The collection mainly consists of Brown’s correspondence to his future wife, Maria Smith, and cousin, Emoline M. Whitmore of Hamburg (New York). There are a few letters addressed to Brown from the ladies. The correspondence discusses Brown's legal work, family news, and daily life. Also included is the family correspondence of Eleanor Fitzgerald of New York (NY), which concentrates on the graduation of Eleanor and her sister, Irene, from Smith College in 1908. Other family members represented in the papers include her mother, Daisy, father, Frank T., brother, Gerald, and sister, Edith, as well as cousins, uncles, and aunts and Esleek family members. There are also two sets of divorce papers, 1878-1895, and sermons by an unknown author, 1815-1834.