Processed the Charles Brockden Brown Bicentennial Edition records at Kent State

KSU3thumbnailI re-housed, arranged and described materials used for the six volume critical edition The Novels and Related Works of Charles Brockden Brown: Bicentennial Edition published by the Kent State University Press.

Charles Brockden Brown Bicentennial Edition records

This collection contains source material, bibliographic research, manuscript drafts, and documentary evidence related to the critical edition.  Published between 1977-1987, the Bicentennial Edition was produced by Kent State’s Bibliographical and Textual Center (BTC) under Professors Sydney J. Krause and S. W. Reid.

New research on Brown could be supported by this collection which collocates copies (and some originals) of the primary and secondary sources used for the Bicentennial Edition. It includes the unpublished manuscript of Charles Brockden Brown: His Life and Works by Daniel Edwards Kennedy, which was bought by the BTC in 1966.

By documenting the creation of the Bicentennial Edition through its annotated sources, notes, outlines, and drafts, this collection shows the methodology employed by critical editors. This collection provides access to accession records, shelf lists, card catalogs, indexes, notes, guides and other bibliographic sources on Brown. It includes documentary evidence of the response, from praise to criticism, of the Bicentennial Edition.

These materials can be used for broader research about the reception of Charles Brockden Brown and debates around canonicity. The collection documents a period in the history of textual scholarship and in twentieth century literary criticism. These records are especially interesting in light of recent shifts in literary theory and academic practice.


I created an EAD, DACS-compliant finding aid for this collection using the new OhioLINK finding aid creation tool.  The finding aid lives in the OhioLINK finding aid repository and on the Kent State University Libraries website.

Image: Working in the archives. Taken by Ruth Smith.

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