Contents and Arrangement

Notebook, 1873-1875

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection comprises a small group of papers relating to John Frippo Brown (1842-1919), a Seminole chief, trading company operator, and Baptist minister, and his family. Materials include a manuscript notebook containing occasional notes and accounts kept by Brown or another family member, Brown's calling card, and five tintype photographs picturing Brown and his family members.

Notebook entries cover a variety of topics, including notes on local geological features, translations of what are likely Mvskoke (Muscogee, Creek) phrases, a list of seven "Tribes of Creeks speaking different languages," and records of paid accounts, including an account with Seminole leader Caesar Bruner. Another note referring to Brown reads, "At JFB to look at treaty." Several pages of the notebook also touch on medical or medicinal subjects, including hemorrhoids, diarrhea, dropsy, and other ailments. One page describes a remedy for cholera, the disease which killed Brown's parents in 1867. Another page lists a recipe for "tooth wash" that includes ammonia.

The notebook includes entries dated in 1873 and 1875, but all other entries and materials in the collection are undated.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2020 processing.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Princeton University Library holds the copyright for materials in this collection that were created by Ralph Freedman. When copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from Firestone Library. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Notebook; John Frippo Brown Papers, C1662, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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