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Heads of School Records

Identifier: BBN-01

Scope and Contents

Heads of School Records contains materials created by the heads or head's offices of Browne & Nichols, Buckingham, and BB&N. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, photographs, and committee records. Of particular interest are the materials of B&N founder George Browne, Buckingham principal Katharine Thompson, and the papers of Peter K. Gunness, the B&N Head of School who spanned the merger in 1974 and became the first Head of BB&N.


  • 1879-2019, undated

Conditions Governing Access

The bulk of this collection is open for research. Some materials may be restricted in accordance with the policies of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Archives. For further information, please contact the archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Archives.

Biographical / Historical

The Heads of each school are listed below. Overlapping years in office indicate that two Heads were running the school together. This is particularly notable at Browne & Nichols, as cofounders George Browne and Edgar Nichols ran the school together until Nichols' death in 1910. After Nichols's death, Willard Reed was brought on to serve as co-head with Browne.

Browne & Nichols:

George H. Browne (founder, 1883-1928); Edgar H. Nichols (founder, 1883-1910); Willard Reed (1910-1928); George L. Nicholas (1928-1931); Roger T. Twitchell (1931-1937); Geoffrey W. Lewis (1937-1941); Warren Seyfert (1941-1942); Eric Tucker (1944-1946); John Hodges (1947-1949); Edwin H.B. Pratt (1949-1969); Peter K. Gunness (1969-1974).


Jeanette Markham (1889-1901); Miss Flink (1901-1902); Katharine M. Thompson (1902-1929); Emily Martin Porter (1929-1930); Elizabeth M. Cooper (1930-1935); Marian W. Vaillant (1935-1961); Ann M. Thimann (1961-1962); J. Leslie Firth (1962-1964); Elizabeth Stowe (1964-1973)

Buckingham, Browne & Nichols:

Peter K. Gunness (1974-1991); Mary Newmann (1992-2001); Rebecca Upham (2001-2018); Jennifer Price (2018-present)


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records in this collection were transferred from the relevant departments or provided by individual donors.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. For further information, please contact the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Archives.

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Repository Details

Part of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Archives Repository

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