A native of Anaheim, California, Mildred Clara Browning Green was born to Lionel Browning and Adele S. Rust on January 14, 1890. In 1915, she married Stanford University-educated attorney, Lucius Peyton Green (born 1883), son of Civil War-veteran Lucius Peyton Green, Sr. and Fannie DuBrutz. The Greens amassed a sizeable European art collection, portions of which were later bequeathed to the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Their art collections were featured in William R. Valentiner's Catalog of the collection of Mrs. Lucius Peyton Green (1956) and the Huntington Library's Adele S. Browning memorial collection (1979). In addition to their involvement in the arts, the couple collected their families' histories. Both accumulated genealogical information in the forms of local history books, newspaper clippings, photographs, and manuscripts compiled by relatives. Mildred Browning Green died in Los Angeles in November 1978; Lucius Peyton Green died the following month.
Scope and Content
The semi-cataloged collection is alphabetically-arranged into Documents, Manuscripts, Correspondence, Photographs, and Ephemera. Documents include legal, contractual, and real property papers of the Green and Browning families as well as Lucius Peyton Green's Stanford law degree and petition to the Greek letter society, Delta Chi. Manuscripts include the diaries of Lionel Browning and the travel and art notebooks of Mildred Browning Green and Lucius Peyton Green. Also featured in this series are genealogical research manuscripts compiled by members of the Green, Browning, and Rust families, documenting the lives of their descendants and those of their distant relations. The third series of correspondence mostly contains letters to and from family members. Several letters of note include two Civil War-era letters written by Lucius Peyton Green, Sr. to his parents as well as a letter and gift from Arthur Gardiner Coons (1900-1968), former president of Occidental College, to Lucius Peyton Green and Mildred Browning Green. A series of photographs contains images of members of the Walker and Green Families and their estates in Surrey, England and Los Angeles, California, respectively. The final series of ephemera contains printed announcements, monographs, copies from monographs, address and birthday books, and the passports of Mildred Browning Green and Lucius Peyton Green.