Guide to the John Brown Letter, 1855

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Finding aid completed: May 21, 2013
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: John Brown Letter
Dates: 1855
Identification: SC/JBL
Creator: Brown, John, 1800-1859
Physical Description: 0.20 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: John Brown was an abolitionist who moved with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so he could participate in the fight to keep Kansas from becoming a slave state. In this letter, he discusses his move to Kansas with his family and second wife, Mary Anne Day, providing a description of life in mid-19th century Kansas.

Biographical Information:

John Brown was an abolitionist who moved with his family to Kansas Territory in 1855 so he could participate in the fight to keep Kansas from becoming a slave state. He had twenty children, seven by his first wife, Dianthe Lusk, and thirteen by his second wife, Mary Anne Day. He was executed in 1859 after his capture by Union troops for seizing the armory at Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Geographic Name:

Osawatamie (Kan.)

Personal Name:

Brown, John, 1800-1859

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], John Brown Letter, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

In this letter, he discusses his move to Kansas with his family and second wife, Mary Anne Day, providing a description of life in mid-19th century Kansas.