Mrs. A. T. Brown Photograph Album, 1863

In the Peabody Room at Georgetown Neighborhood Library

Mrs. A. T. Brown Photograph Album, 1863
Collection No. 92

PROVENANCE:
A Peabody Room report dated 1956-57 indicated, “Among notable gifts to the Room are two albums of photographs, one of boys, the other of girls who attended Mrs. Brown’s School at 3010 O St. in the 1860s, from Mrs. Anne Brown Mills, of Bradenton, Florida.”  The album in collection #92 contains only photographs of male students (along with numerous 19th century photographs of famous government officials, presidents, cabinet officers, and Civil War officers). The existence of a second photograph album containing images of female students has never been known to have been housed in the Peabody Room since 2000.
 
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
The photograph album contains 47 identified portraits with some individuals represented by more than one photo.  Five individuals are unidentified (two adult females and three adult males) and one photograph of a male and female couple  is only identified by first names. A series list follows identifying subjects in alphabetical (surname) order with photographer information noted and page number of album where image is located.  Genealogical information on Mrs. Brown located to date is included in the collection.
 
HISTORY:

  • While inscribed “Presented to Mrs. A. T. Brown, as a memento of their affection & esteem, by her Scholars,” followed by 31 names (first initial and surname only) and dated Christmas, 1863, use of the initials “A. T.” is cause for some confusion.
  • (While the “T” might look like a “G,” comparison with the similar font style of the upper case “T” utilized in The New York Times makes it appear to be a “T.”)
  • Mrs. Elizabeth A. Brown (1811-1900) was a documented Georgetown school teacher of boys who taught out of the rear of 91 Beal Street, today’s 3010 O Street, NW.   The front of 91 Beal/3010 O was a girls’ school operated by Rebecca Tenney, who was Elizabeth’s sister or aunt (see 1880 and 1900 US Census).
  • The only reference that could be found to Mrs. Brown’s husband was located in “DC Marriage Licenses 1811-1858” with the listing of Elizabeth Ann Tenny (no second “e”) marrying Joseph Brown on February 14, 1835 in Washington, DC.  No additional information on Mr. Brown using standard genealogical resources could be located.
  • It is theorized that Mrs. Brown was known by some as “Ann” and thus the initials “A. T.” stand for “Ann Tenney” (Tenney being her maiden name).

PROCESSING PROCEDURES:
Original placement of photographs within album was altered so as to allow examination of textual information on reverse.  A surrogate of the album showing original positioning of images was made and is housed within the collection.
 
RESTRICTIONS: 
No known reproduction restrictions are on this collection.

SERIES LIST:

Subject Photographer Notes Page
Auger, Ford S.   child 47
Banks, Nathaniel P.     21
Beall, John Elijah B.P. Paige, DC student 6
Bronaugh, John W. Gardner, DC   41
Bronaugh, Frank Gardner, DC student 6
Brown, Henry W. Brady's, NY   47
Brown, Nettie D. H. Cole, DC "For dear Aunt Lizzie with the love of her niece" 49
Brown, Nettie R. Walzl, Balt. "For Aunt Elizabeth Brown"
"Sadie and boy Lee"[?]
49
Burnside, Ambrose E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   23
Chase, Salmon P.   etching 13
Chase, Salmon P. Brady's, NY   37
Craig, Simpson Ames   child 10
Custer, George Armstrong E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   31
Deeble, W. Riley Gardner child 13
Deeble, W. Riley Philp & Solomon's, DC child. USIR stamp 12
Dix, John Adams E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   27
Foote, Andrew Hull E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   19
Gallatin, Albert   etching 15
Godey, Edward   child 7
Godey, Robert John Goldin, DC   43
Godey, Walter Cooper, Gtwn child 10
Godey, William H. John Holyland, DC student 7
Grant, Ulysses S. Brady's, DC   1
John Bendann, Balt. USIR stamp
"Aunt Lizzie from her affectionate nephew John & Sadie. I wish I Had one for Joe And? but they will Have to look at this."
Mylar
Johnson, Andrew Brady's, DC April 1865 35
Hamilton, Alexander   etching 13
Kilpatrick, Hugh Judson E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   29
Kurtz, William H. D.W. Curtis, Gtwn 1863 41
Lazenby, John B. John Goldin, DC student 11
Lincoln, Abraham Brady's, DC 1865 1
Lincoln, Abraham   etching 12
Lincoln, Mary Brady's, DC   1
Lincoln, Thomas "Tad" Brady's, DC with A. Lincoln 1
Meade, George E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   21
Meigs, Montgomery C. E. Anthony via Brady's, NY   33
Memmert, John Louis Frenzel, Gtwn child 11
Moffat, Frederic John Goldin, DC child 8
Newton, John E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   33
Scott, William New York   39
Sedgwick, John E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   25
Seward, William H. Brady's   37
Sheridan, Philip H. Brady's, DC   35
Sherman, William T. E. & H.T. Anthony, NY   19
Sickles, Daniel E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   31
Stanton, Edwin M. Brady's, DC   17
Stoneman, Jr., George E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   29
Sumner, Edwin Vose E. & H.T. Anthony via Brady's, NY   25
Thomas, George Henry E. & H.T. Anthony, NY   27
Warren, Gouverneur K. E. & H.T. Anthony, NY   25
Washington, George   etching 12
Welles, Gideon Brady's, DC   17
Yarnall, John H.   student 9
Unidentified female R.W. Addis, DC adult Mylar
Unidentified female A. Langer, West Point, NE adult Mylar
Unidentified male Alex. Gardner / Philp & Solomons, DC adult Mylar
Unidentified male Kertson & Barker, NY adult Mylar
Unidentified male J. Goldin, DC adult Mylar



Prepared by Jerry A. McCoy
July 2013
DC Public Library Special Collections
Peabody Room
Georgetown Neighborhood Library
3260 R St. NW
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