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Palmer Cox Brownies Collection

Identifier: CLRC-2182

Scope and Content

This collection consists of merchandise, including toys, china, two Kodak Brownie cameras, and ephemera related to the Brownies series by Palmer Cox. The collection also holds one original pen and ink drawing, as well as one letter written by Cox to "Sister Alice" expressing sympathy for the death of "Edwin" along with two photographs.


  • Creation: 1891, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Palmer Cox was born April 1840 in Granby, Quebec. He introduced his popular Brownies characters in the early 1880s, basing them on creatures from Scottish mythology. They were featured in numerous books, and also became prominent in late 19th and early 20th century advertising, including Kodak's line of Brownie cameras. Cox died in 1924.


2 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

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This collection consists of merchandise, including toys, china, and ephemera related to the Brownies series by Palmer Cox. It also contains one original pen and ink drawing and correspondence.


The collection is arranged into two series.

  1. Brownies merchandise and ephemera
  2. Personal materials

Source of acquisition

The majority of the collection was gift of Northfield Public Library. The collection was originally created by Marjorie Herrmann Cox and donated to the Northfield Public Library by her children.

Palmer Cox original pen and ink drawing was already held by the Kerlan Collection.

Letter from Palmer Cox to Alice and accompanying photographs, gift of Jennifer Cox Johnson.



Palmer Cox Brownies Collection, 1891, undated
Caitlin Marineau
August 2015
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Revision Statements

  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library