Fonds MG 12.63 - Brown family fonds

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Brown family fonds

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MG 12.63

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  • 1864-1918 (Creation)
    Brown family

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20 cm of textual records
33 watercolour paintings

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Richard Henry Brown was born 13 November 1837 at London, England, the son of Richard and Sibella Margaret (Barrington) Brown. Brown married Barbara Davison (1842-1898) on 23 November 1864 and the couple had five children: Margaret Sibella, Elizabeth Purves, Annie, Richard Charles, and Lillian Seward. The family resided in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia where Brown worked as manger of the General Mining Association (later the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company), and served as the mayor of the town of Sydney Mines. Daughter Margaret (1866-1961) became an artist and served on the directorate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Richard Charles (1872-1928) studied engineering and worked with his father at the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company.

Custodial history

Records were donated by Hilda Day and Ethel Johnstone in 1978, Jack Stephens in 1979, Hilda Day in 1984, and by John T. Leblanc in 2000.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of the following five series: Richard H. Brown correspondence, Barbara Brown correspondence, Margaret Sibella Brown correspondence, journal and paintings, Richard Charles Brown scrapbook, and Brown Family Greeting Cards.

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  • English

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A file list is available: MG 12.63 []

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See also: MG 12.139 Allan MacDonald fonds, MG 14.19 D10 General Mining Association fonds. Related material can be found in the Beaton Institute's B&G files, pamphlets, books and photographs. Several children's books were included with donation.

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