R.H. Brown fonds

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R.H. Brown fonds

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MG 1, vol. 1695

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  • 1824-1924, predominant 1860-1907 (Creation)
    Brown, R.H., 1837-1920

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  • 11 cm of textual records
  • 7 cm of graphic material

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Richard Henry Brown was born in Sydney, N.S., the eldest son of Richard and Sibella (Barrington) Brown. He studied at Harvard University from 1860 to 1861 and returned to Sydney where he succeeded his father as general manager of Sydney Mines, retiring in 1901. He was also an amateur photographer and artist. Brown married Barbara Davison (1842-1898) in Pictou, 1864. Their five children were all born at Sydney Mines: twins Margaret (1866-1961) and Elizabeth (1866-1951), Annie (1869-1918), Richard (1872-1928), and Lillian (1878-1967).

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Fonds consists of records relating to Brown's business activities and interests, including account books, cash books, diary, day book, note books, and certificates. Fonds also contains pencil drawings by Brown, mostly illustrating nature scenes; photographs, prints, and drawings by other photographers and artists including W.R. MacAskill and W. Brown; maps of Canadian Pacific Railway routes published by the Geological Survey of Canada; and treatises on coal mining and stone masonry by his father Richard Brown.

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Related records are found in the Richard Brown family fonds.

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