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Paul Brown Family Papers

Paul Brown Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Paul Brown Family Papers
Creator: Brown, Rosalyn
Creator: Brown, Robert T., LtJG, 1916-1944
Creator: Brown, Frances
Creator: Brown, Paul, 1880-1961
Inclusive Dates: circa 1880s-1994
Bulk Dates: 1941-1961
Language(s): English
Extent: 7 box(es) (5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL427
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: The Paul Brown Family Papers are composed primarily of photographs of and correspondence between members of Brown's immediate family--Congressman Brown, his wife Frances, and his two children Robert ("Bobby") and Rosalyn. It includes a selection of Brown's speeches while serving in Congress from 1933-1961, Robert's letters to home during World War II, and genealogical research compiled by Frances for joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. The collection also contains information about the Congressional War Parents Association (of which Brown was a member) and the former Bobby Brown State Park, named in honor of Robert, who served aboard the U.S.S. Scorpion and was lost at sea in 1944.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Paul Brown (1880-1961) was born near Hartwell, GA, but lived most of his life in the city fo Elberton. He was first elected to Congress in 1933 to fill a vacancy left by the death of Congressman Charles H. Brand. He served until 1960, when he announced his retirement.

Brown married Frances Arnold in 1914. The couple had two children: Robert "Bobby" Brown and Rosalyn Brown. Robert served aboard the U.S.S. Scorpion during World War II and was lost at sea in 1944. Rosalyn graduated from the University of North Carolina and became an elementary school teacher in Elberton.

Scope and Content

These are family records related to Congressman Paul Brown, who represented Georgia's 10th district from 1933-1961. The collection contains family correspondence and photographs of the Congressman, his wife Frances, and their children Robert ("Bobby") and Rosalyn, as well as some extended relatives.

Very little of the collection documents Brown's activities in Congress. What documentation there is consists of some speeches, a few letters from colleagues in the House of Representatives, a single bill draft, and newsclippings.

A major component of this collection is Frances Brown's genealogical research. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Dames of America, and the Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Georgia Chapter. As such she has extensive notes tracing her ancestry through the Arnold and Johnson families to Nathan Johnson.

Four scrapbooks contain many items of correspondence, especially Bobby's letters to home during World War II. The scrapbooks also contain a small selection of Congressman Brown's speeches, including one expressing criticism of the U.S. Supreme Court's positions on both desegregation and the House Un-American Activities Committee. The scrapbooks also document Paul Brown Day, a celebration in Brown's honor held in his home town of Elberton, GA in 1955.

The collection also contains the Congressional War Parents medal that was given to Congressman and Mrs. Brown in honor of their son, Robert, who was lost at sea while stationed aboard the submarine U.S.S. Scorpion.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.


Box 3, Folder 6 contains correspondence relating to a family medical issue. The contents of this folder can be made available for research, but the specific items of correspondence covered by this restriction cannot be made available until November 9, 2066.

Preferred Citation

Paul Brown Family Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding Aid prepared by Robert Lay, 2018-02-16.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Daughters of the American Revolution
Segregation -- Georgia.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11House Recording Studios: Paul Brown , undated
12Dedication Ceremony for Bobby Brown Memorial, Bobby Brown State Park, undated
12Arnold Family Photographs, undated
22Bobby Brown State Park License Plate, undated
23Brown and Curry Photographs, undated
24Brown Family Photographs, circa 1910-1912
25Brown Family Photographs [1 of 2], undated
26Brown Family Photographs [2 of 2], undated
27Citizens Defense Corps Certificate, Rosalyn Brown, 1942
28Clippings, 1936, 1938, 1955-1962, 1983, 1990
29Clippings, 1953, 1992-1993
210Clippings, 1953, 1999, 2000
211Clippings, 1961, 1978
212Congressional War Parents Association, 1943-1944
213Curry Family Photographs, undated
214Daughters of the American Revolution, 1925
215David Johnson Photograph, undated
216Diploma for Frances Rosalyn Brown, 1951
217[Ephemera], 1942, 1961, 1976, undated
Contains a 1976 visitor's pass for the Senate gallery and a transfer decal for Bobby Brown State Park.
218Eulogy for Paul Brown, [1961]
219Frances Brown Photographs, undated
220Georgia Society of the Colonial Dames of America, 1927, 1938, 1940, 1968
221Letter, "Mary Lou" to Paul and Frances Brown, 1961
222Marriage License, Paul and Frances Brown, 1914
223Mental Photographs Memory Book, circa 1875-1879
224The Oglethrope Echo, Paul Brown Edition, 1914
225Paul Brown Day, 1955
226Paul Brown Photographs, undated
227Pennsylvania Guide to Washington, D.C., undated
228Photographs of Frances Brown and Rosalyn, undated
229Riverside Literature Series: The Prologue from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, 1936
Inscribed for Paul Brown.
230Robert Arnold Photograph and World War I Service Record, circa 1919
231Robert Brown Photographs [1 of 2], undated
232Robert Brown Photographs [2 of 2], undated
233Rosalyn Brown Education Papers, 1973
234Rosalyn Brown Photographs, undated
235Scrapbook 1 - Clippings, 1938-1957, 1984
236Scrapbook 1 - Frances Brown Correspondence, 1932-144, 1966
237Scrapbook 1 - Paul Brown Correspondence, 1919, 1932-1955
238Scrapbook 1 - Paul Brown Speeches, 1948, undated
Includes speeches regarding Royston, GA's Progress Day, desegregation, the Rotary Club, Robert E. Lee, and the Rural Free Delivery mail carriers.
239Scrapbook 1 - Photographs and Brochures, 1933-1966
240Scrapbook 1 - Robert Brown Correspondence, 1927-1944
31Scrapbook 1 - Rosalyn Brown Correspondence, 1940-1985
32Scrapbook 1 - Rosalyn Brown Correspondence, 1943-1951
33Scrapbook 2 - Correspondence, 1937-1962
34Scrapbook 2 - Frances Brown Cruise Travelogue, undated
35Scrapbook 2 - Frances Brown Genealogy Research, Daughters of the American Revolution and The Huguenot Society of the Founders of Manakin in the Colony of Virginia, Georgia Society, circa 1956
36Scrapbook 2 - Rosalyn Brown, 1941-1973
37Scrapbook 2 - Speech by Frances Brown, "Random Thoughts About Washington", undated
38Scrapbook 3 [1 of 2], 1919-1971
39Scrapbook 3 [2 of 2], 1919-1971
310Scrapbook 3 - Coca-Cola Company, 1985
311Scrapbook 3 - U.S. Submarine Losses, World War II, 1946
312Scrapbook 4, 1940-1962
Contains a photograph of Rosalyn, Frances and Paul with Sam Rayburn on Paul Brown Day and a draft of an amendment to the National Housing Act.
313Stenographer's Guide, undated
314Stratford Hall Diploma, Rosalyn Brown, 1949
315Unidentified Photographs, undated
316Word List, undated
317Paul Brown Photograph and Speech Notes, undated
4Family Photographs, undated ( 10 photograph(s) )
Contains 10 photographic prints, approximately 11x14., and one sign for the Seaboard Railroad.
5Pins and Other Personal Effects, [circa 1900], undated (Box contains several fraternity and honors society pins, a wristwatch, pocketwatch, and a "full dinner bucket" pin from the McKinley Roosevelt presidential campaign.)
Contains several fraternity and honors society pins, a wristwatch, pocketwatch, and a "full dinner bucket" pin from the McKinley Roosevelt presidential campaign.
61Congressional War Parents Association medal
Contains photographs, newspapers, and manuscripts greater than 11x14", including Frances Brown's Daughters of the American Revolution membership record.