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Sanborn Brown papers

Identifier: MS-1064

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The papers of Sanborn C. Brown contains information related to his tenure as professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as his scientific publications, research material for his book on Count Rumford, and the study of science. The papers include foreign and domestic correspondence, including correspondence with Senator John F. Kennedy from 1958; notes; 19th and 20th century books on physics, in particular those related to plasma physics and nuclear thermodynamics; journal publications; academic papers; presentations; speeches; reviews; financial information; color drawings and audio reels with some of his speeches, as well as a typed copy of his 1962 biography of Count Rumford entitled Benjamin Thompson - His Life and Times. Of note are a fragile copy of the book Memoirs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Vol. IV Part I (1818) and three rectangular wooden boxes with glass slides of drawings and writings related to the study of physics.

The collection also contains documents relating to Rev. Francis Brown's involvement with Dartmouth College in the 19th century, including original copies of catalogues and pamphlets. Among the Reverend's effects are a brown bag with letters of introduction and calling cards, some with wax seal dated 1838-1841, an original travel document given to Louise R. Brown by the Secretary of State dated May 15, 1895, notebooks with handwritten entries 1839, 1847, several original copies of "A Continuation of the Narrative of the Indian Charity School" by Eleazar Wheelock D.D. printed in the year 1773, 1775, 1765 and "A Plain and Faithful Narrative of the Original Design, Rise, Progress and present State of the Indian Charity School" by Eleazar Wheelock dated 1763.

The collection also contains 19th century documents related to Samuel Gilman Brown.


  • 1818 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.


42 linear ft. (28 boxes)

Language of Materials



Sanborn C. Brown (1913-1981). Dartmouth College class of 1935, physics professor, Dean of Graduate Studies at M.I.T, authority on Plasma physics and thermodynamics. Contains information related to his tenure as a professor of physics at M.I.T as well as his scientific publications, research material for his book on Count Rumsford, and numerous documents and correspondence related to the study of physics.

Processing Information

Intellectual Control Notes: separate the published files from mss. correspondence should be done separately; BLK has Word doc. notes on the contents of the 22 boxes Should check for President Brown's Papers and remove to his MS-646 added as box 28 (retired MS-646 as Brown)

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