Scope and Content
Title: A. Brown Co. Records,
Date (inclusive): 1880-1900
Collection number: 687
Creator: A. Brown Co.
Extent: 16 boxes (8 linear ft.)
1 oversize box
University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Andrew Brown (1829-1909) was born in Ireland. In 1852, he sailed around Cape Horn to San Francisco. He later went into the
mercantile business, purchased thousands of acres of land, built a flour mill and a lumber mill and became engaged extensively
in farming as well as raising cattle and horses. The collection consists of correspondence, business papers, receipts, bills,
and other papers connected with Andrew Brown's store in Kernville, California, his jobs as postmaster and agent for the Wells
Fargo and Company's Express, and his other business interests.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special
Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
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are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of
the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the
copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC
Regents do not hold the copyright.
Restrictions on Access
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.
PARTIALLY PROCESSED COLLECTION UNAVAILABLE FOR USE: Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to
the Manuscripts Librarian, UCLA Library Special Collections.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mr. and Mr. P. Sumner Brown and Mrs. Elizabeth B. Pallette, August 1935.
[Identification of item], A. Brown Co. Records (Collection 687). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Andrew Brown was born in Ireland on September 15, 1829; came to Philadelphia as a young man and in 1852 sailed around Cape
Horn to San Francisco; after a try at mining and farming, he went to Kernville and operated the quartz mill of Joseph W. Sumner,
whose daughter he married in 1873; later went into the mercantile business, owning a very successful general store at Kernville
and one at Weldon; was owner of thousands of acres of land, and became engaged extensively in farming and raising cattle and
horses; built a flour mill and a lumber mill; was known throughout Kern County as a prominent and active citizen; retired
in 1904 and moved to Los Angeles; he died on October 12, 1909.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of correspondence, business papers, receipts, bills, and other papers connected with Andrew Brown's store
in Kernville, California, his jobs as postmaster and agent for the Wells Fargo and Company's Express, and his other business
Expanded Scope and Content
These are the papers of Andrew Brown, one of the pioneers of Kernville. There are mostly business papers, receipts, bills,
and other papers connected with his store in Kernville, his jobs as postmaster and agent for the Wells Fargo and Company's
Express and his other business interests.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
A. Brown Co.--Archives.
Pioneers--California--Kern County--Archival resources.