|Name||Brown, John, 1800-1859|
|Notes||Abolitionist known for the raid on Harpers Ferry.|
|Deceased where||Charles Town, Virginia|
The collection consists of a three page, handwritten reminiscence by Daniel Cady Cole. The reminiscence in undated, but Cole describes coming to Brownville, Nebraska, in 1858 and teaching at the Fairview District School. He describes the school house and a chance meeting he had with John Brown and a group of runaway slaves. A more detailed reminiscence by Cole is available on his <A HREF="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119633342">"Find-A-Grave" record</A>.
The Adams-Douglass-Vanderzee-McWilliams Collection is organized into three series: 1) Adams-Douglass Materials; 2) Vanderzee-McWilliams Materials; and 3) Research and Genealogical Materials. Series 1, the Adams-Douglass Materials, contains seven folders: Folders 1 and 2 are comprised of photocopies of correspondence between Frederick Douglass and Harriet Bailey [aka Ruth Cox Adams], the matriarch (mother and grandmother) of the Vanderzee and McWilliams families who are the subjects of Series 2. The letters in these folders are copies and/or transcriptions of the originals. The earliest letter is dated May 1846 and was sent by Frederick Douglass to "Harriet Bailey" who was staying at