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Accession 15-098

Brown, Solomon G., 1829?-1906

Solomon G. Brown Papers, 1888 and undated

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: Brown, Solomon G., 1829?-1906
Title: Solomon G. Brown Papers
Dates: 1888 and undated
Quantity: 0.43 cu. ft. (1 12x17 box)
Collection: Accession 15-098
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

Solomon G. Brown (1829?-1906) was the first African American employee at the Smithsonian Institution, serving for fifty-four years from 1852 to 1906. During his time at the Smithsonian, he held many titles and performed many duties in service to the Institution. He served under the first three Smithsonian Secretaries, Joseph Henry, Spencer Fullerton Baird, and Samuel P. Langley. He also served his community in Anacostia, a part of Washington, D.C,, and was a prominent advocate of African American progress. This accession consists of digital copies of a scrapbook of Solomon Brown's family genealogy, as compiled by Ms. Clara Ellis Bailey Payne. The scrapbook includes copies of poems written by Solomon G. Brown, photographs, lists of family trees, and copies of death certificates. The accession also includes a portrait of the Younger family, relatives of Solomon G. Brown; and a poem written by Solomon G. Brown in memoriam of his niece, Mrs. Alevia A. Smith (nee Younger), following her death on January 13, 1888.

Historical Note

Solomon G. Brown (1829?-1906) was the first African American employee at the Smithsonian Institution, serving for fifty-four years from 1852 to 1906. During his time at the Smithsonian, he held many titles and performed many duties in service to the Institution. He served under the first three Smithsonian Secretaries, Joseph Henry, Spencer Fullerton Baird, and Samuel P. Langley. He also served his community in Anacostia, a part of Washington, D.C,, and was a prominent advocate of African American progress.

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Descriptive Entry

This accession consists of digital copies of a scrapbook of Solomon Brown's family genealogy, as compiled by Ms. Clara Ellis Bailey Payne. The scrapbook includes copies of poems written by Solomon G. Brown, photographs, lists of family trees, and copies of death certificates. The accession also includes a portrait of the Younger family, relatives of Solomon G. Brown; and a poem written by Solomon G. Brown in memoriam of his niece, Mrs. Alevia A. Smith (nee Younger), following her death on January 13, 1888.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 15-098, Solomon G. Brown Papers

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Container List

Box 1

Portrait of the Younger family, relatives of Solomon G. Brown.

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Poem written by Solomon G. Brown in memoriam of his niece, Mrs. Alevia A. Smith (nee Younger), following her death on January 13, 1888.

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Electronic Records

Scrapbook of Solomon Brown's family genealogy, as compiled by Ms. Clara Ellis Bailey Payne (electronic records)

Electronic records