Brown, Mary Ella,
Manuscript Collection: MS 0510
Agency History/Biographical note:
Mary Ella Spooner was born in Oakham, Massachusetts on October 14,
1851 to Andrew Spooner, Jr. and Mary Brown. As a child she attended
Oakham public schools. She graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary in
July of 1872 and from the University of California at Berkeley in
1893. She married Julius Waverly Brown in 1894. She taught Latin
and German at Mount Holyoke from 1872 until 1884, and at Oahu
College, in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1884 until 1891. She had three
foster children from Kentucky. She wrote a book of poems as well as
an autobiography and many educational pamphlets. She died on January
21, 1946 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Scope and Content:
The Mary Ella Brown papers consist of correspondence, writings,
biographical material and photographs. The correspondence, dated
1889-1942, includes one letter from Mary Woolley as well as letters
to friends and to the Secretary of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae
Association; The writings consist of the manuscript of an
autobiography written ca. 1935-1940 and entitled "Fourscore Plus;"
poems and songs written between ca. 1874-1933; and essays and stories
written ca. 1908-1944. The biographical material is mostly made up of
news clippings and includes an obituary. The photographs, ca.
1872-1946, are of Brown and her family and also include two
photographs of Chinatown in Honolulu.
Cite as: Mary Ella Brown Papers, Mount Holyoke College,
Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley,
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted