Manuscript Collections - Harriet Connor Brown Papers


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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The donor maintains copyright for the unpublished writings of Harriet Brown. Those materials may be duplicated but may not be published without permission.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

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


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


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



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


Diaries, 1939-1960 (handwritten, 3 folders)


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



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


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



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)


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


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


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


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


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)


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)


Hebe  On The Lawn (8 folders)   
La Primavera
Letter from Eloise
Letters, 1928
New England

Whose Surprise?
Woman Vote, 1922
Women's Peace Society



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


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


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


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


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


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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