Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers: 1902-1973
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Wherever possible, the materials are preserved in the order maintained by Brown and his staff in St. Ignace and Washington. With the series of political papers, speeches, and legislative case files, this presented no problem. With other materials, however, an arrangement system had to be imposed since the materials came to the library unarranged. These papers were sorted chronologically and placed into a Correspondence series (boxes #1-3). Though such material might originally have belonged to one of the established series in Brown's filing system, it was unclear which was the appropriate category. Rather than disrupting the integrity of the other series, therefore, this unordered material was put into its own separate series. When processing was completed, the collection comprised twelve different series.