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University Archives and Manuscripts

Information about how to conduct research in University Archives and Manuscripts.

University Publications

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)

  • Access to digitized copies of the Liber Brunensis (1870-2007) are available through the Brown Digital Repository.
  • John Hay Library Reading Room

Brun Mael, 1909-1970 (Pembroke/Women’s College yearbook) (library catalog record)

  • Access to digitized copies of the Brun Mael (1909-1969) are available through the Brown Digital Repository.
  • John Hay Library Reading Room

Class Album, 1952-2009 (also known as "facebook") (1-V A1)

  • John Hay Library Reading Room

Pembroke Freshman Directory, 1951-1974 (re-named "Blueprint" in 1965) (Classified, 1-ZP)

  • John Hay Library Reading Room

The Brown University Historical Catalogue, 1764-1934 (list of alumni)

Academic Publications

Catalog, 1-G

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).

Published Sources

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:

Reuben A. Guild, Early History of Brown University, Including the Life, Times, and Correspondence of President Manning (1897)

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)