MS064: The Papers of Henry T. Bream (Class of 1924)

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

Summer 2005

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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 Gettysburg public school system in 1918, “Hen” was admitted to Gettysburg College and graduated with the class of 1924.  While a student at Gettysburg Hen was a varsity Athlete; lettering in football, basketball and baseball. 

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 Gettysburg high school basketball teams during this time.

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 Gettysburg College.  Known for good sportsmanship, he spread his philosophy to the young men and women who were under his tutelage.  He continued to develop the Health and Physical Education department, establishing the office of sports information and the position of trainer.  Bream oversaw the construction of Musselman Stadium in 1965 and the Health and Physical Education building in 1962 which was deservingly named after him upon his retirement.  Hen Bream died in 1990 at the age of 90.  As the plaque outside of the Bream Physical Education building reads, Henry T. Bream was truly a “Builder of Men.”

Biographical Information for Henry T. Bream

Basic Information:

Date of Birth: November 21, 1899

Deceased: June 17, 1990, age 90 years olds

Place of Birth: York Springs, PA; moved to Gettysburg, PA in 1907

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

1918-1924: Gettysburg College, B.S in Business Administration (Had two junior years due to injury, senior year was 1922-1923 but stayed an extra semester, graduating in 1924)

1927: Bucknell University – Rockne-Meanwell School for Coaches

1931-1934: Columbia University, M.A. in Physical Education (1931, 1932, 1933 and 1934 summers)

Career Information:

1924-1926: Phoenixville High School, history teacher, football, basketball and baseball coach

1926: Gettysburg College, instructor, coach of freshmen football and basketball

1927-1946: Gettysburg College, Assistant Professor, coach of Varsity football and basketball

1946-1952: Gettysburg College, Associate Professor

1952-1969: Gettysburg College, Professor, Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair

1952-1956: Gettysburg College, Professor, Director of Athletics, Physical Education Department Chair, Varsity Baseball Coach

1956: Scout for Philadelphia Phillies

June 1969: Retired as Chairman of Physical Education Department and Director of Athletics at Gettysburg College

1970: Scout for Philadelphia Phillies Minor League

Coaching Record:

Gettysburg College football (25 years): 104-69-12, 4 Eastern PA conference titles and 4 shared crowns

Gettysburg College basketball: 298-187: 6 conference titles

Gettysburg College baseball (5 years): 46-24-2

Gettysburg College overall record: 448-280-14; 0.615% winning record

Teams Coached:

Gettysburg College football, Assistant Coach, 1923

Gettysburg College basketball, Assistant Coach, 1923-1924

Gettysburg College girl’s basketball, 1923-1924

Phoenixville High School football, 1924-1926

Phoenixville High School basketball, 1924-1926

Phoenixville High School baseball, 1924-1926

Gettysburg College Freshmen football, 1926

Gettysburg College Freshmen basketball, 1926-1927

Gettysburg College Varsity football, 1927-1951

Gettysburg College Varsity basketball, 1927-1955

Gettysburg College Track, 1932-1936

1943-1944: Biglerville High School Football Coach

1944-1945: Gettysburg High School Basketball Coach

(Did this during World War II to help out area schools)

Gettysburg College Varsity baseball, 1952-1956

Teams played for:

Prior to 1918: Gettysburg Public Schools; football, basketball and baseball (12 varsity letters earned)

1918, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football

1919, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football

1919-1920, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (out part season with broken wrist)

1920, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football (out most of the season with a broken leg)

1921, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football (played four games then out rest of the season due to injuries of the previous year)

1921-1922, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball

1922, Spring: Gettysburg College Varsity Baseball

1922, Fall: Gettysburg College Varsity Football

1922-1923, Winter: Gettysburg College Varsity Basketball (played half season then contracted diphtheria and was out the rest of the season)

1923, Spring: Gettysburg College Varsity Baseball

1920s, Schuylkill Valley League football team

1928-1929: Shortstop for Hanover in the Blue Ridge League

1931-1932: Fleetwing Basketball Club


Phi Gamma Delta, Gettysburg College

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 Gettysburg College and Armed Forces

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

Gettysburg Comandry #N.K.T.

Scottish Rite Bodies of Free Masonry, Harrisburg PA

Adams County Shrine Club, President 1 year

Zembo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Harrisburg

Adams County Shrine Club Luncheon Club

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, Gettysburg College, 12 years

Adams County Alumni Association, President 1969

Pennsylvania Economic Association, 1980s

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

Awards Received:

1958: Alumni Meritorious Service Award

1966: Lambert Cup, Gettysburg College Football Team

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

Other Information:

1960s: Oversaw building of Musselman Stadium (1965) and Health and Physical Education Building (1962)

1969: Health and Physical Education Building named the Henry T. Bream Physical Education Building

During career at Gettysburg College, establish the office of sports information, established the trainer position and created a training room (1929)

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 Gettysburg College, 1918, 3 months

Series Description

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 Gettysburg College coaches, and individual athletes, as well as photographs of football and basketball games.

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 Gettysburg College football team participated.  One exception includes a 1934 program from a N.Y. Giants vs. Chicago Bears game.

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 Gettysburg athletics and other subjects from the 1920s up through 2002. 

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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