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Guide to the Margaret Stanley-Brown Papers, 1882-1958

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Stanley-Brown, Margaret, 1895-1958
Title: Margaret Stanley-Brown Papers
Dates: 1882-1958
Quantity: 0.6 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence, mostly from Dr. Margaret Stanley-Brown to her sister Ruth. The collection also includes letters to and from other family members.
Forms of Materials: Correspondence.

Biographical Note

Margaret Stanley-Brown, born in Washington, DC, was graduated from Vassar in 1919. Her sister Ruth was Vassar Class of 1915. Her mother Mary Garfield Stanley-Brown, was the daughter of President James A. Garfield. By her own account, "surgery was all" Margaret Stanley-Brown "ever wanted to do." She graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1923. In addition to the surgical practice she established in New York City, Dr. Stanley-Brown was an instructor in the Department of Surgical Pathology at Columbia for twenty-five years. She was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and one of two women members of the New York Surgical Society. In 1950 she was married to Max K. Sellers, a writer.

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Scope and Content Note

Personal letters from Stanley-Brown to her parents, her brother Rudolph, and her sister Ruth (Mrs. Herbert Feis), 1902-1958, concerning travel arrangements and sights seen, camping trip in Wyoming in 1922, her hospital and teaching duties, family visits, and other personal news; other family letters, including Rudolph's childhood letters to his parents; and a poem by Stanley-Brown to her mother about her non-traditional career, 1926.

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Access and Use


This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings


  • Feis, Ruth Stanley-Brown, 1892-1981
  • Stanley-Brown family
  • Stanley-Brown, R. (Rudolph), 1889-1944


  • Family -- New York (State)
  • Hospitals Camping -- Wyoming
  • Medicine -- Study and teaching
  • Women in medicine
  • Women in the professions
  • Women travelers


  • Wyoming -- Description and travel

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, August 2007.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Stanley-Brown Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Original processing date unknown. Last updated August 2007.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ruth Feis.

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Container List

Box 1 Letters, 1882-1943
Box 2 Letters, 1944-1951
Box 3 Letters, 1952-1958, n.d.

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