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Accession Number: 92-014


Quentin Brown fonds. -- 1912-1984. -- 13 cm of textual records.

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 fonds was created by and in the custody of Quentin Brown of Peterborough, Ontario before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of assorted records relating to the international rooms at the University of Pittsburg, research notes and material on Cavan Township in Ontario, programs of the Kawartha Summer Theatre, the history of Fraserville pastoral charge, records relating to James Fallis, anatomy overlays "structures of the head", northern housing committee reports and solar energy newsletters.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Quentin Brown of Peterborough, Ontario.

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Finding aids: Y

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Box 1


1. University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms

picture books on Nationality Rooms

Carnegie Magazine Summer 1975: Interview with Ruth Crawford Mitchell, founder of Nationality Rooms

memos from Nationality Rooms Program Office 1956

Nationality Rooms Program Newsletter 1984  

2. Solar Energy

pamphlet, conference program and newsletters of Solar Energy Society of Canada 1975-80

correspondence and report of Maine Audubon Society 1977-78  

3. Kawartha Summer Theatre

performance programmes 1977-82

pamphlet on Academy Theatre, Lindsay  

4. Research Materials

History of the Fraserville Pastoral Charge

clipping on Cavan Council 1912-13

copies of materials from Fallis Collection  

5. Miscellaneous

Trans vision anatomy of headstructures involved in problems of oral prosthesis

Northern Housing Committee Housing for the North: the Stackwall system 1975

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