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Collection Number: 04349

Collection Title: Brown Family Papers, 1841-1953

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 725 items)
Abstract Joseph Brown was born in Columbus County, NC, on 9 July 1863. In 1890, he became interested in agriculture, and was chiefly responsible for the development of the strawberry-growing industry in North Carolina. Brown was elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 1893 and served there until 1928. During his first term as senator, Brown met Minnie McIver; the couple was married on 9 June 1898. Joseph Brown died 26 June 1937. Minnie McIver, born 1 January 1874 in Moore County, NC, taught music at high schools in Henrietta and Whitehall, NC, until she married Joseph Brown. Minnie Brown was active in many organizations and clubs in Columbus County, NC, and as a result, she was appointed to the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare; she served in that position from 1925 to 1937. In 1925 she became a member of the consolidated University of North Carolina's Board of Trustees. Minnie Brown died on 21 January 1957. The collection includes letters, speeches, short stories and other writings, and photographs of Joseph Addison Brown (1863-1937) of Chadbourn, North Carolina, an agriculturalist and state senator; and of his wife, Minnie McIver Brown (1874-1957), a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, and an active civic leader.
Creator Brown family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Brown Family Papers #4349, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Gladys Brown Proctor of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 1983.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Addison Brown

Joseph Addison Brown was born in Columbus County, North Carolina on 9 July 1863. In 1890, he became interested in agriculture, and was chiefly responsible for the development of the strawberry-growing industry in North Carolina. He also served on the national executive committee of the Southern Cotton Association, and was one of the nine original members of the interstate Tobacco Growers Advisory Committee.

Joseph Brown was first elected to the North Carolina State Senate in 1893, and served seven other terms, ending in 1928. He was also chairman for a time of the Columbus County Democratic Executive Committee.

During his first term as senator, Brown met Minnie McIver, who was teaching school in Whiteville. The couple was married on 9 June 1898. They had one daughter, Gladys McIver Brown (later Proctor). Joseph Brown died on 26 June 1937.

Minnie McIver Brown

Minnie McIver was born in Moore County, N.C., on 1 January 1874. She attended the Southern Female College in La Grange, Ga., and spent a year at North Carolina's State Normal and Industrial School in Greensboro (now UNC-G). From 1896 to 1898 she taught music at high schools in Henrietta and Whiteville, N.C. After their marriage, she and Joseph Brown lived in Chadbourn, where she lived until her death on 21 January 1957.

Minnie Brown was active in many organizations in Columbus County, helping to found its first literary club in 1901, and its chapter of the D.A.R. Music continued to be important in her life; she was an organist at the Chadbourn Presbyterian Church, and worked for the inclusion of music in the public school curriculum while serving as chairman of the State Federation of Women's Clubs.

Brown's club activities emphasized social service, and as a result, Governor Angus McLean appointed her to the State Board of Charities and Public Welfare, on which she served from 1925 to 1937. She was also a member of the State Education Commission, the first woman member of the Board of Trustees of the State Normal and Industrial College (appointed in 1917), and in 1925, she became a member of the consolidated University of North Carolina's Board of Trustees.

Brown spoke before numerous North Carolina civic groups on a variety of topics, and wrote and published locally some short stories and historical sketches, mostly about people and events in southeastern North Carolina.

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Approximately three-fourths of this collection consists of letters to and from Joseph and Minnie Brown. About 240 of them were exchanged between Joseph and Minnie during their courtship and engagement in 1897-1898. Correspondence from other years is less voluminous (an average of five items per year), and is a mixture of personal and business mail, mostly incoming.

The rest of the papers consist of legal documents, texts of Minnie's speeches and short stories, typed copies of sermons, apparently transcribed by Minnie for her pastor, the typescript of a diary kept by Gladys Brown Proctor's mother-in-law, writings by others, and biographical material on the Brown and McIver families. There are also eight photographs, mostly unidentified.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1891-1953.

About 600 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters exchanged between Joseph and Minnie Brown, and incoming personal and business correspondence. Very little of the latter deals with Joseph Brown's political career or with Minnie's academic and social welfare work; it pertains chiefly to agricultural issues and to routine financial transactions.

Folder 1

1891 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 1

Folder 2

1893 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 2

Folder 3

1894 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 3

Folder 4

1896 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 4

Folder 5

1897 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 5

Folder 6

1893-1897 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 6

Folder 7-12

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder 12

1898 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 7-12

Folder 13

1899 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 13

Folder 14

1900 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 14

Folder 15

1903 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 15

Folder 16

1904 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 16

Folder 17

1905 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 17

Folder 18

1906 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 18

Folder 19

1907 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 19

Folder 20

1908 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 20

Folder 21

1909 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 21

Folder 22

1910 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 22

Folder 23

1911 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 23

Folder 24

1912 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 24

Folder 25

1913 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 25

Folder 26

1914 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 26

Folder 27

1915 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 27

Folder 28

1916 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 28

Folder 29

1917 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 29

Folder 30

1918 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 30

Folder 31

1919 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 31

Folder 32

1920 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 32

Folder 33

1922 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 33

Folder 34

1923 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 34

Folder 35

1924 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 35

Folder 36

1925 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 36

Folder 37

1926 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 37

Folder 38

1927 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 38

Folder 39

1928 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 39

Folder 40

1929 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 40

Folder 41

1930 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 41

Folder 42

1931 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 42

Folder 43

1932 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 43

Folder 44

1933 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 44

Folder 45

1934 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 45

Folder 46

1935 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 46

Folder 47

1936 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 47

Folder 48

1937 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 48

Folder 49

1938 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 49

Folder 50

1939 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 50

Folder 51

1940 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 51

Folder 52

1942 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 52

Folder 53

1943 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 53

Folder 54

1946 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 54

Folder 55

1947 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 55

Folder 56

1948 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 56

Folder 57

1949 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 57

Folder 58

1950 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 58

Folder 59

1951 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 59

Folder 60

1953 #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 60

Folder 61

Undated #04349, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1891-1953." Folder 61

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About 155 items.

Arrangement: by format.

Speeches (mostly undated) given by Minnie Brown before various civic groups, short stories by her, songs, poems, and prose pieces by other writers, and sixteen sermons by a Dr. Gibson (probably the minister of the Chadbourn Presbyterian Church in the early 1950s).

Folder 62

Speeches by Minnie Brown Agriculture #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 62

Folder 63

Speeches by Minnie Brown Education and social reform #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 63

Folder 64

Speeches by Minnie Brown Books; fine and decorative arts #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 64

Folder 65

Speeches by Minnie Brown Religious and inspirational #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 65

Folder 66

Speeches by Minnie Brown World and U.S. history #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 66

Folder 67

Speeches by Minnie Brown State and local history #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 67

Folder 68

Speeches by Minnie Brown Club activities #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 68

Folder 69

Short Stories and Articles by Minnie Brown #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 69

Folder 70

Writings by Other Authors (identified) #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 70

Folder 71

Writings by Other Authors (unidentified) #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 71

Folder 72

Dr. Gibson's Sermons #04349, Series: "2. Speeches and Writings, 1897-1952." Folder 72

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: by format.

Biographical information on Joseph and Minnie Brown and their families; typed transcription of a diary kept sporadically by Elizabeth Gray Proctor about the births and deaths of her ten children; and assorted legal documents and financial materials.

Folder 73

Brown and McIver Families: Biographical and genealogical materials #04349, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1841-1939." Folder 73

Folder 74

Elizabeth Gray Proctor's Diary, 1897-1903 #04349, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1841-1939." Folder 74

Folder 75

Miscellaneous Materials #04349, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1841-1939." Folder 75

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Processing Information

Processed by: Keith Pritchard, Cynthia Crouch, Laura O'Keefe, June 1985

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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