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Chip Brown collection on "Good Morning Midnight-Life and Death in the Wild", 1994-2005Rauner Manuscript MS-1349

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Chip Brown collection on "Good Morning Midnight-Life and Death in the Wild"

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-1349

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

2.5 linear ft., 2 boxes


Chip Brown, freelance writer. The collection contains his research material and drafts for his book on climber Guy Waterman, including correspondence with Laura Waterman, Guy's widow.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from donor needed to quote letters

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains notes, typescript drafts, research material, photocopies of correspondence and photographs, correspondence with Laura Waterman, magazines and other publications related to Chip Brown's book "Good Morning Midnight-Life and Death in the Wild," his biography of Guy Waterman.


Chip Brown was born in New York City but grew up in Connecticut. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst in 1976. In 1977 he was employed as a writer in Washington D.C. for the "Living Wilderness" magazine, then moved to Alaska where he worked as the managing editor of the "Homer Alaska News" from 1978 to 1979. From 1979 to 1985 he was a staff writer with the Washington Post. In 1985 he moved to New York, and began a magazine freelance career. He has written for over thirty national magazines, among them the "New York Times Magazine," "The New Yorker," "Harper's," "Outside," "Vanity Fair," "Men's Journal," "Vogue," "GQ," "Conde Nast Traveler" and "National Geographic Adventure."

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 2000-2002

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Book contract correspondence, 2002
  • Folder: 2, "Good Morning Midnight," by Chip Brown, print-out with e-mail to Elizabeth Wagner, 2002
  • Folder: 3, Draft, outdated, circa 2001
  • Folder: 4, Research: "A Fine Kind of Madness, " by Guy and Laura Waterman, photocopy, undated
  • Folder: 5, Research: "Prospero's Options," by Guy Waterman, autobiography, 1998, photocopy, undated
  • Folder: 6, Research: Undated autobiography of Laura Waterman, undated
  • Folder: 7, Research: Undated autobiography of Laura Waterman, undated
  • Folder: 8, Research: Undated autobiography of Laura Waterman, undated
  • Folder: 9, "John Waterman-Adventure," by Chip Brown, drafts, print-outs, undated
  • Folder: 10, Research: "Braunholtz," trypescript, undated
  • Folder: 11, Research: Intro and Epilogue, 2000
  • Folder: 12, Research: Chapter 3 (Childhood), undated
  • Folder: 13, Research: Chapter 4, 2000
  • Folder: 14, Research: Chapter 5 (Roping Up), undated
  • Folder: 15, Research: Chapter 6, undated
  • Folder: 16, Research: Chapter 8 (Much About This), 2000-2001
  • Folder: 17, Research: Chapter 9 (Hour of Lead), 2000
  • Folder: 18, Research: Waterman-Alaska, 2000
  • Folder: 19, Research: Waterman Tributes, 2000
  • Folder: 20, Research: "A Place in Mind," by Laura and Guy Waterman in "Northern Woodlands" with galley for an article about Guy Waterman, 2000
  • Folder: 21, Research: Waterman Trips with copies of his notebooks, undated
  • Folder: 22, Research: Burlington Trip, 2000
  • Folder: 23, Research, 2000
  • Folder: 24, Research , 2000
  • Folder: 25, Research, 2000-2001
  • Folder: 26, Research, 2000-2002
  • Folder: 27, Research: Guy and Laura Waterman's relationship, 1993-1995, undated
  • Folder: 28, Research: Map of Barra, East Corinth, undated

Box: 2, 1994-2005

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Laura Waterman, 2000
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Laura Waterman, 2000-2001
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Laura Waterman, 2002
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Laura Waterman, 2003
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Laura Waterman, 2004-2005
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence between Guy and Laura (photocopies) and Alan Waterman, undated
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Miscellaneous , 2002-2003
  • Folder: 8, Notebooks: 1 and 2, undated
  • Folder: 9, Notebooks: 3 and 4, undated
  • Folder: 10, Notebooks: 5 and 6, undated
  • Folder: 11, Notebook, undated
  • Folder: 12, Notes, undated
  • Folder: 13, Notes with emails, 2001
  • Folder: 14, Notes and edits of manuscript by A.S. Brown (Chip's father) with correspondence, 2002
  • Folder: 15, Research: Late Waterman files, 2002
  • Folder: 16, Research: Addresses, 2000-2001
  • Folder: 17, Article: "On Writing Wilderness Ethics," by Laura Waterman, 2003
  • Folder: 18, Article: "A Voice for Wilderness," by John Vara with notes, undated
  • Folder: 19, Article: "Dying in your own terms" in "Time" Magazine, 2000
  • Folder: 20, Article: "Into the Woods" in "Harpers", 2000
  • Folder: 21, Article: "Last Chapter," by Katherine Millett in "Climbing", 2000
  • Folder: 22, Article: "A Natural Death," by Rob Buchanan in "Outside", 2000
  • Folder: 23, Article: "Much About This World," by Chi Brown in "Men's Journal", 2000
  • Folder: 24, Article: "The Life and Death of a Mountain Man," by Katherine Miller in "Yankee Magazine", 2000
  • Folder: 25, Research: Waterman letters/Ann Waterman, circa 1994
  • Folder: 26, Publication: "The Farm," by Barbara Waterman Carney and Anne Waterman Cooley, undated
  • Folder: 27, Photographs: Childhood (photocopies), Watermans' house in Vermont, Guy and Laura's wedding, undated
  • Folder: 28, Research: Email, articles, faxes on John Waterman's ascent of Hunter Mountain, 2000-2001

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