Harry Farnsworth Brown papersCreation: 1901-1950 Creation: Majority of material found within 1901-1905
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.
- Creation: 1901-1950
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1901-1905
51 item(s) (1 folder in carton)
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.
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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.
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