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Guide to the Records of Brown Brothers Harriman
1696 -1973, 1995 (bulk 1820-1968)
 MS 78

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Series V. Partners' Papers (1859-1966). 7.8 Linear feet 14.5 document boxes, 34 volumes

Scope and Contents

The series includes material generated by five Brown Brothers partners who were also interrelated (see Biographical Note). Some of these individuals are also represented in Subseries Partners.

James Brown and Robert A. Lovett's materials in this series are exclusively business-related; material from the other partners in this series documents mostly personal and some business-related activities.

Biographical Note

John Crosby Brown (1838-1909) was the son of Brown Brothers & Co. founder and partner James Brown (1791-1877). Among John Crosby Brown's six children was partner Thatcher M. Brown (1876-1954).

James Brown (1863-1935) was the son of George Hunter Brown (1835-1900), the older brother of John Crosby Brown. James Brown's daughter, Adele Quartley Brown (1899-1986), married Robert A. Lovett (1895-1986) in 1919. James Brown was John Crosby Brown's nephew and a cousin of both Moreau Delano and Thatcher M. Brown.

John Crosby Brown's wife, Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown (1842-1918), was the sister of Sarah Magoun Adams (b. 1847), who married Brown Brothers partner Eugene Delano (1844-1920) in 1872. Their son, partner Moreau Delano (1877-1936), was therefore a nephew of John Crosby Brown and a first cousin of Thatcher M. Brown.


The series is arranged in four subseries in alphabetical order by partners' names. Some of the items were marked with Kouwenhoven's People or Subject designations but are included in this series to be grouped with other similar materials.

The James Brown and Robert A. Lovett diaries were originally housed in ring binders. Materials have been removed and foldered in acid-free boxes: any relevant information from the binders was photocopied onto acid-free paper and precedes the material it describes.

Robert A. Lovett's 1947-1949 diary is available on microfilm and will be presented in that format.

Subseries A. James Brown Papers (1910-1930). 1.0 Linear feet 2.5 document boxes

Scope and Content

The diaries document the range of contacts Brown had with other bankers (including J.P. Morgan partner Edward Stettinius), business executives, and elected officials during the 1910s and 1920s, through negotiations and loans in Nicaragua, the course of World War I and postwar financing and reconstruction in Europe, and the 1920s economic boom.

The 1917-1919 diary ends with list of "prominent personages met by Mr. James Brown during 1919," detailing treasury and finance officials of European and North and South American businesses and governments whom he met while traveling to Paris, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and London.

The early 1920s entries include frequent references to the Mercantile Bank of the Americas, which was chartered in Connecticut to carry on banking activities outside the United States including in Nicaragua; and to meetings with government officials and journalists regarding the Congressional inquiry into the Nicaraguan loans.

The 1929 diary begins in April, after Brown had spent the first months of the year in Florida.

Biographical Note

James Brown (1863-1935) was senior partner of Brown Brothers & Co. when it negotiated a loan to the Republic of Nicaragua in 1912, at the request of the United States government. The objective was to effect currency reform, overhaul the Pacific Railway, and establish a national bank, of which Brown served as president from 1912 to 1914. Congress later opened inquiries into the loans and their dissemination as part of a general review of so-called Dollar Diplomacy. He was instrumental in arranging the first dollar (rather than sterling) denominated commercial export syndicate credits through the Bank of France in 1915. During World War I he represented American bankers at negotiations with European governments regarding wartime financing, conferring with Chancellor of the Exchequer David Lloyd George, Bank of England governor Lord Cunliffe, and representatives of European banking concerns.


The 1910 to 1917 diaries are handwritten (some in pencil that is difficult to decipher), interspersed with typed minutes and proceedings from meetings of Brown Brothers & Co.'s Policy Committee until 1912, and paginated to page 68. A note in the diary after this page in Brown's hand reads "In November 1913 there being but three active partners it was decided to meet every day at 10.30 - in other words to resume the Policy Committee meetings that had fallen into disuse since Mr. Duanes death [in 1912]./ I began the practice of noting the subjects discussed without attempting to record the discussion in detail." These entries were indexed by Patricia Hoban for the Historical Files, by page number through 1913 and by date for the unpaginated entries through 1917.

The succeeding diaries are typewritten, paginated consecutively from year to year, and indexed; the index precedes each diary as it did in the original ring binders.

"Odd notes from J.B's diaries" is in an unidentified hand and was found with the original binders; it has been added preceding the run of diaries.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 92 Folder : 5 "Odd notes from J.B.'s diaries"
Box: 92 Folder : 6 Diary 1910-1917: index
Box: 92 Folder : 7 Diary 1910-1917
1910 December 15 - 1917 March 12
Box: 92 Folder : 7 Diary 1917-1919: index
Box: 92 Folder : 9 Diary 1917-1919
1917 November 9 - 1919 September 26
Box: 92 Folder : 10 Diary 1917-1919
1919 September 26 - December 31
Box: 92 Folder : 11 Diary, European trip, 1919 - index
Box: 92 Folder : 12 Diary, European trip 1919
1919 January 25 - April 9
Box: 98 Folder : 1 Diary 1920: index
Box: 98 Folder : 2 Diary 1920
1920 January 2 - December 28
Box: 98 Folder : 3 Diary 1921: index
Box: 98 Folder : 4 Diary 1921
1921 January 17 - December 29
Box: 98 Folder : 5 Diary 1922: index
Box: 98 Folder : 6 Diary 1922
1922 January 3 - December 26
Box: 98 Folder : 7 Diary 1923: index
Box: 98 Folder : 8 Diary 1923
1923 January 5 - 1924 January 2
Box: 98 Folder : 9 Diary 1924: index
Box: 98 Folder : 10 Diary 1924
1924 January 8 - December 31
Box: 98 Folder : 11 Diary 1925: index
Box: 98 Folder : 12 Diary 1925
1925 January 2 - December 29
Box: 99 Folder : 1 Diary 1926: index
Box: 99 Folder : 2 Diary 1926
1926 January 7 - December 27
Box: 99 Folder : 3 Diary 1927: index
Box: 99 Folder : 4 Diary 1927
1927 January 10 - December 29
Box: 99 Folder : 5 Diary 1928: index
Box: 99 Folder : 6 Diary 1928
1928 January 3 - 1929 January 2
Box: 99 Folder : 7 Diary 1929-1930: index
Box: 99 Folder : 8 Diary 1929-1930
1929 April 11 - 1930 August 6

Subseries B. John Crosby Brown Papers (1859-1918). 1.3 Linear feet (2 folders, 29 volumes)

Scope and Content

The subseries includes some of John Crosby Brown's transcribed letters, account books, as well as three journals and account books of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown.

The scrapbook of botanical specimens (Volume 36) includes pressed leaves and flowers, each identified with its name and location, from Brown's trip to Europe and the Middle East in 1859-1860. Two unmounted stereograph images in various exposures found loose in this volume have been removed to Subseries VIII.A. Assorted Visual Materials. The volume was donated to the Historical Files in 1966 by John Crosby Brown's grandson, John Crosby Brown Moore.

The letters in Volume 37 are typed transcripts, organized by the writer's last name and bound with a table of contents and some photographs pasted in. It is annotated in pencil in John Kouwenhoven's hand, indicating in some places where the original of a transcribed letter can be found in the Historical Files.

Volumes 38-40 show labels from a stationer in Liverpool, where Brown worked at Brown Shipley & Co. before returning to join Brown Brothers & Co. in New York as a partner in 1864. Inserted in Volume 40 is a note in Kouwenhoven's hand listing important references to be picked up from the volume's contents.

Volumes 44 and 54 appear to be from the family's home Brighthurst, in Orange, New Jersey: they include expenditures for livestock and feed, as well as a gardener's wages.

Volumes 45, 47, 48, 50, and 59 include details of Mrs. Adams' assets (including stocks and real estate holdings) and income, and show some of her expenditures for musical instruments in what would be donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1899 as the Crosby Brown Collection.

John Crosby Brown died in 1909; the notebooks that extend beyond that date show entries in a different hand.

Biographical Note

John Crosby Brown (1838-1909) became a partner of Brown Brothers & Co. in New York in 1864, after having worked in the Liverpool offices of Brown Shipley & Co. He had planned a career as a minister, but following the early deaths of his brothers James Alexander (killed, age 23, in a shooting accident) and William Benedict (drowned, age 29, aboard Arctic) he instead pursued a career in the family business. He served on the boards of many insurance companies and, like his father James Brown and father-in-law Dr. William Adams, was a lifelong supporter of Union Theological Seminary whose Adams Chapel he endowed with his wife Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 99 Folder : 9 European expenses: three notebooks
1881, 1882, 1889
Box: 99 Folder : 10 European expenses: three notebooks
1889, 1891-1895
Box: 99 Folder : 11 New Jersey Supreme Court briefs; last will and testament
[1901]; 1906 January 5
Box: OS 11 Folder : 2 Metropolitan Museum of Art certificates: patron, fellow in perpetuity
1870, 1901
Volume: 36 Scrapbook of pressed plants and flowers
Volume: 37 "Side Lights on the Civil War from Family Letters"
Volume: 38 Stock holding accounts
Volume: 39 Private accounts
Volume: 40 Accounts
Volume: 41 Monthly accounts
Volume: 42 Household and charity expenses
Volume: 43 Private ledger
Volume: 44 Household expenses
Volume: 45 Investment expense accounts, Mary E. Brown
Volume: 46 End of year balances, New York
Volume: 47 Mary E. Brown "Ledger containing particulars of investment"
Volume: 48 Mary E. Brown "Book containing particulars of personal and other expenses"
Volume: 49 Daily accounts
Volume: 50 "Securities held by Mrs. Mary E. Brown"
Volume: 51 Annual and monthly accounts
Volume: 52 Daily accounts
Volume: 53 Income and expenses; stock, real estate, James Brown trust
Volume: 54 Household accounts
Volume: 55 Income, stock, and other accounts
Volume: 56 Daily accounts
Volume: 57 Charity and household expenses
Volume: 58 Expense account
Volume: 59 Mary E.A. Brown accounts and income

Subseries C. Thatcher M. Brown Papers (1890-1966). 4.5 Linear feet 10 ms. boxes and 4 volumes

Scope and Content

The subseries includes correspondence and records to do with Thatcher Brown's extended family, including his executorship for various of their wills; business records from his lifelong work for Brown Brothers & Co. and Brown Brothers Harriman; and personal financial records, including checkbooks and tax returns for him and his wife Caro Noyes Brown.

Biographical Note

As well as serving as a senior member of Brown Brothers & Co. and the first senior partner of Brown Brothers Harriman, Thatcher Brown was active in a variety of business and charitable organizations.

He served on Union Theological Seminary's Board of Directors starting in 1908, and was its president from 1936 to 1947; and as director of Yale University's Alumni Fund and its chairman in 1919-1920. From 1907-1946 he was a member of Presbyterian Hospital's Board of Managers, for which in 1925 he chaired a campaign committee for the hospital's contributions to the $10 million fund for Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was also an elder of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Among his corporate director- and trusteeships were Commercial Union Group, Prudential Insurance Company of London, Sun Insurance Company, Skandia Insurance Company of Stockholm, and Bank of Savings of New York. The precursor of Royal Insurance Company, The Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Company, held its first meeting in January 1851 in the offices of Brown Brothers & Co., of which Thatcher Brown's grandfather James was a partner who served as a director of the insurance company. Thatcher Brown and his father, James Brown's son John Crosby Brown, likewise served as directors of the firm.


The materials were originally organized into personal correspondence, business correspondence, financial/tax documents, and a box of culled correspondence individually labeled in an unidentified hand. That order has been preserved, except where changes were necessary for clarity, with division into three subseries.

Subseries C.i. Personal and Family Materials includes personal correspondence of both Thatcher and Caro Noyes Brown, as well as to do with their apartment at 139 east 79th street, Thatcher Brown's estate work for family members including his wife Caro and his brother James Crosby Brown, club memberships, and charitable work for various institutions.

Subseries C.ii. Business Records includes records related to Thatcher Brown's nonfamily business interests, including estates work, and correspondence with Brown Brothers & Co. and Brown Brothers Harriman. Financial records related only to Thatcher Brown's business interests are included here.

Subseries C.iii. Financial Records includes personal checks and checkbooks of Thatcher and Caro Noyes Brown (mostly from accounts used to pay charitable contributions), tax preparation documents and returns, and financial records related to the estate and trusts under the will of Caro Noyes Brown.

Subseries C.i. Personal and Family Materials (1890-1966)

Scope and Contents

The subseries includes personal and family-related correspondence and other records of both Thatcher and Caro Noyes Brown.

Caro Noyes's letters from her 1898-1899 trip to Liverpool, London, Paris, Rouen, Naples, Rome, and Switzerland include drawings in her hand of purchases of clothes and accessories, a description of the funeral of French President Faure, and a pressed edelweiss from Pontresina, in the Swiss Alps. The letters, which are occasionally annotated in red in another hand, mention various Delano family members (to whom she was related through her mother and would also later be through her husband), and include a letter from Susan Delano thanking Mr. Noyes for the loan of his daughters.

Her letters from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, and a dance card with the names of both Thatcher and James Crosby Brown, indicate that she knew both brothers while they attended Yale University in nearby New Haven.

The letters of Montagu Norman, who was a Brown Brothers partner and Governor of the Bank of England, to Caro Noyes Brown are affectionate and often apologetic for not having written sooner. After 1933, letters from his wife Priscilla include descriptions of life in pre-war and wartime Britain. The correspondence was used by Sir Henry Clay in researching his 1957 biography Lord Norman and includes notes from Clay at that time.

Letters during World War II to Thatcher and Caro Brown from Gertrude Balfour (1877-1970), who was Montagu Norman's sister and the wife of Scottish botanist Alistair Balfour (1873-1945), have text cut out where they were redacted by the censor.

Much of Thatcher Brown's personal material pertains to the estates of family members for whom he served as executor, including his brother James Crosby Brown, cousin Moreau Delano, and wife Caro Noyes Brown. As part of his brother's estate, Thatcher Brown donated the Pasque Island property deeds to Dukes County Historical Society (now the Martha's Vineyard Museum) and sold the property to then Massachusetts Governor Forbes. He corresponded extensively with family members and with staff at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, regarding the upkeep and improvement of various family plots there.

The correspondence with his brother William Adams Brown is mostly to do with managing the latter's investments, but also discusses a loan of their mother Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown's instruments from the Metropolitan Museum. William Adams Brown's 1933 letters after a visit to Germany record his impressions of the political and economic situation there and include some newspaper clippings in German.

Correspondence with his son Daniel Noyes Brown is likewise mostly to do with investments, but the 1943 letters detail Daniel's experience while serving in the military in North Africa.

An English impression of the impending war is provided in the 1939 letters from Edward Clifton-Brown; his wartime letters record conditions on the home front as well as the whereabouts of various family members and firm employees.

Thatcher Brown's personal involvement with fundraising and other efforts for charitable institutions in around New York City is reflected in the records for the Building Fund of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church; during his service as treasurer of 1st Presbyterian Church in Rumson, New Jersey; and with St. Cloud Church, where his mother had had a marker installed after the demolition of a spring house provided by her husband John Crosby Brown. The church's Men's Club had been established with funds from the John Crosby Brown estate.

Thatcher and Caro Brown initially rented an apartment at 139 east 79th street, which was later converted to a cooperative plan. Thatcher Brown helped to form that plan, served on the building's Board, and Mrs. Brown owned half of the proprietary lease on the commercial property on the building's ground floor.

Chester Jay Hunt was a Yale classmate (1897) of Thatcher Brown's who wrote many letters detailing his financial woes while running a bulb-growing company and later about the inadequacies of his New Jersey state pension. Thatcher Brown assisted him with job possibilities, took up a collection for his benefit from Yale classmates, loaned him money, and made frequent gifts of cash and checks. He also corresponded extensively over the same period with fellow Yale Fund class agent George Parmly Day about the class's charitable efforts on behalf of Hunt.

In 1950, Brown had privately printed and distributed Brown Brothers & Co. [and] Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., 1900-1950, a continuation of his father's account of the firm's first 100 years. Copies of the book that were with the related correspondence are now included in Series X. Published Material.

Caro Noyes Brown's bride's book (Volume 60) for her June 3, 1904, marriage in St. Paul, Minnesota, includes signatures of ushers and bridesmaids from the Adams, Moore, Coe, Brown, and Delano families. Her 1929 diary (Volume 61) is from a trip to South America, during which her husband was guest of honor at dinner given by the Mayor of Lima, Peru (see illustration on p. 195 of Partners in Banking).

The household inventory in Volume 62 is illustrated with pencil sketches of individual items and annotated with their location in Thatcher Brown's homes (775 Park Avenue in 1932; 139 east 79th Street in 1943), purchase prices, provenance, and any disposition after sale.

Biographical Note

Thatcher Brown served as executor, financial and investment advisor, and banker for many members of the extended Brown, Delano, and Noyes families, including his cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A son of John Crosby Brown, Thatcher Brown's siblings were William Adams Brown (1865-1943), Eliza Coe Brown (called Bessie, 1868-1959), Mary Magoun Brown (1869-1962), James Crosby Brown (1872-1930), and Amy Brighthurst Brown (1878-1960).

In 1892, William Adams Brown (1865-1943) married Helen Gilman Noyes, whose sister Caro Lord Noyes would marry Thatcher Brown in 1904. William and Helen Noyes Brown's children were John Crosby Brown (1892-1950), William Adams Brown (1894-1957), Winthrop Gilman Brown (1907-1987), and Helen Adams Brown (1910-1928). In 1936 William Adams Brown retired after 40 years on the faculty at Union Theological Seminary.

Eliza Coe Brown married Edward Caldwell Moore (b. 1857) in 1887 and their three children were Dorothea May Moore (1884-1995), who in 1941 married Arthur Burkhard (1891-1973); John Crosby Brown Moore (1897-1993), principal of the architectural firm of Dunham and Moore in New York City; and Elizabeth Ripley Moore (1907-1983).

Mary Magoun Brown trained as a nurse at Presbyterian Hospital and began her career in 1899 on the staff of the Henry Street Settlement Visiting Nursing. She retired in 1951 after 50 years of service.

James Crosby Brown died unexpectedly in 1930, leaving a large and complicated estate valued, even after the stock market crash of 1929, at over $1.5 million, and of which Thatcher Brown was executor. It included Clifton Wynyates, a 194 acre property in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, as well as land on Pasque Island, Massachusetts. After his death, his widow moved from the Pennsylvania property, and by 1933 it was being subdivided by developers Durham and James.

In 1898 James Crosby Brown had married Mary Agnes Hewlett (1875-1919) and had two sons: James Crosby Brown (called Crosby, 1903-1965) and Alexander Crosby Brown (called Alec, 1905-1993). In 1921, he married Aurelia Gladys Pomeroy Jenkins (1883-1938), the widow of a Yale classmate and mother of Allston Jenkins (called Allie, 1903-1994). The guardian of their daughter, Aurelia Clifton Brown (called Thistle, b. 1925), after her mother's death was her half-brother Allston (who was also executor of his mother's estate), and she lived at one time with her uncle Thatcher Brown.

Amy Brighthurst Brown (1878-1960) married Henry Lockwood de Forest (1875-1954) in 1899 and had three children: May de Forest (1902-1990); Emily Johnston de Forest (1903-1977), whose second husband was Leslie Tillotson Webster (1893-1943); and Robert Weeks de Forest, who died at birth in September, 1909. Henry Lockwood de Forest's sister Frances Emily (b. 1878) was the wife of William Adams Walker Stewart.

Caro Lord Noyes Brown's (1876-1947) mother, Helen Gilman Noyes, was the sister of Serena Hale Davenport. Caro and Thatcher Brown's three children were Moreau Delano Brown (1905-1974), who became a Brown Brothers Harriman partner in 1939; Daniel Noyes Brown (1906-1985), who trained as a physician at Columbia University; and Thatcher Magoun Brown (1908-1983).

The children of Thatcher Brown's maternal aunt and uncle Sarah Magoun Adams and Brown Brothers partner Eugene Delano included partner Moreau Delano (1877-1936; see Subseries Partners); William Adams Delano (1874-1960), the architect of, among many other buildings, the Rockefeller estate Kykuit, Otto Kahn's Oheka, and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's Old Westbury studio; Caroline Delano (called Lina), who married Dr. Augustus B. Wadsworth and was the mother of Eugene Delano Wadsworth; Augustus Baldwin Wadsworth; and botanist and supporter of Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum, Susan Adams Delano McKelvey (1883-1964).

In London, partner Edward Clifton-Brown (1870-1944; see Subseries Partners) was a great-grandson of Sir William Brown (1784-1864,) who established the family firm in Liverpool. Edward's paternal uncle was London partner Sir Alexander Hargreaves Brown (1844-1922; see Subseries Partners); his son was Anthony Clifton-Brown (1903-1984).


The subseries is arranged chronologically; within the chronological arrangement, many of the subjects have multiple files bearing the same title, which are themselves organized chronologically.

Placed at the beginning of the series is an annotated inventory of the carton containing personal correspondence of Thatcher Brown, originally in the possession of his son Moreau D. Brown, from which these materials were taken.

Various blueprints of grave markers from Green-Wood Cemetery have been removed to oversized boxes listed at the end of the subseries.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 99 Folder : 12 "Correspondence of Mr. Thatcher Brown": annotated list
Box: 99 Folder : 13 John Crosby Brown estate: agreements and heirs documents
Box: 99 Folder : 14 John Crosby Brown estate: will, executors' accounting, suit
1909, 1911, 1912
Box: 99 Folder : 15 Letters to Caro Noyes from her family; dance card
Box: 100 Folder : 1 Caro Noyes letters to her parents
1898 October 7 - 1899 August
Box: 100 Folder : 2 Thatcher M. Brown diary
1899 summer
Box: 100 Folder : 3 Letters to Caro Noyes Brown from Montagu Norman; 1952 cover letter from biographer Sir Henry Clay
1907-1933, 1952, undated
Box: 100 Folder : 4 St. Cloud Presbyterian Church, West Orange, NJ
Box: 100 Folder : 5 Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown estate: inventory of Seal Harbor cottage; appraisal and inventory of Brighthurst; 36 E. 37th street inventory
1912, undated
Box: 100 Folder : 6 Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown estate: settlement
Box: 100 Folder : 7 James Crosby Brown estate: Philadelphia property at 4th and Chestnut streets
1920, 1930
Box: 100 Folder : 8 James Crosby Brown estate: partners' file correspondence with Philadelphia office
Box: 100 Folder : 9 James Crosby Brown estate: correspondence with Allston Jenkins
Box: 100 Folder : 10 James Crosby Brown estate: correspondence with Allston Jenkins
Box: 100 Folder : 11 James Crosby Brown estate: correspondence with Allston Jenkins
Box: 101 Folder : 1 James Crosby Brown estate: guardian account for Aurelia Clifton Brown
Box: 101 Folder : 2 James Crosby Brown estate: property settlements and sales
Box: 101 Folder : 3 James Crosby Brown estate: property settlements and sales
Box: 101 Folder : 4 James Crosby Brown estate: property settlements and sales
Box: 101 Folder : 5 James Crosby Brown estate: Ardmore property, correspondence with developers Durham and Irvine
Box: 101 Folder : 6 James Crosby Brown estate: donation of Pasque Island deed to Dukes County Historical Society; Forbes correspondence
1936, 1941
Box: 101 Folder : 7 James Crosby Brown estate: subdivision and sales, correspondence with real estate brokers Hirst & MacFarland
1936-1941, 1944
Box: 101 Folder : 8 James Crosby Brown estate: finances
Box: 101 Folder : 9 James Crosby Brown estate: settlement of amount due from Durham & Irvine
Box: 101 Folder : 10 First Presbyterian Church, Rumson, New Jersey
Box: 102 Folder : 1 Grand jury service
Box: 102 Folder : 2 William Adams Brown
Box: 102 Folder : 3 Lincoln Warehouse: storage of car and personal items
Box: 102 Folder : 4 Eliza Coe Brown Moore
Box: 102 Folder : 5 59 Wall Street deed donation to Museum of the City of New York; New York Public Library Bulletin on Brown Brothers ledger donation
1932 March, 1936 June
Box: 102 Folder : 6 Alexander Crosby Brown
1932-1933, 1951
Box: 102 Folder : 7 Correspondence from Priscilla Norman; account of journey with enemy aliens
1933, 1938-1944
Box: 102 Folder : 8 Powers of attorney from and to Daniel Noyes Brown and Thatcher M. Brown, Jr.
1933, 1942, 1944, 1952
Box: 102 Folder : 9 Essex County Country Club; St. George's Society of New York
1934, 1944, 1952
Box: 102 Folder : 10 Moreau Delano estate
Box: 102 Folder : 11 Correspondence with Dr. John H. Cunningham about Pasque Island, Massachusetts
Box: 102 Folder : 12 Dorothea May Moore
Box: 102 Folder : 13 Caroline Delano Wadsworth
Box: 102 Folder : 14 William Adams Delano
1938, 1952-1953
Box: 102 Drawer : 15 Susan Adams Delano McKelvey
Box: 102 Folder : 16 Edward Clifton-Brown
Box: 102 Folder : 17 Grove Reformed Church, Clifton, New Jersey: gift of John Crosby Brown property
Box: 102 Folder : 18 Serena Hale Davenport estate
Box: 102 Folder : 19 Union Theological Seminary; Harkness bequest
1940, 1945, 1947, 1950-1952
Box: 103 Folder : 1 Correspondence to Caro Noyes Brown from Gertrude Balfour
Box: 103 Folder : 2 Daniel Noyes Brown
Box: 103 Folder : 3 139 east 79th street: co-op conversion, leases
Box: 103 Folder : 4 139 east 79th street: correspondence with Brown, Wheelock, Harris, Stevens; New York Telephone Company
Box: 103 Folder : 5 139 east 79th street: rent and maintenance receipts
Box: 103 Folder : 6 139 east 79th street: store leases
1945 September
Box: 103 Folder : 7 139 east 79th street: co-op business
Box: 103 Folder : 8 139 east 79th street: co-op business
Box: 103 Folder : 9 139 east 79th street: co-op business
Box: 103 Folder : 10 Green-Wood Cemetery: Noyes and Brown family plots
Box: 103 Folder : 11 Montagu and Priscilla Norman; Sir Henry Clay
Box: 103 Folder : 12 Emily deForest Webster; Frances deForest Stewart
1943-1944, 1954
Box: 103 Folder : 13 Chester Jay Hunt: correspondence with George Parmly Day, Yale alumni agent
Box: 104 Folder : 1 Chester Jay Hunt: correspondence with George Parmly Day, Yale alumni agent
Box: 104 Folder : 2 Chester Jay Hunt
Box: 104 Folder : 3 Caro Noyes Brown estate: Smith Park Realty Corporation stock
Box: 104 Folder : 4 Caro Noyes Brown estate: correspondence with law firm Lord, Day, & Lord
Box: 104 Folder : 5 Caro Noyes Brown estate: finances and family correspondence
Box: 104 Folder : 6 Anthony Clifton Brown
Box: 104 Folder : 7 Workmen's Compensation: Arlene Tikkanen
Box: 104 Folder : 8 Valuation of items stolen from Aurelia Clifton Brown's room
Box: 104 Folder : 9 Responses to book on 50 years with Brown Brothers
1950 June - 1953 April
Box: 104 Folder : 10 Moneyed capital tax on various family estates
Box: 104 Folder : 11 Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church Building Fund
Box: 104 Folder : 12 Winthrop Gilman Brown
1952, 1954
Box: 104 Folder : 13 Eugene Delano Wadsworth
Box: 105 Folder : 1 Bound memorial minute: Bank for Savings in the City of New York
1954 May 18
Box: 105 Folder : 2 Bound memorial minute: Gratuity Fund of the New York Stock Exchange
1954 May 19
Box: 105 Folder : 3 Bound memorial minute: Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co.
1954 June 2
Box: 105 Folder : 4 Bound memorial minutes: Prudential Insurance Company of Great Britain / Hudson Insurnace Company of New York / Skandia Insurance Company of Stockholm
1954 June 3
Box: 105 Folder : 5 Unbound memorial minutes: Commercial Union Assurance Co., The Phelps Association, Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
1954 June 4 - 21
Box: 105 Folder : 6 Bound memorial minute: Sun Insurance Office Ltd.
1954 September 23
Box: 105 Folder : 7 Obituaries and biographies; recipients of history of the firm
1954, 1966
Box: OS 9 Folder : 10 Liverpool & London policy with James Brown as Chairman; supporting information
1862, 1864, 1905-1907
Box: OS 9 Folder : 11 James Crosby Brown estate: Ardmore property, Durham & Irvine
Drawer: OS 1900 James Crosby Brown estate: Hirst & MacFarland correspondence about subdivision plans
Drawer: OS D1900 Green-Wood Cemetery: headstone and plans by John Crosby Brown Moore
Volume: 60 Caro Noyes bride book
Volume: 61 Caro Noyes Brown diary, South American visit
1929 January 29-April 7
Volume: 62 Household inventory
1932, 1943

Subseries C.ii. Business Records (1902-1952)

Scope and Contents

The subseries includes correspondence and other records related to Thatcher Brown's service as a director of a variety of insurance and banking concerns, as well as his partnership at Brown Brothers & Co. and Brown Brothers Harriman.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 105 Folder : 8 The Bank for Savings in the City of New York: by-laws and reports
1902, 1920, 1926, undated
Box: 105 Folder : 9 The Bank for Savings in the City of New York: correspondence
1920, 1921, 1925, 1945-1946
Box: 105 Folder : 10 Brown Brothers: profit and loss statement; commercial credit analysis; travelers letters of credit
Box: 105 Folder : 11 Brown Brothers New York operating expenses; comparison of ratios; general examination of results
Box: 106 Folder : 1 Insurance company directorships
Box: 106 Folder : 2 Insurance company directorships
Box: 106 Folder : 3 Insurance company directorships
Box: 106 Folder : 4 Insurance company directorships
Box: 106 Folder : 5 James A Vaughan: loan
Box: 106 Folder : 6 Carbon typescript of " 'Foreign' Securities"
Box: 106 Folder : 7 Brown Brothers Harriman New York Stock Exchange seat
1932, 1942
Box: 106 Folder : 8 West Virginia debt bonds; St. Louis Coke & Iron; Federal Coke and Chemical; SKF Industries; Bangor and Aroostook Railroad
Box: 106 Folder : 9 Beaver Coal Company; West Virginia debt settlement
Box: 106 Folder : 10 Davis Polk Wardwell Gardner & Reed; George A. Brownell correspondence about insurance and banking laws
Box: 106 Folder : 11 Claus H. Vogel; Gillen; John Anderson; estate of Gherardi Davis; estate Thomas D. Thacher; Louis Curtis
Box: 106 Folder : 12 Alfred Sarasin and William Gradenwitz
Box: 106 Folder : 13 Directorships of Brown Brothers Harriman partners

Subseries C.iii. Financial Records (1891-1955)

Scope and contents

The subseries includes personal banking, tax, and estate financial materials from both Thatcher and Caro Noyes Brown, including the accounting for Mrs. Brown's estate and trusts under her will. The checks and desk checkbooks document payments to charitable organizations. The returned canceled checks and wallet checkbooks are boxed separately because of their size.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 106 Folder : 14 Account books
Box: 106 Folder : 15 Bank book: The Bank for Savings
Box: 107 Folder : 1 Income tax: calculations and forms
Box: 107 Folder : 2 Income tax: 1918-1920
Box: 107 Folder : 3 Income tax: 1921, 1922
Box: 107 Folder : 4 Income tax: working papers, joint return Thatcher M. and Caro N. Brown
Box: 107 Folder : 5 Income tax: 1923-1926
Box: 107 Folder : 6 Income tax: correspondence with Brown Brothers Harriman
Box: 107 Folder : 7 Checkbook: charitable account
Box: 107 Folder : 8 Checkbook: charitable account
Box: 108 Folder : 1 Checkbook: charitable contributions
1930 November 5 - 1934 November 28
Box: 108 Folder : 2 Caro Noyes Brown checks, checkbooks, bank books
Box: 108 Folder : 3 Directors' fees from insurance companies
Box: 108 Folder : 4 Checkbook: charitable account
Box: 108 Folder : 5 Checkbook: charitable account
Box: 108 Folder : 6 Caro Noyes Brown estate: will, trusteeship. securities, taxes, inheritance tax valuation
Box: 108 Folder : 7 Caro Noyes Brown estate: account settlements
Box: 108 Folder : 8 Caro Noyes Brown estate: appraisals, releases, jewelry distribution, final accounting, executors' final settlement
Box: 109 Folder : 9 Caro Noyes Brown estate: accounts with Brown Brothers Harriman
Box: 109 Folder : 2 Caro Noyes Brown estate: statements for trust under will
Box: 109 Folder : 3 Caro Noyes Brown estate: trust statements and transactions
Box: 109 Folder : 4 Caro Noyes Brown estate: trust income tax returns and statements
Box: 109 Folder : 5 Caro Noyes Brown estate: income advices on ground floor, 139 east 79th street
Box: 109 Folder : 6 Caro Noyes Brown estate: statements for trust under will
Box: 109 Folder : 7 Tax preparation: 1948
Box: 109 Folder : 8 Charitable contributions and deductible expenses
Box: 109 Folder : 9 Tax paid for household employees
Box: 110 Checkbooks (1916-1917, 1920, 1936-1954), cancelled checks (1947-1954)
Volume: 63 Expense account

Subseries D. Moreau Delano Papers (1931-1935). 1 volume, 1 folder

Biographical Note

Moreau Delano became a partner of Brown Brothers & Co. in 1907 and served in both the New York and Philadelphia offices, with responsibilities for the investment aspects of the bank's business in New York. He succeeded his father, partner Eugene Delano, as a member of Presbyterian Hospital's Board of Managers, and served on the boards also of American Bank Note Company, Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway, and US Guaranty Co.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 109 Folder : 10 Materials related to 1931 stock diary
Volume: 64 Diary of stock values and transactions

Subseries E. Robert A. Lovett Papers (1895-1964). 1.0 Linear feet (2 document boxes, 1 folder)


The subseries is organized in two parts:

Subseries E.i. New Wall Street Building

Subseries E.ii. Daily Logs while Under Secretary of State

The diaries are available on microfilm and will be presented to researchers in that format.

Biographical Note

Robert Abercrombie Lovett (1895-1986) became a Brown Brothers & Co. partner in 1926. From December, 1940, until April, 1941, he served in Washington as special assistant to Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, and from April, 1941, through 1945 as Assistant Secretary of War for Air. He rejoined the firm in June, 1946, departing in 1947 to serve from July of that year until January, 1949, as Under Secretary of State under George Marshall. He rejoined the firm in April, 1949, departing from October, 1950, to October, 1951, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Defense, and from 1951 to 1953 as Secretary of Defense. He returned to the firm in 1953.

Subseries E.i. New Wall Street Building (1895, 1926-1931, 1964), 1895, 1926-1931, 1964. 8 folders

Scope and Content

The subseries includes correspondence with architecture firm Delano & Aldrich, developers Starrett Brothers, and others; specifications; leases; design samples; and other information pertinent to the development, construction, and decoration of the "new" 59-61 Wall Street building. The 1895 materials appear to have originated from the files of partner Howard Potter. The bulk of the records date from 1925-1929.

Historical Note

By 1926, the land under Brown Brothers & Co.'s New York headquarters at 59 Wall Street was owned by Wall & Hanover Realty Co., which had been created to capitalize the property for the benefit of James Brown's heirs (see Subseries I.B. "Property" files).

Brown Brothers & Co. sold the building (by selling the stock in Wall & Hanover Realty Co.) to developer Starrett Brothers to build a new, larger structure to the firm's specifications, which opened in May, 1929. Brown Brothers & Co., along with other tenants, became lessees of office space in the new building, and the firm brought with it paneling and other details from the original building. It occupied the basement, ground, first, mezzanine, and second floors of the new building. At the firm's behest, Starrett employed the architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich (see Subseries V.C.i., Biographical Note, for an explanation of William Adams Delano's relationship to the Brown family); 59 Wall Street was the architects' only skyscraper design.

The new building expanded on the previous property to include parts of the building at 61 Wall Street, but was oriented to retain the historical address and unique diagonal doorway design of the original structure. While construction on the new building was underway, Brown Brothers & Co. leased space at 37 Wall Street previously occupied by the Equitable Trust Company.


These materials were housed separately from the "Property" files in Subseries I.B. Subject Files, and were marked as originating from partner Robert A. Lovett's files. A 1964 typed note with annotations in Kouwenhoven's hand indicates that they may have been destined to be included with the former materials. To retain their original provenance, they have been included here; researchers interested in the 59-61 Wall Street building and its history should consult materials in both series for more complete information on this subject.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 109 Folder : 11 John A. Kouwenhoven and Sarah B. Brown notes on file contents
Box: 109 Folder : 12 Correspondence to partner Howard Potter about 59-61 Wall Street
1895 April - July
Box: 109 Folder : 13 Leases, Delano correspondence, Starrett Company information
1923, 1926
Box: 109 Folder : 14 Wall & Hanover Street Realty Co. stock transfers
1926 September - 1927 January
Box: 109 Folder : 15 Wall & Hanover Realty Co. loan, Starrett correspondence
1927 January - 1928 March
Box: 111 Folder : 1 37 Wall Street lease
1927 December - 1928 December
Box: 111 Folder : 2 Vendor correspondence: construction, finishes
1928 April - December
Box: 111 Folder : 3 Wall & Hanover St. Realty; correspondence about furnishings, finishes
Box: OS 8 Folder : 16 New Wall Street building plans
Box: OS 12 Folder : 2 New Wall Street building plans
1926 July 31, August 12
Drawer: OS D1900 William Adams Delano correspondence and plans
Drawer: OS D1900 National City Bank building plans
1929 January

Subseries E.ii. Daily Logs while Under Secretary of State (1947-1949), 1947 July 1 - 1949 January 27

Scope and Content

The daily log sheets, typed by his secretary, document tersely Lovett's scheduled meetings and interactions with visitors while he served as Under Secretary of State from 1947 to 1949. His responsibilities included promoting the Marshall Plan and effecting it through detailed negotiations with American businesses and trade promotion associations; ensuring increased sales for American products overseas; and rebuilding postwar Europe while forestalling, it was hoped, the growth of Communist governments there. Among the officials Lovett met with on a regular basis were Secretary of State George Marshall, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, White House counsel Clark Clifford, advisors George Kennan and Dean Rusk, U.S. Representatives and Senators, committee chairs, and Brown Brothers Harriman partner W. Averell Harriman in his capacity as Secretary of Commerce.


Materials were originally housed in three large looseleaf binders: July 1 - December 31, 1947; January 2 - June 30, 1948; July 1 - January 27, 1949. They are now foldered chronologically in acid-free boxes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 111 Folder : 4 Daily log sheets
1947 July 1 - September 3
Box: 111 Folder : 5 Daily log sheets
1947 September 4 - October 28
Box: 111 Folder : 6 Daily log sheets
1947 October 29 - December 12
Box: 111 Folder : 7 Daily log sheets
1947 December 13 - 1948 January 23
Box: 111 Folder : 8 Daily log sheets
1948 January 24 - March 26
Box: 112 Folder : 1 Daily log sheets
1948 March 27 - April 30
Box: 112 Folder : 2 Daily log sheets
1948 May 1 - June 30
Box: 112 Folder : 3 Daily log sheets
1948 July 1 - September 20
Box: 112 Folder : 4 Daily log sheets
1948 September 21 - November 11
Box: 112 Folder : 5 Daily log sheets
1948 November 12 - 1949 January 27

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