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Bob Brown, Robert Carlton Brown III collection of photographs, 1959

Collection Overview

Title: Bob Brown, Robert Carlton Brown III collection of photographs, 1959

ID: 2/1/PH 04

Creator: Brown, Bob (1886-1959)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection of photographs of American expatriate writer Bob Brown complements Manuscript Collection 88. The collection contains photographs taken by Carlton Brown, Bob Brown's son, during a 1959 family visit to the home of Kay Boyle and Joseph Frankenstein in Rowayton, Connecticut, three months before Bob Brown's death. The collection includes photographs of Bob Brown, Kay Boyle, Joseph Frankenstein, Eleanor Parker Brown, Clover Vail, Carlton Brown's family, and various literary friends.

Biographical Note

American author, journalist, publisher, and collector Robert Carlton Brown (1886-1959) was born in Chicago. Brown wrote pulp fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, avant-garde publications, and experimented with a book of visual poetry; he also contributed pieces to various magazines and newspapers in New York City and established journals in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, and London. Popular works of Brown's include the novel What Happened to Mary? (1913), an adaptation of which became one of the first successful motion pictures. He was involved with an informal poetry group with avant-garde and modernist writers and artists like William Carlos Williams, Alfred Kreymbourg, and Man Ray in 1913 and 1914. The group put forth a publication entitled Glebe in 1913 and later the influential poetry journal Others. In 1929, he and his wife temporarily settled in France where they became involved in the expatriate literary community in Paris. While there, he also established Roving Eye Press to promote a reading machine that he invented. Brown published a book of verse to be used with the machine, Readies for Bob Brown's Machine (1931), which included contributions from Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, James T. Farrell, Kay Boyle, Paul Bowles, Kreymborg, Eugene Jolas, and Robert McAlmon.

The Browns eventually reestablished residence in Rio de Janeiro, where they lived until Rose Brown's death in 1952. Following his wife's death, Bob Brown returned to New York, remarried, and continued to write. He ran a shop called Bob Brown's Books in Greenwich Village until his death in 1959.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials:

Robert Carlton Brown vertical file manuscript.

Marylin Brackett Morison collection of Bob Brown.

Philip Kaplan and Bob Brown papers.

Bob Brown papers.

Selected papers of Bob Brown.

Robert Carlson Brown collection of Bob Brown, MSS 88

Preferred Citation: [Item], Bob Brown, Robert Carlson Brown III collection of photographs, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing

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Four 8"x10" prints of Brown family and friends
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9 sheets of contact prints of Brown family and friends