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Anthony Cave Brown Papers

Identifier: GTM-930701

Scope and Contents

The Anthony Cave Brown papers comprise the extensive research files of historian and author Anthony Cave Brown used for his numerous books about U.S. and British military intelligence. The collection includes correspondence, subject files, photocopied documents, internet printouts, printed matter, manuscripts of some of his books, audio cassettes, and some photographs. Documents pertaining to various figures in the intelligence field; including William Donovan, H. St. John B. Philby, and Kim Philby; are found among these papers. There is a box list describing the contents of the collection. The Anthony Cave Brown papers are arranged into 8 Parts. To request boxes, please indicate the Part Number and the Box Number within that Part.

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  • 1930 - 2006


Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical note

Anthony Cave Brown (1929-2006) was a British historian and author of a number of books about U.S. and British military intelligence. Born in Bath, England, he served in the Royal Air Force. He became a journalist for the "Daily Mail" in London. In 1962, Brown emigrated to Washington, D.C., where he had a career as a journalist. Brown produced many books during his career. In 1975, he published "Bodyguard of Lies." In 1994, he published "Treason in the Blood: H. St. John Philby, Kim Philby and the Spy Case of the Century." In 1999, his book "Oil, God, and Gold: The Story of Aramco and the Saudi Kings" appeared. Anthony Cave Brown died on July 14, 2006 in Warrenton, Virginia.

[Source: "Anthony Cave Brown, 77, Historian of Espionage, Is Dead." "New York Times," August 2, 2006].


206.85 Linear Feet (147 boxes)

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Metadata Rights Declarations

Custodial History

Gift of Anthony Cave Brown, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, and 2006. Gift of Jerome Halphen, 2006. Gift of Richard Aldrich, 2013.

Anthony Cave Brown Papers
Lisette Matano and Scott S. Taylor
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2024-02: Edited for DACS compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057