Other Free Encyclopedias » Online Encyclopedia » Encyclopedia - Featured Articles » Contributed Topics from A-E

Bruce, Kathleen (Eveleth) (1885–1950) - U.S. History

college virginia research richmond

Kathleen Eveleth Bruce was born October 21, 1885, in Richmond, Virginia, to Thomas Seddon and Mary Bruce (Anderson). She received her early education at Miss Ellett’s Private School in Richmond before moving west to Tucson, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas. She attended Radcliffe College and received an A.B. in 1918, an A.M. in 1919, and a Ph.D. in 1924.

From 1924 to 1926 Bruce taught history and government at Wheaton College, and from 1926 to 1928 she was on the faculty of William and Mary College. She received a grant from the National Research Council for 1928–29 and did research in Washington, D.C., and at Johns Hopkins University on the social, cultural, and business lives of the planters in the South before the Civil War. From 1930 to 1932 Bruce researched at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for the McCormick Biographical Association. In 1932–33 she was on the staff of the Nettie Fowler McCormick Foundation. Bruce was a contributor to the Dictionary of American Biography and in 1931 wrote Virginia Iron Manufacture in the Slave Era and “Massachusetts Women of the Revolution (1716–1789),” a chapter in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Colony, Province and State (1927–30 ), edited by Albert B. Hart.

In 1933 Kathleen Bruce returned to teaching at Hollins College in Virginia. From 1936 to 1941 she served as state supervisor of federal archives and records in Virginia and researched the agricultural records of Berry Hill Plantation in Halifax County, Virginia. From 1943 to 1946 she was assistant professor of history at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans, Louisiana. She returned to Richmond in 1946, where she did research contrasting conditions following the Civil War with those following World Wars I and II. In 1948 Bruce was professor of history at Westhampton College of the University of Richmond. In January 1949 ill health forced her to abandon her research. At the time of her death on April 26, 1950, Kathleen Eveleth Bruce left the house she built and designed, along with her historical library, to the university as a residence for women faculty members at Westhampton College.

Bruce, Sir David [next] [back] Bruce, John Edward(1856–1924) - Journalist, historian, orator, politician, Chronology, Earns Prominence as Journalist

User Comments

Your email address will be altered so spam harvesting bots can't read it easily.
Hide my email completely instead?

Cancel or