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William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) Papers

Identifier: MA.00023


  • Creation: 1867 - 1936
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1870 - 1927


Conditions Governing Access

In general, there is no restriction on access to the William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) Papers. Particular items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish materials should be directed to the Archivist of the College. Materials relating to Appreciation for the Office in Box 9, folders 6-8 require written permission from Scribner=s for any form of publication. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

William Crary Brownell was born to Isaac and Lucia Brown Brownell on August 30, 1851 in New York City. He prepared for college at Charles Institute, Newport, Rhode Island and was graduated from Amherst College in 1871. After graduation he joined the staff of the New York World, 1871-1879, first as a reporter and then as city editor. After that, he worked for The Nation in New York City from 1879 to 1881.

Brownell traveled to Europe in 1881 and spent most of his time there in Paris. Returning to America in 1884, he worked for the Philadelphia Press until 1888, and for Charles Scribner's Sons between 1888 and 1926.

In January of 1878, Brownell married Virginia S. Swinburne, who died in 1911. He married his second wife, Gertrude Hall, in 1921. Brownell died on July 23, 1928 in Williamstown, Massachusetts.


5.5 Linear feet (11 archives boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into nine series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: General
  3. Series 3: Notebooks
  4. Series 4: Notes
  5. Series 5: Clippings
  6. Series 6: Scribner's
  7. Series 7: Published Works
  8. Series 8: Manuscript Drafts of Articles
  9. Series 9: Photographs

Processing Information

Finding Aid:
1998 April - Revised
Edited by:
Daria D'Arienzo, Archivist of the College
Listed by:
Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate
Daria D'Arienzo, Carol Trabulsi
Language of description
Script of description
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299