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Guide to the John E. Browning Papers, 1930-1999 and undated

Abstract

John E. Browning was a commercial artist and designer who worked in outdoor advertising in New Jersey.

The John E. Browning Papers span the years 1930-1999 and include billboard designs, photographs and negatives, correspondence, an autobiographical sketch, and printed materials relating to commercial art and typography. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Browning, John E., 1915-
Title
John E. Browning papers 1930-1999 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.4 Linear Feet, 120 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The John E. Browning Papers span the years 1930-1999 and include billboard designs, photographs and negatives, correspondence, an autobiographical sketch, and printed materials relating to commercial art and typography. Arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Autobiographical sketches, 1998
Box 1
Billboard designs, 1940-1941
Box 1
Booklets, 1930

[Includes Cobb Shinn's Type Warmers catalog, undated, and C.B. Falls Modern ABC Book, 1930]

Box 1
Correspondence, 1942, 1997-1999
Box 1
Flyers and brochures for Browning's art exhibits, 1994-1999
Box 1
Newspaper clippings, 1920, 1992-1998
Box 1
Photographs, 1939-1942
Box 1
Sketches, 1935-1999
(2 folders)
Box 1

Historical Note

Enter Biographical and/or Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1915Born, Jersey City, N.J.
1938Graduated, Pratt Institute, degree in Advertising Design
Circa 1938Layout artist, O'Mealia Outdoor, Jersey City, N.J.
1939-1942Artist, J.C. Williams Co., Asbury Park, N.J.
1942Civilian designer, U.S. Army Signal Corps
1943U.S. Army, Fort Sill, Okla.
1943-1965Designer, Welim Davit and Boat Corp., Perth Amboy, N.J.
1965-1987Designer, then supervisory positions, Marine Safety Equipment Corp., Farmington, N.J.
1987 Mar. 31Retired as Vice President, Marine Safety Equipment Corp.

In addition, Browning has worked as a free-lance artist and poster designer for various civic groups, including Women's Clubs and Library Clubs; illustrator for a cook book; and has exhibited his artwork on several occasions.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John E. Browning Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The John E. Browning Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1998 and 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Noelle Suaifan, February 2011

Encoded by Richard Collier, February 2011

Accessions 1998-0011, 2004-0141 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.