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William H. Brow Papers

Call Number: PP 563


William H. Brow served twice as the in-country Director of the University of Kansas Study Abroad program in Costa Rica. Fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese, he also worked as a literary translator. The collection contains translations of manuscripts for two books originally published in Latin America and correspondence for KU’s Study Abroad spring 1976 season.


  • Creation: 1975 - 1997


Language of Materials

English, Spanish, Portuguese

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William H. Brow

William "Bill" Hooker Brow, born 1937, worked for the University of Kansas as adjunct faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, as in-country Director of the Study Abroad program in Costa Rica [Grupo de Kansas at the Universidad de Costa Rica], in 1976 and again in 1981. His doctorate was in Contemporary Portuguese Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also worked on several translation projects, including "One Day of Life," by Manlio Argueta, first published in 1983. A translation of a book by Augusto Boal did not make it to publication.

As a child, Brow worked as an actor, including a brief scene in the 1943 movie, "Hitler's Children," credited to "Billy Brow."

Bill Brow's wife Ellen worked at KU Libraries from 1975 through 1983 as Latin American bibliographer until leaving to take a similar position at Harvard. Together, William and Ellen Brow had three children: Larry, Judy, and Marta.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

Physical Location

PP 563

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William H. Brow, 2013.

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William H. Brow Papers, PP 563, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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