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Mary Quincy Brown papers

Identifier: MS 0637

Scope and Contents

The Mary Quincy Brown Papers include correspondence (March 9, 1848- January 13, 1912), a composition entitled "Mary Lyon as Missionary Educator", an information sheet from 1915, an Alumnae Quarterly clipping from 1920, and a note regarding Brown and life at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Most letters are written by Brown and her sister Susan Brown (Class of 1851) and are addressed to their parents, regarding health, deaths (including the death of Mary Lyon), and general news of the Seminary. Other letters are from their parents addressed to them, and one is from their father to Mary Lyon regarding Susan's admission.


  • Creation: 1848 - 1920
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1848 - 1854

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Biographical Note

Mary Quincy Brown was born on April 29, 1828, and was a member of the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary Class of 1849. After graduating, she taught at the Seminary from 1849-1852. Her sister Susan Brown (Class of 1851) also taught from 1851-1852. Brown was originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts but during her lifetime lived in New York State, Indiana and Ohio. Brown also took care of her aged parents and worked to help immigrants and the poor. She died in 1920.


1 boxes (Faculty/Staff)

Language of Materials



Brown, Mary Quincy, 1828-1920; Educator. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1849. Mount Holyoke Female Seminary faculty member, 1849-1852. Papers contain correspondence, compositions, information sheet from 1915, clippings and notes. Mainly consisting of correspondence to parents regarding her experience at Mount Holyoke with special note of deaths, including the death of Mary Lyon. Letters written by Susan Brown, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary graduate, 1851 and her parents are included in the collection.


This collection is organized into three series:

  1. Correspondence (1848-1854)
  2. Other Writings (circa 1885-1912)
  3. General Material (1849-1852)
Brown Papers, 1848-1920 (bulk 1848-1854)
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Repository Details

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