Roland W. Brown

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Roland W. (Roland Wilbur) Brown, 1893-1961, a paleobotanist, sits at his desk in "Stone Hall" at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). A very frugal man, above his desk are Sears Roebuck & Co. catalogues in which he pasted newspaper clippings of interest.


  • Brown, Roland W. (Roland Wilbur)
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Photograph included in the transcript of the Edward P. Henderson Oral History Interview by Pamela M. Henson, August 23, 1984 in Smithsonian Institution Archives.
  • Brown 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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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9529, Edward P. Henderson Oral History Interviews

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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  • Sears Roebuck & Co
  • Geologists
  • Paleontologists
  • Research Associate
  • Paleobotanists


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

ID Number

SIA2010-1592 or 85-4024

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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