Brown Family | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Around 1940, Bob and Rose Brown left their New York home to travel and ultimately reside in South America. They began their journey with a five month tour of the continentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s waterways, primarily the Amazon River, speaking with natives, sampling dishes, and learning the customs of the various countries they visited. In 1942, the Browns published Amazing Amazon, a memoir of their travels.
The materials in the Marylin Brackett Morison Collection document Bob and Rose BrownÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s South American years, chiefly through letters and manuscript fragments. Much of the correspondence is written to BobÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cousin (perhaps nephew) Clare Brackett and describes the coupleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s experiences living in Brazil. Several letters are reminiscent of his early years in the Midwest and relate to photographs depicting Bob and ClareÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s childhoods. The exact relationship between Clare Brackett and Marylin Brackett Morison is not clear; she may be his sister or daughter, though it seems likely that her family association with Bob Brown explains how these materials were assembled.