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Christine Brown Penniman manuscript collection

Identifier: MS 3226


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


  • 1918 - 1920


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The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

Christine Brown Penniman (1892-1967) was born in Springfield, Illinois to Stuart and Katherine Brown. A graduate of Bryn Mawr 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.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Ann Clapp, April 2015.

Related Materials

MS 1900, World War I collection, 1917-1919

Scope and Contents

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.

Guide to the Christine Brown Penniman manuscript collection
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Mallory Herberger
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-09-24: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States