The Bruner Collection consists chiefly of materials relating to the
period of Mrs. Bruner's education (1914-1925). It includes: publications of the
San Francisco National Training School; a scrapbook (1913-1920; biographical
materials on Rev. Bruner (1918); Mrs. Bruner's correspondence (1914-1956); and,
scattered clippings, programs and Methodist missionary periodicals.
Clara Isabel Raynor Bruner studied at the San Francisco National
Training School (1913-1915) with trhe intention of becoming a medical
missionary. The School was operated under the auspices of the Women's Home
Missionary Society of the Mehtodist Episcopal Church. It began in 1890 to train
deaconesses and in 1901 it undertook to train women for other Christian work.
After graduating from the School Miss Raynor took nursing coursework in
Southern California (1915-1917). There she married Rev. Joseph W. Bruner,
minister at Lakeside Methodist Church near Hanford, Calif. (1917). The
following year Bruner began training for military chaplaincy, caught the
Spanish Influenza and died. Mrs. Bruner continued in Christian work,
participating in such groups as the Epworth League and the YWCA. She also
supported missionary work in China and in India.
Collection is open for research.