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Material gathered by Oswald Garrison Villard in the researches for his biography JOHN BROWN, 1800-1859: A BIOGRAPHY FIFTY YEARS AFTER. A large part of the materials is copies of correspondence both contemporary and of a later period, concerning John Brown and his associates, especially in the Kansas Territory and at the Harper's Ferry raid. Of the original letters in the collection, many are from descendants and family of John Brown and the men who accompanied him on his raid. There are clippings, pamphlets, proof sheets, and other printed matter. Photographs number 181 items.
Using the Collection
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The collection has no restrictions.
The entire collection is located on-site except for the microfilm of the Owen Brown ledger.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Readers must use microfilm of Owen Brown ledger.
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Brown manuscripts; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alternate Form Available
Owen Brown ledger is only available on microfilm. The microfilm of the Owen Brown ledger is located off-site.
Richard Realf letters and manuscripts available on: microfilm.
Type of reproduction--Copies in part
Ownership and Custodial History
Many, if not most of these copies were made by Mr. Villard's secretarial staff from originals in various parts of the United States.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Villard, Oswald Garrison. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--01/10/1947. Accession number--M-47-01-10.
Publications About Described Materials
Villard, Oswald Garrison. John Brown, 1800-1859. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/12/1989.
2009-06-26 File created.
2013-09-16 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.