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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Arrangement Statement
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Percy Brown papers
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1967
    Collection Number: 88033
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box (0.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: The Percy Brown papers consist of writings, newspaper articles, and photographs relating to Percy Brown, a photojournalist and author who photographed scenes of World War I from the front lines on the Western front. Also included is information on the Ruhleben prison camp in Germany where Brown was a prisoner of war for three years, and first-hand accounts of the rescue of the icebound Soviet ship Solovei in 1920.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Brown, Percy, 1885-

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Percy Brown papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    1885 March 9 Born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
    1906-1908 Worked in San Francisco, California, U.S.A as a carpenter after the 1908 Earthquake
    1908-1914 Became a "professional rollerskating expert" at the Olympia Rollerskate Rink in London
    1914-1915 Photographed scenes of World War I in Belgium and France
    1915-1918 Captured by German counter-intelligence and sent to Ruhleben prisoner of war camp
    1918-1919 Photographed the German Revolution in Berlin
    1920 Snuck aboard the icebreaker Sviatogor as correspondent for The Daily Graphic en route to rescue the icebound Solovei
    1922-1930 Worked as a photojournalist for The Daily Sketch
    1934-1938 Owned and managed Royal Hotel in Portishead, England
    1938-1948 Owned and managed Castle Lodge in Ludlow, England
    1948 Left England for San Francisco, California; worked as a carpenter, doorman, photographer, and life insurance salesman.

    Arrangement Statement

    The collection is organized into 6 series: Biographical Material; World War I; Solovei Rescue; Writings; Newspaper Articles; and Photographs

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Percy Brown papers consist of writings, newspaper articles, and photographs relating to Percy Brown, a photojournalist and author who photographed scenes of World War I from the front lines on the Western front. Also included is information on the Ruhleben prison camp in Germany where Brown was a prisoner of war for three years, and first-hand accounts of the rescue of the icebound Soviet ship Solovei in 1920. Much of the material centers on his writings, including diary entries and unpublished manuscripts, and on newspaper articles, both by Brown and others.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ruhleben (Prison camp : Germany)
    Solovei (Ship)
    Journalists.
    Prisoners of war.
    World War, 1914-1918--Campaigns--Western Front.
    World War, 1914-1918--Prisoners and prisons.