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Nelson Brown papers

Identifier: MS-189

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The Papers of Nelson P. Brown consists of trial notes, personal correspondence, photographs, a photographic album, newspaper clippings, diaries, and a manuscript of a legal glossary. While the collection spans the majority of Brown’s life, the papers primarily document his time as a Massachusetts Supreme Court judge, his oratory career, his college years, and his relationship with Dartmouth College throughout his lifetime. Items of particular interest is a 24-volume set of trial notes authored by Brown, which contains personal records of appeals and jurors, trial related correspondence, sketches of members in the courtroom and newspaper clippings about trials. Other items include personal correspondence with Dartmouth President Ernest Hopkins, self-bound speech transcriptions, a copy of his unsigned will, a telegram announcing his death, and sections of a manuscript for an unpublished legal glossary. Personal items such as diaries, expenses, correspondence with his wife and loose photographs of a trip are also included.


  • 1894 - 1945


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


2.25 linear ft. (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Additional Description


Nelson Pierce Brown (1878-1946), judge on the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Dartmouth Class of 1899. The papers document Brown's Massachusetts Supreme Court career, his college years at Dartmouth, and his relationship with Dartmouth throughout his lifetime. Includes a 24-volume set of trial notes, as well as personal correspondence, bound orations, a college photographic album, newspaper clippings and obituaries, diaries, and a manuscript of a legal glossary Brown authored.

Part of the Rauner Library Archives and Manuscripts Repository

6065 Webster Hall
Hanover NH 03755 USA

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