Browne mss., 1878-1949LMC 1846


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Creator Browne, Lewis, 1897-1949
Title: Browne mss.
Dates: 1878-1949
Quantity: 4786 items
Abstract: The Browne mss., 1878-1949, consists of the papers of Lewis Browne, 1897-1949, author, radio commentator, lecturer, and world traveler.
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Lilly Library

Biographical Note

The Browne mss., 1878-1949 contains the letters, diaries, writings, and illlustrations of author, educator, and world traveler Lewis Browne (1897-1949). Born in London, Browne later emigrated with his family to the United States. There, he received his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1919, and another B.A. in Hebrew from Hebrew Union College in 1920. He subsequently became ordained as a rabbi in Connecticut, and wrote histories and comparative studies of religion such as Stranger than Fiction(1925) and This Believing World (1926). Throughout his lifetime, he wrote other similar studies, lectured on book tours, and traveled the world to explore different cultures' religions.

The collection includes Browne's correspondence with notable authorial figures like Joseph Conrad, George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among other famous educators, scientists, and politicians. Alongside personal diary and confessional writings, the collection also spotlights Browne's authorial typescripts and illustrations."


Scope and Content Note

The Browne mss., 1878-1949, consists of the papers of Lewis Browne, 1897-1949, author, radio commentator, lecturer, and world traveler.

The correspondence is with novelists, poets, dramatists, journalists, educators, scientists, politicians, diplomats, physicians, army officers, artists, actors, lawyers, businessmen, and clergymen. Among the subjects covered are the American Socialist Party allied occupation of Austria, California election of 1934, communism, emigration and immigration, Hebrew Union College, Industrial Workers of the World, migration and persecution of Jews, Jews in Cincinnati, Jews in Mexico, pacifism, and World War II. There is extensive correspondence between Browne and his parents from 1914 to 1948 as well as with his sister, Rebecca (Browne) Tarlow from 1929 to 1946. A few letters were written by Myna Eisner (Lissner) Browne to Browne's parents during 1933. Browne also provides a provocative commentary about the life he led and the education he received at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio, during the early twentieth century as well as his impressions of the renown leader of American reform Judaism, Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise.

Signatures had been removed from a card by George Bernard Shaw dated March 21, 1918; and from letters by Joseph Conrad, March 27, 1918; by Israel Zangwill, April 3, 1918; by John Galsworthy, May 16, 1918; by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, June 1918; and by Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge, December 13, 1918. Signatures of these men had been removed from other documents and clipped to the above-mentioned card and letters. These signatures have now been permanently attached to the card and the letters listed above.

The diaries, 1910-1946, vary both in size and content. A diary kept in 1914 contains excellent character descriptions of his parents, brothers, and sisters. Another diary, 1921, kept while he was at Waterbury, Connecticut, is of interest because of the comments about people and on conservative versus reform Judaism. Browne's European travel journal from May 22 to November 8, 1926, contains an excellent account of Jews in the countries he visited and the influence of Catholicism on French Jews in regard to services and dress. He remarks that there is no trace of discrimination against Jews in France. In the diary of a trip to Hawaii and Japan in 1932-1933 the comments about a concert by Hawaiian women beneath the palms, their singing, their dancing, and their wearing apparel as well as Japanese customs are amusing. The observations of the people, cities, and buildings on the trip to Russia and the Mediterranean in 1935 are entertaining. Seven pages of notes describing a lecture tour Browne made with Sinclair Lewis in November 1941 are significant because of an interesting character portrayal of Lewis made by Browne. Undated notes on the temples and priests in the Far East are interesting.

Writings include:

All Things Are Possible;
Blessed Spinoza;
The Gilded Ghetto;
Godly Mischief, and essay in the liberal ministry (preface by Sinclair Lewis);
The Graphic Bible;
How Odd of God;
Oh say Can You See;
The Road to Nowadays;
See What I Mean;
Since Calvary;
Something Went Wrong;
Stranger than fiction;
That Man Heine;
This Believing World;
Wild Tongues;
Wisdom of Israel
A detailed description of each of the writings is available in the Library.

Among the short articles are:

And David Saw,
Around the World,
Around the World With a Portable,
Autobiography,
Beware of the Brawn-Trusters!,
By Jingo,
The Case of Miss Hope O'Keefe,
Chapters from the Life of Elijah Elman,
Charles Garland's Experiment,
A Conversation,
Cross Winds,
The Devotee of Democracy,
Even in Tahiti,
Excerpts from a Rabbi's Diary,
Experiences in Russia,
Hot Shots from Rowanis,
If Jesus Were Here Today,
It's a Small World After All,
The Jew,
A Jew Goes to Russia,
Jonah,
The Making of a Radical Rabbi,
The Mother of Boh-Boh Mike,
Must We Wipe Out the Germans?,
Old Sarah,
On American Judaism,
On the Contrary,
The Plight of the Liberal Synagogue,
A Primer for Moderns,
The Rabbi,
Rotary of the Booster's Club,
Soldiers Can Forget to Cough,
Teitelbaums of Tahiti,
Those Hot-Aryans,
The Tresca Case,
Twelve Great Jews of Tomorrow,
The Undying Book,
What Can the Jews Do About It?,
What is the Heritage of the Jews?,
What's Wrong with the Jew?,
Why Are Jews Like That?,
You Think Jews Are Clever

Illustrations consist of pencil sketches and pen and ink drawings by Lewis Browne and his wife Myna Eisner (Lissner) Browne for Browne's writings.

Miscellaneous material deals with the twentieth century revolutionary figure, Lev Trotskii including notes by Lewis Browne about Trotskii and typescripts of an article about Natalia Ivanova (Sedova) Trotskii (Mrs. Lev Trotskii). There are two articles by Ludwig Lore, an American-Socialist-editor, about Trotskii's visit to the U.S. in March 1917. Of interest is also a leaf with possibly authentic signatures of Lev Trotskii and Alexandra Kollontai alongside a hen drawing. There are also a few short articles by lesser known writers. Also included: a small notebook entitled Fiction Notes--Tour Notes which contains an outline for a novel, radio broadcasts, speeches, teaching material, school notes, book reviews by Browne, and reviews of his books.

Newspaper clippings, other printed material about Browne or his writings, etc. and galley proofs with corrections for All Things are Possible,Blessed Spinoza,How Odd of God,Oh Say Can You See,See what I Mean,Something Went Wrong,Stranger than Fiction,That Man Heine,The Wisdom of Israel, and The World's Great Scriptures complete the collection.

Manuscripts index in the Lilly Library contains entries at item level.

Note on Indexing Term - "Labor unions and socialism": Includes correspondence with politicians, journalists and others, dealing with the American Socialist Party allied occupation of Austria, communism, and Industrial Workers of the World.

Note on Indexing Term - "Slavs": Of particular interest is a diary of a trip to Russia in 1935. There is also a file of material concerning Lev Trotskii.

Note on Indexing Term - "Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968": There is correspondence with Sinclair.


Arrangement

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Diaries; III. Writings; IV. Articles; V. Illustrations; VI. Miscellaneous; and, VII. Printed matter.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions: Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.


Subject Headings

Persons

Browne, Lewis, 1897-1949 --Correspondence.
Browne, Myna Eisner Lissner, 1904-
Cerf, Bennett, 1898-1971.
Collins, Alan Copeland, 1902-
Foakes-Jackson, F. J. (Frederick John), 1855-1941.
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.
Lore, Ludwig, 1875-1942.
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968

Corporate Bodies

Hebrew Union College.
Industrial Workers of the World.
Socialist Party (U.S.)

Subjects

Art
Elections --California --1934.
Emigration and immigration.
Jews --History.
Jews --Migrations.
Jews --Persecutions.
Jews --Segregation.
Labor unions and socialism
Pacifism.
Religion
Slavs
Socialists --United States.
Travel
World War, 1939-1945.

Places

Austria --History --Allied occupation, 1945-1955.
Russia

General

All Things Are Possible;
Blessed Spinoza;
The Gilded Ghetto;
Godly Mischief, and essay in the liberal ministry (preface by Sinclair Lewis);
The Graphic Bible;
How Odd of God;
Oh say Can You See;
The Road to Nowadays;
See What I Mean;
Since Calvary;
Something Went Wrong;
Stranger than fiction;
That Man Heine;
This Believing World;
Wild Tongues;
Wisdom of Israel

General

And David Saw,
Around the World,
Around the World With a Portable,
Autobiography,
Beware of the Brawn-Trusters!,
By Jingo,
The Case of Miss Hope O'Keefe,
Chapters from the Life of Elijah Elman,
Charles Garland's Experiment,
A Conversation,
Cross Winds,
The Devotee of Democracy,
Even in Tahiti,
Excerpts from a Rabbi's Diary,
Experiences in Russia,
Hot Shots from Rowanis,
If Jesus Were Here Today,
It's a Small World After All,
The Jew,
A Jew Goes to Russia,
Jonah,
The Making of a Radical Rabbi,
The Mother of Boh-Boh Mike,
Must We Wipe Out the Germans?,
Old Sarah,
On American Judaism,
On the Contrary,
The Plight of the Liberal Synagogue,
A Primer for Moderns,
The Rabbi,
Rotary of the Booster's Club,
Soldiers Can Forget to Cough,
Teitelbaums of Tahiti,
Those Hot-Aryans,
The Tresca Case,
Twelve Great Jews of Tomorrow,
The Undying Book,
What Can the Jews Do About It?,
What is the Heritage of the Jews?,
What's Wrong with the Jew?,
Why Are Jews Like That?,
You Think Jews Are Clever

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], Browne mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1969.


Table of Contents

Correspondence

Diaries

Writings

Articles

Illustrations

Miscellaneous

Printed Materials


Correspondence
Scope and Contents
Consult Manuscripts Index in the Lilly Library for dates of letters of individual correspondents.
General
Louis John Alber,
David Harold Appel,
Emanie Nahm Arling,
Angelica Balabanoff,
Roger Nash Baldwin,
Robert Barbour,
Harry Elmer Barnes,
Samuel Nathaniel Behrman,
Albert Maurice Bender,
Arnold Bennett,
Henry Joseph Berkowitz,
Harold Berman,
Edward L. Bernays,
Charles McTyeire Bishop,
Ernest Block,
Sumner Newton Blossom,
Myron S. Blumenthal,
Katherine (Evans) Boyle,
Kay Boyle,
Fred Gladstone Bratton,
George Platt Brett, 1858-1936,
George Platt Brett, 1893-1984,
Heywood Campbell Broun,
George Stewart,
Myna Eisner (Lissner) Browne,
Meyer N. Bruskovsky,
Gustav Bucky,
Ralph Fletcher Burnight,
Jonathan Cape,
Benjamin Nathan Cardozo,
Shirley Jackson Case,
Bennett Alfred Cerf,
Charles Spencer Chaplin,
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb,
Lester Cohen,
Morris Raphael Cohen,
Alan Copeland Collins,
Saxe Commins,
Joseph Conrad,
David Livingston Crawford,
George Creel,
Abraham Cronbach,
Clarence Seward Darrow,
Eugene Victor Debs,
Floyd Dell,
James Clarkson Derieux,
Gottard Deutsch,
Hermine G. (Bacher) Deutsch,
Lloyd Cassel Douglas,
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
Theodore Dreiser,
William James Durant,
Max Eastman,
Havelock Ellis,
Henry Englander,
Charles Prospero Fagnani,
Robert P. Fairbanks,
James Thomas Farrell,
William B. Feakins,
Louis Nicholas Feipel,
Lion Feuchtwanger,
Arthur Davison Ficke,
William John Fielding,
Parker Fillmore,
Maurice Fishberg,
Charles Henry Fisher,
Jacob Fishman,
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn,
Solomon Foster,
Bruno Frank,
Walter Frank,
Charles Benjamin Franklin,
Gaston Gallimard,
John Galsworthy,
Lawrence Gilman,
Albert Goldman,
Sidney Emanuel Goldstein,
Victor Gollancz,
Philip Goodman,
Jan Gordon,
Stephen Graham,
Stanton Griffis,
Louis Grossmann,
Harold Kleinert Guinzburg,
Granville Stanley Hall,
Alfred Harcourt,
Maurice Henry Harris,
Arthur Garfield Hays,
Gerald Heard,
James Henle,
Magnus Hermansson,
John Woodbridge Herring,
Max John Herzberg,
James Hilton,
Curtice Nelson Hitchcock,
John Haynes Holmes,
Guy Livingston Howe,
Benjamin W. Huebsch,
Rupert Hughes,
Hubert Horatio Humphrey,
Ferdinand Myron Isserman,
Frederick John Foakes Jackson,
Mary Jenness,
Prescott Ford Jernegan,
Charles Johnston Kennedy,
John Goodwin Kidd,
Julius M. Klein,
Blanche (Wolf) Knopf,
Rose Kohler,
Louis Kronenberger,
Philip Fox La Follette,
Isaac Landman,
Harold Strong Latham,
Algernon Lee,
William Colston Leigh,
John Jacob Lentz,
Brother Zachary Leo,
Kenneth Leslie,
Meyer Levin,
Grace Livingstone (Hegger) Lewis,
Leon Lawrence Lewis,
Sinclair Lewis,
Yu-t'ang Lin,
George Arthur Lincoln,
Ephraim Lipson,
Robert Littell,
Horace Brisbin Liveright,
Thayne Miller Livesay,
Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge,
Stephen Longstreet,
Ludwig Lore,
Joseph Patrick McEvoy,
George Macy,
John Williams Macy,
Thomas Mann,
Jacob Rader Marcus,
Don Marquis,
Harry Edward Maule,
Milton Sanford Mayer,
Henry Louis Mencken,
Robert Andrews Millikan,
Michael Monahan,
George Foot Moore,
Thomas Hunt Morgan,
Julian Morgenstern,
William Morris,
Janet McMillen (Bingham) Nathan,
Robert Nathan,
Charles Nemser,
David K. Niles,
Adolph Sigmund Oko,
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill,
Walter O'Rourke,
Patrick Brett O'Sullivan,
Constantine Aleksandrovich Oumanskii,
Harold Reginald Peat,
Claude Denson Pepper,
William J. Perlman,
Chesley Reynolds Perry,
Wilhelm Mauritz Pettersen,
Alfonso Washington Pezet,
Seraphine (Eppstein) Pisko,
Robert Russell Potter,
Arthur James Putnam,
Harold F. Reinhart,
Joseph Banks Rhine,
Craig Rice,
Elmer L. Rice,
John Merle Rife,
Woodbridge Riley,
Edwin Arlington Robinson,
Gladys Lloyd (Cassell) Robinson,
Marcel F. Rodd,
Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt,
Cecil Roth,
Bertrand Russell, 3rd earl Russell,
Harry Saltpeter,
Margaret (Higgins) Sanger,
Aaron Sapiro,
Harry S. Schneiderman,
Ruth Seid,
Salomón de la Selva,
George Bernard Shaw,
Ida Marcia (Camelhor) Silverman,
Mary Craig (Kimbrough) Sinclair,
Upton Beall Sinclair,
Isidore Singer,
Esther (Elder) Smith,
Paul Jordan Smith,
Preserved Smith,
Herbert Solow,
Robert Gordon Sproul,
Samuel R. Stern,
George Stewart,
Oscar Solomon Straus,
Hudson Strode,
John Ward Studebaker,
Louis Matthews Sweet,
Anson Stiles Thacher,
James Westfall Thompson,
Ernst Toller,
Ernest Robert Trattner,
Lev Trotskii,
Jim Tully,
John Roberts Tunis,
Louis Untermeyer,
Irita (Brooks) Van Doren,
Hendrik Willem Van Loon,
De Witt Wallace,
Cynthia S. Walsh,
Gordon S. Watkins,
Percy Waxman,
Elsa Weihl,
Gertrude S. Weiner,
Herbert George Wells,
William Allen White,
Thyra (Samter) Winslow,
Ella Winter,
Jonah Bondi Wise,
Stephen Samuel Wise,
Clement Wood,
William Hoyt Worrell,
James Maxon Yard,
Arthur Henry Young,
Edith (Ayrton) Zangwill,
Israel Zangwill,
Louis Zara,
Benjamin David Zevin
Box 1 1878-1948 (39 folders)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically
Box 1 Undated (4 folders)
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Diaries
Box 2 1910, Apr.
Box 2 1914
Box 2 1921
Box 2 1922, Jan. 1-Apr. 1
Box 2 European trip. 1926, May 22-Nov. 8
Box 2 1929
Box 2 Trip to Hawaii-Japan. 1932-1933
Box 2 1934
Box 2 1935
Box 2 Russian trip. 1935
Box 2 Mediterranean trip. 1935
Box 2 1936
Box 2 1937
Box 2 1939
Box 2 1941
Box 2 Lecture tour with Sinclair Lewis. 1941, Nov.
Box 2 1942 (2 diaries)
Box 2 1943
Box 2 1945
Box 2 1946
Box 2 Notes on Far East. Undated.
Writings
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Scope and Contents
One folder per title unless otherwise indicated.
Box 2 All Things Are Possible (31 folders; one bound volume)
Box 4 Blessed Spinoza (13 folders)
Box 4 Bolton Scragg (2 folders)
Box 4 The Devil is Wiser (19 folders)
Box 4 Godly Mischief (2 folders)
Box 4 Golus (7 folders)
Box 5 Golus (5 folders)
Box 5 The Graphic Bible (6 folders)
Box 5 How Odd of God (8 folders)
Box 5 Oh, Say Can You See (13 folders)
Box 6 Oh, Say Can You See (3 folders)
Box 6 The Road to Nowadays (2 folders)
Box 6 See What I Mean? (19 folders)
Box 6 The Gilded Ghetto. 1923, July. (Bound volume)
Box 6 Godly Mischief. 1922-1923 (Bound volume)
Box 7 See What I Mean? (8 folders)
Box 7 Since Calvary (22 folders)
Box 8 Since Calvary (12 folders)
Box 8 Something Went Wrong (12 folders)
Box 8 Stranger Than Fiction (11 folders)
Box 9 That Man Heine (9 folders)
Box 9 This Believing World (7 folders)
Box 9 Wild Tongues (3 folders)
Box 9 Wisdom of Israel (15 folders)
Articles
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by title.
Scope and Contents
One folder per title unless otherwise indicated.
Box 10 Around the World
Box 10 Around the World with a Portable
Box 10 Autobiography
Box 10 Beware of the Brawn-trusters
Box 10 The Case of Miss Hope O'Keefe
Box 10 By Jingo
Box 10 Chapters from the Life of Elijah Elman
Box 10 Charles Garland's Experiment
Box 10 A Conversation
Box 10 Cross Winds
Box 10 The Devotee of Democracy
Box 10 Even in Tahiti
Box 10 Excerpts from a Rabbi's Diary
Box 10 Experiments in Russia
Box 10 Hot Shots from Rowanis
Box 10 If Jesus Were Here Today
Box 10 It's a Small World After All
Box 10 The Jew
Box 10 The Jew Goes to Russia
Box 10 Jonah
Box 10 The Making of a Radical Rabbi
Box 10 The Mother of Boh-Boh Mike
Box 10 Must We Wipe Out the German?
Box 10 Old Sarah
Box 10 On the Contrary
Box 10 On American Judaism
Box 10 The Plight of the Liberal Synagogue
Box 10 A Primer for Moderns
Box 10 The Rabbi
Box 10 Rotary of the Booster's Club
Box 10 Soldiers can Forget to Cough
Box 10 Teitelbaums of Tahiti
Box 10 Those Hot-aryans
Box 10 The Tresca Case
Box 10 Twelve Great Jews of Tomorrow
Box 10 The Undying Book
Box 10 What Can the Jews Do About It
Box 10 What is the Heritage of the Jews?
Box 10 What's Wrong with the Jew?
Box 10 Why are the Jews Like That?
Box 10 You Think Jews are Clever
Illustrations
Scope and Contents
One folder per subject unless otherwise indicated.
Box 12 Character Sketches
Box 12 Notebooks
Box 12 Stranger Than Fiction
Box 12 Sketches
Box 12 Maps (3 folders)
Box 12 Sketches
Box 12 This Believing World
Miscellaneous
Scope and Contents
One folder per subject unless otherwise indicated.
Box 10 Der Eintritt Amerika's in den Krieg
Box 10 Tapley, R. Review of Browne'sAll Things Are Possible
Box 10 Photograph of Lewis Browne and Myna Eisner
Box 10 (Lissner) Browne
Box 10 Book Reviews by Browne
Box 10 Mrs. Leon Trotsky
Box 10 Notes
Box 10 Radio Broadcasts
Box 10 Speeches
Box 10 Trotsky notes. Undated
Box 10 Ginzburg, A. Review of Browne'sStranger Than Fiction
Box 10 Jackson, Frederick J.F. Review ofStranger Than Fiction
Box 10 Lore, Ludwig. That Trotsky Legend. Undated
Box 10 Lore, Ludwig. When Trotsky Lived in New York. Undated
Box 10 Maloney, Gertrude. A letter to Jane
Box 10 Rosenwald, Doris. Lewis Browne on Heinrich, Heine
Box 10 Sinclair, Upton Beall. A Lost Leader. Undated
Box 10 Trotskii, Lev. Photograph and Hen Drawing. Undated
Box 10 Trotskii, Natalia Ivanova (Sedova). Notes for
Box 10 Biography. Undated
Box 10 Browne, Lewis (3 folders)
Box 10 Browne, Lewis. Teaching Materials (9 folders)
Box 11 Notebooks (3 folders)
Box 14 Notes (2 boxes of index cards)
Printed Materials
Scope and Contents
One folder per subject unless otherwise indicated.
Box 11 Newspaper Clippings (3 folders)
Box 11 Newspaper Clippings. Stranger Than Fiction (3 folders)
Box 11 Newspaper Clippings
Box 11 Printed Material (5 folders)
Box 11 Newspaper Clippings
Box 11 Printed Material (4 folders)
Box 13 Printed Galley Proofs
Box 13 Oh, Say Can You See!
Box 13 See What I Mean?
Box 13 Stranger Than Fiction
Box 13 That Man Heine (2 folders)
Box 13 Wisdom of Israel (2 folders)
Box 13 The World's Greatest Scriptures
Box 14 All Things Possible
Box 14 How Odd of God
Box 14 Blessed Spinoza
Box 14 See What I Mean (2 folders)
Box 14 Something Went Wrong