Fonds 00-1002 - Quentin Brown collection

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Quentin Brown collection

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CA ON00333 00-1002

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  • [185-?]-1920 (Creation)

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6 photographs

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John Quentin Harcourt Brown, U.E.L., (1919- ) is a researcher, amateur historian and writer. He was born in Toronto to Newton H. Brown and Grace Amanda Young, U.E.L. He worked for the Fairchild Aircraft Company between 1939 and 1941. In 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR). On active duty he served in Prince Rupert, on HMCS French, on HMCS Malpeque and on HMCS Ontario demobilizing in December, 1945. Correspondence from the War years between Quentin, his brother Robert and his sister Elizabeth can be found in "The Army's Mister Brown Family Trilogy 1941-1952", which was edited by another brother, Harcourt Brown, in Parry Sound, Ontario in 1982. After returning home, Quentin received his B.A. from McGill University in 1946 and his M.A., in dramatic art, from the University of North Carolina in 1948. That year, he married Myrtle Louise Stumberg, of Alabama, with whom he had 4 children. Quentin worked in Ottawa at Crawley Films for 11 years. He moved to Boston and worked for the Educational Development Centre for 10 years and later at the University of Manitoba as Director of Instructional Media for 7 years. He was the editor for "This Green and Pleasant Land. Chronicles of Cavan Township" produced by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society. For a number of years he has volunteered at the Trent University Archives and he has been an active member of the Friends of the Bata Library at the University.

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Collection of photographs consists of 2 tintypes (one woman is identified as Mrs E.R. Young; 2 photographs of lumbering operations at Lake of Bays including a photograph of an alligator machine; one daguerreotype of a young boy and 1 ambrotype of two adults with a child.

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Collection acquired in 2000 from Quentin Brown.


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The back of the case belonging to the ambrotype is missing.

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