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President Edward York Blewett records, 1938-1986

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Collection Scope and Content

The Dr. Edward York Blewett collection contains a variety of records created and collected by Dr. Blewett primarily during his tenure as President of Westbrook Junior College. However, also included are a small number of papers and publications prior to his time at WJC including his masters thesis and lecture notes and other papers from his time at UNH. A large portion of the papers are made up of notes and materials collected for later use in speeches, addresses, and papers as well as the speeches and papers themselves.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Edward York Blewett served as President of Westbrook Junior College from 1956-1970. He was born March 22, 1905 in Yonkers, New York before moving to and attending public school in Braintree, Mass. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1926 and married a fellow classmate, Marion Elizabeth Arthur in 1928. In 1926 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps in which he would serve until volunteering for active duty as a Major in 1941 and promoted to Colonel in 1943. Throughout this time he held several administrative positions at the UNH, Alumni Secretary, 1927-1929; Executive Secretary, 1929-37; Assistant to the President, 1937-39; and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, 1939-1958. He was elected President of Westbrook Junior College June 9, 1958.