Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7395
Brown, Roland W. (Roland Wilbur), 1893-1961
Roland Wilbur Brown Papers, 1930-1958, with related materials, 1876-1878
Roland Wilbur Brown (1893-1961), a paleobotanist, received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1926. He was appointed Geologist with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in 1928, where he remained until his retirement in 1958. Brown also served as a Research Associate in the Department of Geology, United States National Museum (USNM) from 1951 until his death. He specialized in the study of Mesozoic and Cenozoic plants.
These papers consist mostly of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting Brown's career with the USGS, his work at the USNM, and his paleobotanical research. The correspondence concerns the acquisition, loan, and identification of fossil plant specimens; the publication and review of scientific papers; and professional activities. Also included are notes and lists from his research; photographs of Brown, the paleobotanist David White, and collecting localities; and three incoming letters of the paleontologist William Morris Fontaine from Edward Drinker Cope, Samuel H. Scudder, and Charles Leo Lesquereux dated between 1876 and 1878.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Brown, Roland W. (Roland Wilbur), 1893-1961
- Fontaine, William Morris, 1835-1913
- Cope, E. D. (Edward Drinker), 1840-1897
- Scudder, Samuel Hubbard, 1837-1911
- Lesquereux, Leo, 1806-1889
- White, David, 1862-1935
- United States National Museum. Department of Geology
- Geological Survey (U.S.)
- Johns Hopkins University
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7395, Roland Wilbur Brown Papers