Brisbane, Albert (1809-90). Papers And Diary, 1830-32, 1841-1936 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
Albert Brisbane was a leading propagandist for Fourierist Socialism in the United States beginning in the 1840s. The correspondence in this collection, primarily between Brisbane and his family, includes that of his second wife, Redelia Bates, and his son, Arthur (1864-1936). Albert Brisbane's letters relate to social reform, particularly Fourierism, industrial democracy, religion, scientific theories, and inventions and patents.
The collection also includes papers relating to the case of Lodoiska M. Brisbane v. Albert Brisbane, 1883-85; drafts of books and articles by Albert Brisbane dealing with Fourierism; transcripts of Albert Brisbane's column on Fourierism in the New York Tribune, 1842-43; manuscript writings of Redelia Brisbane; clippings of Arthur Brisbane's newspaper work; and diaries of trips to Malta, Sicily, Calabria, and Naples (1830-31), and to Paris and Berlin (1831-32).
Through the assistance of Arthur E. Bestor, Jr., the collection, except for the diaries, was donated to the Survey in 1950, by Seward Brisbane, grandson of Albert Brisbane. The original diaries, in the Brisbane papers at Syracuse University, were microfilmed for the Survey as part of an exchange of materials in 1963-64.