Register of the Percy Brown papers

Finding aid prepared by Emilia Schrier
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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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-

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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1988.

Accruals

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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.

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Biographical Material, 1925-1952

 

World War I, 1914-1945

 

Newspaper Articles, 1914-1945

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Written by Brown, 1914-1945

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Written by others, 1915-1928

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

My Visit To Ruhleben by Bishop Bury, 1917

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Miscellany, 1914

 

Solovei Rescue, 1920

Maps 1 : 6

Maps, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Passenger and crew list, 1920

 

Drafts, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

Interviews, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Correspondence, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Articles, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Newspaper articles, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Diary entries and notes, 1920

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Miscellany, 1920

 

Writings, 1930-1960

 

Manuscripts, 1953-1960

Box/Folder: 1 : 14

Roller-skating, Practical and Theoretical, Its Origin, Development and Possibilities, 1953

Box/Folder: 2 : 1

The Golden Gate is Always Open, 1960

 

Reviews, 1930-1945

Box/Folder: 2 : 2

Round the Corner, 1934-1937

Box/Folder: 2 : 3

Almost in Camera, 1944-1945

Box/Folder: 2 : 4

Other books, 1930

Box/Folder: 2 : 5

Correspondence from publishers, 1943-1946

 

Newspaper Articles, 1908-1967

 

Written by Brown, 1918-1952

Box/Folder: 2 : 6

Yugoslavian Royal Family, 1933-1934

Box/Folder: 2 : 7

Photojournalism, 1944-1949

Box/Folder: 2 : 8

Other, 1918-1952

 

Written by others, 1908-1967

Box/Folder: 2 : 9

About Percy Brown, 1933-1967

Box/Folder: 2 : 10

Properties, 1937-1944

Box/Folder: 2 : 11

Clippings, 1908-1952

 

Photographs, 1900-1933

Box/Folder: 3 : 1

Pre-World War I Miscellaneous Portraits, 1900-1910

Box/Folder: 3 : 2

London Olympia Rollerskate Rink, 1908-1914

 

World War I, 1914-1918

Box/Folder: 3 : 3

Various France and Belgium, 1914

Box/Folder: 3 : 4

Antwerp, 1914

Box/Folder: 3 : 5

Front Lines and Trenches, 1914-1918

Box/Folder: 3 : 6-7

Ruhleben prisoner of war camp, 1915-1918

Box/Folder: 3 : 8

Rescue of the Solovei, 1920

Box/Folder: 3 : 9

Post World War I, 1918-1933