Papers contain both personal papers and administrative records. Personal papers include Slonaker family genealogical materials,
correspondence, mementos, photo albums, and wedding anniversary keepsakes. Administrative records and other materials related
to the Slonaker School in San Jose, Boys Brotherhood, HESA, Boys City and Sons in Retirement.
Harry E. Slonaker was born in Chicago in 1903 where, as a teenager, he became active in the Boys Brotherhood Republic (BBR).
The BBR, founded by William R. George in New York, and by Jack Robbins in Chicago, attempted to teach boys leadership and
responsibility through self-governance in recreational and civic activities. Slonaker was mayor of the BBR of northwest Chicago
in 1916. In January 1932, Slonaker met boys shooting craps on the sidewalks of New York and asked if they wanted to help organize
a BBR; by the end of the year, their numbers had grown to 175.
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