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Paul Dennis Brown Family papers

Abstract

Title:
Paul Dennis Brown Family papers
Author/Creator:
Brown Family, Paul Dennis
Collection number:
79-2
Size:
6.50 linear feet and 4 items
Bulk dates:
1940-1960
Inclusive dates:
1879-1973
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Paul Dennis Brown was a tobacco specialist in the University of Maryland Extension Service and was active in the civic affairs of Charles County. Important subjects documented in the Brown family papers and photographs include the history of Charles County, the county's public library, county fairs, Physicians Memorial Hospital, the Committee for the Study of Slot Machines, and Smallwood's Retreat.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Paul Dennis Brown Family papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1721
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Paul Dennis (P. D.) Brown was known as "Mr. Charles County" in Maryland for his many civic and agricultural activities. He was born in Somerset, Kentucky in 1892. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1914 where he studied agriculture. From 1914 to 1916, he was the County (Extension) Agent in Henderson County, Kentucky. From 1917 to 1919, he held the same position in Decatur County, Indiana. He and his family then moved to Maryland where he managed "Causine (or Causiens) Manor," a beef farm in Bel Alton, Maryland, from 1920 to1929. He then assumed the position of County Agent for Charles County, Maryland, a position he held until his retirement in 1959. Tobacco and trees were essential to Charles County agriculture and in 1933 and in 1956, Brown published articles detailing their importance. Following his retirement, he continued to be a leader in many county and state organizations and committees.

P. D. Brown was active in several Charles County civic organizations before and after his retirement. He advocated library service in Charles County and southern Maryland and later served on library boards and committees. He helped organize and was vice president of the Charles County Library from 1923 to 1935 and president of the Charles County Public Library Board of Trustees from 1949 to1953. Brown appeared before U.S. Congressional and Maryland legislative committees to argue for the establishment and financing of public libraries.

Along with others, he organized the Charles County Fair in 1924 and served on its board, holding several leadership positions for many years. He served on the Physicians Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and was its chairman from 1938 to 1948. He was chairman of the Charles County Chapter of the American Red Cross for eight years. For many years, he served as a Director of the Smallwood Foundation and participated in the restoration of Smallwood's Retreat, the home of General William Smallwood, Revolutionary War hero and a governor of Maryland. Brown also served on state committees including the Slot Machine Study Committee (1962-1963) and the Maryland Library Association Legislative and Planning Committee and serving as its chairman for many years.

He received many honors and awards. The National Association of County Agents presented him with its Distinguished Service Award in 1953. The Charles County Chamber of Commerce also recognized his outstanding civic service in the county. In 1960, he was honored by the Maryland Library Association with its Trustee Citation. The following year, the American Library Association awarded him one of two national trustee Citations of Merit for his efforts.

P. D. Brown married Margaret Berry (1894-1973), also of Kentucky on June 26, 1917. She was active in Charles County organizations, notably the La Plata Beautification Committee, the Charles County Garden Club of Maryland and the American Cancer Society, Charles County. She and P.D. Brown had three daughters: Mary Berry (born 1918), Margaret Washington (1922-1994) and Frances (1923-1941). Mary was a U. S. Navy Ensign in 1944 and later married William George Moore (1918-2004). Margaret was a writer and curator of the First Ladies collection at the Smithsonian Institution. In 1954, when she was the associate curator at the Smithsonian Institution's Division of History she escorted Queen Mother Elizabeth of Britain and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the wife of the President, through the First Ladies exhibit. In 1956, she married Frank Edward Klapthor (1914-1994). She and her father co-authored The History of Charles County, Maryland, written in its Tercentenary Year of 1958 (La Plata: Charles County Tercentenary, Inc.). P. D. Brown died in La Plata, Maryland in 1974.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Paul Dennis Brown Family Papers span the years from 1879 to 1973 with the bulk covering 1940 to 1960. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, news clippings, writings, publications, photographs, a scrapbook, blueprints, a map, and memorabilia. The correspondence to P. D. Brown consists mainly of letters regarding his retirement. The majority of the news clippings focus on Charles County history, including the annual Charles County Fair, Maryland's 1958 tercentenary celebration, southern Maryland historic homes, agriculture and tobacco. There are also several articles about the civic activities of P. D. and Margaret Brown and P. D. Brown's retirement. The scrapbook and the photographs document the Charles County Fairs, its pageants and the fair's Queen Nicotina and her Court of the Magic Weed.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The daughters of P. D. and Margaret Brown, Margaret Brown Klapthor and Mary Berry Brown Moore, donated the Papers of the Paul Dennis Brown Family to the University of Maryland Archives in College Park in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Terry Ann Sayler, February 2009. Guide revised by Elizabeth A. McAllister, March 2009.

Processing note:

The materials have been placed in acid-free folders in acid-free boxes. The photographs have been placed in Mylar sleeves. Some materials were removed in 2008 to form the Stoddert Family Papers.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Jennie A. Levine.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Family Records, 1933-1971 (0.75 linear feet)

The bulk of this series, dating between 1950 and 1969, consists of appointment books, certificates, financial documents, notes, newspaper articles, and publications of Paul Dennis Brown, Margaret Brown, his wife, and his daughters, Margaret Brown Klapthor and Mary Berry Brown Moore . The appointment books from 1939 to 1959 record P. D. Brown's county agent appointments, other business meetings, names and addresses, and notes. His 1939 and 1940 appointment books list the "order of business" for hospital meetings. Many of the newspaper articles describe P. D. Brown's retirement and his civic activities on behalf of libraries.

These family records include several World War II ration cards issued to members of the Brown family between 1942 and 1945. P. D. Brown was a member of the local War Price and Rationing Board and served its first Chairman (1942).

Two of the more significant of P. B rown's publications in this series are "Tobacco The Gold of the Province" published in Better Crops with Plant Food Magazine (December 1934 - January 1935) and "A County Agent Looks at Forestry" which appeared in American Forests (October, 1956).

The records of Margaret Brown document her volunteer activities, certificates and participation in many gardening events. The records of Margaret Brown Klapthor document her 1939 graduation from the Sacred Heart High School in La Plata, as well as her role as the escort for Queen Mother Elizabeth of Britain and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the wife of the President, when they toured the Smithsonian's First Ladies exhibit in 1954. The records of Mary Berry Brown Moore document her membership in the Girl Scouts (1934) and her marriage to William Moore (June, 1947).

Arrangement is alphabetical by name and then chronological within the folds.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Brown family ration cards and ration information, 1942-1945 series 1box 1folder 1
Margaret Berry Brown (Mrs. P.D. Brown) -- Activities, 1936-1968 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
Margaret Berry Brown (Mrs. P.D. Brown) -- Certificates, 1949-1951, 1972 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
Margaret Berry Brown (Mrs. P.D. Brown) -- Gardening, 1950-1971 and undated series 1box 1folder 4
P.D. Brown -- Appointment books, 1935-1942 series 1box 1folder 5
P.D. Brown -- Appointment books, 1943-1950 series 1box 1folder 6
P.D. Brown -- Appointment books, 1951-1954 series 1box 1folder 7
P.D. Brown -- Appointment books, 1955-1959 series 1box 2folder 1
P.D. Brown -- Biographical material, 1953-1971 and undated series 1box 2folder 2
P.D. Brown -- Certificates, 1946-1970 and undated series 1box 2folder 3
P.D. Brown -- Financial documents, 1935-1971 series 1box 2folder 4
P.D. Brown -- Library service (Includes Oversize), 1960-1971 series 1box 2folder 5
P.D. Brown -- Humor, undated series 1box 2folder 6
P.D. Brown -- National Association County Agricultural Agents Convention, 1954 series 1box 2folder 7
P.D. Brown -- Notes, undated series 1box 2folder 8
P.D. Brown -- Publications, 1933-1962 series 1box 2folder 9
Margaret Brown Klapthor, 1939-1956 and undated series 1box 2folder 10
Mary Berry Brown Moore, 1934 and undated series 1box 2folder 11

Series 2: Correspondence, 1933-1971 (0.25 linear feet)

The bulk of the series, dating between 1950 and 1967, consists of letters written by Mary Berry Brown (Moore), written and received by P. D. Brown, and received by Margaret Brown and Margaret Brown Klapthor. Several letters congratulate P. D. Brown on his service as county agent, his retirement and his selection as an outstanding library trustee. Others invite him to participate in or thank him for his volunteer work in various civic organizations, such as the Charles County Library Board of Trustees on which he served for more than twenty years, the Physicians Memorial Hospital, and the County Fair.

Among Mrs. Bwn's correspondence is an April 13, 1938, letter from the Preakness Week Association chairman, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, inviting her to serve as a judge in the selection of Duchesses for Preakness Week. A 1944 letter from the Brown's daughter, Mary Berry Brown (Moore), describes her experiences at the Pensacola, FL, Naval Air Station, while serving in the U. S. Navy. A 1957 letter to Margaret Brown Klapthor seeks help locating Henderson, KY individuals and another expresses disappointment in not seeing her when visiting Washington.

Arrangement is alphabetical by name and then chronological withithe folders.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
From Mary Berry Brown, 1944 and undated series 2box 2folder 12
From P.D. Brown, 1935-1972 and undated series 2box 2folder 13
To Margaret Berry Brown, 1933-1958 series 2box 2folder 14
To P.D. Brown, 1935-1972 and undated series 2box 2folder 15
To Margaret Brown Klapthor, 1957 and undated series 2box 2folder 16

Series 3: Subject Files, 1926-1974 (2.00 linear feet)

This series contains newspaper articles about the history and civic organizations of Charles County dating between 1926 and 1974 and correspondence and minutes of organizations in which P. D. and/or Margaret Berry Brown participated in the 1950s and 1960s, with the bulk of the materials covering 1931 to 1960. Included is material on Port Tobacco, the Smallwood Foundation, Smallwood's Retreat, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, the Slot Machine Study Committee, the U. S. Naval Propellant Plant at Indian Head, and the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service. Tobacco is the main topic covered in many of the reports and pamphlets in this series.

The bulk of the material covers the Charles County Fairs from 1931 to 1973. Included are programs, advertisements, minutes of various planning meetings for many of the fairs and pageant scripts. Script authors include Kathleen Read Coontz, H. S. Swann, T. Beverly Campbell and Howard Southgate.

Newspaper articles, correspondence and minutes document the business of the Charles County Garden Club, the La Plata Beautification Commission, the La Plata Town Council, the Public Library, and the Physicians Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary from 1944 to 1972.

The Smallwood Foundation Board documents include brochures, correspondence, and minutes from 1939 to 1973. The Maryland 1962-1963 Slot Machine Study Committee records include correspondence and research documents and charts. The University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service activities from 1950 to 1968 include information about Thomas Baddeley Symons, the director through most of Brown's employment by the Service and several of its Horticulture brochures written by Harry William Dengler.

Arrangement is alphabetical by topic and chronological witthe folders.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Forestry Association, 81st Annual Meeting, La Plata, Maryland, 1956 series 3box 3folder 1
Calvert County, Maryland, 1954 series 3box 3folder 2
Charles County, Maryland, 1926-1963 and undated series 3box 3folder 3
Charles County, Maryland -- Churches, 1948-1967 and undated series 3box 3folder 4
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1931 series 3box 3folder 5
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1932 series 3box 3folder 6
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1933 series 3box 3folder 7
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1934 series 3box 3folder 8
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1935 series 3box 3folder 9
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1937 series 3box 3folder 10
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1938 series 3box 3folder 11
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1939 series 3box 3folder 12
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1941 series 3box 3folder 13
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1946 series 3box 3folder 14
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1947 series 3box 3folder 15
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1948 series 3box 3folder 16
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1953 series 3box 3folder 17
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1957 series 3box 3folder 18
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair and Tercentenary, 1958 series 3box 3folder 19
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair and Tercentenary, 1958 series 3box 3folder 20
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fair, 1960 series 3box 3folder 21
Charles County, Maryland -- County Fairs, 1945-1973 and undated series 3box 4folder 1
Charles County, Maryland -- Courthouse, 1954-1957 series 3box 4folder 2
Charles County, Maryland -- Garden Club, 1951-1967 and undated series 3box 4folder 3
Charles County, Maryland -- "Glimpses of the Past" 1890-1901 reprints, 1956-1958 series 3box 4folder 4
Charles County, Maryland -- Hawthorne Country Club, 1950-1956 and undated series 3box 4folder 5
Charles County, Maryland -- Historic homes -- Acquensick to West Hatton, 1953-1960 and undated series 3box 4folder 6
Charles County, Maryland -- Historic homes -- Notes, 1948-1949 series 3box 4folder 7
Charles County, Maryland -- Historic house tours, 1954-1972 series 3box 4folder 8
Charles County, Maryland -- La Plata Beautification Commission (Includes Oversize), 1965-1970 and undated series 3box 4folder 9
Charles County, Maryland -- La Plata Beautification Commission -- Correspondence, 1966-1970 and undated series 3box 4folder 10
Charles County, Maryland -- La Plata Beautification Commission -- Minutes, 1967-1968 series 3box 4folder 11
Charles County, Maryland -- La Plata Town Council, 1966, 1969 series 3box 4folder 12
Charles County, Maryland -- Physicians Memorial Hospital, 1957-1972 and undated series 3box 4folder 13
Charles County, Maryland -- Physicians Memorial Hospital -- Cornerstone laying, 1962 series 3box 4folder 14
Charles County, Maryland -- Physicians Memorial Hospital -- Women's Auxiliary, 1944-1969 and undated series 3box 4folder 15
Charles County, Maryland -- Public Library, 1954-1971 and undated series 3box 4folder 16
Charles County, Maryland -- Port Tobacco (Includes Oversize), 1953-1971 and undated series 3box 4folder 17
Port Tobacco Players -- Playbill (Oversize Only), 1950 series 3box 4folder 18
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood, General William -- Maryland Battalion, 1950-1959 series 3box 5folder 1
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood, General William -- Portrait and correspondence, 1892-1934 series 3box 5folder 2
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 3
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 4
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 5
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 6
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 7
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 8
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Correspondence, 1941-1973 and undated series 3box 5folder 9
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Legal documents, 1939-1966 series 3box 5folder 10
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Minutes, 1955-1965 series 3box 5folder 11
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood Foundation -- Notes, 1939, 1963, and undated series 3box 5folder 12
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood's Retreat, 1941-1967 and undated series 3box 5folder 13
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood's Retreat -- Brochures, undated series 3box 5folder 14
Charles County, Maryland -- Smallwood's Retreat -- Landscape Plan (Oversize Only), 1959 series 3box 5folder 15
Charles County, Maryland -- Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative, 1955, 1963 series 3box 5folder 16
Charles County, Maryland -- Tilip Map legend, circa 1958 series 3box 5folder 17
Charles County, Maryland -- U.S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, 1965 series 3box 5folder 18
Historic Homes -- Maryland and the District of Columbia, 1946, 1963, and undated series 3box 6folder 1
Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 1953-1956 series 3box 6folder 2
Maryland Tercentenary, 1934 series 3box 6folder 3
Pageant scripts -- Maryland, undated series 3box 6folder 4
Pageant scripts -- Virginia, 1937-1938 series 3box 6folder 5
Reports and pamphlets, 1930-1974 and undated series 3box 6folder 6
Reports and pamphlets -- Maryland, 1937-1969 and undated series 3box 6folder 7
Reports and pamphlets -- Tobacco, 1935-1951 series 3box 6folder 8
St. Mary's City and County, Maryland, 1952-1971 and undated series 3box 6folder 9
Slot Machine Study Committee, 1962-1963 series 3box 6folder 10
Slot Machine Study Committee -- Correspondence, 1962-1963 series 3box 6folder 11
University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, 1950-1968 and undated series 3box 6folder 12

Series 4: Scrapbook, 1941 (2.0 linear feet)

This series consists of a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings documenting the 1941 Charles County Fair. The clippings mainly relate to Senorita Maria Teresa Escalante, daughter of the Vezeuelan Ambassador to Washington, D.C., who was named the Maryland Tobacco Queen in 1941. Other clippings relate to Maryland tobacco, the Court of the Magic Weed, and other women participating in the fair.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbook, 1941 series 4box 7folder 1

Series 5: Photographs, 1920s-1970s (1.50 linear feet)

This series contains three binders of photographs spanning the 1920s to the 1970s. Among the subjects are the Brown family, tobacco fields, Charles County historic homes, monuments, and the Charles County Fairs. These materials have been transferred to the Photograph Collection. A more detailed listing of the photographs is available.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs, circa 1920-1970 series 5box 8folder 1
Photographs, circa 1920-1970 series 5box 9folder 1
Photographs, circa 1920-1970 series 5box 10folder 1

Series 6: Memorabilia, 1938 and undated (4 items)

This series consists of two pins and four ribbons documenting activities of either P. D. Brown and his wife, Margaret Brown. These materials have been transferred to the Memorabilia Collection #2148a-d.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Memorabilia, 1938 and undated series 6box 11folder 1
Buy War Bonds, 3rd War Loan ribbon, undated series 6box 11folder 1item 2148a
Southern States Cooperative Annual Meeting ribbon, November 3, 1938 series 6box 11folder 1item 2148b
Maryland Farm Bureau Incorporated pin and Host ribbon, undated series 6box 11folder 1item 2148c
Patrons of Husbandry, Delegate, 66th Annual Session, Maryland State Grange, pin and ribbon, Baltimore, December 6-8, 1938 series 6box 11folder 1item 2148d

Related Material

Klapthor, Margaret Brown, The History of Charles County, Maryland, written in its tercentenary year of 1958. La Plata, Md., Charles County Tercentenary, Inc., 1958. (UMCP HBK Maryland Room, Maryland Stacks F187.C4K55)

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Separated Material

Some materials were removed in 2008 to form the Stoddert Family Papers.

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