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Posted on: January 22, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Significant Robert Frost Donation Given to the Jones Library


The family of Warren R. Brown has generously donated an exciting new addition to the Robert Frost Collection housed in Special Collections at The Jones Library. These items highlight Frost’s connection to Brown, his good friend and a long-time resident of Amherst, as well as his connection to the Town. Included in the donation are personal letters from Frost to Brown, rare Christmas poems, books by and about Frost — many signed or inscribed by the author — and other ephemera about the poet. This wonderful contribution builds upon items previously donated by Brown and his descendants.

Warren R. Brown was a real estate agent and local journalist with a regular column in the Springfield Republican. He met Frost one hundred years ago this month when, in March 1916, Brown attended Frost’s first poetry reading at Amherst College. Decades later, Frost would refer to Brown as “one of my oldest and best friends in Amherst (or anywhere).” The recent donation showcases their friendship, including how Brown helped Frost purchase his home on Sunset Avenue. More information about the Robert Frost Collection can be found at

For more information, please contact Cynthia Harbeson, Head of Special Collections, at 413-259-3182.

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