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MS Am 1948-1948.1

Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969. John Mason Brown papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1948-1948.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Brown, John Mason, 1900-1969.
Title: John Mason Brown papers,
Date(s): 1922-1967.
Quantity: 1 collection (36 linear feet (144 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of American author and drama critic John Mason Brown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

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

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Mason Brown Papers (MS Am 1948-1948.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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).


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

Scope and Contents

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.

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