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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

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Brown, Roland W. (Roland Wilbur), 1893-1961
Title: Roland Wilbur Brown Papers
Dates: 1930-1958, with related materials, 1876-1878
Quantity: 1 cu. ft. (1 record storage box)
Collection: Record Unit 7395
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

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 letters to the paleontologist William Morris Fontaine from Edward Drinker Cope, Samuel H. Scudder, and Charles Leo Lesquereux dated between 1876 and 1878.

Historical Note

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.

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Descriptive Entry

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.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7395, Roland Wilbur Brown Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Photos and Fontaine Letters

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, 1947-1949

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, c. 1935-1957

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, 1930-1937

Box 1 of 1

Correspondence, c. 1935-1956

Box 1 of 1

Loans, 1938-1947

Box 1 of 1

Geological Mapping and Nomenclature, 1960

Box 1 of 1

Tempskya Fern Notes

Box 1 of 1

Articles

Box 1 of 1

Cactus and Succulent Journal

Box 1 of 1

Cercidiphyllum

Box 1 of 1

Rough draft, Part A (2 folders)

Box 1 of 1

Supposed Algae in Thunder-Eggs and Geodes

Box 1 of 1

Paleontology Talks, etc.

Box 1 of 1

Wood Identification

Box 1 of 1

Flora of the Puget Sound

Box 1 of 1