Title: Elizabeth Churchill Brown papers
Date (inclusive): 1943-1984
Collection number: 84010
Brown, Elizabeth Churchill
41 manuscript boxes, 2 envelopes
(17 linear feet)
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Memoirs, other writings, correspondence, and printed matter, relating to American politics, especially during the 1950s; Senator
Joseph McCarthy; and American communism. Includes some papers, including memoirs, of Constantine Brown, journalist and husband
of E. C. Brown. Also includes some letters and writings of Earl Browder.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
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McCarthy, Joseph, 1908-1957.
Internal security--United States.
United States--Politics and government.
United States--Politics and government--1945-1989.
Elizabeth Brown and her husband, Constantine Brown, were active journalists in Washington, D.C. and abroad for many years.
As a result, they established contacts with key political and diplomatic figures both nationally and internationally. After
obtaining a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Berlin (c. 1912), Constantine Brown was in Cambridge, England
doing post-graduate work when World War I began. He covered the war on the Russian front for the
London Times, was in Russia when the Revolution began, and was one of the first American newspapermen to interview Lenin. He subsequently
became Bureau Chief for the
Chicago Daily News in Turkey, Paris and London, and moved to the
Washington Evening Star as Foreign Affairs Editor in 1932. In 1942, he began writing a column syndicated by the Bell-McClure organization. His memoirs,
The Coming of the Whirlwind, were published in 1964. Disturbed by the defeat of Richard Nixon in 1960 and the liberal emphasis of the Kennedy administration,
the Browns decided to move to Europe, living in Rome from 1961 to early 1965. After returning to Washington, Constantine Brown
died on Feb. 24, 1966.
Elizabeth Brown, who was born in 1908, worked as a society reporter, first for the
New York Evening Journal, then for
Town and Country magazine and the
Washington Post. She married Constantine Brown in 1949. Impressed by his analyses, she became interested in issues of American foreign and
domestic policy, and began writing more substantive materials. Living in Washington during the early 1950s, the Browns were
friendly with Joseph R. and Jean McCarthy, as well as a number of other prominent conservatives. In 1956 she published a book,
The Enemy at His Back, about Communist influence on post-World War II American foreign policy. She also wrote another book, more specifically about
the McCarthy era. This was tentatively entitled
Joe McCarthy and Other Anti-Communists: A Memoir of Conservative Politics in the Washington of the Early Nineteen Fifties,
but was never published. Mrs. Brown continued to write after Mr. Brown's death, including a long series for William Loeb and
Manchester Union Leader.