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Brown family collection

Brown family collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Brown family collection
Creator: Brown family
Inclusive Dates: 1825-1922
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 1 box, 1 volume
Collection Number: ms1218
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Brown family participated extensively in Georgia politics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Joseph Emerson Brown (1821–1894) was the 42nd Governor of Georgia, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, and a U.S. Senator. His son, Joseph Mackey Brown (1851–1932), was the 59th Governor of Georgia.

For further information, see the articles "Joseph E. Brown" and "Joseph M. Brown" at New Georgian Enyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a miscellaneous grouping of papers of and concerning Joseph Emerson Brown, Joseph MacKay Brown, and John Burt from 1825-1922. Correspondence addressed to Joseph Emerson Brown concern Appointments, favors, petitions, and Elijah Brown. Postcards addressed to Joseph M. Brown are signed E.B. and L.B. Correspondence from and addressed to John Burt in Westminster, Maryland and Warwick, New York regard Assembly dates, annual reports, favors, receipts; and there are correspondence addressed to James Brady, Henry Kerr, Charles Brown, Mr. A. J. Burt, Stephen Burt, Hon. E. M. Stanton, and others. In addition, there are letters from Washington Allston and Jasper F. Cropsey, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook constructed by Joseph MacKay Brown, and poems (handwritten and clipped from newspapers).

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Gift of Charles MacDonald Brown.

Preferred Citation

Brown family collection, ms 1218, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2019.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894
Brown, Joseph M., 1851-1932
Clippings (information artifacts)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Copy of Act ceding Georgia's western territories, 1902
12Washington Allston letter to Isaac Livermore, regarding A.W. Bruce account, 1843 March 15
13Letter to Elijah A. Brown regarding an aneroid barometer, 1886 September 6
14Joseph E. Brown letters and court orders, 1856-1883
15Letters to Joseph E. Brown, 1874, 1881-1885
16Postcards and envelopes addressed to Joseph M. Brown from E.B. and L.B., 1893-1908
17Atlanta Campaign map , undated
18Blueprint of Joseph M. Brown addition to Marietta, Georgia, 1922
19-13John Burt papers, undated, 1825-1900
114Jasper F. Cropsey letters to John Burt , 1868-1869
115William Schley letter , 1847 July 2
116C.P. Clayton letter to Gov. James Smith regarding a coal mine Smith wants to sell, 1875 February 15
117Poetry (newspaper clippings and unsigned manuscript), undated, 1917
118Newspapers (single and partial issues) , 1840-1891
Single and partial issues of Kennesaw Gazette, Boston Weekly Mirror, Christian Register, and the Critic.
1Scrapbook , 1872-1886
Contains newspaper clippings concerning Joseph E. Brown and his election to U.S. Senate; governor election of Georgia between Colquitt and Norwood; the presidential campaign of Hancock and Tilden; the state of Georgia during the war, and why the south lost; and speeches from politicians about the South after the Civil War.