George E. Brown, Jr. Correspondence with Vardis Fisher, 1954-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Brown, George E. Jr.;Fisher , Vardis, 1895-1968
Title
George E. Brown, Jr. Correspondence with Vardis Fisher
Dates
1954-1968 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.1 linear feet, (1 folder)
Collection Number
MSS 169
Summary
Chiefly letters and postcards to Brown, of Twin Falls, Idaho, from novelist Vardis Fisher discussing his medical problems and literary work; together with a few postcards from Brown to Fisher and others.
Repository
Boise State University Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
1910 University Drive
Boise ID
83725
Telephone: 208-426-3958
archives@boisestate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. George E. Brown, Jr., of Twin Falls, Idaho, was both friend and physician to Vardis Fisher. Born in Miles City, Montana, on March 24, 1913, he received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. Brown was Vardis Fisher's physician in the early 1950s, until he left Idaho to accept an appointment as assistant professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati, a position he held from 1957 until 1960. When he returned to Idaho, he and Vardis Fisher resumed their medical and social relationship, which lasted until Fisher's death in 1968.

Dr. Brown died in Boise, Idaho, on March 23, 2004.

Source: Biographical information on George E. Brown, Jr., was derived from Biographical Directory of the American College of Physicians (Bowker, 1979).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the letters were written by Vardis Fisher. Because Twin Falls was a long distance call from Fisher's home in Hagerman, Fisher communicated with Dr. Brown via the U.S. mail. While the subject matter of the letters is mainly medical, Fisher includes references to his literary work. It is apparent from the letters that Brown read Fisher's books and discussed them with him, though Fisher chided him, "As a literary critic, you are as big a bum as I am a doctor..." (November 5, 1965). The letters also reveal that Brown and his wife Martha occasionally exchanged visits with Vardis and Opal Fisher.

All of the letters and postcards from Vardis Fisher to George E. Brown, Jr., were typed; most were signed in a longhand signature, "Vardis." Dates of many of the postcards were derived from the postmarks; some dates (in square brackets [ ]) were inferred from context. All items are one page in length unless otherwise noted.

Forms part of the Idaho Writers Archive.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Letters and postcards have been photocopied. Originals are available for consultation if necessary.

Preferred Citation

[item description], George E. Brown, Jr. Correspondence with Vardis Fisher, Box [number] Folder [number], Boise State University Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1954 October 10
Brown to Vardis Fisher 1954 October 12
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1955 February 26
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1957 April 15
Vardis Fisher to Dr. Bernard L. Kreilkamp; medical history (one page) 1960 February 22
Vardis Fisher to Brown; medical history (2 pages) 1961 March 1
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 March 15
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 April 3
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 April 10
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 May 15
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 August 1
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1961 August 18
Felix Marti-Ibanez (MD Publications) to Brown 1961 December 6
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1962 March 20
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1963 April 25
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1963 April 28
Vardis Fisher to Brown [1963 October]
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 February 7
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 April 11
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 May 5
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 May 9
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 June 6
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1964 November 12
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1965 November 1
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1965 November 5
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1965 November 15
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1965 November 16
Vardis Fisher to Brown and his wife Martha ("Marty") 1965 December 19
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1966 March 28
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1966 May 12
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1966 June 15
Vardis Fisher to Brown ("Dear doctor and friend George") 1966 June 18
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1966 August 8
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1966 December 28
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1967 February 27
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1967 March 3
Brown to Opal and Vardis Fisher [1967 April]
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1967 April 9
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1967 April 12
Vardis Fisher to Brown [1967 April]
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1968 April 16
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1968 May 29
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1968 June 2
Vardis Fisher to Brown 1968 June 21
Vardis Fisher to Brown undated
Vardis Fisher to Brown, enclosing copy of "Orphan With a Gun," a mimeographed review of Fisher's books by Andrew Offutt undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American literature--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Fisher, Vardis, 1895-1968