Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Morris Brown Papers

Finding aid created by
KYle Garver, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Morris Brown Papers,
Creator: Brown, Morris.
Inclusive dates: 1815-1934, and Undated
Extent: .5 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
correspondence, papers, divorce decree, and sermons of Morris Brown.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2040

Access Restrictions:

Morris Brown Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Morris Brown Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


The collection is alphabetically and chronologically within family groupings.



Morris Brown (died 1878) was a lawyer in Hammondsport and Cooperstown, New York. He married Maria Smith of Cooperstown. They had at least one child, Mary, who eventually divorced her husband, Alanson W. Kelly. Other family members represented in the collection include Brown’s cousin, Emoline M. [Emily] Whitmore, of Hamburg, New York, and possibly the Eleanor Fitzgerald family of New York, New York. No further information is available Brown or his descendants.

Collection Scope and Content Note

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.

Subject Terms

    • Brown, Morris.
    • Fitzgerald, Eleanor.
    • Whitmore, Emoline.
    • Brown, Maria Smith.
    • Smith College.
    • Sermons, American.
    • Divorce--United States--History--19th century.
    • New York (State)--Social life and customs.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Morris Brown Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Emoline M. Whitmore, 1828-1829
    Box   1 F   2
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Emoline M. Whitmore, 1830-1831
    Box   1 F   3
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Emoline M. Whitmore, 1833-1835
    Box   1 F   4
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Emoline M. Whitmore, 1838-1864 (scattered), undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Maria C. Smith, 1833-1834
    Box   1 F   6
    Morris F. Brown, Correspondence to Maria C. Smith, 1834-1835
    Box   1 F   7
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, September 9, 1895- November 29, 1897
    Box   1 F   8
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, January 24, 1898- April 12, 1904
    Box   1 F   9
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, September 16- December 24, 1907
    Box   1 F   10
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, February 13- June 3, 1908
    Box   1 F   11
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, June 4-8, 1908
    Box   1 F   12
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, June 9-11, 1908
    Box   1 F   13
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, June 14-15, 1908
    Box   1 F   14
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, June 16-22, 1908
    Box   1 F   15
    Eleanor Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, June 25, 1908- May 12, 1934
    Box   1 F   16
    Esleek-Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, October 17, 1894- December 21, 1916
    Box   1 F   17
    Esleek-Fitzgerald Family Correspondence, February 8- March 24, 1923
    Box   1 F   18
    Mary Kelly Divorce Case Papers, 1878-1895
    Box   1 F   19
    Daisy and Joseph Emmet Divorce Decree, October 17, 1894
    Box   1 F   20
    Sermons (nine, preached in New York), 1815-1834