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Collection of Alice Brown Materials

Identifier: BROWN-1

Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains letters (1895 - 1944) from Alice Brown to various correspondents, including some literary figures (Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles E. L. Wingate) and editors of publications (Boston Evening Transcript, Colby Library Quarterly). The collection also contains some First Appearances of the author's published work (Harper's Monthly magazine, The Youth's Companion).


  • 1895 - 1944 and undated


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical Note

Alice Brown (12/5/1857 - 6/21/1948) was born in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. She graduated from Robinson Seminary in Exeter, N.H., in 1876, and taught in local schools for five years before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, to write full time. There, she wrote and did editorial work for the Christian Register, followed by The Youth's Companion, and published on average a book a year until 1935, continuing to write shorter works into the 1940s. Brown wrote novels, short stories, plays, and poetry, much of which focused on local New England settings. She also wrote biographies and travelogues. The bulk of the author's personal correspondence was destroyed at her wishes upon her death in 1948.


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Arrangement Note

Materials arranged in two series: Correspondence, Published Materials - First Appearances.

Custodial History

Materials acquired through either gifts or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Alice Brown Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.