Eleanor Harbison Bream Letters and Diary, 1930-1962
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Brief Description: The Eleanor Harbison Bream Letters and Diary contains materials documenting her career, travels, and relationships.  The majority of materials in the collection are the letters between Eleanor H. Bream and her parents, Mrs. & Mr. F.R. Harbison. The majority of these letters contain day-to-day details about living abroad or in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s. A small portion of the collection is from Helen Webb, a friend of Eleanor who traveled throughout the world working for the Foreign Service.
Held at:
Chatham University Archives
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-365-1212
Fax: 412-365-1465
Email: m.tighe [at] chatham.edu
Record Series Number: RG11/2016.005
Created by: Bream, Eleanor Harbison (1931-2001)
Volume: 1.5 Object
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in five series, mostly based on the author(s) of the material. The last series contains miscellaneous postage items and a picture of an estate. Within each series, letters are arranged in chronological order and divided with respect to location or author.
Biographical Note for Bream, Eleanor Harbison (1931-2001) :

Eleanor Harbison was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1931 she began her studies at The Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW), now Chatham University. While at P.C.W., Eleanor was a staff member of the Arrow and a member of Phi Pi, Y.W.C.A., and the Library Committee for Junior-Freshman Tea. After graduating in 1935, she worked at the Pittsburgh Planetarium.

Eleanor Harbison began her work for the Foreign Service as a Personnel Officer in 1944. She became an administrative assistant, assigned to posts in Stockholm, Cairo, Rome, and Paris.  In 1952 she married a Foreign Service Officer, Gray Bream, and she continued to travel with him to his posts in Pakistan, the Netherlands, and Germany. Eventually, the couple settled down in McLean Virginia where Mr. Bream continued to work for the State Department and Mrs. Bream was an active member of the McLean Woman’s Club. In 2001, Mrs. Bream passed away at the age of 86.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Bream, Eleanor Harbison--Archives
United States--Armed Forces--Foreign Service--History--sources
World War II--Radio Stations--Greenland--History--sources
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
PreferredCitation: Eleanor Harbison Bream Letters and Diary, 1930-1962, MSS.2016.005, Chatham University Archives & Special Collections