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Brown family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: SSC-MS-00216

Scope and Contents

The Brown Family Papers include letters from Kate Brown to her parents while living in New York City and on the Jekyll Island estate of the Macys; William T. Brown's scrapbook from China (with enclosed letters and photos); and a published collection of Kate Brown's letters from Jekyll Island.

Dates of Materials

  • 1917-1935


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Katherine Owens has assigned the copyright in her works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Owens, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

Kate Brown (1888-?) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She worked as a secretary for a wealthy woman, Mrs. Valentine Macy, and lived in New York and Jekyll Island, Georgia in 1917. In 1920, Brown married Roger S. Greene who worked for the Rockefeller Foundation in China. They lived in China from 1920 to 1935. Brown's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William T. Brown, travelled to China to visit in 1921.


0.229 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The Brown Family Papers document the personal life of Kate Brown and William T. Brown while living in New York City, on the Jekyll Island estate of the Macys, and in China in the early 20th century.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection were gifted to the Smith Special Collections by Katherine Owens. This collection is comprised of the following accessions, some of which may not have accession records. Accession numbers: 87S-45, 92S-45. Accessions were received on the following dates: 1987, 1992.

Finding aid to the Brown family papers
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Madison White
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-11: Updated to conform to DACS

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063