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Guide to the Earl Ivan Brown Papers, circa 1900-1936

Abstract

Earl Ivan Brown, civil engineer with the United States Army Corps of Engineers; served in Philippines and Cuba during the Spanish-American War; 92nd Division Engineer in the American Expeditionary Forces; developed river and harbor improvements in the United States, principally on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and on the Ohio River, including the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Collection includes correspondence, genealogical materials, notebooks, legal papers, and other collected papers of Earl Ivan Brown, a civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers, 1900s-1930s. Materials document Brown's career developing river and harbor improvements on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as well as his work on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Brown, Earl Ivan, 1874-1963.
Title
Earl Ivan Brown papers circa 1900-1936
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes correspondence, genealogical materials, notebooks, legal papers, and other collected papers of Earl Ivan Brown, civil engineer with the Army Corps of Engineers. Materials document Brown's career developing river and harbor improvements on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts as well as his work on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Materials have not been arranged or described beyond their original condition.

Letters and Memoranda, etc.
Box 1
Genealogy
Box 1
Legal Papers (folder and roll)
Box 1
Letters, 1918 June 11-Dec. 5
Box 2
Letters, 1919 Jan. 2-May 19
Box 2
Various Papers
Box 2
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal
Box 2
Various Papers
Box 3
Clippings, etc.
Box 3
"Application of the Theory of Col. E. I. Brown for Flow in Tidal Canals and Estuaries," Thesis of R.R. Arnold, May, 1936
Box 3
Passport
Box 3
Pocket Notebook, 1901
Box 3
Book of Family Marriages, Births, and Deaths
Box 3
Ledger
Box 3

Historical Note

Earl Ivan Brown, civil engineer, was born at County Line, Georgia, on 13 October 1874 and graduated 6th in his class from the United States Military Academy in 1898. As a member of the Corps of Engineers, Brown served in both the Philippines and Cuba during and after the Spanish-American War. He participated in the Philippine Insurrection and the Moro Expedition before traveling to the Caribbean for the Cuban Pacification in 1906. During World War I, Brown was the 92nd Division Engineer in the American Expeditionary Forces. Throughout his career Brown developed river and harbor improvements in the United States. He worked principally on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and on the Ohio River. Brown also worked on the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and finished his career in 1938 as the Division Engineer of the South Atlantic Division.

Colonel Earl I. Brown died on 25 June 1963 in Durham, North Carolina at age 88. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Brown was the son of William F. and Emily Absilla (Hagen) Brown. He was married to Annie Thompson who died in 1953, and then to Marylily Fisher. His nephew, Earl Ivan Brown, II, was a professor of Civil Engineering at Duke University from 1960 to 1982.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Earl Ivan Brown Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Earl Ivan Brown Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift.

Processing Information

Collection is minimally processed. Materials may not be organized or described beyond their original condition.

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Abraham Lee, April 2010

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.