Salmá al-Ḥaffār Kuzbarī (1923-2006), a Syrian scholar, feminist, writer,
poet, and women’s rights activist created this collection. Her writing and activism
focused on the challenges of being a woman and gaining equal rights in the Arab
world and draws from her own experiences. Her academic work focused primarily on
Mayy Ziyādah, an early twentieth-century Lebanese literary personality who was a
pivotal figure in the Nahda, or modern Arab Renaissance. This collection contains a
host of materials related to Ziyādah (both primary and secondary sources). It also
documents developing conceptions and interests in the Nahda among scholars over the
span of several decades, by way of Kuzbarī’s essays, speeches, and books. The
collection also documents Kuzbarī’s work as a feminist for women’s rights in the
Arab world and the establishment of the Mabarra Association for Education and
Consolation for orphan children. When she and her husband served in the Syrian
embassy in Spain, she promoted the Arab literature of Spain. She corresponded with
the important writers, poets and scholars of the Arab world. Of note also is
correspondence from the poet Nizār Qabbānī. The materials include Kuzbarī’s
correspondence and journals, speeches she delivered at various conferences,
articles, and press clippings both written by and about her, plays and dramas,
poetry, and novels. The materials are in Arabic with some in French, Spanish, and
The Anthony Lancaster papers document Lancaster's academic career with particular focus on his tenure at Brown University. The papers consist of research, writing, and teaching materials; publisher and general correspondence; and numerous reprints of publications. Materials date from 1964-2001.
The Joseph John Loferski papers document Loferski's tenure at Brown University. The papers consist of research and teaching materials, writings, publications, and correspondence. The bulk of the materials date from 1965 to 1985.
Personal and literary correspondence both by and
to Lovecraft; manuscript and typescript drafts of fiction, non-fiction, poems, plays
and drawings by Lovecraft. Correspondence between friends, family, and associates of
Lovecraft. Subjects include horror fiction, New England antiquities, and the amateur
press. Significant correspondents include Robert H. Barlow, Robert Bloch, W. Paul
Cook, August Derleth, Ernest A. Edkins, Sonia H. Greene Davis (Lovecraft's wife),
Frank Belknap Long, Jr., E. Hoffman Price, Clark Ashton Smith, and Donald Wandrei
among many others. The collection also includes a small selection of photographs of
Lovecraft, friends and associates and objects owned by Lovecraft.
The Lovell Family Papers (Ms.89.4) were compiled by Malcolm R. Lovell, Jr. They range in date from 1790 to 1911, with the primary focus being the period between 1800 and 1860. The range of subjects covered is equally broad, including religion and spirituality, slavery, family life, and student life at Brown University.
Includes correspondence, manuscripts, play scripts, film scripts, photographs, drawings, galley proofs, and ephemera of the American poet, experimental filmmaker, editor, and educator Willard Maas, dating from 1931 to 1968. Maas, who was openly bisexual and married to artist and filmmaker Marie Menken, with whom he often collaborated, is especially known for his pioneering avant-garde films, many of which explored homoerotic themes. These films, which were created from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, influenced the work of a number artists from that era, including Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol; and they continue to garner much critical attention and acclaim by many contemporay scholars, filmmakers, and artists who acknowlege Maas' influential contribution to the history of cinematography. Highlights of this collection include: manuscripts of Maas' poetry; documents associated with the production of Maas' film,
The Charles Woodberry McLellan papers (1780-1953 (bulk 1901-1927)) consist primarily of correspondence between Charles McLellan, his sons Hugh and Malcolm, and collectors and dealers of Lincoln memorabilia. Also included is the correspondence between the McLellan family and Brown University regarding Brown's acquisition of the collection in 1923. In addition to a small collection of personal documents, the papers also include an assortment of facsimiles of documents in Lincoln's handwriting; transcriptions (typed and handwritten) of various documents by or about Abraham Lincoln; and inventories, want lists, and bibliographies of Lincolniana.
The Merville papers consist of 19 letters of Hiram P. Merville to family and friends, and one letter from a friend to Hiram, during the years 1861 or 1862 to 1865. The collection also includes a booklet from the 1897 reunion of the First New York Dragoons, the unit in which Hiram served during the Civil War.