Finding aid for the Mary (Mollie) Garfield Stanley-Brown Papers

Mary (Mollie) Garfield Stanley-Brown Papers
Western Reserve Historical Society
Phone: 216-721-5722
Stanley-Brown, Mary Garfield
6.80 linear feet (17 containers)
Mary (Mollie) Garfield Stanley-Brown was the daughter of President James A. Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph Garfield. She married Joseph Stanley-Brown in 1888 and had three children; Rudolph, Ruth, and Margaret. Joseph Stanley-Brown had served as Garfield's private secretary in Washington, and organized the papers and books in the memorial library dedicated to the late president at the family home, Lawnfield, Mentor, Ohio. Stanley-Brown worked for the United States Geologic Survey, the National Geographic Society, in the railroad industry, and as a banker. The Stanley-Brown family lived first in Washington, and then in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, New York. Rudolph Stanley-Brown was a partner in Abram Garfield's architectural firm in Cleveland, Ohio, and married Katherine Oliver in 1922. Margaret Stanley-Brown was a surgeon. Ruth Stanley-Brown attended Vassar College, worked in publishing for several years in New York, and married Herbert Feis in 1922. In 1962, Ruth published a children's book, Mollie Garfield in the White House, based on her mother's diaries. The collection consists of correspondence between Mary Stanley-Brown and her daughter, Ruth Stanley-Brown Feis and other Garfield, Stanley-Brown, and Feis family correspondence, including that between Helen Newell and James Rudolph Garfield during their courtship and first year of marriage. Other family correspondents include Joseph Stanley-Brown, Rudolph Stanley-Brown, Margaret Stanley-Brown, and Abram Garfield. The collection also includes manuscripts, verses, plays, stories, memoirs, diaries, lectures, scrapbooks, illustrations, and notebooks of Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown and other family members; genealogical data for the Ballou, Rudolph, Garfield, and Stanley-Brown families; and notes, drafts, and correspondence relating to Ruth Stanley-Brown Feis' children's book, Mollie Garfield in the White House, published in 1962. Also of interest are the travel observations and lectures of Joseph Stanley-Brown, who was widely traveled in the American West, having accompanied John Wesley Powell and the U.S. Geological Survey on several trips. Several family members produced stories, verses, plays, illustrations, and memoirs, which are included. Abram and Rae (Sara) Garfield's illustrated manuscript "Two Portage County Legends" and Joseph Rudolph's memoir of his Civil War service are included.
MS 4571
closed stacks
The records are in English