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Guide to the William Garrott Brown Papers, 1898-1917

Abstract

This collection contains personal and professional correspondence and literary notes of historian and essayist William Garrott Brown. The letters center around Brown's literary work and friends, but also discuss Republican politics in the South, political reaction to the imperialistic policies of Theodore Roosevelt and support of Woodrow Wilson, and the passage of the Aldrich monetary bill, which formed the basis of Federal Reserve System. It also includes letters from Brown to John Spencer Bassett giving biographical information. Other correspondents include many promiment literary and political figures. Additional papers include copies of Brown's letters in the Charles William Eliot Papers, Harvard University, and the Edward Mandell House Papers, Yale University. These concern race relations and Woodrow Wilson's 1912 presidential campaign.

Descriptive Summary

Title
William Garrott Brown papers
Creator
Brown, William Garrott, 1868-1913
Extent
2.0 linear feet, 4 boxes, 1,013 items (inc. 2 vols.)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection consists of mostly letters that center around William Garrott Brown's literary work and friends; the efforts of so-called Southern liberals to make the Republican party respectable in the South; the attempts of liberals of the nation to halt the imperialistic policies of Theodore Roosevelt by supporting Woodrow Wilson; and maneuvering behind the passing of the Aldrich monetary bill, which formed the basis of the Federal Reserve System. Also included are letters to John Spencer Bassett giving biographical information on Brown, Brown's diploma from Harvard, a copy of his will and letters from editors of Harper's Weekly and the Youth's Companion.

Additional papers include copies of Brown's letters collected by Bruce Clayton while writing his dissertation. They are in part reproduced from the Charles William Eliot Papers, Harvard University Library, and relate to Brown's career, the Harvard Guide to American History, Southern feelings toward Harvard and Massachusetts, and race relations. Other Brown letters reproduced by Clayton from the Edward Mandell House Papers, Yale University Library, concern Woodrow Wilson's presidential campaign, 1912.

Among the correspondents are: Charles Francis Adams, Edwin A. Alderman, Frederic Bancroft, J. S. Bassett, Gamaliel Bradford, William Garrott Brown (including some copies), W. L. Courtney (of the English Fortnightly Review), William A. Dunning, William Preston Few, W. W. Finley, Walter L. Fleming, Richard W. Gilder, Carter Glass, Edmund W. Gosse, Gilliam Grissom, Norman Hapgood, T. P. Harrison, Harper and Brothers, A. B. Hart, Hamilton Holt, A. E. Holton, E. M. House, D. F. Houston, J. F. Jameson, J. N. Lamed, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hamilton W. Mabie, S. W. McCall, A. C. McLaughlin, Shailer Mathews, John M. Morehead, John T. Morgan, David A. Munro, S. N. D. North, Charles E. Norton, Walter Hines Page, Bliss Perry, Herbert Putnam, James Ford Rhodes, Theodore Roosevelt, D. C. Roper, H. E. Scudder, Ellery Sedgwick, Thomas Settle, James T. Shotwell, H. L. Stimson, Moorfield Storey, F. W. Taussig, William R. Thayer, Frank B. Tracy, Oscar W. Underwood, Booker T. Washington, and Woodrow Wilson (copies).

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Contents of the Collection

Harvard diploma, 1891
Box 1
Correspondence, 1900-1910
(8 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1911-1912
(7 folders)
Box 2
Correspondence, 1913-1917 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 3
Correspondence of Bruce Clayton with Alabama sources, 1962
Box 3
Correspondence (copies), 1911-1913

Photocopies from the Edward Mandell House papers at Yale.

Box 3
Correspondence (copies), 1892-1909

Photocopies of papers of Charles W. Eliot of Harvard University.

Box 3
The South at Work (photocopy), 1904
Box 4
Notes, undated
Box 4
Scrapbook, 1912-1913

Clippings from Harper's Weekly

Box 4

Historical Note

William Garrott Brown was a historian, biographer, and essayist, of Marion, Alabama, and Cambridge, Massachusetts who graduated from Harvard College in 1891.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the William Garrott Brown Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The William Garrott Brown papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1933.

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