Archives West Finding Aid
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Ashmun Norris Brown Scrapbooks, 1890-1946
- Brown, Ashmun Norris, 1872-1948
- Ashmun Norris Brown Scrapbooks
- 1890-1946 (inclusive)18901946
- 36 scrapbooks., (10 linear feet of shelf space.)
- Collection Number
- Cage 54
- Clippings of Brown's output of newspaper articles, stories, features and regular columns as Washington correspondent for Seattle and Providence (Rhode Island) newspapers. Provides close examination of Washington State and Rhode Island congressional delegations as well as coverage of naval affairs, the Department of Interior, the Territory of Alaska, and personalities in politics and government. Also a small amount of personal material, including photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
The son of a pioneer Seattle newspaperman, Ashmun Brown began his career in journalism in 1890 as a reporter in Seattle. For the next fifteen years he held reporting and editorial positions with newspapers in Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, Victoria, Spokane, Butte and Anaconda. From 1905 to 1907 he was Private Secretary to Governor Albert Mead of Washington, after which he relocated at Washington, D.C., beginning his career as a capitol reporter. He left reporting in 1910 and 1911 to serve as Private Secretary to Secretary of Interior Richard Ballinger and, after a short interlude as a periodical editor, returned to reporting the news of the national capitol for his former employer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
From 1914 until his retirement in the early 1940's, Brown was the Washington Bureau correspondent successively for the Post-Intelligencer, the Seattle Times and the Providence (R.I.) Journal and Evening Bulletin. During this time he wrote about 25,000 stories, features and columns. His reporting tended to reflect his Republican connections in Washington, but was characterized by a proper journalistic non-partisanship. His coverage of national administrations of both political parties and of the Washington and Rhode Island delegations to Congress, both having members of each party, was quite complete. This thoroughness of reporting earned him a citation from the Pulitzer Prize Committee in 1936.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection consists of scrapbooks of clippings of journalist Ashmun Norris Brown's output of newspaper articles, stories, features and regular columns as Washington correspondent for Seattle and Providence (Rhode Island) newspapers. His stories offer close examination of Washington State and Rhode Island congressional delegations, as well as coverage of naval affairs, the Department of Interior, the Territory of Alaska, and personalities in politics and government. The collection also includes a small amount of personal material, including photographs, correspondence, and memorabilia.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item Description]. Cage 54, Ashmun Norris Brown Scrapbooks . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The 35 scrapbooks of news stories are arranged in three chronological series. Series 1, 1914-1923, contains Brown's stories as the Washington correspondent of the two Seattle newspapers. Series 2, 1920-1942, consists of the stories and columns he wrote for the Providence papers. Series 3 contains two scrapbooks of stories written 1916-1917, some of which were carried by the Washington, D.C., Star. Series 4 is a scrapbook with a mixture of personal and professional items, 1890-1946.
The news stories of Ashmun Brown (1872-1948), Washington D. C. journalist, were acquired by Washington State University Library In 1958 as a gift from Mr. Brown's nephew, Nat Brown of Yakima, Washington.In 2014, Dennis Holzman Antiques donated two additional scrapbooks (MS.2014.24): Brown's final volume of stories (item 32.1), and a scrapbook of memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, and clippings (items 35.1-35.4).
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series 1: Seattle Period, Times and Post-Intelligencer, , 1914-1923Return to Top
|1||May 5, 1914 to May 19, 1915|
|2||May 20, 1915 to September 16, 1916|
|3||September 17, 1916 to June 19, 1917|
|4||June 20, 1917 to May 25, 1918|
|5||May 27, 1918 to April 22, 1919|
|6||April 23, 1919 to December 8, 1920|
|7||December 8, 1920 to October 31, 1921|
|8||November 1, 1921 to August 25, 1922|
|9||August 26, 1922 to February3, 1923|
Series 2: Providence Period, Journal and Evening Bulletin, , 1920-1942Return to Top
|10||October 11, 1920 to May 2, 1921|
|11||May 3, 1921 to December 11, 1921|
|12||December 12, 1921 to March 11, 1923|
|13||March 13, 1923 to April 6, 1924|
|14||April 6, 1924 to May 1, 1925|
|15||May 1, 1925 to June 20, 1926|
|16||June 23, 1926 to July 4, 1927|
|17||July 5, 1927 to May 5, 1928|
|18||May 5, 1928 to November 18, 1928|
|19||November 19, 1928 to May 9, 1929|
|20||May 10, 1929 to December 14, 1929|
|21||December 15, 1929 to June 25, 1930|
|22||June 25, 1930 to February 25, 1931|
|23||February 26, 1931 to December 3, 1931|
|24||December 3, 1931 to June 16, 1932|
|25||June 16, 1932 to March 23, 1933|
|26||March 23, 1933 to December 18, 1933|
|27||December 19, 1933 to August 17, 1934|
|28||August 17, 1934 to June 20, 1935|
|29||June 23, 1935 to September 17, 1936|
|30||September 18, 1936 to January 20, 1938|
|31||January 22, 1938 to December 7, 1939|
|32||December 9, 1939 to October 30, 1941|
|32.1||November 1, 1941 to May 30, 1942|
Series 3: Special Stories, (many from Washington DC Star), , 1916 to 1917Return to Top
Subject: President Wilson, Woodrow
|November 16, 1916 to February 10, 1917|
|November 16, 1916 to February 10, 1917|
Series 4: Scrapbook of personal and professional activities, , 1890 to 1946Return to Top
Scrapbook of memorabilia, correspondence, photographs, and stories
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- American newspapers--Rhode Island--Providence
- American newspapers--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Reporters and reporting--Washington (D.C.)
- Brown, Ashmun Norris, 1872-1948. --Archives (creator)