D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

E. E. Brown Photography Collection
P2014.01

Summary Information

Repository
UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives
Title
E.E. Brown Photography Collection
ID
P2014.01
Date
1883
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Physical Location and Digital Access
The collection is located in Special Collections, Row 4, Section 5. Digital access to scanned photographs is available through the Western North Carolina Heritage website.
Language
English

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], E. E. Brown Photography Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804

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Biographical Note

Edward Elmer Brown was an Asheville photographer who was hired by the Western N.C. railroad to take photographs in the 1880s. After settling in Asheville he owned a photography business with Thomas H. Lindsey ("Lindsey & Brown") that was active in the early 1890s, according to Asheville city directories.

Biographical sketch submitted by Eleanore Brown, E. E. Brown's granddaughter:

"Edward Elmer Brown was a native of Ohio. He and his wife moved to Harrisonburg, VA, where he earned his living as a photographer. He was hired by the Western N. C. Railroad to take a series of photos of the Western N. C. mountains when the railroad was completed.

He and his wife like Asheville and built a large home at 34 Oak Street across from the David Millard Jr. High School.

Mr. Brown developed a florist business behind his house and later moved the greenhouse to Murdock Avenue to a larger piece of land. His son, Elmo L. Brown, moved to a small house near the greenhouse.

Mr. Brown retired from the business and sold it to Middlemount Florist. He and his wife then bgan spending the winters in St. Petersburg, FL, and built a cabin in Pisgah Forest for summer use.

He died about 1933 and was buried in Lewis Memorial Park in Asheville."

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Scope and Contents

The E. E. Brown Photography Collection consists of one 46 page photograph album belonging to photographer Edward Elmer Brown, dated 1883 on the inside cover. The pages contain photographs that have been cut and pasted onto the pages. The pages have some discoloration and stains and the photographs show some fading and discoloration. Originally tied together, the pages have been unbound and are housed in folders.

In addition to the photograph album, the collection contains a brief oral history with Eleanore Brown, E. E. Brown's granddaughter and donor of this collection, that was conducted on July 21, 2014. It also contains a one page, handwritten biography of E. E. Brown that was donated by Eleanore Brown.

Nearly 60 photographs and photo montages from the album have been digitized and are viewable on the Western North Carolina Heritage website.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

UNC Asheville Special Collections and University Archives

Ramsey Library, CPO # 1500
One University Heights
Asheville, North Carolina, 28804-8504
828.251.6645
speccoll@unca.edu

Restrictions to Access

The collection is available for research. Any display, publication, or public use must credit Special Collections, D.H. Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Processing Information

Processed by Gene Hyde, July 2014

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Collection Inventory

Box 1: Contains E. E. Brown's 1883 photograph album and an oral history with Eleanore Brown, E. E. Brown's granddaughter.