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Accession Number: 00-1002


Quentin Brown Photograph Collection. -- 6 photographs including 2 tintypes, 1 daguerreotype and 1 ambrotype.

Biography / History

John Quentin Harcourt Brown, U.E.L., (Quentin) was born January 15, 1919 in Toronto to Newton H. Brown and Grace Amanda Young, U.E.L. Before acquiring his Bachelor of Arts, Quentin worked for the Fairchild Aircraft Company between May 1939 and December 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" by Elizabeth, Robert and Quentin Brown. This was edited by another brother, Harcourt Brown, in Parry Sound, Ontario in 1982. After returning home, Quentin received his B.A. at McGill University in Montreal in 1946 and his M.A., in dramatic art, from the University of North Carolina in 1948. He married Myrtle Louise Stumberg, of Alabama, on August 28, 1948 and together they 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. Quentin is a researcher, amateur historian and writer. 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. Quentin Brown died December, 2006.

Custodial History

This collection was created by Quentin Brown and was in his possession until donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This 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 ambrotype of a young boy and 1 daguerreotype of two adults with a child.


Title based on creator of the collection.

The back of the case of the daguerreotype is missing.

This collection was donated by Quentin Brown.

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