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Alexander Brown Papers (II), 1748-1900

Alexander Brown Papers (II), 1748-1900
Mss. 65 B86
4.0 Cubic Feet
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1434 items
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Papers of Alexander Brown relating to the writings of his books, including notes, transcripts, drafts and correspondence with publisher Houghton, Mifflin & Co. and with members of his family requesting genealogical information.

Collection includes letters of Benson J. Lossing concerning his "Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution" and "Pictorial Field Book of the War of 1812" and part of an agreement between the Mexican government and American capitalists drafted in the autumn of 1865 by Lew Wallace.

Alexander Brown made a "List of Early Settlers" that is often cited on the internet and in reports.  It is filed in Box 5, Folder 99.  The Alexander Brown list of early settlers appears to be  a key that Alexander Brown made to some sources that he was using in the late 19th century. The current location of many of these sources is unknown. Some of the records were public, some may have been documents that he owned or to which he had access at that time. 

The document has value because it may provide a researcher with a clue to use in his genealogy research but the researcher will need to do his own investigation into extant records.

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Brown, Alexander (1843-1906)
Lossing, Benson John (1813-1891)
Wallace, Lew (1827-1905)
Authors, American--19th century
Mexico--History--19th century
Manuscripts (document genre)

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Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note
 Source: Purchase..
1,434 items purchased from Alfred Mongin, Brooklyn, New York, 10/1962.
Related Materials
See also Alexander Brown Papers (I) and Cabell-Brown Letters, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Preferred Citation
Alexander Brown Papers (II), Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Finding Aid Revisions:
Box 5 divided into 5a (folders 88-95) and 5b (folders 96-102) in April 2012 by Anne Johnson.
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