Acting Dean Nelson C. Brown Records

Held by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

Overview

Arrangement

Biographical Note

Scope and Content

Related Information

Use of Records

Administrative Information

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Detailed Description


Overview of the Records

Repository:

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

Summary:
Nelson Courtlandt Brown served as Acting Dean of the New York State College of Forestry, Syracuse (Onondaga County), N.Y. when Dean F. Franklin Moon was on sabbatical leave (1926-1927). These records consist of correspondence, including letters of other professors and administrators, papers, reports, blueprints, and material concerning courses, equipment, and speakers at the college. The records also include documents relating to the American Forestry Association, the Empire State Forest Products Association, Brown's consultation work, and the pulp and paper industry.
Creator:
Brown, Nelson Courtlandt, b. 1885
Title:
Acting Dean Nelson C. Brown records
Quantity:
2 cu. ft. of textual records
Inclusive Dates:
1926-1927
Series Number:
CESF_NelsonBrown
Sponsor:
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Arrangement

The records are arranged into 2 subseries: Faculty correspondence and reports and General correspondence and subject files.

Biographical Sketch

Nelson Courtlandt Brown was born in South Orange, New Jersey, March 1, 1885. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts degree (1906) and a Master of Forestry degree (1908). He was with the U.S. Forest Service working mainly in the northwest and the south (1908-1912). Brown was appointed Assistant Professor of Forest Utilization at the New York State College of Forestry (NYSCF), Syracuse, New York on July 1, 1912 and appointed to Professor in 1914. He first taught the fundamental forestry subjects and later became head of the Department of Forest Utilization. Brown resigned on August 31, 1917 to take up duties as the Federal Trade Commissioner in Europe. In 1918, he was transferred to the American Expeditionary Force as adviser in forest products and utilization. Brown was reappointed Professor of Forest Utilization at the NYSCF on August 1, 1921. When F. Franklin Moon became Dean, Brown served in Moon's administration. When Moon was on sabbatical leave from 1926-1927, Brown served as Acting Dean. Upon Moon's death, Brown again was appointed Acting Dean. Brown served as Acting Dean three times in his career: 1926-1927; 1928; and 1929-1930.

In his first administration, Brown secured the gift of the Charles Lathrop Pack Demonstration Forest and a cash donation for the forest's preliminary development. In his second administration, he secured the state appropriation for Marshall Hall, which offered greater teaching and laboratory space. Brown also procured the only substantial increases in state appropriations for teaching staff salaries as well as a grant of $10,000.00 for forest investigations. He co-authored the "Elements of Forestry" with Dean Moon. Brown authored "Forest Products and Their Manufacture" (1919), "America's Lumber Industry" (1923), "Logging - Principles and Practice" (1934), "General Forestry" (1935), and "Logging Transportation" (1936). Brown also authored articles on the economic and practical phases of lumber production, manufacture, and consumption for technical and trade journals.

Scope and Content Note

Acting Dean Nelson C. Brown records form part of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Deans' records and consists of two subseries: Faculty Correspondence and Reports and General Correspondence and Subject Files. Dean F. Franklin Moon was in Europe for the majority of 1926, therefore Acting Dean Brown handled the majority of the Dean's responsibilities. Included are correspondence (including letters of other professors and administrators); papers; reports; blueprints; and material concerning courses; equipment; speakers at the college; the American Forestry Association; the Empire State Forest Products Association; Brown's consultation work; and the pulp and paper industry. Also included are letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt discussing tree plantings at Hyde Park and elsewhere and a scrapbook of memorabilia from a European trip.

Related Information

Emporium Forestry Company records, 1912-1971, Adirondack Museum Library, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.

Other finding aids

No other guide exists.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Available Alternate Formats

Some of the documents in subseries 1 are carbon copies of originals.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The records were received by administrative office(s) transfer circa 1977.

Processing Information

This collection was re-housed and its description was enhanced as a part of the New York State Archives Environmental History Virtual Research Collection Project, 2004. The National Endowment for the Humanities provided funding for this project.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s):

Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945

Corporate Name(s):

American Forestry Association

State University of New York College of Forestry at Syracuse University-Administration

Empire State Forest Products Association

State University of New York College of Forestry at Syracuse University-Faculty

Subject(s):

Forestry schools and education - New York (State)

Forest productivity

Paper industry

Forestry teachers

Wood-pulp industry

Europe - Description and travel

Forestry projects

Forests and forestry

Tree planting - New York (State)

Genre(s):

Blueprints

Scrapbooks

Detailed Description

Note: These records are held by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections

Subseries 1: Faculty correspondence and reports
Dates: 1926
Physical Description: 1 cu. ft. of textual records
Scope and Content Note:

This subseries forms part of the Acting Dean Nelson Brown records series and consists of carbon copies of faculty correspondence and reports. The files include correspondence to and from Prof. C. E. Libby (Pulp and Paper Manufacture), Prof. J. W. Stephen (Silviculture), and Prof. Louis E. Wise (Forest Chemistry). The faculty reports include information about faculty activities and curricula. Also included is one file of memos, mainly addressed to Dean Moon, which was administered to by Brown while Moon was in Europe.

Arrangement: The Faculty Correspondence and reports are arranged alphabetically by professor's surname and then chronologically within each professor's records.


Dates Contents Box Folder
1926/03 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 1
1926/04 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 2
1926/05 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 3
1926/06 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 4
1926/07 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 5
1926/09 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 6
1926/10 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 7
1926/11 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 8
1926/12 Prof. C. E. Libby, Pulp and Paper Manufacture F1 9
1926/01 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 10
1926/02 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 11
1926/03 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 12
1926/04 - 1926/05 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 13
1926/04 - 1926/05 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 14
1926/06 Prof. J. W. Stephen, Silviculture F1 15
1926/01 - 1926/02 Prof. Louis E. Wise, Forest Chemistry F1 16
1926/03 - 1926/04 Prof. Louis E. Wise, Forest Chemistry F1 17
1926/05 - 1926/06 Prof. Louis E. Wise, Forest Chemistry F1 18
1926 Faculty reports F1 19
1926 Faculty reports F1 20
1926 Faculty reports F1 21
1926 Faculty reports F1 22
1926 Faculty reports F1 23
1926 Memos, mainly addressed to Dean Moon F1 24


Subseries 2: General correspondence and subject files
Dates: 1926-1927
Physical Description: 1 cu. ft. of textual records
Scope and Content Note:

This subseries forms part of the Acting Dean Nelson Brown records series and consists of correspondence files and subject files maintained by the Acting Dean. These files include letters related to general administrative business of the college (college publications and managing college forests), correspondence with other foresters and professors (Robert Marshall and Charles Pack), and correspondence related to a number of special projects and topics (American Green Cross, NYS Conservation Commission, and National Committee on Wood Utilization). Many letters are addressed to Dean F. Franklin Moon; however during his absence, Brown attended to the Dean's responsibilities.

Arrangement: The files arranged in alphabetical order, which starts again with the year 1927.


Dates Contents Box Folder
1926 American Green Cross F1 25
1926 "A" F1 26
1926 "B" F1 27
1926 "B" F1 28
1926 College Forests F1 29
1926 College Publications F1 30
1926 College, new building F1 31
1926 "C" F1 32
1926 Correspondence: S. T. Dana F1 33
1926 "D" F1 34
1926 "E" F1 35
1926 Faculty F1 36
1926 Correspondence: Hon. George R. Fearon F1 37
1926 Correspondence: Clarence L. Fisher F1 38
1926 Correspondence: Chancellor C. W. Flint F1 39
1926 Correspondence: Chancellor C. W. Flint F1 40
1926 Correspondence: Chancellor C. W. Flint F1 41
1926 Foreign F1 42
1926 "F" F1 43
1926 "F" F1 44
1926 "G" F1 45
1926 "H" F1 46
1926 "H" F1 47
1926 "H" F1 48
1926 "J" F1 49
"K" F1 50
1926 "K" F1 51
1926 "K" F1 52
1926 Correspondence: Aldo Leopold F1 53
1926 "L" F1 54
1926 "L" F1 55
1926 Correspondence: Bob Marshall F1 56
1926 Correspondence: Mrs. Charles C. Marshall F1 57
1926 Correspondence: F. F. Moon F1 58
1926 Correspondence: F. F. Moon F1 59
1926 Correspondence: F. F. Moon F1 60
1926 Correspondence: F. F. Moon F1 61
1926 "M" F1 62
1926 "M" F1 63
1926 "M" F1 64
1926 "M" F1 65
1926 "Mc" F1 66
1926 National Committee on Wood Utilization F1 67
1926 National Forestry Program Committee F1 68
1926 New York State Forestry Association F1 69
1926 "N" F1 70
1926 "N" F1 71
1926 Onondaga County Regional Planning Board F1 72
1926 Course Outlines F1 73
1926 Course Outlines F1 74
1926 Course Outlines F1 75
1926 Course Outlines F1 76
1926 Course Outlines F1 77
1926 Course Outlines F1 78
1926 Course Outlines F1 79
1926 Course Outlines F1 80
1926 "O" F1 81
1926 Correspondence: Charles L. Pack F1 82
1926 Correspondence: Charles L. Pack F1 83
1926 Personal F1 84
1926 "P" F1 85
1926 "P" F1 86
1926 "P" F2 87
1926 Correspondence: Frank Rexford, NYC Dept. Education F2 88
1926 Correspondence: P. S. Risdale, American Tree Association F2 89
1926 Correspondence: P. S. Risdale, American Tree Association F2 90
1926 "R" F2 91
1926 "R" F2 92
1926 "R" F2 93
1926 "R" F2 94
1926 "R" F2 95
1926 Correspondence: Dr. C. A. Scheneck F2 96
1926 Schools F2 97
1926 Society of American Foresters, New York Section F2 98
1926 Society of American Foresters F2 99
1926 New York State Architect F2 100
1926 New York State Bureau of Highways F2 101
1926 Syracuse Municipal Tree Commission F2 102
1926 "S" F2 103
1926 "S" F2 104
1926 "S" F2 105
1926 "S" F2 106
1926 "S" F2 107
1926 Telegrams F2 108
1926 "T" F2 109
1926 "T" F2 110
1926 U. S. Forest Service (Denver Conference) F2 111
1926 U. S. Forest Service (Denver Conference) F2 112
1926 U. S. Forest Service (Denver Conference) F2 113
1926 U. S. Forest Service Products Lab, Madison, WI F2 114
1926 "U, V" F2 115
1926 Correspondence: J. H. Wilson F2 116
1926 "W" F2 117
1926 "W" F2 118
1926 "W" F1 119
1926 "W" F2 120
1926 "W" F2 121
1926 Correspondence: Raphell Zon F2 122
1927 NYS Board of Estimate and Control F2 123
1927 "B" F2 124
1927 "B" F2 125
1927 NYS Conservation Commission F2 126
1927 "C" F2 127