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Lawrence L. Brown Collection, 1948-2002

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Lawrence L. Brown Collection, 1948-2002


Primary Creator: Brown, L. L. (Lawrence L.) (1928-)

Extent: 0.15 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Lawrence L. Brown Collection consists of materials assembled by Larry Brown documenting his student years at Oregon State College and alumni activities. Brown earned a BS in geology from Oregon State in 1952.

Scope and Content Notes

The Lawrence L. Brown Collection consists of materials assembled by Larry Brown that document his student years at Oregon State College in the late 1940s and early 1950s and his participation in alumni activities. The collection includes newspaper clippings; student registration cards, receipts, and ephemera; dance cards; fraternity and alumni publications; and photographs. The publications include a commencement program, alumni publications of the Oregon State chapter (Gamma Mu) of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and a 50th reunion booklet for the Class of 1952 prepared in 2002. This booklet includes a biographical entry for Brown and other graduates of the class of 1952.

The photographs consist primarily of group photographs of Brown and his fraternity brothers at dances, parties, and other special events. Group photographs of reunion attendees are also included. Most of the photographs are black-and-white prints; several color prints are also included. Portrait photographs of Brown and of Brown with his wife are part of the collection.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Lawrence Leroy (Larry) Brown attended Oregon State College from 1948 until 1952, when he completed a BS degree in geology. Brown was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and remained active in alumni activities after his graduation. He married Frances Robson in 1953 and worked as a mineralogist and economic geologist with the Bureau of Mines in Albany, Oregon, until his retirement in 1988.

Larry Brown was born in Walla Walla, Washington, on April 1, 1928. He graduated from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, and served in the U.S. Navy for two years before enrolling at Oregon State. Brown died in Albany, Oregon, on November 3, 2003.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 41 photographs; 1 box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: The collection was donated to the Archives in 2010 by Brown's daughter.

Related Materials: The OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center holdings include many collections assembled by students and alumni. The Robert E. McDole Papers (MSS McDole) document the student experience of another 1952 graduate of Oregon State; the Herbert A. Schell Photograph Collection (P 282) also includes images of Oregon State students at dances and parties in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Wilson H. Foote Photographs (P 268) and the Richard W. Gilkey Photographs (P 252) include many images of student life during this time period.

Preferred Citation: Lawrence L. Brown Collection (MSS BrownLL), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Brown, L. L. (Lawrence L.) (1928-)
Beta Theta Pi. Gamma Mu Chapter

People, Places, and Topics

Brown, L. L. (Lawrence L.), 1928-
College students--Oregon--Corvallis.
Greek letter societies--Oregon--Corvallis.
Oregon State College--Students.
Oregon State College. Class of 1952
Oregon State University--Alumni and alumnae.
Student activities--Oregon--Corvallis.
University History

Forms of Material

Photographic prints.

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