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MS Am 2096

Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969. John Mason Brown additional papers, 1933-1984: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2096
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969.
Title: John Mason Brown additional papers,
Date(s): 1933-1984.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: Primarily correspondence of the American drama critic, John Mason Brown.

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.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jackie Dean.

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Mason Brown Additional Papers, 1933-1984 (MS Am 2096). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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.


Arranged into four series:

Scope and Contents

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.


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

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