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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2096

John Mason Brown additional papers

Overview

Primarily correspondence of the American drama critic, John Mason Brown.

Dates

  • 1933-1984

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff members to determine retrieval policies and times.
Conditions Governing Access There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
These additional papers include correspondence between John Mason Brown and his wife Catherine Screven (Meredith) Brown created and received during Brown's lecture tours in the United States, letters received by Catherine Brown after John Mason Brown's death, and a small amount of other correspondence. Also included are manuscripts of Brown's last book published posthumously, The ordeal of a playwright: Robert E. Sherwood and the challenge of war as well as correspondence, reviews, and other materials relating to the book. Finally, there are photographs of John Mason and Catherine Brown and of unidentified people and places.

Biographical / Historical

Brown was an American author. He graduated from Harvard College in 1923. He was drama critic for the New York Evening Post (1929-1941) and New York World (1941-1942) and was a columnist and editor for Saturday Review (1944-1969). He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy beginning in 1942 and took part in the invasions of Africa, Sicily, and Normandy. Brown died in 1969 after a short illness.

Arrangement

Arranged into four series:
  1. I. Correspondence between John Mason Brown and Catherine Brown.
  2. II. Miscellaneous correspondence.
  3. III. Materials relating to The ordeal of a playwright: Robert E. Sherwood and the challenge of war.
  4. IV. Photographs.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

92M-15. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1992 October. 13.

92M-39. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1993 June 24.

94M-5. Manuscripts presented by Meredith M. Brown; received: 1994 August 12.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jackie Dean.
Link to catalog
Title
Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969. John Mason Brown additional papers, 1933-1984: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00097

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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