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Alphonso Bickford Brown papers

Call Number: MS 824

Scope and Contents

Although Alphonso B. Brown was a physician who spent most of his life in Newburyport, Mass, the papers largely reflect his experiences as a member of the Frederick A. Cook expedition to the Arctic in 1894. Included are a journal kept on board the S.S. Miranda (1894 Jul 7, Sep 8), photographs, clippings and memorabilia. Also, in the papers, are a letter and report on the work of the Yale Mission in New Haven (1893).

The photographs of the expedition have been filmed and are available on Microfilm HM 76.


  • 1893-1994


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.Patrons must use HM 76 instead of the originals.

Existence and Location of Copies

Papers on the 1894 Cook expedition to the Arctic are available on microfilm (1 reel, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM76. The entire collection is available on microfilm.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. 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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of a journal, clippings, a printed article and other items of A. B. Brown, a physician. The journal and clippings record Brown's experiences as a member of the Frederick A. Cook expedition to the Arctic in 1894, while the article and a letter are concerned with the work of the Yale Mission in New Haven.

Biographical / Historical

Alphonso Bickford Brown was the eldest son of Elisha R. and Frances (Bickford) Brown, and was born in Dover, N.H., January 23, 1872. He was named for his grandfather, Dr. Alphonso Bickford, who was for many years one of Dover's most distinguished physicians. He was graduated from Phillips-Andover and in college secured a Dissertation appointment both in Junior Year and at Commencement. He was graduated from the Harvard Medical School in June, 1898, with the degree of M.D. and served on the surgical staff of the Boston City Hospital from January, 1898, to July, 1899. He then took up the practice of his profession in Newburyport, Mass., and on October 3, 1899, he married Miss Edith Lawrence Huse, daughter of Hon. William H. Huse, at Dover, N.H. One child, a daughter, Elizabeth Lawrence, was born to them July 6, 1902.

About two weeks before his death Dr. Brown was operated upon for appendicitis and seemed to be making rapid progress toward complete recovery, when from some cause not clearly understood his condition took a sudden turn for the worse and he died quite suddenly and unexpectedly on October 17, 1906. A local paper said editorially of him: "Dr. Brown was one of the best young men Dover has produced: he was a gentleman, in the true sense of the word, everywhere and on all occasions. Everybody liked him who made his acquaintance. His scholarly attainments and his skill and success as a young physician gave assured promise that had it been granted him to live, in good health, to old age, he would have held very high rank in his profession."

(Take from the Yale College, Class of 1894 Quindennial Record)

Guide to the Alphonso B. Brown Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
June 2010
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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