Brown, Warren and Sarah Norris Family Collection

Collection number: MC 355
Size: (10 boxes) (3 cu.ft.)

About the Browns

Warren Brown (1836-1919) of Hampton Falls, NH married Sarah Gertrude Norris (1841-1917) in 1867. Their children were Norris Brown (1868-1869), Harry Benson Brown (1870-1903), Arthur Warren Brown (1873-1960), Gertrude Norris Brown (1878-1896), and Mildred Leavitt Brown (1880-1965). The family was active in the social and political life of Hampton Falls for decades. More information can be found here and in printed histories of the town.

About the Collection

This collection consists mainly of diaries kept by Warren and Sarah. Several volumes are also from their sons Arthur Warren Brown and Harry Benson Brown. There are a small number of Warren Brown's business receipts and a box of photographs, including a photograph of Gertrude Norris Brown and some of Harry Benson Brown.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Warren Brown and Sarah Norris Family Collection, 1870-1919, MC 355, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation of Judith Swain Huss and Janice Marston Jassmond, 2019

Separated Material

Not all diaries were present upon acquisition.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series by creater of materials.

Collection Contents

Series 1: Sarah Gertrude (Norris) Brown Diaries, 1870-1917

(1.33 cubic feet)

Diaries kept by Sarah between 1870 and 1917, and one larger account book. 1874 and 1917 are missing.

Box 1
Sarah's Diaries, 1870-1887
Box 2
Sarah's Diaries, 1888-1901
Box 3
Sarah's Diaries, 1902-1912
Box 4
Sarah's Diaries 1913-1915 & Household Account Book (1880s-1900s)

Series 2: Warren Brown Diaries, 1870-1919

(1.33 cubic feet)

Warren's diaries dated 1879-1919, and misc. receipts. Several diaries are missing.

Box 4
Warren's Diaries, 1879-1885
Box 5
Warren's Diaries, 1886-1900
Box 6
Warren's Diaries 1902-1917; Misc. Receipts & Paper Ephemera
Box 7
Warren's Diaries 1918-1919; Town happenings/vital records journals 1870-1888

Series 3: Arthur Warren and Harry Bension Brown Diaries, 1899-1903

(0.5 cubic feet)

Three diaries from Arthur and two from Harry.

Box 7
Arthur's Diaries (1899-1902); Harry's Diaries (1899 & 1903)

Series 4: Brown Family Photographs, 1870-1919

(1 cubic foot)

Photographs of the family and their house.

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 1Warren Brown (8 photos)
Oversize Box 1, Folder 2Sarah Brown (2 photos)
Oversize Box 1, Folder 3Harry (1 photograph) and Gertrude (1 photograph)
Oversize Box 1, Folder 4Brown's mansion
Oversize Box 1, Folder 5Oversize photograph of Warren Brown "with gov. head and council".
Oversize Box 1, Folder 6Oversize photo of either Sarah Brown or Mildred Leavitt Brown (daughter).