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Charles Baldwin Sawyer papers

Identifier: Spec-Coll-00032

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of personal papers and business records of Charles Baldwin Sawyer. Sawyer's personal papers include journals, correspondence, photographs and printed matter pertaining to his home, family, travels, career, and his relationship with the family of Charles F. Brush, Sr.

Business records in this collection consist of correspondence, memorandum, printed matter and reports concerning The Brush Laboratories Company, The Brush Development Company, The Brush Beryllium Company and The Clevite Corporation; all companies associated with Sawyer.


  • 1913-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1960

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use of this collection.

Biography of Charles Baldwin Sawyer

Charles Baldwin Sawyer was a Cleveland, Ohio scientist and businessman who figured prominently in the early development of the beryllium and Rochelle salt industries. Sawyer graduated from Yale University and MIT. In 1921, Sawyer and Charles F. Brush, Jr. founded the Brush Development Company. Sawyer also founded the Brush Beryllium Company and was instrumental in the development of modern uses for beryllium in nuclear physics and in rocketry. Charles B. Sawyer held many patents and belonged to numerous scientific societies, including The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The American Chemical Society, The American Society for Metals, The American Physical Society, and The British Institute of Metals.


50.22 linear feet


This collection consists of personal papers and business records of Charles Baldwin Sawyer including records of the Brush Laboratories Company, Brush Development Company, Brush Beryllium Company, and Clevite Corporation.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series: Series 1: Charles B. Sawyer Personal Papers. 1913-1970; Series 2: Brush Laboratories Company. 1920-1956; Series 3: Brush Development Company. 1920-1955; Series 4: Brush Beryllium Company. 1933-1962; Series 5: Clevite Corporation. 1932-1962. Files are arranged according to the original order created by Sawyer. Occasionally, as business ventures overlapped, Sawyer filed information about one of his companies in the records of another, and, filed information about his companies in his personal papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was the gift of Charles B. Sawyer circa 1964.
Finding aid for the Charles Baldwin Sawyer Papers
Finding aid prepared by Special Collection staff
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States