Autograph Album

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Admin/Biog History Harriet "Hattie" May Bras was the daughter of Jabez W. Bras. He first appears in the Oshkosh City Dirctories in 1866. He owned a grain dealership for many years and in later life held various small political appointments. Hattie is first listed as an artist in the Oshkosh City Directory in 1890. She had a studio at 6 High Street and at 103 main Street. She was close friends with Edmond H. and Mary Osthaus, brother and sister, who were well known artisits. Hattie specialized in crayon and water color portraits, but also did china painting. She and her sister Julia E. Bras taught many young Oshkosh ladies in their studio. Hattie also did engravings of people for the Daily northwestern newspaper. She may also have been involved with the Womans Suffrage Movement. She died in Oshkosh on March 26, 1907.
Classification Archives
Collection Small Collections, People
Dates of Accumulation 1874-1886
Abstract Small autograph album owned by Harriet "Hattie" May Bras. Hattie was a local Oshkosh artisit and her album contains illustrations by Edmund Osthaus, Mary Osthaus, and J. Frank Waldo. most of the signatures are from local Oshkosh people, but one page is signed by Susan B. Anthony:

"Political Equality is the stepping stone to social, moral, educational and industrial equality.
Sincerely yours,
Susan B. Anthony
Rochester N. Y.
November 15, 1886"
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID SC618.19
Object Name Book
People Bras, Harriet "Hattie" May
Osthaus, Edmund
Osthaus, Mary
Anthony, Susan B.
Waldo, J. Frank
Related unit of descrip Photographs in Nevitt and Church scrapbooks.
Subjects Artists
Title Autograph Album
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