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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Celia Hartmann. Machine readable finding aid created by Celia Hartmann.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 14, 2017
Description is in English.
using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Content

The Records consist of an artificial collection of relevant original and secondary material collected in part to support the publication of Partners in Banking as well as some of the naturally occurring records of Brown Brothers Harriman and its predecessor companies' business activities, and some of those companies' partners. These include original, photocopied, and transcribed correspondence; ledgers and account books; records of international business transactions; daybooks, correspondence, and diaries of Brown Brothers' partners, both personal and professional; scrapbooks; newspaper and magazine clippings, and other publicity materials; prints, photographs, and other visual materials including a portfolio commissioned from photographer Walker Evans; audiotapes; artifacts; and a reference library of published and privately printed material about the Brown family, its business interests, and other background information.

The collection documents the activities of Brown family businesses including Alex. Brown & Co., Brown Brothers & Co., Brown Shipley & Co., and their merger with the Harriman interests in 1931 to form Brown Brothers Harriman. To a lesser extent, it includes information on the Harriman interests, including Union Pacific Railroad.


The collection is arranged in 10 series:

  1. Series I. Historical Files
  2. Series II. Annual Reports and Statements of Condition
  3. Series III. Financial and Business Records
  4. Series IV. Business Transaction Records
  5. Series V. Partners' Papers
  6. Series VI. Scrapbooks and Collected Material
  7. Series VII. Promotional and Press Material
  8. Series VIII. Visual Material and Audio Tapes
  9. Series IX. Artifacts and Memorabilia
  10. Series X. Published Material