Joseph E. Brown papers, 1853-1928

Emory University

Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brown, Joseph E. (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894.
Title: Joseph E. Brown papers, 1853-1928
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 16
Extent:.25 linear ft. (1 box); 1 microfilm reel (MF)
Abstract:Papers of Georgia governor and United States Senator Joseph E. Brown including commissions for military and public officer's appointments, correspondence, and articles.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Additional Physical Form

Also available on microfilm.

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Atlanta History Center and the Georgia Department of Archives and History, Atlanta.


Purchase, 1938, with subsequent additions.


[after identification of item(s)], Joseph E. Brown (Joseph Emerson) papers, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Joseph Emerson Brown, lawyer, Georgia governor, and United States Senator, was born April 15, 1821, in Long Creek, Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died on November 30, 1894, in Atlanta, Georgia. Brown was admitted to the Georgia bar (1845); attended Yale Law School (1845-1846); married Elizabeth Grisham (1847); was elected to the Georgia senate (1849); became governor of Georgia (1857-1865); was chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1868); and became a U.S. Senator (1880-1891). He was involved in many business ventures, including real estate, mining and railroads.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers relating to Jeseph E. Brown including commissions for military and public officer's appointments, correspondence, and articles. Correspondence is of or to Joseph E. Brown, his wife, or his family (1853-1928) and concerns his public and business career, local and national politics, and religion; state commissions are for public appointments from the United States government (1859-1861) and from the Confederate States government (1861); military commissions from the Confederate government are for various ranks (1861); articles are about Brown. Correspondents include Charles M. Brown, Elijah A. Brown, Elizabeth Grisham Brown, Frank D. Brown, Julius L. Brown, Joseph L., Brown, Sallie Eugenia Brown, Mary V. Brown Connally, and Henry Benjamin Whipple.

Arrangement Note

Materials arranged by record type.

Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 State Commissions [U.S.], 1859-1861. Commissions for tax collectors, justices of the peace, judges of Inferior Courts, all Early County, Ga.
1 2 State Commissions and Contracts [Confederate], 1861-ca. 1865. Commissions includes Coroner (Clay and Early Counties), Justice of the Peace (Clay County), County Surveyor (Early County), Clerk of the Inferior Court (Early County), and Military Commissions for various ranks. Contract, blank form for contract re: to will of Joseph E. Brown.
1 3 Correspondence, 1861-1882.
1 4 Writings about Brown; "J.E. Brown and His Atlanta Real Estate;" "Courtship and Marriage of a Georgia First Lady;" "J.E. Brown on Religion in the Schools;" Speech by Ed. T. Williams, "For the Edification of the Voters of Georgia., Especially the Joseph Brown Clubs," November 5, 1972.