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Bush-Brown family papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00026

Scope and Contents

The Bush-Brown Family Papers include correspondence, diaries, writings, books, original sketches, paintings, photos of artwork, and travel correspondence of Lydia Head from Europe. There is significant material related to the artwork of sculptor Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, painter Margaret (Lesley) Bush-Brown), and textile artist Lydia (Bush-Brown) Head. There is also a biographical sketch of Margaret Bush-Brown's father, geologist J. Peter Lesley. Correspondents include various family memebers, artist Ellen Day Hale, author Eliza Orne White, and others.

Dates of Materials

  • 1835-1969


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright ownership for the Bush Brown Family Papers is unknown. Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Biographical / Historical

The principal subjects of the Bush-Brown family collection are: Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857-1935), sculptor; his wife Margaret (Lesley) Bush-Brown (1857-1944), painter; and their daughter, Lydia (Bush-Brown) Head (1887-1984), artist, designer. Also represented are their sons, Harold Bush-Brown (1888-1983), Professor of Architecture; and James Bush-Brown (1892-?), Landscape Architect; and sculptor Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886), the uncle of Henry Kirke Bush-Brown.


7.25 linear feet (16 boxes, 9 volumes, oversize materials)


Includes papers of sculptor Henry Kirke Brown; his nephew, sculptor Henry Kirke Bush-Brown; his wife, painter Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown); their daughter, artist Lydia Bush-Brown Head; and sons, Harold Bush-Brown and James Bush-Brown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Lydia Bush-Brown Head donated her family's papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1968 to 1978.

Related Material

Additional materials relating to James Bush-Brown are at Temple University Special Collections. The Harold Bush-Brown Photograph Collection is at Georgia Tech Special Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar, SSC intern, 2006.
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:16-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.

Repository Details

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

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063