The collection, arranged in 10 series, includes some of the naturally occurring records of Brown Brothers Harriman and its predecessor companies' business activities, and papers from some of those companies' partners. These include original, photocopied, and transcribed correspondence; ledgers and account books; records of international business transactions; daybooks, correspondence, and diaries of Brown Brothers' partners, both personal and professional; scrapbooks; newspaper and magazine clippings, and other publicity materials; prints, photographs, and other visual materials including a portfolio commissioned from photographer Walker Evans; audiotapes; artifacts; and a reference library of published and privately printed material about the Brown family, its business interests, and other background information.
Donated to the Society in 1970, the Collection was amassed by Barnard professor and author John A. Kouwenhoven in the mid-1960s, primarily as research materials to support the writing of Partners in Banking. Published in 1968, the book celebrated the firmís 150th anniversary and documented the firmís evolution from a commodities import and export firm based in Baltimore, to a multinational private bank that is the oldest in the United States.
Processing of the Collection was made possible by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in 2009.
I hope that your institution and its users will find this newly available resource useful; I look forward to your comments or questions on the Collection.
Project Archivist, Brown Brothers Harriman Collection
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: 212-873-3400 x 334
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