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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 in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: 81-M48--81-M251
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Gertrude Foster Brown
Title: Additional papers of Gertrude Foster Brown, 1732-1956 (inclusive), 1815-1956 (bulk)
Date(s): 1732-1956
Date(s): 1815-1956
Quantity: 6 linear feet (6 record cartons) plus 1 folio+ folder 1 folio folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Addenda to the papers (MC 281) of Gertrude Foster Brown, including correspondence, photographs, diaries, etc.

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.

Processing Information:

By: Jane S. Knowles, Gene Thompson
Date: January 1982

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.

Preferred Citation:

Gertrude Foster Brown Papers, 1732-1956; item description, dates. 81-M48--81-M251, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Related Material:

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


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:


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.


Container List

Additional Index Terms

Account books
Children's literature
Europe--Description and travel
Family records
Pianists--United States
Woman Citizen
Women musicians--United States
Women pianists--United States
Women--Suffrage--United States
World War, 1914-1918
Adams, Mildred, 1894-1980
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Ansermet, Ernest, 1883-1969
Bandar Log Press.
Brown, Arthur Raymond, 1865-1944
Brown family
Brown, Samuel Watson, 1828-1866
Carrie Chapman Catt Memorial Fund
Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947
Foster family
Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944
Kingsbury, Linda Raymond Ward, 1798-1834
Landowska, Wanda
Raymond family
Skinner, Cornelia Otis, 1901-1979
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942
Ward, Artemas, 1727-1800
Ward, Benjamin, 1793-1828
Ward family
Ward, Henry Dana, 1797-1884
Ward, Henry Dana Artemas
Ward, Marianna
Whitehouse, Vira Ogden, 1875-1919
Women's Action Committee for Lasting Peace
Women's Overseas Hospitals.