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Guide to the Constance Brown papers, 1913-1961

Collection Overview

Kellen Design Archives
Brown, Constance P., d. 1967
Parsons School of Design. Alumni Association.
Constance P. Brown papers, 1913-1961, (Bulk, 1913-1934)
0.3 linear ft: 7 folders
Constance P. Brown attended the New York School of Fine and Applied Art (later, Parsons The New School for Design) from 1913 until 1917, and worked as secretary to Frank Alvah Parsons sometime in the teens or 1920s. The collection consists of postcards and a letter from Parsons to Brown, faculty announcements, school circulars and lecture advertisements, interior decoration class rolls, clippings from 1913-1934, and correspondence with the Parsons Alumni Association, 1944 and 1961.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives 2009

66 5th Ave./
lobby level/
New York, NY, 10011

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Related Materials

Additional correspondence between Brown and the Parsons Alumni Association may be found in Parsons Institutional Collections Parsons School of Design Alumni Association records (PIC.03.002).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • New York School of Fine and Applied Art.


  • Clippings (information artifacts).
  • Correspondence.
  • Ephemera.
  • Pamphlets.

Personal Name(s)

  • Parsons, Frank Alvah, 1868-1930


  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Folder
Certificate and student identification cards, 1915-1917  k_5 9
Title Box Folder
Clippings, 1913-1934 

Includes two full-page broadsheet clippings advertising Parsons' book, Interior Decoration (1923), and an article titled, "Frank Alvah Parsons, Who Made Art a Democratic Thing" (1924).

k_5 10
k_OSx-1 2
Correspondence, 1913-1961  k_5 11
Ephemera: New York School of Fine and Applied Art  k_5 12
Ephemera: Frank Alvah Parsons, before 1930  k_5 13

Includes signed copy of "The Art of Home Furnishing and Decoration" (Armstrong Flooring, 1918)

New York School of Fine and Applied Art administrative materials, 1916-1917  k_5 14

Collection guide Last Updated: 08/30/2012

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