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D.M. Brown Collection

Identifier: UnivRec-608

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1923-1941


Conditions Governing Access

Digital images of the lantern slides are available for viewing in the Archives' Reading Room. Select images are posted to the Archives tumblr page:


6.00 linear feet (4 16mm films, 1 Betacam videotape recording, 1 VHS videotape recording, 1 lantern slide projector)

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.

Processing Information

Alyssa Williams and Ned Irwin processed the collection, and it was open for research in March 2012.
Alyssa Williams and Ned Irwin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA