Manuscript Collections - Harriet Connor Brown Papers

March 13, 2020

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15 linear feet, 6 linear inches(14 LGA-S boxes, 2 LGA-N boxes, 6 SUIT boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library


Harriet Chedie Connor was born in Burlington, Iowa on September 11, 1872. She spent a winter at Wheaton Seminary in Norton, Massachusetts before entering Cornell University. Conner was the first woman on the staff of Era, the University newspaper. She graduated in 1894, spent a year to study in Berlin, and began her journalism career in 1896. Conner worked for the New York Tribune, the New York Journal, and the Buffalo Enquirer.

Conner married Herbert D. Brown in 1897. They collaborated on reports to government agencies, including: Civil Service, Congress, Bureau of Labor, and President Taft's Commission on Economy and Efficiency. Harriet Brown prepared the United States Geological Survey's press bulletin from 1903 to 1907. She participated in official missions to Caribbean countries.

In 1929 Harriet Brown was awarded the Atlantic Monthly prize for biography for her book Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927. This study of pioneer life is the story of Maria Dean Foster Brown, her mother-in-law from Ft. Madison, Iowa.


The donor maintains copyright for the unpublished writings of Harriet Brown. Those materials may be duplicated but may not be published without permission. The collection is divided into three series:

CORRESPONDENCE: primarily contains letters with family and friends.

SUBJECT FILES: Materials include: diaries, letters, scrapbooks, postcards, photographs, and pamphlets. Subjects include: Burlington High School, Cornell University, Wheaton Seminary, social issues, political issues, women’s suffrage, world disarmament, and peace.

MANUSCRIPTS AND NOTES: Materials include: outlines, drafts, background material, and correspondence. Topics include: the National Republican and Democratic conventions of 1896,
girlhood days in the schools of Iowa and New England, Cornell University, political life in Washington, missions to Virgin Islands and Panama, and a history of the Bureau of Efficiency.



Box      Contents
1          General, 1890-1959 (6 folders)
            Dawes, Charles G., 1929-1957
            Duniway, Clyde A., 1894-1897 (4 folders)
                     Brown, A. P. "Gus", 1898-1933
                     Brown, Chita, 1927-1926
                     Brown, Constance, 1911-1930
                     Brown, D. T. and Maria Foster, 1856-1927
                     Brown, Herbert, 1899-1935

2                   Connor family (Edward, Kate, Margaret, Kathleen & Frank), 1889-1891 (11 folders)

3                   Connor family, 1892-1895, 1899-1913 (14 folders)
                     Denmead, Adelaide, 1934-1943
                     Kuhn, Constance Brown and Kathleen, 1937-1983
            Hoover, Herbert and Lou Henry, 1929-1954
            LaFollette, Robert M. and Belle C., 1920-1952
            Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1940
            Taft, William Howard, 1911


4          Diaries, 1921-1925, 1927, 1933 (typescript)
            Diaries, 1890-1897, 1910-1940 (handwritten, 4 folders)

5          Diaries, 1939-1960 (handwritten, 3 folders)
6          American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1911, 1923
            American Association of University Women, 1944-1949
            Brown, Harriet Connor
                     Biographical Data, 1877-1944
                     Sick Room Memoranda, 1910
            Bryan and the Democratic National Convention
                     (See: Manuscripts & Notes, Campaign of 1896)
            Business Tides by Henry Hazlitt, 1955, 1957
            Clippings, 1891-1958, and undated (3 folders)
            Hoover Report, Commission on Organization of Executive Branch of Government
                     General, 1949-1950, 1954-1956 (4 folders)
                     Reorganization News, 1952-1956
            National Council for Prevention of War, 1922
                     Family and friends
                     Harriet and Herbert
                     National Parks
                     Virgin Islands

7          Schools
                     Burlington High School
                              General, 1887-1911, and undated
                              Poppe, Ewald
                                       Birthday Gift, 1910
                                       Dedication, undated
                                       Letters, 1893-1917
                              The Echo, 1896
                              The Pathfinder, 1914
                     Cornell University
                              Alumnae, 1932-1955, and undated
                              Anchors of Delta Gamma, 1930-1933
                              Federation of Cornell Women's Clubs, 1910
                              Scrapbook, 1894-1955
                              Thesis, 1894 (See Also: Manuscripts Notes)
                     Wheaton Seminary, 1889-1921

8                   Wheaton Seminary, 1923-1958 (3 folders)
                     Wheaton Seminary – Theatre Programs, 1911, and undated
                     Wheaton Seminary – Twentieth Century Club, 1923
                     Wheaton Seminary – Ultimatum for Man, undated
                     Wheaton Seminary – U.S. Geological Survey, 1904-1911
                     Wheaton Seminary – W. F. Frederick Music Company, undated
                     Wheaton Seminary – World Disarmament, Hearings, 1921
                     Wheaton Seminary – Ye Colledge Women's Clubbe, 1911-1913


9          A Sea Trip in Maytime, 1897
            Allison, William B. Interview, 1900
            Annals of a Poor Speller, 1908
            Burlington, Iowa
            Campaign of 1896
                     1. McKinley and the Republican National Convention
                     2. Bryan and the Democratic National Convention
                     3. Sound Money vs. Free Silver
            Cornell of the Nineties
                     Book Outline, 1890-1894
                     Freshman Year, 1890-1891
                              Copy 1. Chapters 1-20 (5 folders; chapter 1 only fragments)
10                          Copy 2. Chapters 16-33 (2 folders)
                              Copy 3. Chapters 16-32, 34 (3 folders)
                     Sophomore Year, 1891-1892
                              Copy 1. Chapters 1-12 (2 folders)
                              Copy 2. Chapters 1-12 (2 folders)
                     Junior Year, 1892-1893
                              Copy 1. Chapters 1-13 (3 folders)
                              Copy 2. Chapters 1-7

11                          Copy 2. Chapter 8 -13
                     Senior Year, 1893-1894 (4 folders)
            Cuba, 1896
            Daughter of Hawkeyeland
            Franklin Delano Roosevelt
            Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, 1827-1927 (Maria Dean Foster Brown)
                     Background Material
                              Athens Homecoming, 1904
                              Brown Genealogy, undated
                              Brown, Maria Dean Foster, 1927
                              Foreword, Dawes, Charles G., 1928
                              Notes for Chapters

12                 Congratulatory Letters, 1929-1930 (7 folders)
                     Correspondence, 1931-1949
                     Draft Chapters
                              Early Married Life in Ohio
                              Middle Years and the End
                              Northwest Territory
                     Draft, Apr 1927

13                 Draft, May 1928
                     Draft, Jan 1929 (6 folders)

14                 Draft, Apr 1929
                     Library of Congress, 1929
                     Press Notices, 1929-1949 (8 folders)
                              Atlantic Monthly, 1929-1935
                              Little, Brown & Co., 1929-1931
                     Finished book (2 copies)

15                 Illustrations, 1955 and undated
                     Little Maria, 1956
                     Speaking of China
                     The Great Revelation
                     The Old Guard and The New Policy
                     Times have Changed
                     What I Have Seen And What I Hope To See
                     Wheaton Seminary
                              Before I Entered Cornell
                              Betrayal of Youth, 1921
                              Diary, 1890
                              Getting Started
                              Girls in Washington
                              Hebe On The Lawn (9 folders)

16                          Hebe  On The Lawn (8 folders)   
                              La Primavera
                              Letter from Eloise
                              Letters, 1928
                              New England
                     Whose Surprise?
                     Woman Vote, 1922
                     Women's Peace Society


17        1. Berlin 1894-1895, Burlington 1895-1896, New York 1896-1897, Clippings,
                     Women’s issues (brittle)
            2. Journalism; government; Buffalo; Pan American Expo 1901; Washington;
                     United States Geological Survey 1903. Clippings, Pan-American Passes,
                     Women’s Issues, Women’s Peace Society

18        3. Washington 1903-1910, Photographs, letters, clippings, postcards. Ewald Poppe,
                     National American Woman Suffrage Association, Civil Service Retirement, family.

            4. Washington 1912-1913; Suffrage, Constance – school. Clippings, cards,
                     photographs, postcards, NAWSA programs & invites, women’s issues

19        5. Washington 1917-1923; Herbert’s Efficiency Bureau – 1917; HCB’s Appropriation
                     Pie 1920-1921; WIL – Constance in stock. Newspaper Clippings, Women’s issues

            6. Peace and theatre 1924-1934; Washington; WIL – Women’s Committee for
                     political action, Constance and G.W. “Cue and Curtain.” Newspaper clippings,
                     Women’s issues
            7. The Atlantic monthly prize biography; Grandmother Brown’s Hundred Years.
                     Newspaper Clippings, Atlantic Monthly magazines

20        8. Grandmother Brown - 100 Birthday, and death. Letters, Clippings, Telegrams,
            9. Trip to Panama 1929. Photographs, cards, postcards, tourist pamphlets,
                     newspaper clippings
            10. Bureau of Efficiency clippings 1915-1933. Newspaper clippings, political,

21        11. Porto Rico and Virgin Islands, Nov. 28, 1929 to Jan 28, 1930. Photographs,
                     cards, newspaper clippings, postcards, personal

22        12. Porto Rico and Virgin Islands, June 18-Oct 20, 1930 (photo, cards, postcards,
                     3 negatives)
            13. Porto Rico and Virgin Islands, Mar 12-May 4, 1931 (unbound, business, photos)

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