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Elizabeth Mills Brown files on New Haven architecture

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1946

Scope and Contents

Elizabeth Mills Brown was an architectural historian whose life work focused on the architecture of New Haven, Connecticut, and surrounding areas. This collection consists of writings, maps, photographs, reports, and notes that she created and amassed in the course of her extensive research on the architecture and built environment of New Haven and Connecticut. It includes her Yale master's thesis on Center Church on the Green in New Haven; early, annotated drafts, "itineraries," and notes on her book, New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design; and reports that she wrote on Wooster Square in cooperation with the New Haven Trust for Historic Preservation. The collection also includes a number of research files for unrealized articles, as well as drafts of several unpublished manuscripts.

Brown's style of notetaking is exhaustive, including extensive bibliographical references, and there is a great deal of internal cross-referencing between research files. The small amount of correspondence in the files is primarily between Brown and her publishers, with occasional letters of appreciation from readers.

Dates

  • Circa 1919-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1967 - 1976

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection 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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lauren Brown, 2009.

Arrangement

Arrangement of the papers is in two series: I. Writings. II. Files, Lectures and Notebooks.

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1946

Overview

Elizabeth Mills Brown was an architectural historian whose life work focused on the architecture of New Haven, Connecticut, and surrounding areas. This collection consists of writings, maps, photographs, reports, and notes that she created and amassed in the course of her extensive research on the architecture and built environment of New Haven and Connecticut. It includes her Yale master's thesis on Center Church on the Green in New Haven; early, annotated drafts, "itineraries," and notes on her book, New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design; and reports that she wrote on Wooster Square in cooperation with the New Haven Trust for Historic Preservation. The collection also includes a number of research files for unrealized articles, as well as drafts of several unpublished manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Mills Brown was born on November 28, 1916. She received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Bennington College in 1939, and a master's degree in art history, specializing in architectural history, from Yale University in 1963 (advised by Carroll L. V. Meeks). Her major work, New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design (Yale University Press, 1976), is the authoritative manual on significant New Haven buildings. Brown also researched and wrote several historic survey reports on New Haven neighborhoods, most significantly Wooster Square; wrote a number of articles on Connecticut architects and buildings for various encyclopedias and other publications; and gave regular lectures at the New Haven Colony Historical Society on the history of New Haven's built environment. She was a charter member of the New Haven Preservation Trust, a founding member of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the Guilford Preservation Alliance, and a member of the Society of Architectural Historians. She received many awards, including the Connecticut Society of Architects/American Institute of Architects Lay Person Award. At the time of her death, on December 27, 2008, she was compiling an architectural survey of the state of Connecticut as part of the Society of Architectural Historians' series Buildings of the United States.
Title
Guide to the Elizabeth Mills Brown Files on New Haven Architecture
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Laura Tatum
Date
September 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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