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1799
Letter, John Mackey to Samuel Hodgdon, February 21, 1799
Letter, John Mackey to Samuel Hodgdon, March 1, 1799
Letter, John Mackey to Samuel Hodgdon, December 26, 1799

1830s-1840s
Peregrine Prolix Description of Harpers Ferry, 1830s
Letter, John Brown to Frederick Brown, November 21, 1834
Agreement between John Brown, Heman Oviatt, and Orson M. Oviatt, 1842
Inventory in John Brown Bankruptcy, 1842
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, November 29, 1846
Perkins and Brown Circular to Wool Growers
Letter, John Brown to Simon Perkins, December 16, 1846
Articles on Perkins and Brown and the Wool Business, Ohio Cultivator, 1845-1847
Letter, Perkins and Brown to Patterson and Ewing, February 13, 1849
Letter, Perkins and Brown to Cook and Jones, March 9, 1849
Letter, John Brown to Simon Perkins, May 24, 1849
Letter, John Brown to Gerrit Smith, June 20, 1849
Letter, Perkins and Brown to Philo Buckingham, December 29, 1849

1850-1858
Owen Brown’s abolitionist statement (from Sanborn, Life and Letters)
Owen Brown's Autobiography (from Sanborn, Life and Letters), circa 1850
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, November 28, 1850
United States League of Gileadites (from Sanborn)
Letter, John Brown to Simon Perkins, October 20, 1851
Letter, John Brown to Dear Children, May 10, 1853
Proceedings of the convention of Radical Political Abolitionists, 1855
Letter, John Jr., Jason, and Salmon to John Brown, June 22-23, 1855 (from Sanborn)
Letter, Salmon Brown to Mary Ann Brown, August 20, 1855
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, November 30, 1855
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, December 16, 1855 (from Sanborn)
Letter, John Brown Jr. to the Western Reserve Chronicle, December 22, 1855
Letter, John Brown Jr. to Friend Louisa, March 29, 1856
Letter, Wealthy Brown to Louisa C. Barber, March 23, 1856
Letter, John Brown Jr. to Friend Louisa, March 29, 1856
Letter, John Brown Jr. to Frederick Douglass' Paper, April 4, 1856
Affidavits of Mahala and John Doyle, James Harris, and Louisa Jane Wilkinson on the Pottawatomie Massacre, June 1856
"The Voice of Kansas-Let the South Respond,"De Bow's Review, August 1856
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, October 11, 1856
"Articles of Enlistment and By Laws of the Kansas Regulars," 1856 (from Sanborn)
Free State Kansas Fund certificate
State Aid for Kansas, 1856
Brantz Mayer Description of Harpers Ferry, 1856
Letter, George L. Stearns to John Brown, January 8, 1857
Speech, John Brown to Massachusetts Legislature committee, February 18, 1857 (part)
Letter, John Brown to New York Tribune, March 4, 1857 (from Sanborn, Life and Letters)
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, March 31, 1857
"Old Browns Farewell," April 1857
Resolutions, Massachusetts State Kansas Aid Committee, April 15, 1857
Letter, George L. Stearns to John Brown, April 15, 1857
Letter, John Brown to John Brown Jr., April 15, 1857
Letter, T. W. Carter to George L. Stearns, May 29, 1857
The Childhood of John Brown (from Sanborn), July 1857
Manuscript, "The Duty of a Soldier," by Hugh Forbes
Letter, John Brown to Frank Sanborn, October 1, 1857
Letter, John Brown to John Brown Jr., February 1858
Letter, E. B. Whitman to George L. Stearns, February 20, 1858
Journal of the Chatham Convention and Provisional Constitution
Form Letter, Chatham Convention Committee, May 1858
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, May 12, 1858
Letter, John Brown to George L. Stearns, May 14, 1858
Letter, George L. Stearns to John Brown, May 14, 1858
Articles of Agreement for Shubel Morgan's Company (from Sanborn, Life and Letters)
Letter, John Brown to John Brown Jr., July 9, 1858
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, July 9, 1858
Report, Massachusetts State Kansas Aid Committee, September 1858
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, December 2, 1858

1859-1860
Old Brown's Parallels, January 1859
New York Semi-Weekly Tribune Articles on John Brown and Missouri Slaves, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, July 22, 1859
Letter, John Brown to John Brown Jr., August 1859 (from Sanborn, Life and Letters)
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, August 2, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, August 16, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, September 8, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, October 8, 1859
Shepherdstown Register Articles on John Brown's Raid
Independent Democrat Articles on John Brown's Raid
John Brown Papers held by the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's Office
New York Tribune articles on the Trial, 1859
New York Tribune articles on the Trial, Sanborn clippings, 1859
Petition of John Brown by Counsel to the Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1859
Daniel W. Voorhees Argument in John E. Cook Trial, 1859
Letter, Joseph Crane to David Hunter Strother, October 25, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, October 31, 1859
Letter, Lydia Maria Child to Mary Stearns, November 3, 1859
Letter, Thomas Wentworth Higginson to John Brown's daughters, November 4, 1859
Letter, Cleon Moore to David Hunter Strother, November 4, 1859
Letter, John Brown to L. Maria Child, November 4, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mary Ann Brown, November 8, 1859
Extra, Virginia Free Press, November 11, 1859
Letter, A Martyr's Friend to Governor Wise, November 22, 1859
Letter, George Sennott to George L. Stearns, November 26, 1859
Letter, John Brown to Mrs. George L. Stearns, November 29, 1859
Letter, John Brown to J. Q. Anderson, November 29, 1859
Proclamation for John Brown Execution, 1859
New York Tribune articles on the Executions
New York Tribune articles on the Executions, Sanborn clippings
Shepherdstown Register articles on the Executions
Bill of J. M. Hopper, undertaker, for preparation of John Brown's body.
Pamphlet, John Brown, as viewed by H. Clay Pate, 1859
Play, Ossawattomie Brown or The Insurrection at Harpers Ferry, by Mrs. J. C. Swayze. 1859
Speech, J. M. L. Curry, on Anti-slaveryism, December 10, 1859
Speech, M. J. Crawford, on the Election of the Speaker, December 15, 1859
Letter, James M. Mason to Andrew Hunter, December 20, 1859
Speech, Benjamin F. Wade on Invasion of Harpers Ferry, December 24, 1859
Correspondence between Lydia Maria Child and Governor Wise and Mrs. Mason, of Virginia, 1860
Letter, Samuel May to Lydia Maria Child, January 13, 1860
Summons for John Brown Jr., January 20, 1860
Speech, Alexander R. Boteler on the Organization of the House, January 25, 1860
Report, Joint Committee of the Two Houses of the General Assembly of Virginia on the Harpers Ferry Outrages, January 26, 1860
Speech, Stephen A. Douglas on the Invasion, January 28, 1860
Clipping, Thaddeus Hyatt Summons, January 1860
Letter, George L. Stearns to S. G. Howe, February 27, 1860
Speeches, Charles Sumner on the Imprisonment of Thaddeus Hyatt, March 12 and June 15, 1860
Speech, Owen Lovejoy, on Slavery, April 5, 1860
Sanborn Arrest, New York Herald, April 7, 1860
Letter, Joseph P. Fessenden to William Pitt Fessenden, April 14, 1860

1861-1961
Sheet Music, John Brown Song (W. W. Patton lyrics, 1861)
Article, "Owen Brown's Escape from Harper's Ferry," Atlantic Monthly, 1874
Clipping, Jason Brown to the Akron Beacon, January 21, 1880 (on Pottawatomie Massacre)
Speech, Frederick Douglass on John Brown, Given at Storer College, 1881
Frederick Douglass account of meeting with John Brown (from Douglass, Life and Times)
John Brown Jr. Recollections on Kansas (from Sanborn)
Article, "His Body's A'Mouldering," Indianapolis Journal, September 11, 1882
Clipping, John Brown Jr. to the Cleveland Leader, November 16, 1883 (on Pottawatomie Massacre)
Clipping, August Bondi to the Kansas Free Press, December 1883
Clipping, August Bondi to the Salina Herald, January 24, 1884
Article, "The Capture of John Brown," by Israel Green, North American Review, 1885
Article, "The Execution of John Brown," The Southern Bivouac, 1886
Manuscript, Owen Brown on leaving Kansas in 1856, April 26, 1888
Clipping, Owen Brown on the Fight at Black Jack, Springfield Republican, January 14, 1889
Letter, A. J. Holmes to Messrs. Roberts Brothers, August 16, 1892
John Brown Souvenir, World's Columbian Exhibition, 1893
Article, "The Final Burial of the Followers of John Brown," New England Magazine, 1901
Invitation, John Brown Memorial Park dedication, Osawatomie, Kansas, 1910
Letter, Salmon Brown to William Connelley, May 28, 1913 (on Pottawatomie Massacre)
Extract from Edward Brown’s recollections on John Brown
Flier, John Brown Memorial Association picnic, June 30, 1928
Clipping, New York Herald Tribune, May 10, 1935
Clipping, Osawatomie Graphic, May 16, 1935
Bill, Creation of John Brown Military Park, 1935
Ad, "John Brown," by Theodore Weld, May 14, 1950
Press release, "The Moon Besieged," 1950
Letter, J. Walter Coleman to Boyd B. Stutler, October 1, 1951
Clipping, New York Times, October 4, 1959
Speech, Boyd B. Stutler at John Brown Raid Centennial, October 16, 1959
Program, Governor's Day, John Brown Raid Centennial, October 17, 1959
Program cover for "The Anvil," August 1961



Documents Relative to the Harpers Ferry Invasion, Message of Governor Wise and Appendix
The Life, Trial and Execution of John Brown
Report of the Senate Select Committee on the Harpers Ferry Invasion
A Voice from Harpers Ferry, by Osborne Perry Anderson

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