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Guide to the Julia P. Brown Letters

MSE/MD 3825


Collection Summary

Title: Julia P. Brown Letters
Dates: 1914-1918
Collection No.: MSE/MD 3825
Creator: Julia Pomeroy Brown (April 15, 1849 - April 1, 1926)
Extent: 11 folders; 1 container; .5 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A collection of letters addressed to Julia Pomeroy Brown from three women: Constance L., Emily Drummond, and Elizabeth Spooner. Letters detail life during WWI, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the death of a British soldier.

Selected Search Terms

World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Great Britain.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, British.
World War I -- Women.

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Julia P. Brown Letters, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Julia P. Brown Letters were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2016 from Jules Silverman. Arranged and described 2016, by Hannah Herbst. Finding aid 2016, by Hannah Herbst and Julie Tanaka.

Biographical Note

Julia Pomeroy Brown (April 15, 1849 - April 1, 1926) was the child of Dr. Chauncey Brown (1808-1879) and Julia M. Strong (1815-1908). She had one brother, Philip Chauncey Brown (1850-1930), and one older sister, Helen Stanley Brown Brenner (1844-1925). Julia P. Brown never married. She lived in Farmington, Connecticut, USA. Her former residence is now known as the Woodford-Newell-Strong House.

Most of the letters to Julia P. Brown are from either Constance L. or Emily Drummond. Both lived in Britain during the war. Emily Drummond was from London but lived in Fredley, Dorking during the war. Constance L. lived in central London. One letter is from Elizabeth Colton Spooner, a linguist and author of The Fravashi of Gautama. She was married to the archaeologist Dr. Brainard Spooner.

Scope and Content Note

Letters were written by three women, Elizabeth Spooner, Emily Drummond, and Constance L., residing in England during WWI to Julia P. Brown, a friend in Connecticut. Constance L. authored most of the letters. They discuss acts of war, such as the sinking of the Lusitania, as well as a nephew killed in the trenches among other topics.

Arrangement Note

10 letters, 35 pages, and a postcard book. The letters span from September 1914 to July 1918.

Container List

  • Julia P. Brown Letters 
    • Folder 1 (MSE/MD 3825-1) Elizabeth Spooner to Julia P. Brown. 1914 September 2. ALS, 8 pages.
      • Folder 2 (MSE/MD 3825-2) Constance L. to Julia P. Brown. 1914 October 25. ALS, 4 pages.
        • Folder 3 (MSE/MD 3825-3) Constance L. to Julia P. Brown. 1915 November 1. ALS, 4 pages.
          • Folder 4 (MSE/MD 3825-4) Constance L. to Julia P. Brown. 1915 May 8. ALS, 3 pages.
            • Folder 5 (MSE/MD 3825-5) Constance L. to Julia P. Brown. 1915 May 23. ALS, 2 pages.
              • Folder 6 (MSE/MD 3825-6) Constance L. to Julia P. Brown. 1915 June 25. ALS, 4 pages. Includes newspaper clippings.
                • Folder 7 (MSE/MD 3825-7) Emily Drummond to Julia P. Brown. 1915 October 20. ALS, 4 pages.
                  • Folder 8 (MSE/MD 3825-8) Emily Drummond to Julia P. Brown. 1915 November 14. ALS, 4 pages.
                    • Folder 9 (MSE/MD 3825-9) Emily Drummond to Julia P. Brown. 1918 March 29. ALS, 2 pages.
                      • Folder 10 (MSE/MD 3825-10) Emily Drummond to Julia P. Brown. 1918 July 30. ALS, 2 pages.
                        • Folder 11 (MSE/MD 3825-11) Postcard booklet. N.d. 7 postcards.