Joseph Mackey Brown papers
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Joseph Mackey Brown papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Brown, Joseph Mackey, 1851-1932
Title: Joseph Mackey Brown papers
Dates: Bulk, 1910-1914
Dates: 1846-1926, undated
Quantity: 2.2 linear ft. (5 document cases, 1 half document case)
Identification: ahc.MSS41

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Mackey Brown (1851-1932) was born in Canton, Georgia to Joseph Emerson Brown and Elizabeth Grisham Brown. In 1872, he graduated from Oglethorpe University and studied law for one year at Harvard University. He acquired a clerking position at Western & Atlantic Railroad and retired in 1898 as a traffic manager. He served as state railroad commissioner from 1904-1907, and as governor from 1909-1911, and briefly in 1912 to fulfill the remaining term of Alexander Clay. In 1889, Brown married Cora McCord of Augusta, Georgia. The couple had three children, Joseph, Charles, and Cora. Joseph Mackey Brown died in 1932 after a long illness. He is buried in Oakland Cemetery.


Scope and Content Note

This collection includes correspondence and ephemera of Joseph Mackey Brown, and also for his father, Georgia Governor Joseph Emerson Brown. The bulk of his correspondence relates to his tenure as governor, and includes pledges of support, congratulatory letters, and requests for patronage and jobs. Campaign correspondence relates to his failed gubernatorial campaign of 1910. In addition to his gubernatorial correspondence, agriculture and farming were frequent topics, as was the Georgia Railroad strike, and an infamous rape and murder case in Forsyth County, Georgia in 1912. Political materials primarily include campaign materials such as broadsides, ballots, and campaign literature. Also included are printed speeches given by Joseph Emerson Brown, and financial and legal documents pertaining to his estate.


Index Terms

Agriculture--Georgia
Atlanta Campaign, 1864
Brown , Julius, 1848-1910
Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894
Elections--Georgia
Georgia--Politics and government
Governors--Georgia
McKinley, William, 1843-1901
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Campaigns
Watson, Thomas E., 1856-1922
Western and Atlantic Railroad Company.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Mackay Brown papers, MSS 41, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1972 and subsequent additions.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.


Container List

 

Box

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11Correspondence, 1846-1886
 
2Correspondence, 1887
 
3Correspondence, 1888-1909
 
3Correspondence, 1910
 
5Correspondence, 1910
 
6Correspondence, 1910
 
7Correspondence, 1910
 
8Correspondence, 1910
 
9Correspondence, 1910
 
10Correspondence, 1910
 

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21Correspondence, 1910
 
2Correspondence, 1910
 
3Correspondence, 1910
 
4Correspondence, 1911
 
5Correspondence, 1911
 
6Correspondence, 1911
 
7Correspondence, 1911
 

Box

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31Correspondence, 1911
 
2Correspondence, 1911
 
3Correspondence, 1911
 
4Correspondence, 1911
 
5Correspondence, 1911
 
6Correspondence, 1912
 
7Correspondence, 1912
 
8Correspondence, 1912
 
9Correspondence, 1912
 

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41Correspondence, 1912
 
2Correspondence, 1912
 
3Correspondence, 1913
 
4Correspondence, 1913
 
5Correspondence, 1913
 
6Correspondence, 1913
 
7Correspondence, 1913
 
8Correspondence, 1914
 

Box

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51Correspondence, 1914
 
2Correspondence, 1914
 
3Correspondence, 1914
 
4Correspondence, 1919-1926
 
5Addresses and speeches, 1910-1921
 
6Campaign, 1908
 
7Campaign, 1910
 
8Campaign, 1914
 
9Campaign, 1910-1911
 
10Writings, Astyanax, undated
 
11Writings, Astyanax, undated
 
12Writings, Astyanax, undated
 

Box

Fldr

61Prose & Poetry, undated
 
2Brown, Joseph E. Speeches, 1868-1890
 
3Financial & legal documents, 1866-1909
 
4Newsclippings, 1904-1921
 
5Personal items, 1879-1920
 
6Printed material, 1883-1910