Francis Fisher Browne papers

Inclusive Dates: 
circa 1860–1949, bulk 1873–1915
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

5 linear feet (9 boxes) of material consisting of correspondence, literary manuscripts, memorabilia, clippings, photos and material relating to Francis Fisher Browne and the publication of several Chicago literary periodicals, primarily The Dial, of which Francis Fisher Browne was the founder and editor (1880–1913). The collection includes a bound book of original illustrations by William H. Schmedtgen to accompany an unpublished printed story, and material relating to Browne’s Bookstore, including photographs.

Biographical Historical Note

Francis Fisher Browne was a Chicago writer for and editor of literary periodicals, most notably The Dial. Browne also established an elegant bookstore that would appeal to Chicago's wealthy and cultured readers. Existing only from 1907 to 1912, Browne's Bookstore, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located in the Fine Arts Building, struggled unsuccessfully to make a profit.