Brumby and Hart Family Papers Open for Research

June 2, 2014 – 12:00 PM

The Hargrett Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Brumby and Hart family papers, ms 3752. Sewell Marion Brumby (1911-1992) was born in Cedartown, Georgia and graduated from United States Military Academy in 1932. He began his army career stationed in Manila (Philippines) shortly after his marriage in 1935 to Mary Hart (1914-2011), daughter of Mary Elmira Bullard (1883-1977) and William Thomas Hart (1880-1931) of Columbus, Georgia. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry in World War II and led them ashore on Utah Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944). Sewell later served two tours of duty in Japan and retired from the Army in 1960. After years of living overseas, Sewell and Mary finally settled in Athens (Ga.). Sewell began a second career as librarian at the University of Georgia Law School after attending library school at Columbia University in New York.

The collection consists of biographical information, genealogy, correspondence, writings, artwork, scrapbooks, financial papers, printed material and photographs. Much of the correspondence is between Sewell and Mary Brumby and from their friends, especially their friends in Japan. The Hart family correspondence revolves around Mary Elmira Bullard Hart, with letters from her husband William Thomas Hart, and their children Louise Hart Hunt (1911-1987), Mary Hart, and William Bullard Hart (1918-1985). There is also correspondence of Marianne Brumby, Mira Lee “Candle” Brumby, Sewell Robeson Brumby, the Bullard family, the Blackmar family and the Pittman family. One box of correspondence and financial papers concerns John Ray and Benjamin G. Barker. John Ray (1792-1868) was a lawyer and teacher in Newnan, Georgia. Genealogy research done by Sewell Brumby concerns the Brumby, Hart, Sewell and Pittman extended families and includes research correspondence with family members. Writings are by various family members, especially the poetry of Louise Hart Hunt and family cookbooks and recipes used for Mary Brumby’s publication.

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