Newton Price Harcourt Brown

Title:  Newton Price Harcourt Brown fonds

Date(s) of creation: 191- -1951

Physical description:  1.79 metres of graphic and textual records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch:  

Newton Price Harcourt Brown was born in Toronto on May 30, 1900.  He was educated at the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelor of Arts (UC, 1925)  and Master of Arts (1926)  degrees in Modern Languages.  He obtained a Phd. from Columbia University in 1934. Professor at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. He lived in Kingston and taught at Queen’s University from 1926 to 1929.  In 1927 he married Elizabeth Stacey, of Toronto. Professor Brown died in Winnipeg on November 17, 1990.

Louis Alexander MacKay was born in Hensall, Ontario, and received his BA from University College in 1923 and his MA in 1924.  He was a fellow, lecturing in Latin at Victoria College from 1923-1925.  In 1925 he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford.  Appointed lecturer in Classics, University College, in 1928.  Appointed Associate Professor of Classics at University of British Columbia in 1941 and in 1948 Professor of Latin at University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and content:

Correspondence between Harcourt Brown and others and/about George Sydney Brett (1927-1949); press clippings about, articles on and tributes to Brett (1944-1949).

Correspondence with a fellow student of Brown, Louis Alexander MacKay (1922-1982), together with the manuscript for his early play, "L'Homme Sensible", and the typescript of his last work, "Tuscan Maximiam:  Poet or Puzzle?"; press clippings about McKay and containing his poetry and reviews of his plays (1923-1925) and articles by him (1925, 1944); manuscripts of some of his poems; correspondence (1981) re and copy photonegative of panoramic scene from Bertram Forsythe's play, "Playbills", the eighteenth production of Hart House Theatre (February, 1922), for which the cast is identified.

Graphic materials include framed charcoal portrait of Dr. John Price Brown, University of Toronto graduate (M.B. 1968, M.D. 1869) drawn by his son Newton Harcourt Brown (Phm.B. 1895); 3 black-and-white photographs:  Modern Language Club of University College, 1920-1921, including Harcourt Brown and his future wife, Dorothy Stacey; The "Varsity" staff, 1921-1922 (Brown was 'dramatic editor, spring [term]'), and the Corning Conference at the Corning Glass Center, Corning, New York, 17-19 May 1951.  All photos are fully captioned.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aid available in Reading Room

Related records in a different fonds: George Sydney Brett

Accruals: Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1972-0010, B1982-0012, B1988-0019, B2006-0019, B2008-0004