University of Notre Dame

Orestes Augustus Brownson Papers


Origination : Brownson, Orestes Augustus, 1803-1876.
Extent : 9 linear feet. 1 photograph.
Repository : University of Notre Dame Archives
Address : Notre Dame, Indiana 46556

Administrative Information


Gift of Henry F. Brownson, 1890.

Preferred Citation

Orestes Augustus Brownson Papers (BRO), University of Notre Dame Archives (UNDA), Notre Dame, IN 46556

Scope and Content

Correspondence, journal, clippings, and manuscript drafts of books, speeches, articles, and essays, both published and unpublished, 1823-1876; including correspondence with the Comte de Montalembert, Louis Veuillot, Lord Acton, John Henry Cardinal Newman, George Bancroft, Salmon Chase, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Isaac Hecker, Henry David Thoreau, and Archbishops John Hughes, Francis Patrick Kenrick and Martin Spalding; manuscripts of essays by Albert Brisbane, Archbishop Francis P. Kenrick, George Thompson and others; and a photograph of Orestes Brownson.

Collection available on microfilm from the Archives of the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.



Associate of the New England Transcendentalists; convert to Roman Catholicism; founder, editor, and chief author of the Boston Quarterly Review (1838-1842) and Brownson's Quarterly Review (1844-1864 and 1873-1875). He wrote essays on Church and State, civil and religious freedom, Catholic education, the philosophy of science, and the conflict between conservative and progressive forces in the Church.


Montalembert, Charles Forbes, comte de, 1810-1870.
Veuillot, Louis, 1813-1883.
Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, Baron, 1834-1902.
Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890.
Bancroft, George, 1800-1891.
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.
Hecker, Isaac Thomas, 1819-1888.
Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862.
Hughes, John, 1797-1864.
Kenrick, Francis Patrick, 1797-1863.
Spalding, M.J. (Martin John), 1810-1872.
Brisbane, Albert, 1809-1890.
Brownson, Orestes Augustus, 1803-1876.
Americanism (Catholic controversy).
Converts, Catholic -- Correspondence.
Transcendentalists (New England).
Boston Quarterly Review.

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