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Brown family papers (unprocessed)

Identifier: 1995-031

Scope and Contents note

This is a collection of papers of several generations of the Brown family. Materials include: medical notebooks of George W. Brown; medical school notebooks and travel journals of George Artemas Brown; and diaries and notebooks of Susan Brown (Mrs. George A. Brown). Materials in the collection related to George Percy Brown include: medical school notebooks, travel journals, garden journals, and scrapbooks; and a small amount of correspondence and printed material from the American Association on Mental Deficiency. Mary E. Hicks Brown (Mrs. George Percy Brown) materials include: correspondence from family and friends (1930s-1970s); college scrapbook, 1911-1913; correspondence, invitations, and ephemera (removed from scrapbook); clippings; correspondence and notes on Brown and Hicks family genealogy; and diaries (1950s-1960s). Durant Brown materials include: correspondence (1940s); school notebook; and family financial records such as stocks, estate accounts, and insurance. The collection also contains: photographs; playbills; newspaper clippings (many featuring images of buildings); and a small amount of information about local Barre cultural groups.


  • 1837-1970

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical note

George W. Brown was a graduate of the University of New York Medical Department. He was the superintendent of the Elm Hill Private School and Home for the Education of Feeble-Minded Youth. Never accepting more than 100 residents, and remaining private, Elm Hill was run by the Brown family until it ceased operation. George Artemas Brown (1858-1942),who graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York (later Columbia Medical School), was the second Brown to become superintendent. George Artemas’ son George Percy Brown (1888-1971), who attended Yale and Harvard Medical School, was also a superintendent. Elm Hill closed in 1946.


6.5 linear feet

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Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Accession number: 1995-031

Related Archival Materials note

Related material may be found in the following collections: College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Elm Hill Institute records (MSS 6/0013-01) and Elm Hill Institute bills and receipts.
Brown family papers 1837-1970 1995-031
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Finding aid written in English
This collection-level EAD record is a product of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) Consortial Survey Initiative, which was funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States