Acting Dean Nelson C. Brown RecordsHeld 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
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, F. Franklin Moon Library, Terence J. Hoverter College Archives and Special Collections
The records are arranged into 2 subseries: Faculty correspondence and reports and General correspondence and subject files.
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 InformationEmporium Forestry Company records, 1912-1971, Adirondack Museum Library, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.
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Some of the documents in subseries 1 are carbon copies of originals.
The records were received by administrative office(s) transfer circa 1977.
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.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
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
Forestry schools and education - New York (State)
Europe - Description and travel
Forests and forestry
Tree planting - New York (State)
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|
|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.|
|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||Memos, mainly addressed to Dean Moon||F1||24|
|Subseries 2: General correspondence and subject files|
|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.|
|1926||American Green Cross||F1||25|
|1926||College, new building||F1||31|
|1926||Correspondence: S. T. Dana||F1||33|
|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||Correspondence: Aldo Leopold||F1||53|
|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||National Committee on Wood Utilization||F1||67|
|1926||National Forestry Program Committee||F1||68|
|1926||New York State Forestry Association||F1||69|
|1926||Onondaga County Regional Planning Board||F1||72|
|1926||Correspondence: Charles L. Pack||F1||82|
|1926||Correspondence: Charles L. Pack||F1||83|
|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||Correspondence: Dr. C. A. Scheneck||F2||96|
|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||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||Correspondence: J. H. Wilson||F2||116|
|1926||Correspondence: Raphell Zon||F2||122|
|1927||NYS Board of Estimate and Control||F2||123|
|1927||NYS Conservation Commission||F2||126|