Monroe Brown Family Papers: 1884-2015
Summary Information
Title: Monroe Brown Family Papers
Creator: Brown, Robert Monroe
Inclusive dates: 1884-2015
Extent: 0.5 linear feet (in 2 boxes)
Family of Michigan entrepreneurs, business people, bankers, and philanthropists; founders of the Monroe-Brown Foundation. The collection includes genealogical and biographical information and family history, family, records related to family businesses and photographs. Also, a 1962 film of the University of Michigan football team training.
Call number: 2017004 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by Robert Brown in April 2016, Donor no.:11484

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see:


Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Monroe Brown Family Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


The Monroe Brown family is a prominent Michigan family with strong ties to the University of Michigan. Members of different generations of the family founded the town of South Haven, Mich., helped organize the State Agricultural College (Michigan State University), established banks, corporations and foundations, served as Senators, judges, and bank presidents. Several generations of the family graduated from the University of Michigan. Robert M. Brown, who donated the Monroe Brown Family Papers to Bentley Historical Library, is the former captain of the Wolverines. His father, Robert J. Brown, was also captain of the Wolverines, making them the only father-son duo to ever have been captains in UM's history. In 1986, the Monroe-Brown Family Foundation was established in memory of Robert J. Brown and his wife, Albertine, for the purpose of promoting higher education for Michigan students. Robert M. Brown is active in the business and banking life of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Monroe Brown Family Papers collection focuses on the Monroe Brown family history. The collections contains materials related to genealogical research the family conducted: family histories and biographical essays, newspaper clippings and articles, photographs, as well as materials related to the Van Buren County history. The Papers also include business records from Citizens Trust and Savings Bank, a business ledger with transactions dating to 1899, as well as two volumes with clippings of "Reports of the Conditions" of Kalamazoo area banks. Family papers also include materials related to the care of the Monroe family Lakeview Cemetery plots in South Haven, Mich.

There is a small number of records related to the Brown family's history at the University of Michiga, including a program from the 1982 Hall of Honor induction ceremony, a 1962 film "Spring Football Scrimmage," and newspaper clippings.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Banks and banking -- Michigan -- History.
  • Businesspeople -- Michigan.
  • Cemeteries -- Michigan -- South Haven.
  • Photographs.
  • Video recordings.
  • Film reels.
  • Football.
  • Brown, Robert Monroe.
  • Brown, Robert J., 1904-1985.
  • Crumpacker family.
  • Brown family.
  • Lakeview Cemetery (South Haven, Mich.)
  • Monroe family.
  • Monroe Management Company.
  • Noyes family.
  • University of Michigan -- Football.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Monroe Brown Family Papers [series]
Box   1  
Biographies (3 folders)
Business records
Box   1  
Business history
Box   1  
Business ledger 1899-1901 (1 volume)
Box   2  
Reports of the Condition 1884-1921 (2 scrapbooks)
Box   1  
Genealogy and family history (2 folders)
Box   1  
Lakeview Cemetery (South Haven, Mich.)
Box   1  
Newspaper clippings
Box   1  
University of Michigan
Box   1  
Brown family at the University of Michigan
Box   1  
Spring Scrimmage (film) 1962 (1 film reels (8mm))
Box   1  
Van Buren County history