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Brown Family Photo Collection

 Collection
Identifier: WLU-PP-0167

Scope and Contents

The Brown Family Photo Collection ranges in date from 1875 to about 1960. The collection includes studio portraits and outdoor imagery of the Brown family, friends and acquaintances, groups and outdoor scenery from in and around the Lexington, Collierstown, Murat, North Buffalo, and Oxford Presbyterian Church communities in Rockbridge County. One of the highlights of the collection is Coray Swink Brown's photo album which includes images from his time as a student at Washington and Lee University n 1910-1911. Outdoor scenes include the Collierstown Presbyterian Church, the Palmer High School, Virginia Military Institute cadets marching in Lexington, East Lexington and Jordan’s Point. The album also documents his experience as medical staff in the 323rd Field Hospital unit of the U.S. Army's 81st Division during the First World War. Coray Swink Brown was the son of James Henry Brown and grandson of Andrew Jackson Brown both blacksmiths. His mother was Ellen H. Brown and his wife was Dorothy Reid Brown. Coray and Dorothy Brown’s son, Thomas Deaver Brown, died in 1944 while serving in the 88th Division of the U.S. Army in Italy during WWII. The collection consists of a large assortment of photographic formats and sizes. A majority of the loose images are not identified.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1970

Extent

1 Cubic Feet