Willis Joseph Bray(1884-1961) was Professor of Chemistry at Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) from 1912 until 1952. He joined the faculty as Head of the Chemistry
Department when Northeast was still the First District Normal Schooland was named Head of the Division of Science and Mathematics in 1925. While teaching at the college, he also served several terms as Chemist
and Bacteriologist for the City of Kirksville. He stepped down as Division Head for health reasons in 1945 but continued teaching until June 1952.
A 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Ordnance Reserve Corps, Bray was called to active duty in Washington, DC during World War I. He returned to the Reserves after the war, transferred from the Infantry to Chemical Warfare Service in 1926, and had risen in rank to Major when recalled to active duty in 1942. A heart problem necessitated his medical retirement in March 1944.
Dr Bray was very active in the Masonic Orders and attained the offices of Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons, 1934, and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, 1945-46. He edited several editions of the Transactions of the Missouri Lodge of Research and authored many Masonic articles and booklets.
This collection of 60 articles, addresses and essays, a gift of his son, Willis J Bray, Jr, contains a mix of rough drafts, more finished typescripts and published versions (mostly photocopies) of Dr Bray’s works.
▪ "Willis Joseph Bray: Grand Master, 1944-46", Transactions of the Missouri Lodge of Research. Vol 5. Trenton: The Lodge [AF&AM]. 1947
▪ Ryle, Walter H. "Willis Joseph Bray". Address delivered at the unveiling of the portrait of Willis J. Bray, Grand Master, Grand Lodge of Missouri, Kirksville Masonic Temple, April 1, 1945.
▪ Bray, Willis J. "List of Studies and Articles Prepared and Delivered by Willis J. Bray". [note: not all titles on this bibliography are included in the collection.]
▪Tri-fold cardboard frame containing 3 3.5x5 black & white photos of Bray in military uniform: Cadet 2nd Lieutenant, Fredericktown, MO High School, 1901 ▪ 1st Lieutenant, US Army Ordnance Dept, 1918 ▪ Major, US Army Air Corps, 1942
▪ “Achievement in General Chemistry as it is Related to Certain Learning Abilities”. Bulletin of the Northeast Missouri state Teachers College 31:6 (1931).
▪ “Aerosols – Clouds, Dust, Fog, and Smoke”. Journal of Chemical Education 6:9 (Sept 1929).|
▪ “The Intangible Values of College Life”. Address before the Freshman Class, Sept 7, 1948. Bulletin of the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College 48:10 (October 1948).
▪ “Education for Happiness”, High School Commencement Address, Kirksville, Bethany, Lewistown and Hurdland, MO , May 1935.
▪ “Kiwanis Education and the Under-privileged Child”. Delivered at a joint meeting of the Kirksville and Moberly, MO clubs, Mar 23, and at the Mo-Kan-Ark District Spring Conference, April 6, .
▪ “The Nomenclature of Biology Courses in Teachers Colleges”. Science Education 17:3 (Oct 1933).
▪ “The School’s Responsibility for Physical Efficiency” The Rural School Messenger 5:3-4 (Nov-Dec 1915).
▪ “Science in General Education”. Science Education 23:2 (Feb 1939).
▪ "The Selection of High School Science Textbooks”. Science Education 18:3 (Oct 1934).
▪ "A Study of the First Class High Schools of Missouri”. Normal School Index, Feb 5, 1915.
▪ By-Products of College Life
▪ College Teachers and Higher Degrees
▪ Exercuse for Mental, Moral, and Spiritual Growth
▪ Individual Differences of Students in the Study of General Chemistry
▪ Science and Religion (2 drafts)
▪ Some Observations on Student Difficulties in the Study of General Chemistry
▪ Some Thoughts Concerning the Certification of Rural Teachers in Missouri
▪ The Study of General Chemistry
▪ A Study of the Graduates of This Teachers College by Major Fields for the Years 1931 to 1933 inclusive.
▪ Address of Companion Willis J Bray, Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Missouri
▪ Address of Most Worshipful Brother Willis J Bray, Scottish Rite Cathedral, St. Louis, MO, Nov 4, 1948
▪ "Grand Master's Annual Address, Grand Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Missouri, 1945". Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, 1945
▪ "Grand Master's Annual Address, Grand Lodge Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, State of Missouri, 1946". Proceedings of the Grand Lodge, 1945
▪ "The Inter-Relation of Symbolic and Capitular Masonry", read before the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Missouri, April 28, 1946
▪ Remarks of the Grand Master before the Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Oct 30, 1945
▪ A Response of M. W. Brother Willis J Bray, Grand Master of Missouri, to the Address of Welcome by the Grand Master of the District of Columbia
▪ A Resopnse to the Address of Welcome Delivered by the Grand Master of the District of Columbia
▪ "The Symbolism of the Capitular Degrees" presented in the Grand Chapter of Missouri, 2nd Royal Arch School, Columbia, MO, Nov 9, 1933
▪ A brief sketch of the History and Aims of the Order of De Moley
▪ A brief sketch of the History of the Knights of Malta and the Knights Templar [incomplete]
▪ The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 1946
▪ The Great Light of Freemasonry
▪ The Knights Templar
▪ Let's Go to Lodge
▪ The Meaning of Masonry
▪ More About the Alleged Decline of Religion; attached letter of transmittal to Allister, J McDowen, Editor Masonic Historiology, Nov 30, 1946
▪ The Objectives of the Royal Arch Masonry
▪ The Philosophy of Masonry
▪ The Powers and Duties of the District Deputy Grand Master
▪ Report of the Special Committee on Masonic Relief
▪ A sketch of the History and Geography of the Ancient Orders of Chivalry [outline]
▪ Why I Am a Royal Arch Mason
▪ William Frederick Kuhn, MD. Apr 24, 1945
▪ Christ, The Church and Easter
▪ The Fight for Moral Integrity
▪ God's Great Gifts (2 drafts)
▪ Love, Our Most Ambiguous Word (2 drafts)
▪ Some Problems of the Modern Church, delivered at the First Baptist Church, Kirksville, Aug 16, 1936
▪ Prayers ▪ Christmas Prayer, delivered at the KSTC Christmas Prohram Dec 17. 1947 ▪ Invocation at the Laying of the Cornerstone, Blanton & Nason Halls, KSTC May 27, 1948 ▪ Prayer ▪ A Prayer at the Memorial for the Gold Starts of KSTC, June 14, 1946 Prayer on "I am an American Day" (2) ▪ Prayer on V-E Day [May 8 1945] A Pray on V-J Day [Aug 14 1945]
▪ Address of Welcome at the Graham Family Reunion, Fredericktown, MO, June 19, 1938 [incomplete]
▪ Assets in the Bank of Life
▪ Bells Ring for Liberty
▪ "Democracy at the Crossroads", Pearl Harbor Day address broadcast by KIRX Radio, Kirksville, MO, Dec 7, 1947
▪ "General John Joseph Pershing", Nemoscope 3:1 (Summer-Fall 1948)
▪ My Philosophy of Life
▪ Physical, Mental, and Emotional Factors as They Relate to the Health and Happiness of Family
▪ Our Oriental Neighbors (ca 1919)
▪ The Quest for Happiness
▪ The Stewardship of Intangible Balues (1961)
▪ To the Mayor and Commissioners of Kirksville, Missouri (ca 1915) [Report of the City Chemist?]