Brown, Clawson, and Parvin Family Papers

Souvenir program from a banquet in honor of Susan B. Anthony

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Mss 2506

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Brown, Clawson, and Parvin Family Papers


  • 1739-1978 (Creation)


1 cubic feet (1 document case, 1 oversize folder)

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The collection includes correspondence, clippings, documents, and ephemera, most of which relate to Zimiri Parvin, James Nassau Brown, Mamie Parvin Brown, Vivian Z. Brown, and Verne Clawson Brown. There are also some materials on the Sutton, Taylor, and Price families, all related by marriage to the Parvins and Browns. Included are: musical compositions by Zimiri Parvin, letters from James Nassau Brown to his wife Mamie, a biographical article by Doris Huffman (1976), diplomas and certificates, high school yearbooks, a pocket diary of Josephine Taylor Sutton containing recipes, a program for a banquet honoring Susan B. Anthony in Salem in 1900, a Taylor family history document from the late 18th century, a group of baggage tags from hotels, and a collection of bank notes from the early 19th century. Among James Nassau Brown's letters is one of 1903 from Salem describing a typhoid epidemic.

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The collection is arranged in the following series:
Series A: Brown Family, General, 1896-1978
Series B: Zimiri Mullin Parvin Materials, 1860-1976
Series C: Other family Members, 1739-1941

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The collection is open to the public.

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Gifts of Colonel and Mrs. Walter Zimiri Brown, 1978 August, Library Accession 14550 and Museum Accession 78-64; and Mr. and Mrs. John Parvin, 1991 July, Library Accession 20363.

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Online collection contains a selection of items from the full collection. More information about the full collection can be found here:

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  • Citation: Brown, Clawson and Parvin family papers, Mss2506, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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