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Inventory of the Brown Family Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Lydia G. Brown was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1895. She attended New Bedford High-school (college course) around the year 1910. She then graduated Simmons College with a BS in Secretarial Studies in 1915 and was employed by the Homestead Commission, State House, Boston, Massachusetts. During World War I she served as a translator of foreign languages in one of the war emergency boards in Washington D.C. After the war she was employed in the Labor Department, circa 1920. She was then employed as a teacher by the Dunbar School in Washington, D.C. in 1920. Around 1921 Lydia was a delegate and worked as a translator for the Pan-African Congress in Paris, London and Brussels, Belgium. She lived in Paris from 1923 to 1924. Lydia G. Brown never married. She died in New York City June 19, 1945, aged 52 years. She is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Dallas Brown Jr. was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1890, attended school in New Bedford, and later graduated from M.I.T. in 1910 with a M.E. He served in WWI with the 317th Engineers, A. E. F., 92nd Division in France. He was a First–class Sergeant and Chief Assistant to Topographical Division (topographical and mechanical drafting). Dallas Brown Jr. enlisted in the Army in 1918 and his letters describe his experiences as a new recruit into the segregated troop camps and living in France. He had five and a half years experience in the construction installation and operation of engines, boilers, fuel-oil systems at the F. R. Ship Corp. in Quincy, Massachusetts. He spent one year on milling machine construction at the Becker Milling Machine Co. of Hyde Park, MA. He also spent one year as designing draftsman and assistant to Master Mechanic of the Revere Rubber Co. of Chelsea, MA. In 1921 he was listed as a clerk in the Census and from 1924-1926 he served as an assistant instructor at the Swain School in New Bedford. His last known address was in New York City in 1955. He never married.
Lavinia Clark Brown was from Providence, R.I. She was 60 years old when she died in New Bedford on 14 May, 1925. She was apparently unemployed but was an accomplished seamstress. Her parents were Charles and Louisa Hamilton Clark of New York City. She claimed Alexander Hamilton, (1757-1804) Secretary of the Treasury, as a grandfather. She also claimed Touissant Louverture Francois Dominique (1743-1803) as a part of her West Indian heritage.
Dallas Brown Sr. was born in 1861 in Maryland, the son of Allen and Elizabeth West Brown. He lived in Providence, R.I. for a time and in New Bedford at 184 Rockland St. for many years. Mr. Brown was a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church as well as a butler for Frederick Grinnell (1836-1915) at 379 County St. in New Bedford, MA. He was listed in the census as a butler from 1894 until 1910, but from 1921 to 1932 he was listed as a caretaker. He and Lavinia were most likely married around 1886. Mr. Brown died at Massachusetts General Hospital, October 1933 at the age of 72.
Scope and Content Note
The bulk of this collection consists of Lydia G. Brown's incoming correspondence from her mother, 1916-1924, father, 1905, 1917-1924, and her brother, 1918-1924. Also included among Lydia's correspondence is a letter from Dallas Brown Jr. to Dallas Brown Sr., 1918, along with Lydia's general correspondence to friends, institutions, and organizations, 1917-1924. There is also one letter included in this collection written in 1884 by Mar E. Springstern to her cousins Alf and Emma.
Also included in this collection are Lydia’s school books and papers from 1900 to 1915. These school books and examination books illustrate Lydia's dedication and her perseverance for excellence. This collection also contains ephemera of Lydia Brown and her brother Dallas Brown Jr., 1890-1938. Ephemera pertaining to Lydia spans the years 1907-1910, 1915, 1919-1920, 1924, 1938 and consists of programs, postcards, an autograph book, and other small personal items. Ephemera associated with Dallas Brown Jr. is dated 1890, circa 1907, 1910, circa 1916, 1918-1919 and consists of programs, items relating to MIT, and a news clip.
The remainder of this collection contains items not directly associated with Lydia or her brother, Dallas Jr. These unassociated items include programs, dated 1920, and news clippings from 1918.
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Materials in this collection were purchased by the New Bedford Whaling Museum from Edward Lefkowicz on 17 October 1991
Processed by: Jalien Hollister, 2012
Encoded by: Mark Procknik, 23 August 2012
Becker Milling Machine Co. (Hyde Park, Mass.)
Brown Lydia Grinnell, 1895-1945
Brown, Allen, fl. 1850
Brown, Dallas Jr., b. 1890
Brown, Dallas Sr., 1861-1933
Brown, Elizabeth West
Brown, Lavinia Clark, 1865-1925
Camp Sherman (Ohio)
Civil Service Commission (United States)
Clark, Charles, fl. 1850
Clark, Louisa Hamilton, fl. 1850
Dubois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963
Dunbar High School (Washington, D.C.)
F. R. Ship Corp. (Quincy, Mass.)
Fort Devens (Mass.)
Fort Slocum (N.Y.)
Grace Episcopal Church (New Bedford, Mass.)
Hall High School (New Bedford, Mass.)
Hamilton, Alexander, 1755-1804
Homestead Commission (Boston, Mass.)
National Federation of Federal Employees
National Spun Silk Co.
New Bedford (Mass.)
New Bedford High School (New Bedford, Mass.)
New York (N.Y.)
Phillips, Carl F., fl. 1920-1950
Revere Rubber Co. (Chelsea, Mass.)
Second Pan-African Congress
Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)
Springstern, Mary E., fl. 1884
Swain School (New Bedford, Mass.)
Touissant Louverture, 1744-1803
United States. Army
United States. Dept. of Labor
United States. Dept. of the Treasury
War Risk Insurance
War Trade Board
Women's Institute of Domestic Arts and Services
World War, 1914-1918