The D.M. Brown Collection consists of glass-plate lantern slides, negatives, index title cards, 16mm films, and a lantern slide projector. Most of the lantern slides were apparently made by Brown in the 1930s as part of his dissertation research at Duke University on plant communities on Roan Mountain. This material was used by Dr. Brown during the 1930s and 1940s as a teaching aid for biology and botany classes he taught at ETSU, then East Tennessee State College. Images are primarily of local scenes and plants, including the Roan Mountain, N.C. - Tenn. area. Slides were apparently used in the department for some time following Dr. Brown's death by other faculty before usage was discontinued.
The collection is arranged in two series, as follows: Series I, Photographs, negatives and slides, 1928-c.1930s and undated, Boxes 1-11 and 1 lantern slide projector, and Series II, Films, c. 1925-c. 1941, four 16mm films, two videotape recordings.
Method of Acquisition
The D.M. Brown Collection was transferred to the University Archives by Dr. Tim McDowell, ETSU Department of Biological Sciences, on April 5, 2002. Prior to the transfer, the collection was housed in the department's John C. Warden Herbarium.
Alyssa Williams and Ned Irwin processed the collection, and it was open for research in March 2012.