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Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MA.00358

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.

Dates

  • 1936-1944

Creator

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.

Citations:
Viola Roseboro' obituary. New York Times, January 30, 1945.
McClure, S.S. "My Autobiography" McClure Publications, 1913.

Extent

0.5 Linear feet (1 archive box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

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.

Arrangement

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.

Related Materials

Eight letters from Viola Roseboro' to William Crary Brownell in the William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Author
Chris Barber, Deputy Archivist
Date
2018 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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