Bream has been elected twice to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, he was an original member of the Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor and honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. “Hen” Bream has also received the James Lynah Memorial Award from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association.
Bream has left a legacy at
Biographical Information for Henry T. Bream
Date of Birth: November 21, 1899
Deceased: June 17, 1990, age 90 years olds
Place of Birth:
Parents: Wilson and Lucinda Trostle Bream (Stepmother-Mary Hershey Bream)
Married: Louise Dougherty; July 6, 1927
Children: Henry T. Bream Junior (Timmy) born April 30, 1930, died September 4, 1939; John D. Bream, born June 23, 1934
1906-1918: Gettysburg Public Schools
1956: Scout for
June 1969: Retired as Chairman of Physical Education Department and Director of Athletics at
1970: Scout for
Gettysburg College Freshmen football, 1926
Gettysburg College Freshmen basketball, 1926-1927
Gettysburg College Varsity football, 1927-1951
Gettysburg College Varsity basketball, 1927-1955
(Did this during World War II to help out area schools)
Gettysburg College Varsity baseball, 1952-1956
Teams played for:
Prior to 1918:
1919-1920, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (out part season with broken wrist)
1922-1923, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (played half season then contracted diphtheria and was out the rest of the season)
1920s, Schuylkill Valley League football team
1928-1929: Shortstop for
1931-1932: Fleetwing Basketball Club
Phi Gamma Delta,
Pen and Sword Society
Financial Aid Committee, 16 years
Commencement Committee, 35 Years
Advisory Committee, 3 years
Curriculum and Policy Committee, 3 years
Advisor to Booster Club, 12 years
Word War II Liaison b/t
Community Chest Board of Directors-4 years, President-1 year, Chairman-1 year
Lions Club starting 1928, President 1940-1941
Elk’s Lodge starting 1926
Good Samaritan Lodge #226 F&AM starting 1928
Good Samaritan R.A. Chapter #266
Scottish Rite Bodies of Free Masonry,
Adams County Shrine Club, President 1 year
President Men’s Bible Class of St. James Lutheran Church, 4 years
Board of Directors Gettysburg Country Club, 7 years
Middle Atlantic States Athletic Conference Executive Council-7 years, President-2 years (1962-1964)
Eligibility Committee of Eastern Colligate Athletic Conferences, 3 year term
Principles and Policy Committee of the ECAC
LINAH Award Committee of the ECAC
Special National Collegiate Athletic Association on All Star Selection Committee, 3 years, Chairman
1969: Board of Trustees, Alumni Trustee,
Albert J. Lentz Post 202 of the American Legion
The American Football Coaches Association
Saturday Night Reading Club
The Robert W. Maxwell Memorial Football Club, 1967
Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Member
1958: Alumni Meritorious Service Award
1966: Lambert Cup,
Circa 1969: James Lynah Memorial Award from the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association
Twice elected to Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame
1978: Charter Members of Gettysburg College Hall of Athletic Honor
1972: National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame
1960s: Oversaw building of Musselman Stadium (1965) and Health and Physical Education Building (1962)
1969: Health and Physical Education Building named the
During career at
Worked closely with the community, was a speaker at many functions and used for fund raising activities
Known for good sportsmanship philosophy
S.A.T.C. (Student Army Training Corps) while at
The collection of Henry T. Bream consists of 21 boxes. The collection has been divided into 11 series: Series I: correspondence, Series II: certificates, Series III: photographs, Series IV: publications and addresses, Series V: event programs, Series VI: subject files, Series VII: notes, Series VIII: miscellaneous files, Series IX: newspaper clippings, Series X: scrapbook items, and Series XI: artifacts.
Scope and Content Notes
Series 1: Correspondence
The correspondence that makes up the first series is organized by type of correspondence and then chronologically. The bulk of this series is made up of letters to Henry T. Bream although some of the letters are carbon copies, letters to others which have been sent to him and a few letters in the collection from Henry T. Bream. In addition to letters series 1 contains cards and telegrams.
Series 2: Certificates
This series is organized chronologically. This collection includes membership and award certificates.
Series 3: Photographs
The photographs are arranged into three sub series. Sub series A consists of personal photographs. Most of these photographs had no previous organization and were organized chronologically. However there were six folders of personal photographs which were already categorized and were therefore kept within these categories. Among other personal photographs in the collection are images of Henry T. Bream’s days at Gettysburg College as a student, pictures documenting the two years Bream spent coaching for Phoenixville High School, family pictures, pictures of Bream with his friends, and pictures of an ROTC summer camp visit.
Sub series B are all photographs that pertain to Gettysburg College Athletics from the early 1900s through the 1950s. Included in this collection are photographs of
Sub series C includes banquet and award ceremony pictures from the 1930s through the 1970s. Among these are pictures of the 1966 Lambert Memorial Cup Presentation to the Gettysburg College Football Team.
Series 4: Publications and Addresses
This series includes two folders containing miscellaneous publications as well as the 1923 and 1925 Spectrum, issues of the Gettysburg Alumni Bulletin and also one folder containing Addresses.
Series 5: Programs
Series 5 is arranged into two sub series which are each organized chronologically. Sub series A contains football programs from the 1910s through the 1960s. The majority of programs saved were from games in which the
Sub series B contains banquet and testimonial dinner programs. Programs from many sports nights, hosted by a plethora of organizations are included in this sub series.
Series 6: Subject Files
The subject files are organized alphabetically and include diverse subjects. The files’ contents vary from people to organizations to events. Interesting items in the subject files include Henry T. Bream’s basketball and football plays, Gettysburg College Centennial materials, a signed letter to Henry Bream from Bob Hope, Musselman Stadium construction plans and the 1960s discourse between the faculty and students on hair and appearance regulations for athletes.
Series 7: Notes
This series consists of one folder of notes which seem to have been created in preparation for speeches or class lectures.
Series 8: Miscellaneous Files
The miscellaneous files contain items which do not belong elsewhere in the collection such as check stubs, deeds, receipts and bills.
Series 9: Newspaper Clippings
The newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically and consists of articles from a number of papers including The Gettysburg Times, The Philadelphia Public Ledger, The York Dispatch among others. The clippings follow
Series 10: Scrapbook
Henry T. Bream’s scrapbook has been photocopied and processed in the collection. This series also includes items removed from the scrapbook including photographs, event programs and newspaper clippings.
Series 11: Artifacts
Series 11 has been divided into three sub series. Sub series A consists of plaques. Sub series B contains trophies and sub series C includes Hen Bream’s collection of game footballs. Among these footballs is the 1951 ball used in Bream’s 25th anniversary game.
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