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Harry Farnsworth Brown papers

1901-1950 Majority of material found within 1901-1905
 Collection
Accession: 2447

Abstract

Harry F. Brown (1886-1980) was an electrical engineer, and his entire career was devoted to railroad electrification. The collection consists of personal letters received by Brown, primarily from his father, Harry B. Brown, secretary of the McLagon Foundry Company in New Haven, his mother, his sister Grace, and his uncle Charles S. Brown, professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University.

Dates

  • 1901-1950
  • Majority of material found within 1901-1905

Creator

Extent

51 item(s) (1 folder in carton)

Biographical Note

Harry F. Brown (1886-1980) was an electrical engineer, and his entire career was devoted to railroad electrification.

Harry Farnsworth Brown was born on August 17, 1886, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1907. He worked in the Test Department of the General Electric Company from 1908 to 1909, and the following year joined the Electric Traction Department of the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad Company, which with Westinghouse, was developing a pioneer system of a.c. electrification.

Brown remained with the New Haven until 1952. In retirement, Brown served as a worldwide consultant for Westinghouse International (1952-1953) and for Gibbs & Hill, Inc. (1953-1960). He died on August 7, 1980.

Scope and Contents

The Harry Farnsworth Brown (1886-1980) papers consist almost entirely of personal letters sent to Brown between the years 1901 and 1905. Most are from his father, Harry B. Brown, secretary of the McLagon Foundry Company in New Haven, his mother, his sister Grace, and his uncle Charles S. Brown, professor of mechanical engineering at Vanderbilt University. Most are family-oriented, but they show Brown's early interest in electrical technologies. One letter from his parents describes their impressions of the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, particularly the effect of the electric illumination. Many were written to Brown when he was in St. Louis in 1904, apparently attached to the Connecticut Building at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. The later items are mostly Christmas cards and routine letters from foreign colleagues in electrical engineering, some in Spanish.

There are nine snapshot photographs, most of which appear to be of the McLagon Foundry Company, on Audubon Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Harry F. Brown papers (Accession 2340), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Harry F. Brown collection of railroad electrification photographs (Accession 2005.243), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Harry Farnsworth Brown papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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