Brune family papers
The collection consists mainly of letters written by or to members of the Brune family of Baltimore. The letters date roughly from 1831 to 1897. The majority of the letters concern family and personal matters rather than business affairs.
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Biographical / Historical
This collection of Judge Frederick W. Brune (1894-1972) papers consists mainly of letters written by or to members of the Brune family of Baltimore, Maryland, and range in date from roughly 1831 to 1897. The majority of the letters concern family and personal matters rather than business affairs.
The first Frederick W. Brune (1776-1860) emigrated from Bremen, Germany in 1799. He became a partner of the merchant and shipping firm Von Kapff and Brune, which had branches in New York and Baltimore. Eventually he and two of his sons, John Christian Brune and William H. Brune, formed the company F.W. Brune and Sons. A third son, Frederick William Brune [II], (1813-1878), became a lawyer. He formed the legal firm of Brown and Brune with his friend and eventual brother-in-law George William Brown, and Brown's two brothers Stewart Brown and Arthur George Brown. Brune s sister, Anna Henrietta Brune (known as “Nancy”) married Dr. George Cheyne Shattuck Jr. (1813-1893) of Boston. On February 2, 1853, Frederick W. Brune [II], married Emily S. [tone] Barton. Their four children were Frederick W. Brune [III], Herbert, Dr. Thomas Barton, Susan. There may have also been a fifth child, Ida. In 1884, Susan Brune married Blanchard Randall. Frederick W. Brune [III] (1854-189), became a member of Messrs. Brown and Brune upon the death of his father. In 1885 he married Blanche Shoemaker. The youngest of their three children was Frederick William Brune [IV], (1894-1972), whose papers form this collection.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 full Hollinger boxes)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Permanent Gift of Judge Frederick W.Brune (estate of), January 1973.
This collection was originally part of MS 1921, the Judge Frederick W. Brune Collection. Divided due to distinct time span of each collection.
Scope and Contents
The letters are organized in relation to three successive Frederick William Brunes, labelled [I], [II], and [III] for convenience. It is not always clear which Frederick W. Brune a letter or document relates to. Generally a guess is made on the basis of the date of the letter. Some letters addressed merely to a Mr. Brune are classified in the same way, though it is possible that a few were not addressed to a Frederick W. Brune at all.
The last section of Ms. 1921.1 is business correspondence (1843-1857) of Robert C. Wright and Company, a business that evidently dealt with shipping flour and coffee. What relationship this company or its correspondents had to the Brune family or business, if any, is not clear.
- Guide to the Brune family papers
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- Elizabeth Daniels
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- 2020-01-05: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.