Christine Brown Penniman Manuscript Collection, 1918-1920, MS 3226

 

Finding Aid to the Christine Brown Penniman Manuscript Collection, 1918-1920, MS 3226

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

 

 

Title

Christine Brown Penniman Manuscript Collection

Creator

Christine Brown Penniman

Call number

MS 3226

Inclusive dates

1918-1920

Bulk dates

1918-1919

Extent

1 box

Abstract

Letters from Christine Brown Penniman to her parents while she was a Red Cross volunteer during World War I

 

Administrative summary

 

 

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201 

www.mdhs.org 

specialcollections@mdhs.org 

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Donated by Ann Clapp, April 2015

Accession number

2015-020-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Mallory Herberger, November 2018

 

 

Biographical Note

Christine Brown Penniman (1892-1967) was born in Springfield, Illinois to Stuart and Katherine Brown. A graduate of Bryn Maur College in Pennsylvania, Christine was 26 years old in 1918 when she joined the Red Cross as a volunteer and was sent to France in the final days of World War I. She was in Paris when peace was signed, and witnessed the wild jubilation of a people who had been utterly devastated by the war.

While she was in France, Christine Brown met John Dushane Penniman, an American serving in the Army. After returning to the United States, they married in 1920 and settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Christine Brown Penniman remained an active volunteer in her community until her death.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters Christine Brown Penniman sent home to her parents while she was volunteering with the Red Cross in France during the final days of World War I. Two letters are also included to Christine from her father, Stuart Brown. Contents of the letters include description of travels and daily life, as well as various social engagements and notable meetings. Of particular note is Brown’s account of the peace signing in Paris, which marked an end to the hostilities.

This collection is arranged chronologically at the file level. Individual items within files were arranged by the donor, and that arrangement has been respected.

 

Container List

 

 

Description

Date

Box

Folder

Comments

Stuart Brown to Christine on her departure

1918 October 11

1

1

 

Ship to Europe

1918 October 

1

2

 

Arriving in England

1918 November

1

3

 

Trip from Southhampton to Paris

1918 November

1

4

 

Rumors of peace

1918 November 10

1

5

 

Peace sigining in Paris

1918 November 11

1

6

 

Description of time in Paris

1918 November

1

7

 

Description of a typical day

1918 November

1

8

 

Telegrams and addresses

1918 November 6-1919 February 14

1

9

 

Description of work in the "hut"

1918 November

1

10

 

Thanksgiving with Duchess de Tallyrand

1918 November 25

1

11

 

First arriving at her "hut"

1918 November-December

1

12

After Thanksgiving and before Christmas

Miscellaneous notes for Christmas preparations

1918 December

1

13

 

From a rather bedraggled citizen

1918 December 5

1

14

 

Describing Christmas in "hut"

1918 December 27

1

15

 

Transfer from the "hut" to officer’s club

1919 January 7

1

16

 

Readjusting after transfer

1919 January 10

1

17

 

Meets John Penniman

1919 January 17

1

18

 

Thanks for Christmas box

1919 January 22

1

19

 

Getting ready for the King and Queen

1919 March 20

1

20

 

Victory Day

1919

1

21

 

Stuart Brown to Christine on her wedding

1920 June 23

1

22