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Bob Brown

Robert Carlton Brown III

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Title: Robert Carlton Brown collection of Bob Brown papers, 1895-1973Add to your cart.

ID: 1/5/MSS 088

Primary Creator: Brown, Bob (1886-1959)

Other Creators: Brown, Robert Carlton III

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection is divided into two series: (1) Bob Brown Papers, and (2) Papers of Robert Carlton Brown III (RCB III).

Date Acquired: 00/00/1980

Subjects: Brown, Bob, 1886-1959, Brown, Carlton

Forms of Material: Brown, Bob, 1886-1959 - Correspondence, Brown, Bob, 1886-1959 - Photographs, Correspondence., Ephemera., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Records (documents), Scrapbooks

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes biographical information, correspondence from 1918-1961, writings from 1895-1945, and miscellaneous newsclippings, receipts, memos, notes and programs from 1942-1945, and correspondence which is arranged in three folders: Bob Brown's Letters to his Son (RCB III), Bob Brown's Letters to Others, and Letters to Bob Brown. Also in this collection are the writings of Bob Brown, including autobiographical manuscripts, drafts of picture poems for his book, and fictional pieces and short stories. In addition there are writings by Bob Brown's son Carlton, articles about Bob Brown, and material regarding Brown's reading machine.

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Brown, Bob, 1886-1959
Brown, Carlton

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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.

Acquisition Source: Robert Carlton Brown III

Acquisition Method: This collection of papers of American expatriate writer Bob Brown was purchased by Anacapa Books in Berkeley, California from Brown's son, Robert Carlton Brown III, and sold to Special Collections in 1980.

Related Materials:

The following have been transferred to the Rare Books Collection of Special Collection, Morris Library:

Contempo Vol. II No. 6.  Chapel Hill, S.C.: August 31, 1932  The Bob Brown issue. Inscribed by Brown, "Please return to BB."

Berkeley: A Journal of Modern Culture  No. 10 (no date, probably 1950's) Contains "Notes for the Life of an American Writer" by Bob Brown. 

Inscribed: "For Helen Scriggs  good book – HUNTING NY Bob 1958"

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

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 2: Robert Carlton Brown III],

Series 1: Bob BrownAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: InventoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters to son, 1918, 1932, 1940 - 1954Add to your cart.
Letters to son Robert Carlton Brown III, 1918, 1932, 1940 - 1954
Folder 4: Letter to others, 1931, 1943, 1944Add to your cart.
Letter to others, 1931, 1943, 1944
Folder 5: Letters to Bob Brown, 1929-1961Add to your cart.

ALS Franklin Adams June, 1937

TLS Mary A. Benjamin June 2, 1947

TLS Gelett Burgess Sept. 9, 1929

TLS Ivan Black June 29, 1935

TLS Ernest Boyd Nov. 1, 1933

TLS Ernest Boyd Nov. 8, 1933

TLS Clare Brackett Oct. 12, 1944

TLS Pierre S. DuPont June 11, 1932

TL Oscar Dystal Sept. 12, (?) (copy)

TLS Peggy Guggenheim June 9, 1946

TLS James D. Hart April 24, 1932

TLS Idwal Jones June 20, 1932

TLS Idwal Jones June 23, (?)

TLS Archibald MacLeish Aug. 20, 1942

TLS Dorothy Keller March 16, 1954

TLS Conde Nast Oct. 9, 1929

TLS Betty Rosenberg Nov. 28, 1956 - June 20, 1961

TLS Carl A. Sauer Aug. 3, 1943

TLS Upton Sinclair March 5, 1934

ALS Stuart (Davis?) July 23, 1959

TLS Louis Untermeyer Sept. 23, 1932

TLS Ann Watkins Sept. 17, 1947

TLS Lillian C. Zevin Jan. 7, 1952

Folder 6: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.

"Bob's Book," 1902

Autobiography at Nine Years Old, 1895

Folder 7: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
"My Mole Hill", ca. 1951
Folder 8: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.

"Way Down South in Greenwich Village"

"Literary as Hell", 1951

Folder 9: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Miscellaneous fragments, 1942-1945
Folder 10: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
"Brown family Robinson", 1932-1939
Folder 11: Writings - Autobiographical ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Notes on "Brown Family Robinson"
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Drafts for "1450-1950"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: A-CAdd to your cart.

Absolutely As Bob Brown TS, carbon 4 pp.

All You Can Eat! TS, carbon 1 p.

Amateur Archeologists TS, carbon 1 p.

An Alarming Contrast TS 1 p.

At Any L'Opera Tourist Agency TS, carbon 1 p.

Barbarous TS, corr. 1 p.

Brian G. Hughes -- What A Card! TS, carbon 3 pp.

Checkered Careers TS, carbon 1 p.

City Fishing TS, TS carbon 2 pp.

City Gypsies TS, carbon 1 p.

City Sounds TS, TS carbon 1 p.

Collect Pond TS, TS carbon 1 p.

Contrasts TS, TS carbon 1 p.

Consair's Daughter, The TS, carbon 4 pp.

Folder 3: D-GAdd to your cart.

David Riker's Animal stories TS, carbon 4 pp.

Democratic Dempsey TS, carbon 1 p.

Fishing for Fun TS, carbon 1 p.

Gin Hackett TS, 2 carbon copies 11 pp.

Grass TS, carbon 1 p.

Folder 4: H-MAdd to your cart.

Hav-a Gin Hackett! TS, carbon, corr. 11 p.

Hen Fruit TS, w/carbon 1 p.

I'll Never Go There Any More! TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Indians in Harlem TS, carbon 1 p.

Legend of the 'Storm Ship' TS, w/carbon 2 pp.

Look Out! TS, carbon 1 p.

Manhattan's First Doctor TS, carbon 2 pp.

Manhattan's Revolutionary Rival TS, w/carbon 1 p.

McSorley's TS, carbon 2 pp.

Meet Me At The Fair TS 12 pp.

Milk TS, carbon 1 p.

Miniature Japanese Prints TS, carbon 3 pp.

Folder 5: M-SAdd to your cart.

Modern Mother Speaks, A TS, carbon 1 p.

Modern Thinker, The TS 1 p.

Newyorkese TS, carbon 1 p.

No Tickee TS, w/carbon 1 p.

O'Connor's TS, carbon 1 p.

Of Interest to Moth-ers (and Others) TS, corr. 5 pp.

Old Uncle Brevoort TS, carbon 2 pp.

Oriental Spring Tonics TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Pearl Divers TS 1 p.

Provencal Elegy, A TS, carbon s pp.

Respirators for Research Workers TS, carbon 1 p.

Rough Diamond TS, carbon, corr. 5 pp.

Sawdust on the Floor TS, carbon 1 p.

Soaked Fish TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Society of Friends TS 1 p.

Southern Cooking TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Folder 6: S-WAdd to your cart.

Speak Easy of the Red Book TS 3 pp.

Street Baseball TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Struck by Lightning TS, corr. 7 pp.

Sue's Zoo TS, w/2 drawings 16 pp.

Summer Streets TS, carbon 1 p.

Taxidermists TS 1 p.

Thousand 1,000 Word Ideas, A, TS, corr. 4 pp.

Thousand Thanks, A TS, carbon 1 p.

Timeliness TS, carbon 1 p.

True, Brother! TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Up-Hill Uptown TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Volunteer Traffic Cops TS, w/carbon 1 p.

Who Eats the Snails TS, carbon 1 p.

Wholesale Flower Market TS, carbon 1 p.

With Zip! TS, carbon 1 p.

Folder 7: Personal notes and memosAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous newsclippings, receipts, programs, circa 1939-1943Add to your cart.
Series 2: Robert Carlton Brown IIIAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Writings and letters, 1930-1933, 1938, 1967, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Description of Brown papers, circa 1973Add to your cart.

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