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Cyrus Townsend Brady Letters

An inventory of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 05 May 2009

Biographical History

Cyrus Townsend Brady (1861-1920) was an American author and priest best known for his historical romance novels centered on the American Revolution, War of 1812, and the American Civil War.

Townsend was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1861. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1883 before going on to become an ordained deacon in 1889 and a priest 1890. Townsend served as rector of several Episcopalian churches in Missouri and Colorado and archdeacon of Kansas until 1895. In 1899, he was appointed archdeacon of Pennsylvania before becoming Rector of St. Paul's Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Selected Works

1909 The Island of Regeneration
1911 As the Sparks Fly Upward
1913 The Island of the Stairs
1917 "By the World Forgot"

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cyrus Townsend Brady Letters contains four pieces of correspondence including a letter from the mayor of New York City, John Purroy Mitchel, thanking Brady for serving on the committee for the "visit of the Missions".

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is divided into two subseries: Incoming correspondence and Outgoing correspondence. The letters are arranged alphabetically within each subseries.


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Subject Headings


Brady, Cyrus Townsend, 1861-1920.
Howard, Charles T., fl. 1901.
Mitchel, John Purroy, 1879-1918.


Authors, American.
Episcopal Church -- United States -- Clergy.
Missions -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Cyrus Townsend Brady Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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