The Brown University Archives are a rich and diverse resource for students, faculty, and other researchers from a variety of disciplines. The collections are particularly strong in the following areas:
History of Brown University
History of education
American Civil War and World War I
Civil Rights movement
Material in the University Archives can be found through the online finding aids or printed guides. These include registers of manuscript collections, office files, graphics, and audio-visual material. There are also guides to Archives subject files and sport and dramatic collections, as well as indexes to University publications. Please contact us via the Question Form for assistance.
President's Papers (restricted for 25 years)
Brown Alumni Magazine, 1900-present (alumni magazine) (library catalog record)
Brown Daily Herald, 1891-present (student newspaper) (library catalog record)
Pembroke Record, 1922-1970 (Pembroke student newspaper)
Liber Brunensis, 1870-present (yearbook) (library catalog record)
Brun Mael, 1909-1970 (Pembroke/Women’s College yearbook) (library catalog record)
Class Album, 1952-2009 (also known as "facebook") (1-V A1)
Pembroke Freshman Directory, 1951-1974 (re-named "Blueprint" in 1965) (Classified, 1-ZP)
The Annual Catalogue of Brown University contained the academic calendar, lists of Corporation Trustees and Fellow, administrators, faculty, students, course of instruction by year and department, and information about campus facilities.
Between 1800 and 1820 the Catalog was published as broadsides. 1820-1824 the Catalog was published as broadsides and volumes. Beyond 1824 the Catalog was published in volumes only.
Bulletin, 1-P B812
The academic University Bulletin is the official document of record concerning academic programs and regulations. Each calendar year has a unique bulletin listing the course offerings. The first Bulletin was published in 1904 (volume 1).
For the definitive reference work on the history, people, and places of Brown University, please use the Encyclopedia Brunoniana by Martha Mitchell available in print and online. The Archives contains many published histories of Brown University, including:
Walter C. Bronson, The History of Brown University, 1764 - 1914 (1914)
Anne T. Weeden, The Women's College in Brown University, Its Origin and Development (1912)
Grace Hawk, Pembroke College in Brown University; The First Seventy-Five Years (1966)
Jay Barry and Martha Mitchell, A Tale of Two Centuries: A Warm and Richly Pictorial History of Brown University, 1764-1985 (1985)
Jay Barry, Gentlemen Under the Elms (1982)
Polly Welts Kaufman, ed., The Search For Equity: Women at Brown University, 1891-1991 (1991)
Janet M. Phillips, Brown University: A Short History (2000)
What do all those strange codes mean? The University Archives' classification scheme is based on a system devised by the first University Archivist Martha Mitchell:
|1||G||Annual Catalogues and Directories|
|1||H||Handbooks and Curriculum|
|1||N||Student Papers, Theses|
|1||P||Publications and Periodicals|
|1||UF||Faculty Research and Writings|