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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1948-1948.1

John Mason Brown papers


Papers of American author and drama critic John Mason Brown.


  • Creation: 1922-1967


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


36 linear feet (144 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence of John Mason Brown, including letters from over 6000 correspondents and many carbon copies of outgoing letters. The correspondence reflects Brown's interest in the theater and his work as a columnist for Saturday Review and as a television commentator. Correspondents include Edward Campbell Aswell, Brooks Atkinson, Barrett Harper Clark, Norman Cousins, Alan Goodrich Kirk, David Thompson Watson McCord, and Lee Simonson. Also includes some writings by Brown and others; lecture notes; theater photographs, drawings, and clippings; business papers, including contracts with publishers and television companies; reviews and clippings on books by Brown; and photographs and other material from Brown's service in the Navy during World War II on the staff of Vice-Admiral Alan G. Kirk, particularly during the invasions of Sicily and Normandy.

Biographical / Historical

Brown was an American author. 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).


  1. I. Letters to John Mason Brown
  2. II. Additional letters to John Mason Brown
  3. III. Letters from John Mason Brown
  4. IV. Letters to Catherine Screven (Meredith) Brown
  5. V. Other letters
  6. VI. Compositions by John Mason Brown
  7. VII. Compositions by others
  8. VIII. Other papers of John Mason Brown
  9. IX. bMS Am 1948.1: Additional correspondence
  10. ___A. Letters to John Mason Brown
  11. ___B. Letters from John Mason Brown
  12. ___C. Letters to Catherine Screven (Meredith) Brown
  13. ___D. Other letters

Please note that item number 4252 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*75M-111. Bequest of John Mason Brown; received: 1969.

Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969. John Mason Brown papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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