The Brown University Library, in support of the University's educational and research mission, is the local repository for and the principal gateway to current information and the scholarly record. As such, it is simultaneously collection, connection, and classroom, primarily for the current and future students and faculty of the University, while also serving other colleagues in the University community and our regional, national, and global communities of learning and scholarship.
The digitized items in the Alcohol, Temperance and Prohibition Collection are from the Alcoholism and Addiction Studies Collection, as well as from various collections in the Brown University Library — broadsides, sheet music, pamphlets and government publications.
The items have …View
A collection of 77 vintage photographs, primarily from the early 20th century, the bulk of which is dated between the years 1915 and 1925, formerly owned by Blondie Robinson, an accomplished African-American vaudeville performer of that era. The heart of …View
Books at Brown was, from 1951 through 1998, the scholarly publication of the Friends of the Brown University Library. Published occasionally, issues of 'Books at Brown' included both informational overviews on the Library's specialized collections and original scholarship utilizing those …View
Video recordings from a wide variety of events on the Brown University campus.View
The University Archives contains handbooks, course catalogs, commencement programs, yearbooks, faculty and department newsletters, student newspapers and magazines, and alumni magazines. This online collection contains a selection of digital publications; it is not a comprehensive list of University Archives' physical …View
The Brown University Library and Alumni Relations have digitized yearbooks from 1870 to 2007 for private research, study, and teaching.
The Liber Brunensis (1870-present) documents important events from the year, as well as athletics, academics, and student organizations. The Brun …View
The Carleton D. Morse whaling collection contains correspondence, logbooks and accounts, seaman's journals, merchant's and owner's accounts, reports and legal documents, literary works, photographs and engravings, as well as newspaper clippings, research notes, ephemera and other printed materials pertaining to …View
The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), a cross-departmental group in the Brown University Library, supports digital scholarship for the Brown community and beyond by supporting scholarly and academic activities that are conducted or enhanced through the use of digital technology …View
The "Chronicles of Brunonia" presents historical narratives of life at Brown University, inspired by the archival documents in John Hay Library and written by undergraduates. Most of the narratives here were written in creative nonfiction workshops taught by Beth Taylor …View
Documents including letters, certificates, and inventories relating to the institution of slavery, slaves, and indentured servants in Cuba dating from 1820-1892. Many of the documents refer to Chinese people brought to Cuba as indentured servants or contract laborers (colonos).View
The Dupee Collection offers nearly 200 broadsides published after the Mexican republic secured its independence in 1821. Chronicled within the broadsides are Mexican partisan politics, religious and anti-clerical debates, popular literature and drama, domestic revolutions and armed conflict with the …View
Powerfully illustrated through the lives of three Mexican/Chicana women - Ramona Medina, Socorro Gomez-Potter, and Yolanda Almaraz-Esquivel - "Educating Change: Latina Activism and the Struggle for Educational Equity" documents a history of Mexican women's migration and activism, and considers its …View
This subgroup of the Fernardo Birri Archive of Multimedia Arts contains correspondence, manuscripts, poetry, essays, and screenplays created and collected by Argentinian filmmaker and artist, Fernando Birri. Several of Birri’s diaries are collected here as well.View
Thomas Banchoff's collection of information about Edwin Abbott Abbott, the author of the Victorian novel Flatland. Including editions, letters and images of Abbott, a bibliography, essays. See also the "Thomas Banchoff collection of materials relating to Edwin Abbott Abbott …View
The Garibaldi / Risorgimento digital archive seeks to provide a comprehensive resource for the interdisciplinary study and teaching of the life and deeds of one of the protagonists of the Italian unification process (1807-1882), against the historical backdrop of 19th-century …View
The Smith Magic Objects Collection consists of a number of objects pertaining to magic, collected by Smith over the course of his life. It includes memorabilia from other magicians, various awards and trophies, games, cards, magic tricks, and props for …View
Broadsides are single-sheet publications, often issued as ephemera or announcements. The Harris Broadsides Collection is a comprehensive collection of American poetry published in broadside format from colonial times to the present. The collection offers materials covering a broad spectrum of …View
This is a collection of distinctive and unusual historical scrolls, maps, and posters found in Brown University Rockefeller Library’s East Asian Collection. The collection includes the following:
Brown University's Department of Music hosted the first conference on Applied Ethnomusicology. Participants from Europe and the United States discussed various ways in which Ethnomusicologists work directly in and on behalf of communities outside of academia. This project provides streaming …View
The James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings collection presents a vibrant mix of traditional and popular music recorded at a broad range of locations and events in Ghana during the 1970s by ethnomusicologist James Koetting. Students and researchers can hear online …View
The Latin American Travelogues digital collection draws on the expertise of Prof. James N. Green, Professor of Latin American history; Patricia Figueroa, Curator of Iberian and Latin American Collections; students; and the staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship. It …View
Brown's Lincoln Broadsides collection comprises an assortment of printed materials intended for broad public distribution in a variety of formats. Within this digital collection you will find, for example: handbills (a single sheet of text intended for wide public distribution), …View
This collection contains embellished envelopes created during the period surrounding Lincoln’s presidency and the time immediately after his assassination. Many of the envelopes depict Lincoln himself, as well as various notable political and military figures. The artwork widely ranges in …View
This database comprises sheet music from the McLellan Lincoln Collection at the Hay Library written between 1859 and 1923. Music about Lincoln ranges from popular song to compositions for orchestral performance. Popular music about Abraham Lincoln proliferated between 1859 and …View
Brown alumna Martha Dickie Sharp (Pembroke 1926) and her husband Rev. Waitstill Sharp were co-founders of the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. The collection documents their strenuous efforts throughout the course of the war to provide relief and …View
The Martha Waldo Greene and Frederick Sherman Collection of Frederick Douglass papers contains a total of 26 items by and relating to Frederick Douglass (1818-1895): 19 letters and documents, 5 photographs, and 2 published books. Items span from 1845-1936, with …View
Miniature paintings from the estate of Mrs. Adrienne Minassian. The paintings often include text from Persian and Indian tales. Many of the illustrations within the Minassian Collection are depictions of stories from the classical Persian text, Shahnama of Ferdowsi.
A digital research collection focusing on Modernist journals and magazines, together with essays, introductions, and biographical sketches.
The Modernist Journals Project publishes fully searchable online editions of the English-language journals and magazines that were important in shaping the modes of …View
Offered as an accompaniment to Jesse Lyman Hurlbut’s 1900 text “Traveling in the Holy Land through the Stereoscope”, the stereoscopic images collected here present Palestine just at the turn of the Twentieth-century. The images focus particularly on ancient ruins related …View
The project, "Paris, Capital of the 19th century," initiated by the French Studies and Comparative Literature Departments of Brown University, provides a window into the cultural, political and social context of 19th century Parisian culture.
It offers online access to …View
This collection contains oral history interviews with alumnae of Brown University, which admitted its first women students in 1891. The Women's College at Brown was renamed Pembroke College in 1928, and in 1971, Pembroke College merged with the Men's College …View
This vast digital collection of military artwork from the 16th through 20th centuries, vividly documents all aspects of military and naval history, with emphasis on the history and illustration of world military and naval uniforms from the 17th century to …View
This collection contains oral history interviews with longtime members of the Brown University Library staff, in celebration of the Rockefeller’s Library’s fiftieth anniversary in 2014. The interviews were conducted by Brown librarians Carina Cournoyer and Karen Bouchard. Staff members represent …View
This collection contains images of documents in the Rush Hawkins collection (Ms.2006.05) relating to the First Italian War of Independence. Annmary Brown Hawkins (1837-1903) was married to Rush Hawkins and she was the daughter of Nicholas Brown III (1792-1859). Nicholas …View
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 in the Arab world and draws from her own experiences. …View
A rich array of primary sources generated by a single, troubling event–the Camp Grant Massacre of 1871– illuminates the world of the mid-nineteenth-century U.S.-Mexico borderlands. This world was home to an unusually diverse collection of human communities: Anglo Americans, Mexican …View
CONTENT WARNING. Some of the materials in this digital collection contain anti-Black racist imagery and content. The Brown University Library has a project underway (December 2020) to separate materials created by Black artists from the blackface minstrelsy and more accurately …View
An archive of a wide array of historical documents, from the records of slaving voyages to student commencement orations, digitized in support of the work of the University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The collection contains over one hundred …View
Images collected by Pat Malone over the years.View
The Vietnam Veterans Archive is a collection of oral histories, documents, photographs, memorabilia, and letters from veterans or family members. The project was initiated by David Taylor '66 and Beth Taylor, co-director of Brown’s Nonfiction Writing Program, to capture the …View