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Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence, 1936-1944
0.5 Linear feet 1 archive box
Collection number: MA.00358

Abstract:
Corrsepondence from Viola Roseboro' to Gertrude Hall Brownell spanning the last decade of Roseboro's life and reflecting Roseboro's views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, and her health.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical / Historical

Viola Roseboro' was born in Pulaski, Tennessee in 1858, daughter of the Reverend S.R. Roseboro' and Martha Colyar. Roseboro' attended Fairmont College in Monteagle, TN and worked as a stage actress before settling in New York around 1882 to begin a career in newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer and reader.

Roseboro' joined the staff of McClure's Magazine, a monthly periodical publishing literary and political content, as a manuscript reader in 1893 before becoming the fiction editor for the magazine. As editor, Roseboro' was known for her talent in selecting and publishing unknown authors, such as O. Henry, Jack London, Will Cather.

Roseboro's first collection of short stories, "Old Ways and New" was published in 1892. "The Joyous Heart," a novel, was published in 1903, followed by another collection of short stories, "Players and Vagabonds," published in 1904. "Storms of Youth," Roseboro's final novel, was published in 1920. Roseboro' also published numerous short stories and articles in various magazines.

Roseboro' and Gertrude Hall Brownell (nicknamed Kitty) first met at an afternoon reception at the Barnard Club in New York City in 1900 and remained close friends and correspondents until Roseboro's death in 1945 in Staten Island, NY.

Gertrude Hall Brownell was a poet and author, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1863. Hall Brownell married William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) in 1921 and died in 1961.

Citations:
Viola Roseboro' obituary. New York Times, January 30, 1945.
McClure, S.S. "My Autobiography" McClure Publications, 1913.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily one-sided correspondence from Viola Roseboro' to Gertrude Hall Brownell, with the occasional enclosed letter by Gertrude Hall Brownell or other correspondent, including a single Willa Cather letter. The correspondence reflects Roseboro's views on literature, politics, current events, shared acquaintances, her health, and her lifetime love of Shakespeare.

This collection is arranged chronologically.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection: [Identification of item], in Gertrude Hall Brownell Collection of Viola Roseboro' Correspondence [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

This collection of correspondence was given to the Library in October 1948 by Gertrude Hall Brownell, through the help of Professor George Whicher.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Related Materials

Eight letters from Viola Roseboro' to William Crary Brownell in the William Crary Brownell (AC 1871) Papers, Amherst College Archives and Special Collections


Contents List
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 9 letters
1936 February 15-1938 April 20

Box 1: folder 1
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 6 letters
1938 May 10-1938 November 30

Box 1: folder 2
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Hall Brownell to Roseboro', 7 letters
1938 December 5-1938 December 22

Box 1: folder 3
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 12 letters
1939 January 8-1939 March 21

Box 1: folder 4
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 12 letters
1939 April 6-1939 October 29

Box 1: folder 5
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 10 letters
1939 November 18-1940 January 2

Box 1: folder 6
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 7 letters
1940 January 6-1940 February 15

Box 1: folder 7
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 11 letters
1940 March 6-1940 April 29

Box 1: folder 8
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Hall Brownell to Roseboro', 5 letters
1940 May 3-1940 November 2

Box 1: folder 9
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 10 letters
1940 November 23-1940 December 20

Box 1: folder 10
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 10 letters
1941 January 6-1941 March 31

Box 1: folder 11
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 6 letters
1941 April 2-1941 June 3

Box 1: folder 12
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 4 letters
1941 September 8-1941 November 6

Box 1: folder 13
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Genevieve Cowles to Hall Brownell, 7 letters
1941 November 24-1941 December 25

Box 1: folder 14
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Joseph O'Kane Foster to Roseboro', 7 letters
1942 January 12-1942 February 23

Box 1: folder 15
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Margaret Hale Foster to Roseboro', 9 letters
1942 March 11-1942 April 27

Box 1: folder 16
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, 15 letters
1942 May 3-1942 July 19

Box 1: folder 17
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Bertha B. Carter to Roseboro', 8 letters
1942 August 6-1942 November 23

Box 1: folder 18
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell and Willa Cather to Roseboro', 9 letters
1942 December 19-1943 February 24

Box 1: folder 19
Roseboro' to Hall Brownell, Hall Brownell to Roseboro', and Charis Fairbanks to Roseboro', 13 letters
1943 March 3-1944 February 8, undated

Box 1: folder 20

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Contributors
  • Brownell, Gertrude Hall, 1863-1961
  • Cather, Willa, 1873-1947


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