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Bush-Brown Family Papers, 1835-1969
16 boxes; 9 volumes; oversize materials (7.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 26

Abstract:
Includes papers of sculptor Henry Kirke Brown; his nephew, sculptor Henry Kirke Bush-Brown; his wife, painter Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown); their daughter, artist Lydia Bush-Brown Head; and sons, Harold Bush-Brown and James Bush-Brown.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership for the Bush Brown Family Papers is unknown. Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown, Newburgh, N.Y., undated

Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
Newburgh, N.Y., undated

The principal subjects of the Bush-Brown family collection are: Henry Kirke Bush-Brown (1857-1935), sculptor; his wife Margaret (Lesley) Bush-Brown (1857-1944), painter; and their daughter, Lydia (Bush-Brown) Head (1887-1984), artist, designer. Also represented are their sons, Harold Bush-Brown (1888-1983), Professor of Architecture; and James Bush-Brown (1892-?), Landscape Architect; and sculptor Henry Kirke Brown (1814-1886), the uncle of Henry Kirke Bush-Brown.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bush-Brown Family Papers include correspondence, diaries, writings, books, original sketches, paintings, photos of artwork, and travel correspondence of Lydia Head from Europe. There is significant material related to the artwork of sculptor Henry Kirke Bush-Brown, painter Margaret (Lesley) Bush-Brown), and textile artist Lydia (Bush-Brown) Head. There is also a biographical sketch of Margaret Bush-Brown's father, geologist J. Peter Lesley. Correspondents include various family memebers, artist Ellen Day Hale, author Eliza Orne White, and others.


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

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Restrictions on use:

Copyright ownership for the Bush Brown Family Papers is unknown. Copyright to unpublished materials may be owned by the creator, or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Bush-Brown Family Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

Lydia Bush-Brown Head donated her family's papers to the Sophia Smith Collection from 1968 to 1978.

Processing Information

Finding aid revised by Jennifer Smar, SSC intern, 2006.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Contents: finding aid


Box 1: folder 1
Henry Kirke Brown



Biographical materials



"Henry Kirke Brown in Italy-" The American Art Journal by Wayne Craven, n.d.
1842-1846,

Box 1: folder 2
"The Early Work and Development of Henry Kirke Brown" (thesis) by Octavia Hughes


Box 1
"Life and Letters of a Sculptor Henry K. Brown" (manuscript), ed. by Henry K. Bush-Brown,
circa 1934

Box 1
Photographs



Artwork (probably goes with "Life and Letters" manuscript above)


Box 1: folder 3
HKB and his studio,
1862-1866

Box 1: folder 4
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown



Sculptures: photographs,
1887-1912

Box 2: folder 1-2
Invitation, certificates, sketch, and correspondence,
1908-30

Box 3: folder 1
Biographical materials, notes, and articles,
1886-1935

Box 3: folder 2
Pamphlets, correspondence, and articles,
1900-30

Box 3: folder 3
The Arts Club, Washington D.C.: pamphlets, clippings, correspondence, and photograph,
1918-27

Box 3: folder 4
Exhibitions: pamphlets, correspondence, and article,
1922-31

Box 3: folder 5
Photographs,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Photographs (D.C. home and studios),
circa 1922

Box 3: folder 7
Sculptures



"Indian Buffalo Hunt": Congressional bill, correspondence, clippings, and photographs,
1893-1943

Box 3: folder 8-9
Medallions, plaques, etc.: photographs and clippings,
1930

Box 3: folder 10
Projects: clippings, photographs, pamphlets, and proposals,
1926

Box 3: folder 11
Correspondence



Caroline Bush (H.K.B.B.'s mother) to Lydia (her sister),
1866-1904

Box 4: folder 1
Julia Bush (H.K.B.B.'s sister) and Caroline Bush,
1885

Box 4: folder 2
Photographs (Bush family),
1866

Box 4: folder 3
Correspondence from Henry Kirke Bush-Brown to



Henry Kirk Brown and Lydia (aunt and uncle),
1866

Box 4: folder 4
Susan and Peter Lesley,
1885-86

Box 4: folder 5
Lydia Bush-Brown (daughter),
1904-35

Box 4: folder 6-10
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown (wife),
1885-1929

Box 5: folder 1-10
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown



Biographical materials: correspondence, notes, pamphlet, and clippings,
1923

Box 6: folder 1
Diaries, 1872 [volume labeled
1869]-1903

Box 6: folder 2-4
Address books and album,
n.d.

Box 6: folder 5
Literary Society: minutes,
1926

Box 6: folder 6
Lecture on "relations of women,"
1901

Box 6: folder 7
Notebook, notes, and correspondence,
1927-39

Box 6: folder 8
Marriage certificate and list of wedding gifts,
1886

Box 6: folder 9
Photographs,
1887-1928

Box 6: folder 10-11
Artwork



Exhibitions: catalogues, lists, and articles,
1923-35

Box 7: folder 1


Box 7: folder 2
Photographs of artwork,
1914-24, n.d.

Box 7: folder 3-4
Photograph album (MLBB and her works),
n.d.

Box 7
Miniatures by Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
n.d.

Box 7
Correspondence from M.L.B.B. to



Susan Lesley,
1885

Box 8: folder 1
Margaret H. White and Eliza Drue White,
1889

Box 8: folder 2
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown and family,
1921-22

Box 8: folder 3
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown,
1907-26

Box 8: folder 4-8
Lydia,
1904-29

Box 8: folder 9-13
Lydia,
1930-44

Box 9: folder 1-3
Family (during trip to England, Scotland, Ireland),
1914

Box 9: folder 4
Lydia Bush-Brown Head



Biographical materials: articles, clippings, and certificate,
1922

Box 10: folder 1
Writings: memoirs (of Syria, Italy, Greece, Algonac (France), and Littlebrook),
1925-65

Box 10: folder 2-3
Camp Fire Girls: articles, book, and calendar,
1914-29

Box 10: folder 4
Artwork



Exhibitions: articles, pamphlets, and clippings,
1927-53

Box 10: folder 5
Silk murals: exhibitions, articles and clippings,
1927-50

Box 10: folder 6-7
Silk murals and watercolors: exhibition catalog, clippings and articles,
1943-61

Box 10: folder 8
Photographs and patents,

[see also box 12]

1930-39

Box 10: folder 9-10
Silk murals: color scheme and notes,
n.d.

Box 10: folder 11
Christmas cards,
1928

Box 11: folder 1
Paper dolls and costumes,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 2
Photographs,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 3
Shephards Nine - School of Dance: articles,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
Silk murals: photograph albums (2),

[see also box 10]

1917-

Box 12
"Block Printed Samples of Gowns, Scarves, Cloakes from": sketchbook
1911 to 1918

Box 12
Correspondence from L.B.B.H. to



Mary Ames (aunt),
1909

Box 13: folder 1
Extracts of letters to family from France,
1918

Box 13: folder 2
James Bush-Brown (from France),
1918

Box 13: folder 3
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown and Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown (from France),
1918

Box 13: folder 4-5
Henry Kirke Bush-Brown and Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
1925

Box 13: folder 6-7
Uncle Frank (from Europe),
1925

Box 13: folder 8
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
1929-37

Box 13: folder 9
Francis Head (from Mexico and California),
1928-32

Box 13: folder 10-11
Harold Kirke Bush-Brown



Articles by and about,
1888

Box 14: folder 1
Correspondence to



Lydia,
1904-67

Box 14: folder 2-5
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
1909-20

Box 14: folder 6
James Bush-Brown



Articles by and about,
n.d.

Box 14: folder 7
Drawings,
n.d.

Box 14: folder 8
Correspondence



To Lydia Bush-Brown,
1938-67

Box 14: folder 9
Louise Bush-Brown (wife of James) to Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
1938

Box 14: folder 10
Malcolm Bush-Brown



Correspondence to


Box 14
Lydia Bush-Brown,
1904-15

Box 14: folder 11-13
Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown,
1904-14

Box 14: folder 14
James and Malcolm Bush-Brown



Play (manuscript): "Edith of Glenmire,"
circa 1901

Box 14: folder 15
Photographs,
n.d.

Box 14: folder 16
General correspondence (most to Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown unless otherwise noted)



To Margaret and Henry Bush-Brown on their engagement,
1885

Box 15: folder 1-3
? Florence (and Lazare),
1884-85

Box 15: folder 4
Ames, Charles Lesley (son of Charles W.; cousin),
n.d.

Box 15: folder 5
Ames, Charles W.,
1876-82

Box 15: folder 6
Ames, Mary Lesley: to Susan Lesley and MLBB, lectures, and typescripts,
1882-86

Box 15: folder 7-9
Ashburner, Charles A.,
1886

Box 15: folder 10
Boericke, William,
1882

Box 15: folder 11
Boyle, John J. and Bess,
1886

Box 15: folder 12
Brooks, T. Benton,
1886

Box 15: folder 13
Clements, Gabrielle D.,
1884-85

Box 15: folder 14
Crothers, Louise (wife of Samuel McCord),
1930

Box 15: folder 15
Doggett, Lawrence L.,
1919

Box 15: folder 16
Deerfield Academy,
1934

Box 15: folder 17
Delano, Catherine Lyman to Susan Lyman Lesley (sister),
1885

Box 15: folder 18
Déson, Édouard,
1880-81

Box 15: folder 19
Goldthwait, Joel E., Lt. Col. M.C. (extract from letter re: Lydia),
1918

Box 15: folder 20
Gotch, J. Alfred,
1884-86

Box 15: folder 21
Guinotte, Alfred and Laure,
1886

Box 15: folder 22
Hale, Ellen Day,
1877-87

Box 15: folder 23-25
Hall, James (American Geological Association),
1883

Box 15: folder 26
Hallowell, Sarah C.F.,
1884-85

Box 15: folder 27
Head, E.L.,
1882

Box 15: folder 28
Hicks, Margaret,
1879

Box 15: folder 29
Hill, Samuel,
1884-84

Box 15: folder 30
Jackson, Anna (Philadelphia family friend),
n.d.

Box 15: folder 31
Johnson, Eastman (painter),
1885

Box 15: folder 32
Lesley, Peter: biographical articles and correspondence (to MLBB, HKBB, and uncles),
1844-87

Box 15: folder 33-36
Lesley, Susan,
1823-1904, n.d.

Box 15: folder 37
Lesley, Susan to Margaret E. Harding,
1888-96

Box 15: folder 38
Lesley, Peter and Susan: mementos,
n.d.

Box 15: folder 9
Lesquereux, Leo,
1885-86

Box 15: folder 40
Lincoln, Robert,
1920

Box 15: folder 41
Roosevelt, Sara Delano,
1938

Box 15: folder 42
Smith, Richard S.,
1882

Box 15: folder 43
Thayor, Abbott A.,
1882-86

Box 15: folder 44
Volkenden, Karl,
1884-86

Box 15: folder 45
White, Eliza Orne,
1881-85

Box 15: folder 46
White, Lily,
1873

Box 15: folder 47
White, Margaret E. Harding,
n.d.

Box 15: folder 48
Lesley, J. Peter,
1819-1903

Box 15: folder 49
OVERSIZE MATERIALS



Henry Kirke Bush-Brown: photographs of sculptures


Box 16
Etchings by Margaret Lesley Bush-Brown:"Ellen Day Hale" and "Fishing" (1885)
(1883)

Flat file
BOOKS ON SHELF



Beaux Arts to Bauhaus and Beyond: An Architect's Perspective by Harold Bush-Brown,
1976


Garden Blocks for Urban America by Louise Bush-Brown,
1969


America's Garden Book by Louise and James Bush-Brown,
1943


Portraits of Philadelphia Gardens by Louise and James Bush-Brown,
1929


Life and Letters of Peter and Susan Lesley (parts
1 and 2)


Recollection of My Mother by Susan Lesley,
1889


A Little Girl of Long Ago by Eliza Orne White,
1896


Ednath and Her Brothers by Eliza Orne White,
1900



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Subjects
  • Artists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Brown family
  • Bush-Brown Family
  • Bush-Brown, Harold
  • Bush-Brown, James
  • Courtship--United States--History--19th century--Sources
  • Europe--Description and travel--Sources
  • Family--United States--History--Sources
  • Hale, Ellen Day, 1854-1939
  • Lesley family
  • Occupational therapy--History--Sources
  • Sculptors--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Textile artists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Women artists--United States--Biography--Sources
  • World War, 1914-1918--France--Personal narratives, American

Contributors
  • Bush-Brown, Henry Kirke, 1857-1935
  • Bush-Brown, Margaret Lesley, 1857-1944
  • Head, Lydia Bush-Brown, 1887-1984


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