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Henry James Brown Papers

Identifier: Mss. 65 B845

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1830-1921, of the Henry James Brown family. There is a biographical sketch of Henry James Brown an artist and Methodist clergyman, as well as sketches drawn by him and sermons written by him. The papers also are of other members of his family. Includes a cut-out valentine and a fold-out book of poems illustrated in water color both made by Mary A. Brown, sister of Henry James Brown; cut-out valentines and a bookmark made by Salina Brown Worsham; and correspondence between Salina Brown Worsham and J. S. Worsham, her husband.

Original accession (Mss. 65 B845) and Addition 1994.20 filed in the same box.


  • Creation: 1830-1921


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Conditions Governing Access:

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.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Henry James Brown was born 12 October 1811. He studied with George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Sully. He was a portrait painter and a Methodist clergyman and farmer. He married Susan Ann Hobson and died 9 April 1855. His daughter was Salina Brown who married J. S. Worsham. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


0.50 Linear Feet (1 Century Box.) ; Depth17.5" x Height 3" x Width 11.5"

Arrangement of Materials:

Arrangement: Each series in the collection is arranged in chronological order. Organization: This collection is organized into 5 series: 1. Letters, 2. Sermons, 3. Items of or Dealing With Art, 4. Newspaper Clippings, and 5. Genealogical Material - Addition.

Original accession (Mss. 65 B845) and Addition 1994.20 filed in the same box.

Acquisition Information:

Original Accession:  1965.10 Henry James Brown papers 1850-1880 appr. 50 pieces 1994.20 Manuscript "The Brownes/Browns of London, Virginia, and Missouri" by the donor, ca. 1989. Includes sketch of Henry James Brown, artist of Virginia Gift of Charles W. Whitman Gift: 46 items of Mrs. Janet Roller on 3/3/1994. Gift: 1 item of Charles W. Whitman on 4/1/1994.

Related Materials:

Some paintings by Henry James Brown, which were presented with the collection, are now part of the Muscarelle Museum, College of William & Mary.

Separated Materials:

Transfered to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss 1.03): Ink washed sketch titled "Somerset" (65B845.01), Miniature painting in oil on cardboard (65B845.02), Book mark, "With my love" (65B845.03), Cut-out Valentine basket ( 65B845.04), Children's book illustrated in watercolor (65B845.05), Cut-out Valentinewith painted red flower(65B845.06), Cut-out Valentine, " Ever-of-thee" ( 65B845.07), Cut-out Valentine, " Love/Hope" (65B845.08), Miniature Portrait of Thomas and Martha Brown (65B845.09), Sketch of Children Playing Indoors (65B845.10), Profile Sketches of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (65B845.11), Pencil Sketch of Grimacing Man (65B845.12), Pencil Sketch of Sleeping Child (65B845.13), Pencil Sketch of Woman (65B845.14), Pencil Sketch of Girl's Profile (65B845.15), Oil Portrait on Canvas of Man Shading His Eyes (65B845.16)


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at,%20Bucher.pdf

Guide to the Henry James Brown Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • January 22nd, 2018: Original accession (Mss. 65 B845) and Addition 1994.20 filed in the same box.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository