Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence
Scope and Contents
This collection contains primarily one-sided correspondence from Viola Roseboro' to Gertrude Hall Brownell, with the occasional enclosed letter by Gertrude Hall Brownell or other correspondent, including a single Willa Cather letter.
This correspondence reflects Roseboro's views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, her health, and her lifetime love of Shakespeare.
- Roseboro', Viola (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
In general, there is no restriction on access to the Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
Viola Roseboro' was born in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1858, daughter of the Reverend S.R. Roseboro' and Martha Colyar. Roseboro' attended Fairmont College in Monteagle, TN and worked as a stage actress before settling in New York around 1882 to begin a career in newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer and reader.
Roseboro' joined the staff of McClure's Magazine, a monthly periodical publishing literary and political content, as a manuscript reader in 1893 before becoming the fiction editor for the magazine. As editor, Roseboro' was known for her talent in selecting and publishing unknown authors, such as O. Henry, Jack London, Will Cather.
Roseboro's first collection of short stories, "Old Ways and New" was published in 1892. “The Joyous Heart,” a novel, was published in 1903, followed by another collection of short stories, “Players and Vagabonds,” published in 1904. “Storms of Youth,” Roseboro’s final novel, was published in 1920. Roseboro’ also published numerous short stories and articles in various magazines.
Roseboro' and Gertrude Hall Brownell (nicknamed Kitty) first met at an afternoon reception at the Barnard Club in New York City in 1900 and remained close friends and correspondents until Roseboro's death in 1945 in Staten Island, NY.
Gertrude Hall Brownell was a poet and author, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1863. Hall Brownell married William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) in 1921 and died in 1961.
Viola Roseboro' obituary. New York Times, January 30, 1945.
McClure, S.S. "My Autobiography" McClure Publications, 1913.
0.5 Linear feet (1 archive box)
Language of Materials
Corrsepondence from Viola Roseboro' to Gertrude Hall Brownell spanning the last decade of Roseboro's life and reflecting Roseboro's views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, and her health.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection of correspondence was given to the Library in October 1948 by Gertrude Hall Brownell, through the help of Professor George Whicher.
- Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
- Correspondence Subject Source: Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Brownell, Gertrude Hall, 1863-1961 (Person)
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- 2018 February
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