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MC 232

Browne, Sarah Ellen, 1841-1864. Papers of Sarah Ellen Browne, 1856-1859: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 232
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Sarah Ellen Browne, 1841-1864
Title: Papers of Sarah Ellen Browne, 1856-1859
Date(s): 1856-1859
Quantity: .21 linear feet (1/2 file box)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of Sarah Ellen Browne, daughter of Albert Gallatin Browne, while studying at the Agassiz School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 75-76
The papers of Sarah Ellen Browne were deposited in the Schlesinger Library by Sarah Eden Browne Chamberlin in February 1975.
This collection was processed under a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information:

Processed: September 1976
By: Katherine Kraft

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed. Use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Sarah Ellen Browne 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.

Preferred Citation:

Sarah Ellen Browne Papers, 1856-1859; item description, dates. MC 232, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Schlesinger Library; see Brown Family papers, 1802-1962 (MC 298), and Albert Gallatin Browne family Additional Papers, 1805-1997 (MC 852).


Sarah Ellen (Nellie) Browne was the daughter of Sarah Smith Cox Browne and Albert Gallatin Browne, Sr. She attended a school for girls conducted by Elizabeth and Louis Agassiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1856-1859.


This collection contains family correspondence, 1856-1859, of Sarah Ellen Browne (nicknamed Nellie) while a student at the school for girls conducted by Elizabeth and Louis Agassiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most of the correspondence is between Nellie and her mother, but a few letters from her father (Albert Gallatin Browne, Sr.) and younger sister (Alice), as well as three letters from her older brother (Albert, Jr.) to his mother, are also included. Nellie's letters describe her social life; friends and relatives; course of study; clothing needs; health; homesickness; and religion. The letters to Nellie give much news of family members (especially of Albert, Jr. and his experiences as a war correspondent for the New York Tribune covering General Johnston's Utah Expedition, 1857-1858); and advice on what type of person to become, deportment, dress, and the importance of studying.
In addition to the original letters, there is information on the Browne family and typed transcripts of excerpts with notes by Nellie's niece, Sarah Eden Browne Chamberlin. Not all of the letters have been transcribed. Undated letters have been left as arranged by Sarah Eden Browne Chamberlin.

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Additional Index Terms

Clothing and dress--Massachusetts
Manners and customs--History--19th century
Massachusetts--Social life and customs--19th century
Religion--History--19th century
Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
Women--Education (Secondary)--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Agassiz, Elizabeth Cabot Cary, 1822-1907
Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873
Agassiz School
Browne, Albert Gallatin, 1805-1885
Browne, Albert Gallatin, 1835-1891
Browne, Sarah Smith Cox, 1810-1885
Chamberlin, Sarah Eden Browne