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COLLECTION Identifier: 81-M48--81-M251

Additional papers of Gertrude Foster Brown, 1732-1956 (inclusive), 1815-1956 (bulk)


Addenda to the papers (MC 281) of Gertrude Foster Brown, including correspondence, photographs, diaries, etc.


  • Creation: 1732-1956
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1815-1956

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Gertrude Foster Brown is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


6 linear feet ((6 record cartons) plus 1 folio+ folder 1 folio folder)

The collection consists of family correspondence and photographs of Gertrude Foster Brown and Raymond Brown; Gertrude Foster Brown's diaries, writings and papers re: suffrage and women; Raymond Brown's writings and printed and pen and ink sketches. There are family papers and genealogical data on the Foster family. The Raymond-Ward-Brown family papers (relating to Raymond Brown's ancestors) span two generations and contain courtship letters, diaries, account books and writings of Raymond Brown's parents and grandparents and other family members. They provide significant documentation on the lives of Raymond Brown's mother and grandmother from early childhood through schoolteaching, marriage and widowhood. Additionally they contain 19th century childrens' books and primers, religious tracts and memorabilia.


Gertrude (Foster) Brown, daughter of Lydia Anne Drake and William Charles Foster, was born in Morrison, Illinois, and studied piano at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and in Berlin and Paris, 1886-1889. She taught piano at the Chicago Conservatory of Music before her marriage to Ray Brown in 1893. She continued to play and perform after her marriage, giving lecture recitals on Wagner. From 1913-1917, Brown was an officer and President of the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, 1917-1920. In 1918 she served as Director-General of the Women's Overseas Hospitals in France, and from 1921-1931 was Managing Director of the Woman Citizen.

Arthur Raymond Brown, 1865-1944, was born in Groton, Connecticut, the son of Marianna (Ward) and Samuel Watson Brown. He was descended from the Raymonds of Rindge, New Hampshire, and was great grandson of Revolutionary General Artemas Ward of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Raymond Brown was an artist and advertising executive. He was educated at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and worked for the Chicago Evening Post and later for the Hawley Advertising Company in New York City.


The collection is arranged in two series:

  1. Series I. Gertrude Foster Brown
  2. Series II. Arthur Raymond Brown

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acc. nos: 81-M48, 81-M79, 81-M251

These addenda were received by the Schlesinger Library from W. Houston Kenyon in February, March and October 1981.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Gertrude Foster Brown Papers, 1822-1978 (inclusive), 1910-1949 (bulk) (MC 281).


  1. Carton 1: Folders 1-21
  2. Carton 2: Folders 22-52
  3. Carton 3: Folders 58-84
  4. Carton 4: Folders 85-111
  5. Carton 5: Folders 112-156
  6. Carton 6: Folders 157-180

Processing Information

By: Jane S. Knowles, Gene Thompson

Date: January 1982

Brown, Gertrude Foster, 1867-1956. Additional papers of Gertrude Foster Brown, 1732-1956 (inclusive), 1815-1956 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women
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Repository Details

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