Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers: 1902-1973
Summary Information
Title: Prentiss Marsh Brown Papers
Creator: Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973
Inclusive dates: 1902-1973
Extent: 28 linear feet (in 29 boxes)
Extent: 2 oversize folders
Extent: 12 microfilms
Abstract:
Michigan congressman and senator, head of the U.S. Office of Price Administration; papers include correspondence, legislative files, speeches, political files, business and legal records, diaries and scrapbooks, visual materials, and sound recordings.
Call number: 85837 Aa 2 Ac
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid prepared by: Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Prentiss M. Brown (donor no. 4421) and his family (donor no. 5760) in three accessions in 1966 and 1975.

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: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., Prentiss M. Brown Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

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.


Biography

Prentiss M. Brown was born at St. Ignace, Michigan on June 18, 1889. He was the son of James J. and Minnie Brown, his father having been at one time Detroit city attorney and later prosecuting attorney of Cheboygan and Mackinac counties. Brown was educated in the St. Ignace schools, graduating in 1906. He went to Albion College, graduating in 1911 with an A.B. degree. A scholarship in political economy attracted him to the University of Illinois where he worked from 1911 to 1914. In 1914 he returned to St. Ignace and commenced the practice of law with his father. In the fall of 1914, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Mackinac County on the Democratic ticket and was reelected for each succeeding term until 1926 when he voluntarily retired. In 1930 on the recommendation of the Supreme Court of Michigan he was appointed a member of the State Board of Law Examiners. He was reappointed in 1931 and again in 1936 (he declined reappointment in 1941).

In 1932 Brown was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 11th District of Michigan, the first Democrat to be elected to Congress from that district. He was reelected in 1934 running approximately 10,000 votes ahead of his ticket. During his service in the House of Representatives, Brown was a member of one of its most important committees: Banking and Currency. Due to the banking crisis of 1933, this probably was the most vital committee in the House of Representatives in the first three years of the Roosevelt Administration. As a member of that important committee, he helped draft the legislation establishing many of the recovery agencies of the Government created to combat the depression. Some of these agencies are the Home Owners' Loan Corporation, the Banking Acts of 1933 and 1935 (including Federal Deposit Insurance). Brown was also active in the enactment of the legislation creating the Civilian Conservation Corps and several of the farm credit agencies which were under jurisdiction of the Banking Committee. In addition, Brown was a member of the first congressional committee created by House resolution to investigate duplication of Executive agencies.

Brown was elected to the Senate on November 3, 1936. Soon after his election, with the death of James Couzens, Brown was appointed to fill that unexpired term and so took office a few weeks early. Brown was chosen chairman of the 1938 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, also chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Taxation of Governmental Securities and Salaries, where he served from 1938 to 1940. In the Senate, Brown was chairman of the Senate Committee on Claims and a member of the following committees of the Senate: Finance, Banking and Currency, Commerce, Manufacturers, and Special Committee to Investigate Duplication of Executive Agencies of the Government. He was selected to be a member of the powerful Senate Democratic Steering Committee. This committee decides and directs the legislative program of the United States Senate and selects, as vacancies occur, Senators for appointment to the regular standing committees of the Senate.

In 1941, Brown was placed on the Commerce Committee. Also in 1941, he became chairman of the Senate Committee on Claims. As chairman of the Special Senate Committee on Taxation of Governmental Securities and Salaries, Brown was the sponsor of the legislation that brought about reciprocal taxation of salaries. Before, state employees were exempt from federal income tax, and federal employees exempt from state income taxes. Because of the legislation which Brown sponsored, all (both state and federal) were now subject to both taxes. In other words, state employees must pay the federal income tax and federal employees must pay the state income tax in states which have such a tax. His bill also imposed the income tax on all federal judges who had theretofore been exempt. Another piece of legislation which he sponsored did away with tax-exempt government securities. The income from federal government bonds is no longer exempt from taxation. For a long time the senator had advocated passage of legislation to tax the income from state, county, and municipal bonds. His amendment to the Tax Bill of 1939 sought to accomplish this, but was defeated by a narrow margin.

Brown had sponsored and acted as senate floor manager for most of the legislation broadening the lending authority of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation. The various corporations set up by the government to construct tank plants, gun plants, to build up rubber reserves, metal reserves, etc., were all created by legislation that Senator Brown sponsored in the Senate.

Brown also sponsored legislation continuing and broadening the Federal Housing Administration and was in charge of the price control legislation. He had been active in the work of the Senate Finance Committee and had been a vital factor in every tax bill written since 1936. He was in charge of the legislation authorizing issue of defense bonds and was insistent upon the inclusion in the Public Debt Bill of authority to sell bonds of small denominations, commonly known as baby bonds. This legislation was passed in March of 1941. His fight to enact a Price Control bill for the benefit of the American consumer had been highly commended by most informed authorities. Brown was chairman of the conference between the two houses of congress which put the bill in final shape.

Senator Brown was active in the "Aid to Small Business" bill. It came out of the Banking and Currency Committee, of which he was a member, and he was, as a member of the committee, active in support of the bill on the floor of the Senate. It provided for relief to small businesses through loans to assist them in getting work in the war program.

Senator Brown reported from the Banking and Currency Committee the bill entitled, "For the relief of dealers in certain articles or commodities rationed under authority of the United States." He also handled this bill on the Floor of the Senate and steered it to adoption by the Senate. This bill afforded relief to anyone dealing in rationed articles, but was primarily a measure of relief for the automobile and tire dealers who had been so adversely affected by the auto and tire curtailment.

Although he supported the Roosevelt Administration in its general policies, Senator Brown had by no means been a "yes" man in his service in Congress. Among the more important measures with which he had taken issue with the Administration was the following: the proposal to increase the membership of the Supreme Court; the first proposal to reorganize the Executive agencies of the Government; and the proposal to place the Civil Aeronautics Authority under the Commerce Department. Chief credit for defeat of the proposal to pack the Supreme Court was given to Senator Brown by Joseph Alsop and Turner Catledge, chief correspondents for the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times respectively.

The Senator's opposition to the Reorganization Bill was based on his belief that it gave legislative authority to the executive. He proposed a compromise which was rejected. It is commonly said that the rejection of this compromise caused the defeat of the bill. Subsequently, the bill was reintroduced with Senator Brown's amendment which left final authority in the congress, although giving the President primary authority. The bill as amended was then passed.

Brown ran for re-election in 1942, but was narrowly defeated by Homer Ferguson. He attributed his defeat to two things. First, his sponsorship of the OPA Act had made elements within business and industry extremely unhappy. Price fixing and rationing in particular had upset a lot of people, especially within the business community. Second, the small voter turnout in the 1942 election was below average. The nation was at war; the voter turnout was light, particularly among the working classes; the Democrats simply did not go to the polls.

After the election, President Roosevelt selected Brown as the new administrator of the Office of Price Administration. He worked in this position from January to October of 1943, and only then returned to Michigan to pick up the threads of his law practice and many business interests. In 1944, Brown was elected chairman of the board of the Detroit Edison Company, a position he held until his retirement in 1954.

In some ways, Brown's "retirement" years were his most rewarding. Long a proponent of a bridge uniting Michigan's two peninsulas, Brown, as chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, worked long and hard to obtain the necessary financing for the Bridge. In 1954, in what he always considered his greatest achievement, Brown received from the Union Securities Corporation a check for 96 million dollars. Construction began soon thereafter; and on November 1, 1957, the Mackinac Bridge opened for traffic. Brown spent the remainder of his life in bridge related activities, business affairs, and historical pursuits.

Brown was married June 16, 1916, to Marion E. Walker of St. Ignace, a graduate of Michigan State College. They had seven children: Mariana F., Ruth M., James J., Barbara J., Patricia J., Prentiss M., Jr., and Paul W.

Senator Brown died on December 19, 1973.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Prentiss M. Brown Collection is rich and full and offers researchers materials on a variety of local and national topics reflecting the diversity of the man's private and public life. The earliest item in the collection is a letter book dated 1902-04 of James J. Brown, like his son a prominent St. Ignace attorney. The collection then picks up Prentiss M. Brown's entrance to the legal profession in 1917, traces his rise to public office, his work in Congress and with the O.P.A., and then concludes with his later business interests and his crusade upon behalf of the Mackinac Bridge.

The Brown Collection comprises approximately twenty-eight feet of correspondence, letterbooks, scrapbooks, diaries, speeches, topical and legislative files, photographs and phonograph records, and legal case files and business records. Covering the period 1917 to 1973, the papers concentrate most heavily in the years 1932-1942 when Brown was in the U.S. Congress. The greatest gap in the collection is in the period of the 1920s when Brown was making his first bids for political office. Also missing are any extensive files for the time of Brown's O.P.A. directorship. What the collection has on the O.P.A. are largely speeches, scrapbooks, and congratulatory letters.

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.
  • Bridges -- Michigan.
  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
  • Ferries -- Michigan.
  • Mackinac Island (Mich.)
  • Mackinac Island (Mich.) -- Businesses.
  • New Deal, 1933-1939.
  • Saint Ignace (Mich.)
  • Taxation -- United States.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Legislators -- United States.
  • Mackinac Bridge (Mich.)
  • Mackinac Island (Mich.)
  • Offices.
  • Saint Ignace (Mich.)
  • Ships -- Great Lakes.
  • Caricatures.
  • Cartoons.
  • Diaries.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Sound recordings.
  • Videotapes.
  • Arnold Transit Company.
  • Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973.
  • Democratic Party (Mich.)
  • Mackinac Bridge Authority (Mich.)
  • Michigan. Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1938.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1940.
  • United States. Congress -- Elections, 1942.
  • United States. Congress. House.
  • United States. Congress. Senate.
  • United States. Office of Price Administration.
  • Albion College.
  • Arnold Transit Company.
  • Brown, James J.
  • Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973.
  • City Hall (Detroit, Mich.)
  • Dodd, Thomas J. (Thomas Joseph), 1907-1971.
  • Douglas, Paul H. (Paul Howard), 1892-1976.
  • Freeman, Orville L.
  • Gore, Albert, 1907-1998.
  • Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986.
  • Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
  • Javitz, Jacob K. (Jacob Koppel), 1904-
  • Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963.
  • Kennedy, Edward M. (Edward Moore), 1932-2009.
  • Long, Edward V. (Edward Vaughn), 1908-1972.
  • McNamara, Patrick Vincent, 1894-1966.
  • Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001.
  • Mackinac Bridge Authority (Mich.)
  • Moss, Frank E., 1911-2003.
  • Proxmire, William.
  • Rostow, W. W. (Walt Whitman), 1916-2003.
  • Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-1979.
  • Shriver, Sargent, 1915-2011.
  • Tufty, Esther Van Wagoner, -1986.
  • Udall, Stewart L.
  • United States. Congress. Senate.
  • United States. Office of Price Administration.
  • Abbott, Horatio J. (Horatio Johnson), 1876-1936.
  • Andrews, Roger, 1874-
  • Averill, George R., 1893-1971.
  • Avery, Sewell Lee, 1873-1960.
  • Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
  • Bell, Jack L., 1904-
  • Bennett, Harry Herbert, 1892-1979.
  • Byrnes, James Francis, 1879-1972.
  • Cady, Claude Ernest, 1878-1953.
  • Cleary, Gerald J.
  • Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Couzens, Frank, 1902-1950.
  • Couzens, James, 1872-1936.
  • Debo, Alfred.
  • DeFoe, Murl Holcomb, 1879-
  • Diggs, Charles C.
  • Dingell, John D. (John David), 1894-1955.
  • Downey, Sheridan.
  • Eccles, Marriner S. (Marriner Stoddard), 1890-1977.
  • Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
  • Fead, Louis H., 1877-1943.
  • Fenlon, Edward H.
  • Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967.
  • Gomon, Josephine Fellows, 1892-1975.
  • Green, Fred W. (Fred Warren), 1872-1936.
  • Guffey, Joseph F., 1870-1959.
  • Hatch, Carl A., 1889-1963.
  • Hatfield, Malcolm Keith, 1900-1961.
  • Henderson, Leon, 1895-1986.
  • Hook, Frank Eugene, 1893-1982.
  • Hoover, J. Edgar (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
  • Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Hurja, Emil, 1892-
  • Jackson, Robert Houghwout, 1892-1954.
  • James, William Francis, 1873-1945.
  • Jones, Jesse H. (Jesse Holman), 1874-1956.
  • Kennedy, G. Donald (George Donald), 1900-1988.
  • Kimmerle, Charles H., 1860-
  • Kresge, Sebastian Spering, 1867-1966.
  • Lederle, Arthur F., 1887-
  • Lehr, John Camillus, 1878-1958.
  • Luecke, John, 1889-1952.
  • McAllister, Thomas Francis, 1896-
  • McKay, Frank, 1883-1965.
  • Mershon, Wm. B. (William Butts), 1856-1943.
  • Morgenthau, Henry, 1856-1946.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Musselwhite, Harry Webster, 1868-1955.
  • Norris, George W. (George William), 1861-1944.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Osborn, Stellanova, 1894-1988.
  • Picard, Frank A., 1889-1963.
  • Reichert, Rudolph Edward, 1887-1965.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Shields, Edmund Claude, 1871-1947.
  • Smith, Gerald L. K. (Gerald Lyman Kenneth), 1898-1976.
  • Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959.
  • Spence, Brent, 1874-1967.
  • Stack, John K., 1884-1935.
  • Starr, Raymond Wesley, 1888-1968.
  • Steagall, Henry Bascom, 1873-1943.
  • Toms, Robert Morrell, 1886-1960.
  • Treanor, Arthur Ryan, 1883-1956.
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951.
  • Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
  • Wagner, Robert F. (Robert Ferdinand), 1877-1953.
  • Welsh, George Wilson, 1883-1974.
  • White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955.
  • Woodfill, W. Stewart, 1896-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical/family [series]

The collection begins with a small series of Biographical/Family Material about the life and career of Prentiss M. Brown. These folders of course should be supplemented with detailed information about Brown to be found in the Scrapbook and Clippings series. The series also includes a small folder of earlier family correspondence.

Box   1  
Biographical material (4 folders)
Box   1  
Family correspondence
 
Correspondence 1930-1973 [series] (2.5 linear feet)

The Correspondence series (2.5 linear ft.; 1930-1973) is made up of a mixture of legislative and business papers, letters from constituents, and personal correspondence. To aid the researcher, this series has been intensively indexed for significant correspondents. Noteworthy individuals in these files include politicians, public figures, and business people. Some of Brown's correspondents are: Horatio J. Abbott, Roger M. Andrews, George R. Averill, Sewell Avery, Alben W. Barkley, Jack L. Bell, Harry H. Bennett, James F. Byrnes, Claude E. Cady, Gerald J. Cleary, William A. Comstock, Frank Couzens, James J. Couzens, Alfred Debo, Murl H. DeFoe, Charles C. Diggs, John D. Dingell, Sheridan Downey, Marriner S. Eccles, James A. Farley, Louis H. Fead, Edward H. Fenlon, Frank D. Fitzgerald, John N. Garner, Josephine Gomon, Fred W. Green, Joseph F. Guffey, Carl A. Hatch, Malcolm K. Hatfield, Leon Henderson, Frank E. Hook, J. Edgar Hoover, Cordell Hull, Emil E. Hurja, Robert H. Jackson, William F. James, Jesse Holman Jones, George D. Kennedy, Charles H. Kimmerle, Sebastian S. Kresge, Arthur F. Lederle, John C. Lehr, John Luecke, Thomas F. McAllister, Frank D. McKay, William B. Mershon, Henry Morgenthau, Frank Murphy, Hary W. Musselwhite, George W. Norris, Chase S. Osborn, Stella B. Osborn, Frank A. Picard, Rudolph E. Reichert, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Edmund C. Shields, Gerald L.K. Smith, Shirley W. Smith, Brent Spence, John K. Stack, Raymond W. Starr, Henry B. Steagall, Robert M. Toms, Arthur R. Treanor, Harry S Truman, Arthur H. Vandenberg, Murray D. Van Wagoner, Robert F. Wagner, George W. Welsh, Walter F. White, and W.S. Woodfill.

Box   1  
Undated, 1930-June 1937 (53 folders)
Box   2  
July 1937-1953 (58 folders)
Box   3  
1954-1973 (38 folders)
 
Political files 1934-1956 [series] (2 linear feet)

The Political files series (2 linear ft.; 1934-1956) consists of correspondence and campaign miscellanea documenting Brown's political activities in the period of 1934 to 1942. There is significant material here on the election campaigns of 1940 and 1942 and on Brown's work with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1938.

 
1934-1941 [subseries]
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Certificate of election 1934
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Appointment to the U.S. Senate 1936
Box   3  
Campaign papers 1934-1939
 
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Box   3  
Correspondence 1938 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Financial material and newspaper clippings
Box   3  
Campaign miscellanea
Box   3  
Spring election January-April 1939 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Campaign papers 1940 (6 folders)
Box   3  
Campaign lists (2 folders)
Box   3  
Campaign miscellanea
Box   3  
Campaign papers 1941 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Campaign miscellanea 1941
Box   3  
Democratic Senate Steering Committee 1941
 
Campaign 1942 [subseries]
 
Subject files
Box   4  
Independent Michigan Editors' Committee Supporting Senator Prentiss M. Brown
 
Republican opposition
Box   4  
Elton R. Eaton
Box   4  
Homer Ferguson
Box   4  
Gerald L.K. Smith (2 folders)
Box   4  
Offers of campaign help
Box   4  
Tally controversy, St. Clair County
Box   4  
Political bills paid 1942-1943
Box   4  
Campaign contributors (2 folders)
Box   4  
Campaign checks returned
Box   4  
"The National Campaign in Michigan" 1942
 
Dated files
Box   4  
Undated 1942, January 1942-October 28, 1942 (36 folders)
Box   5  
October 29, 1942-December 1942 (3 folders)
 
Miscellaneous
Box   5  
Campaign miscellanea
Box   5  
Campaign lists, schedules, and memos
Box   5  
Newspaper clippings
Box   5  
Financial material (6 folders)
Box   5  
Political papers 1954-1956 [subseries]
 
Legislative files 1933-1942 [series]

The Legislative files series (1933-1942.; 1933-1942) includes Brown's voting record in Congress and the record of bills which he introduced. This Legislative series also contains a great deal of material on specific legislation. Such files have been sorted by term of Congress, then by session in that Congress, and finally by the bill number. Although many of these files are on private bills (e.g. naturalization cases, relief of widows of Civil War veterans, etc.), there is also important material here on tax and banking legislation, the Mackinac Straits Bridge legislation, and legislation to amend the Hatch Act. These Legislative files are strongest for the period of 1936 to 1942, essentially the late New Deal and early years of the Second World War. As a rule, these files include a copy of the particular legislation, drafts of the bill, correspondence on the issue, and perhaps some related supplementary material.

 
Voting Record [subseries]
Box   5  
Important domestic legislation 1933-1941
Box   5  
Military and nation defense legislation 1935-1941
Box   5  
75th Congress, 1st Session
Box   5  
75th Congress, 2nd-3rd Session
Box   5  
75th Congress, lst Session
Box   5  
76th Congress, Special Session
Box   5  
76th Congress, 3rd Session
Box   5  
77th Congress, lst Session
 
Bills Introduced [subseries]
Box   5  
74th Congress
Box   5  
75th Congress
Box   5  
76th Congress, lst Session
Box   5  
76th Congress, 3rd Session
Box   5  
77th Congress (4 folders)
 
Legislation by topic [subseries]
Box   5  
Transportation to Isle Royale National Park
Box   5  
Michigan Commemorative Half Dollar
Box   5  
Improvement of Crooked and Indian Rivers
Box   5  
Technical Administrative Tax Bill
Box   5  
Tax Legislation (5 folders)
Box   5  
Price Control Legislation (3 folders)
Box   6  
Auto financing: anti-trust action (2 folders)
Box   6  
Joint Congressional Committee on Forest Conditions
Box   6  
1, 2, 3 National Steamship Co. Bill
Box   6  
War Production Board: Protection for Iron Ore Transportation
 
Mackinac Straits Bridge Legislation [subseries]
Box   6  
Dated files 1933-1942 (10 folders)
Box   6  
Supplementary material (8 folders)
 
Special Committee on Taxation of Governmental Securities and Salaries [subseries]
Box   6  
Dated files May 1938-1942 (14 folders)
Box   6  
Supplementary material (8 folders)
Box   7  
Supplementary material (3 folders)
 
Legislative files (Bills arranged by Congress, Session, and Number) [subseries]
Box   7  
72nd Congress, lst Session: H.R. 6198 Ross C. Ramsay
 
74th Congress, lst Session
Box   7  
H.R. 1494, Improvement of Waiska River
Box   7  
H.R. 1498, Rosa Striebich
Box   7  
H.R. 7367, Receivers Attorney Fees
 
75th Congress, lst Session
Box   7  
S. 1879, Reconstruction Finance Corporation and loans to cities (3 folders)
Box   7  
S. 2898, Airport bill
 
75th Congress, 3rd Session
Box   7  
S. 1878, Mary Way
Box   7  
S. 3387, Hubert J. Cuncannan
Box   7  
S. 3388, U.S. Veterans Hospital for Gladstone (3 folders)
Box   7  
S. 3972, Liberty Bond Amendment
Box   7  
S. 4021, U.S. Mail Train Service
Box   7  
S. 4123, Homer P. Cota
 
76th Congress, lst Session
Box   7  
S. 1379, Mackinac Straits Bridge (2 folders)
Box   7  
S. 1381, Charles A. Goetz
Box   7  
S. 1383, Restriction of Alien Laborers
Box   7  
S. 1384, Egon Karl Freherr von Mauchonheim
Box   7  
S. 1385, Barkman Lumber Co
Box   7  
S. 1387, Ida May Lennon
Box   7  
S. 1390, Martha Bertha Rapin
Box   7  
S. 1391, Delta Teachout
Box   7  
S. 1714, Coast Guard Station at Keweenaw Peninsula
Box   7  
S. 2045, Bank Examining Bill (special)
Box   7  
S. 2275, Floyd M. Dunscomb
Box   7  
S. 2276, R.G. Schreck Lumber Co
Box   7  
S. 2277, Nicholas Contopoulos
Box   7  
S. 2279, Grosse Ile Airport
Box   7  
S. 2281, Viola J. Buchanan
Box   7  
S. 2286, Detroit Arsenal Grounds Bill
Box   7  
S. 2287, Relief of Natives of India
Box   7  
S. 2927, Forest Restoration
Box   7  
S. 2951, Joseph Henry Hudson
Box   7  
S. 2969, Louise Thorne
 
76th Congress, 2nd Session
Box   7  
H.J. Resolution 306: Neutrality Act Amendment
Box   7  
S. 3316, Use of War Department equipment at American Legion Convention
 
76th Congress, 3rd Session
Box   7  
H.J. Resolution 407, Trade Agreements Amendment
Box   7  
H.J. Resolution 544, Relief Appropriation Bill Amendment
Box   7  
H.R. 6324, Exceptions from Walter-Logan Bill
Box   7  
S. 1164, Donald A. Jones
Box   7  
S. 1970, Labor Practices Bill Amendment
 
S. 2471, Hatch Bill Amendment
Box   7  
General (7 folders)
Box   8  
Testimony
Box   8  
Roll Call
Box   8  
S. 3441, Naturalization of Ilhan New
Box   8  
S. 3591, Loans to Finland
Box   8  
S. 3708, National Firearms Act
Box   8  
S. 3709, Internal Revenue Code Amendment
Box   8  
S. 3737, Patrick O'Connor
Box   8  
S. 3932, Frank and Paulina Rublein
Box   8  
S. 3934, Soo Bridge
Box   8  
S. 3985, Securities Act of 1933 Amendment
Box   8  
S. 4398, John L. Lavan
 
77th Congress, lst Session
Box   8  
S. Resolution 124, Food for Small Democracies
Box   8  
S. 854, Richard Bowers
Box   8  
S. 899, Earnest A. McNabb
Box   8  
S. 909, Cecile M. Franking
Box   8  
S. 910, Development of Mineral Resources, Allegan County
Box   8  
S. 956, St. Ignace Fish Hatchery
Box   8  
S. 957/58 ,Glen Robinson
Box   8  
S. 1010, Marine Training Base, Detroit
Box   8  
S. 1130, Anna River Fish Hatchery
Box   8  
S. 1131, Porcupine Mountains Forest Bill (5 folders)
Box   8  
S. 1162, Coast Guard Cutter for Mackinac Straits
Box   8  
S. 1163, Katherine Caulley
Box   8  
S. 1166, Daniel Steele
Box   8  
S. 1167, Herbert Therrien Bill
Box   8  
S. 1168, Elsie Frayer
Box   8  
S. 1169, Minas Kirillidis
Box   8  
S. 1170, Dionis Moldowan
Box   8  
S. 1172, Alien Citizenship
Box   8  
S. 1173, Alien Veterans Bill
Box   8  
S. 1174, Chippewa Indians Bill
Box   8  
S. 1175, Ruth Iola Goulette Pridham (3 folders)
Box   8  
S. 1176, Jacob Betzer
Box   8  
S. 1177, William F. Pack
Box   8  
S. 1214, John C. Shaw
Box   8  
S. 1215, Fish Hatchery, Keweenaw Peninsula
Box   8  
S. 1217, Herbert James Pike
Box   8  
S. 1218 R.P, Helm
Box   8  
S. 1230, Hospital Construction Act of 1941
Box   8  
S. 1248/4, Isle Royale Bills
Box   8  
S. 1408, Luedtke Engineering Co
Box   9  
S. 1438, Extending authority of Reconstruction Finance Corporation
Box   9  
S. 1448, Canadian and British Vessels to transport iron ore between U.S. ports during 1941
Box   9  
S. 1601, Coast Guard Light Station, Au Sable
Box   9  
S. 1603, Banking Facilities at Military Preservations
Box   9  
S. 1617, Employment Stabilization
Box   9  
S. 2039, National Banking Association
Box   9  
S. 2106, St. Mary's River Survey for facilitating light craft navigation
Box   9  
S. 2107, Harriet Goodman
Box   9  
S. 2131, Charlip Painting and Decorating Company
Box   9  
H.R. 5000, Ferd W. Neile
Box   9  
H.R. 5990, Emergency Price Control Act
Box   9  
S. J. Resolution 161, Price Bill
Box   9  
S. 1216, Henry Gabriel
Box   9  
S. 2108, Detroit Post Office Clerks
Box   9  
S. 2204, Canadian ships to transport iron ore on the Great Lakes during 1942
Box   9  
S. 2285, Admiral Hart
Box   9  
S. 2400, Overtime payments to employees under government contract
Box   9  
S. 2472, Naming of Soo Locks (2 folders)
Box   9  
S. 2485, R.F.C. Subsidy Bill
Box   9  
S. 2923, Tivoli Brewing Company
 
Patronage [subseries]
Box   9  
Circuit Court of Appeals Judgeship 1938-July 1941 (5 folders)
 
Eastern District of Michigan Judgeship
Box   9  
Support for Arthur Koscinski (5 folders)
Box   9  
Support for miscellaneous candidates (3 folders)
Box   9  
Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Upper Peninsula 1937-February 1940 (6 folders)
Box   9  
Assistant U.S. Attorney for Detroit 1938
Box   9  
Assistant U.S. Attorney for Bay City 1938-1941
Box   10  
Military Academy Appointments (Charles K. Leech)
Box   10  
Military Academy Appointment (miscellaneous)
 
Miscellaneous [subseries]
Box   10  
Letters of thanks received for votes on bills and other legislative favors (7 folders)
Box   10  
Congressional Office Expenditures
 
Speeches, articles, etc 1911, 1937-1967 [series] (3 linear feet)

The Speeches Articles, etc. series (3 linear ft.; 1911 and 1937-1967) consists mainly of speeches and background material used in the preparation of speeches. The speeches have been arranged chronologically by date on which the speech was first presented. Each folder usually contains a copy of the speech, earlier drafts, and correspondence relating to the presentation of the address, including feedback from his listeners and requests for copies. The speeches are primarily in the period of 1937 to 1943, but there are also later addresses. The earliest item in this series is an address which apparently Brown gave at his commencement from Albion College in 1911.

 
Articles [subseries]
Box   10  
"Stop Tax-Exempt Securities?" Rotarian February 1941
Box   10  
"Should We Pay As We Go?" Modern Industry Magazine March 15, 1941
Box   10  
"Michigan, My Michigan" Pathfinder Magazine undated
 
News releases and related material [subseries]
Box   10  
Various (3 folders)
 
Speeches: chronological file [subseries]
Box   10  
Fragments and undated
Box   10  
Commencement Address, Albion College, entitled, "The Student's Debt to the Laboring Man" circa 1911
Box   10  
Democratic State Convention February 20, 1937
Box   10  
Supreme Court Reorganization, Mutual Broadcasting System March 2, 1937
Box   10  
Commencement Day Address, Albion College June 7, 1937
Box   10  
Bunker Hill Celebration and Banquet, Boston Mass. June 16, 1937
Box   10  
"Forgotten Aspects of Judicial Reforms", Columbia Broadcasting System July 29, 1937
Box   10  
Government Reorganization Bill March 27, 1938
Box   10  
Naval Expansion Bill April 28, 1938
Box   10  
Naval Expansion Bill: Supplementary material
Box   10  
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee October 1, 1938
 
"Proposed Reciprocal Taxation of Government Securities," National Broadcasting Company May 15, 1939
Box   10  
Speech
Box   10  
Correspondence
Box   10  
Jefferson Day Speech, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania April 13, 1939
Box   10  
Wisconsin Jefferson Day Address May 6, 1939
Box   10  
Washington College of Law Commencement Address June 9, 1939
 
"Neutrality"
Box   10  
Radio Address October 5, 1939
Box   10  
Supplementary Material (2 folders)
Box   10  
Maryland Historical Society Address, October 9,1939
Box   10  
Charles A. Lindbergh and Canadian-American Relations October 20, 1939
Box   10  
Jackson Day Dinner, Detroit January 8, 1940
Box   10  
Ontario Section of the Canadian Bar Association January 27, 1940
Box   10  
"Loan to Finland"; American Forum of the Air January 28, 1940
Box   10  
American Jewish Congress, Detroit February 4, 1940 (2 folders)
Box   10  
Speech to Americans of Polish Descent February 4, 1940
 
"Our Policy in the Finnish-Russian War," National Radio Forum February 26, 1940
Box   10  
Speech
Box   10  
Correspondence
Box   11  
Jefferson Day Speech, Ebensburg, Penns.; Campaign for Senator Joseph Guffey
Box   11  
Oakland County Jefferson Club, Pontiac April 18, 1940
Box   11  
City-wide Women's Democratic Club, Baltimore, Mary April 25, 1940
Box   11  
"The Government's Responsibility"; May 28, 1940
Box   11  
"Tax for Defense"; American Forum of the Air June 2, 1940
Box   11  
Democratic State Convention, Grand Rapids September 23-24, 1940
Box   11  
"Some Federal Tax Problems"; Real Estate Board of Baltimore February 1, 1941
Box   11  
Democratic Spring State Convention, Grand Rapids February 19-20, 1941
Box   11  
Lend Lease Bill February 27, 1941
Box   11  
Jefferson Day Dinner, Detroit March 29, 1941
Box   11  
Speech to B'nai B'rith, Mackinac Is July 4, 1941
Box   11  
Repeal of Sections of the Neutrality Act November 1941
Box   11  
Tribute to Justice Brandeis, Balfour Day Celebration, Detroit November 2, 1941
Box   11  
Price Control Bill, WJR January 1, 1942
Box   11  
Michigan Sportmen's Congress, Detroit January 31, 1942
 
"Inflation, What Can We Do About It?" March 2, 1942
Box   11  
Speech
Box   11  
Correspondence
Box   11  
Supplementary material
Box   11  
Jefferson Day Speech, Pontiac April 9, 1942
Box   11  
"Price Control and Inflation"; National Radio Forum, N.B.C. May 11, 1942
Box   11  
"How Can We Best Curb Inflation?"; American Forum of the Air May 31, 1942
Box   11  
"Price Control" Radio Broadcast, The Blue Network June 1, 1942
Box   11  
Detroit College of Law June 9, 1942
Box   11  
Western Michigan College of Education, Kalamazoo June 13, 1942

(phonograph record of speech also available)

Box   11  
Price Control Act Amendment, WMAL September 16, 1942
Box   11  
Senate Address September 24, 1942
Box   11  
March of Time Address September 24, 1942
Box   11  
Wage and Price Control Legislation, CBS Radio September 25, 1942
Box   11  
"The Navy's Challenge for Service September 30, 1942
Box   11  
Universal Newsreel Statement October 6, 1942
Box   11  
Campaign speeches September 1942, undated
Box   11  
Campaign speeches October 1-20, 1942
Box   11  
Campaign speeches October 21-31, 1942
Box   11  
Campaign speeches November 1942
Box   11  
Campaign speeches (non-Brown) 1942
Box   11  
Office of Price Administration speeches 1943 undated
Box   11  
March of Tine January 21, 1943
Box   11  
Washington Reports on Rationing February 14, 1943
Box   11  
Radio speech February 16, 1943
Box   11  
Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry February 18, 1943
Box   11  
CBS Report to the Nation February 21, 1943
Box   11  
Betty Crocker Program February 24, 1943
Box   11  
Message on Black Markets February 26, 1943
Box   11  
CBS "A & P's Food News Roundup" February 26, 1943
Box   11  
WWDC Radio Program: Interview with Esther Van Wagoner Tufty February 27, 1943
Box   11  
WWDC Radio Remarks March 2, 1943
Box   11  
"Consumer Participation in Price Control and Rationing" March 16, 1943

(Phonograph record of speech also available)

Box   11  
Omaha (Neb.) Chamber of Commerce speech March 17, 1943
Box   11  
American Association of School Administrators March 19, 1943
Box   11  
CBS Broadcast April 3, 1943
Box   11  
Houston Chamber of Commerce April 12, 1943
Box   11  
KTSA, San Antonio Radio Message April 13, 1943
Box   11  
Virginia State Chamber of Commerce April 15, 1943
Box   11  
WOL Radio Message on coal workers strike April 30, 1943
Box   11  
"We the People" Radio Program May 9, 1943
Box   11  
NBC Radio, "War Ration Book Three" May 27, 1943
Box   11  
WRC Radio Speech June 24, 1943
Box   11  
Earl Godwin Radio Program June 28, 1943
Box   11  
Boston Chamber of Commerce July 16, 1943
Box   11  
Boston Chamber of Commerce July 16, 1943
Box   11  
WJR (Detroit) George Cushing Program August 7, 1943
Box   11  
"Home Front Reporter" October 1, 1943
Box   11  
Inland Daily Press Association, Chicago October 13, 1943
Box   11  
Speeches January-September 1944
Box   11  
Speeches October 1944
Box   11  
Speeches November-December 1944
Box   12  
Speeches 1945 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Speeches 1946 (6 folders)
Box   12  
Speeches 1947 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Speeches 1948
Box   12  
Speeches 1949 (6 folders)
Box   12  
Speeches 1950
Box   12  
Speeches 1951 (2 folders)
Box   12  
Speech: Newcomen Society, Detroit, "Alex Dow (1862-1942) For 28 Years the President of Detroit Edison" May 8, 1951 (5 folders)
Box   12  
Speeches 1952
Box   12  
Speeches 1953
Box   12  
Speeches 1954
Box   12  
Speeches 1955
Box   12  
Speeches 1956-1967
 
Speech Correspondence [subseries]
Box   12  
1945-1950
Box   12  
1951
Box   12  
1952-1953
Box   12  
1954
 
Remarks made in U.S. Senate [subseries]
Box   12  
75th Congress, First Session
Box   13  
75th Congress, Second Session
Box   13  
76th Congress, First Session
Box   13  
76th Congress, Second Session
Box   13  
77th Congress, First and Second Session
Box   13  
Requests for corrections in Congressional Record
 
Miscellaneous [subseries]
Box   13  
List of speech invitations (accepted and rejected) 1944-1954
Box   13  
Speeches (non-Brown)
 
Background materials for speeches [subseries]
Box   13  
Automotive Industry
Box   13  
CCC
Box   13  
Education
Box   13  
Labor Disputes (Judge Anderson Case)
Box   13  
Cost of World War
Box   13  
Cost of Government
Box   13  
Crime and Courts
Box   13  
Debt Limit
Box   13  
Lend-Lease Bill Debate
Box   13  
OPA (3 folders)
Box   13  
Miscellaneous (5 folders)
 
Office of Price Administration files 1943 [series] (0.5 linear feet)

The Office of Price Administration series (0.5 linear ft.; 1943) is small and consists largely of personal materials, such as speeches, scrapbooks, and congratulatory letters. The official records of the OPA are located in the National Archives in Washington.

Box   13  
Regional Administrators meeting April 1943
Box   13  
Bohn Aluminum & Brass Corporation fraud case 1943
Box   13  
Dairy Industry Committee 1943
Box   13  
Statement urging purchase of war bonds 1943
Box   13  
Miscellaneous Price Material
Box   13  
Resignation and final report October 19, 1943
Box   13  
Letters of Congratulations (sample) upon appointment as OPA Administrator 1943 (4 folders)
Box   13  
Appointment book January-October 1943
Box   13  
Published government document material (11 items)
 
Topical Files 1936-1968 [series] (1 linear foot)

The Topical files series (1 linear ft.; 1936-1968) relates to Brown's varied historical and academic interests, such as his involvement with the Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, the Michigan Historical Commission, and Albion College. Information about his travels are included here.

 
Historical Interests and Activities [subseries]
Box   14  
Michigan Civil War Centennial Observance Commission 1960-1966 (8 folders)
Box   14  
Papers concerning review of "Furs By Astor" 1964
Box   14  
Papers concerning anchor salvaged near Bois Blanc Is 1957-1958
Box   14  
Papers concerning proposed discontinuance of rail car ferry service at Mackinac 1963-1964
Box   14  
Michigan Historical Commission 1952-1965 (13 folders)
Box   14  
Miscellaneous Historical Interests (4 folders)
 
Other interests and topics [subseries]
Box   14  
Papers concerning review of "Philadelphia Lawyer" 1945-1946
Box   14  
Papers concerning proposed Arthur H. Vandenberg Memorial Lecture Series in International Relations at Wayne University 1951
Box   14  
Papers concerning Federal Power Commission appointment and gas shortage situation 1948
Box   14  
Michigan State Office Buildings Corporation 1950-1954 (2 folders)
Box   14  
Papers concerning the Renegotiation Act and Michigan iron ore resources 1951
Box   14  
Harbors
Box   14  
Frank Murphy Memorial 1949-1954
Box   14  
Albion College (3 folders)
Box   14  
Trip to Japan 1968 (2 folders)
Box   14  
Businessmen's Committee for Seasoned Management (Montgomery Ward-Wolfson Proxy Dispute) 1955 (3 folders)
Box   14  
Henry A. Wallace papers 1942
Box   14  
Washington House miscellanea 1936-1940
 
Business and legal files 1902-1973 [series] (8 linear feet)

A significant part of the collection documents Brown's business and legal interests. Business and legal files (8 linear ft.; 1902-1973) is especially valuable for information on Brown's banking interests and his involvement with St. Ignace and Mackinac Island land development. For the historian of the Mackinac Straits, these files detail the operation of the Arnold Transit Company, the firm which operated the ferry between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, and to Mackinac Island. Brown was for many years a member of the board of directors of the Arnold Company.

 
James J. Brown law firm, later Brown and Brown Law Firm [subseries]
Box   15  
Letter book 1902-1904 of James J. Brown law firm; later letterbook, January-August 1917 of Brown and Brown Law Firm 1902-1917
Box   15  
Letter book August 1917-March 1918
Box   15  
Letter book March 1919-March 1920
Box   15  
Letter book March-December 1920
Box   16  
Correspondence 1913-1920
Box   16  
Wills drawn up 1915-1928 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Mackinac Island State Park Commission vs. David W. Murray (argument over the ownership of Mackinac Island Beach Front) (8 folders)
Box   16  
Papers concerning legal work for Charles Hessel circa 1912-1928 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Papers concerning Charles Hessel Estate 1940-1943
Box   16  
Irving Berlin, Inc. and Mrs. R. Van Allen Webster 1925
Box   16  
Papers concerning legal work for the Murray family 1926-1928 (5 folders)
Box   16  
Papers concerning legal work for William St. James 1927-1929 (4 folders)
Box   16  
Papers concerning legal work for the St. Ignace First National Bank on the matter of St. Ignace State Ferry Dock Property 1931-1934 (2 folders)
Box   16  
Estate of David Murray 1934 (2 folders)
Box   16  
Estate of Rose Van Allen Webster 1935-1944 (8 folders)
 
Financial materials [subseries]
Box   17  
Financial data cards
Box   17  
Monthly financial statements 1933, 1936, 1939 (fragmentary) 1933-1939
Box   17  
Monthly financial statements 1940-1965 (26 folders)
Box   17  
Legal miscellanea (2 folders)
 
Various business interests [subseries]
Box   17  
Maps of business related properties (2 folders)
Box   17  
St. Ignace office correspondence 1937-1943 (5 folders)
Box   17  
Requests for contributions to charitable and other organizations
Box   17  
Petoskey Cement Company
Box   17  
Twin City Packing Company
 
Asam Motor Company
Box   17  
1940-1942
Box   17  
Supplementary material
Box   17  
State Board of Law Examiners miscellanea
Box   18  
Sault Ste. Marie First National Bank
Box   18  
Federated Publications 1937-1939
Box   18  
Federated Publications 1940
Box   18  
Federated Publications 1941-1942
Box   18  
National Bank of Detroit-loan correspondence
Box   18  
National Bank of Detroit-miscellanea
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank 1933-1935
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank 1936-1937
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank 1938-1942
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank circa 1945-1965
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank circa 1945-1965
Box   18  
St. Ignace First National Bank: Annual Reports
Box   18  
Birmingham National Bank
Box   18  
National Bank of Bay City
Box   18  
Charlevoix County Bank
Box   18  
First National Bank of Detroit 1935-September 1942 (15 folders)
Box   18  
National Bank of Detroit miscellanea (3 folders)
Box   18  
Cheboygan Citizens National Bank (2 folders)
Box   18  
Michigan National Bank
Box   19  
Farmers and Manufacturers Beet Sugar Association
Box   19  
Great Lakes Sugar Company (2 folders)
Box   19  
Lamborn Sugar Company
 
Paulding Sugar Company
Box   19  
1932-1943 (6 folders)
Box   19  
Tax Case
Box   19  
Miscellanea (2 folders)
Box   19  
Union Lumber Company (4 folders)
Box   19  
Dunham Company
Box   19  
Arthur A. Schupp
Box   19  
Papers concerning Lake Superior Iron Ore 1947-1951 (2 folders)
Box   19  
Bills paid
Box   19  
Papers concerning gift tax problem 1935-1964
Box   19  
Income tax material 1933-1942
Box   19  
Income tax material 1945-1948
Box   19  
Income tax material 1949-1950
Box   19  
Income tax material 1951-1952
Box   19  
Income tax material 1953-1954
Box   19  
Family financial papers (3 folders)
 
Arnold Transit Company files [subseries]
Box   20  
1921-1942 (36 folders)
Box   21  
1943-1973 (31 folders)
Box   21  
Annual reports (incomplete) 1939-1952
Box   21  
Annual reports 1953-1957
Box   21  
Annual reports 1958-1963
Box   21  
Annual reports 1964-1971
Box   21  
Forms
Box   22  
Mackinac Land Company papers 1926-1931 (4 folders)
Box   22  
Susan Arnold Estate accounts (7 folders)
 
Mackinac Island Hotel Company
Box   22  
1921-1930 (8 folders)
Box   22  
Reorganization 1930-1934 (11 folders)
Box   22  
Straits Transit, Inc. vs. Union Terminal Piers, et al. 1964-1967 (4 folders)
Box   22  
People vs. Tellefson (question of operating automobiles on Mackinac Island) 1935-1936
Box   22  
Chicago, Duluth and Georgian Bay Transit Co. vs. city of Mackinac Is 1941-1942 (3 folders)
Box   22  
Laura M. Gonser vs. city of Mackinac Is 1942-1955
 
Scrapbooks and clippings 1933-1954 [series] (5 linear feet)

The Scrapbooks and Clippings (5 linear ft.; 1933-1954) series consists of thirty-seven scrapbooks and several folders of loose clippings. Composed mainly of clippings, many of the volumes also include programs and scattered photographs. The scrapbooks are mainly from the period when Brown was in the U.S. Congress.

Box   23  
Scrapbooks March 1933-July 1937 (15 volumes)
Box   24  
Scrapbooks July 1937-June 1940 (5 volumes)
Box   25  
Scrapbooks June 1940-August 1942 (5 volumes)
Box   26  
Scrapbooks August 1942-August 1943 (6 volumes)
Box   27  
Scrapbooks August 1943-1949 (2 volumes)
Box   27  
Scrapbook concerning Mackinac Bridge activities 1953-February 1954 (1 volume)
Box   27  
Scrapbook containing programs, photographs and clippings 1938-1950 (1 volume)
Box   27  
Scrapbook containing letters of congratulations upon appointment as chairman of Detroit Edison 1944
Box   27  
Scrapbook containing newspaper obituaries and letters of condolence
Box   28  
Newspaper clippings concerning Mackinac Bridge Dedication (3 folders)
Box   28  
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings (4 folders)
 
Visual Materials [series]

The Visual Materials series consists of photographs of Brown and his family, also photographs accumulated during his public career. There is also a videotape of a Universal Newsreel film entitled "Price Control Bill Freezes Prices, Wages" and original editorial cartoons from the period when Brown was head of the OPA.

 
Photographs [subseries]

(additional photographs on walls of the Prentiss Brown Room at the Bentley Library)

Oversize Folder   Ac  
Detroit City Hall circa 1870

(includes copyprints of new city hall building and of ceremony moving into new building)

Box   28  
Detroit parade and 250th birthday 1951
Box   28  
Detroit Edison
Box   28  
Mackinac Bridge

(see also photo of Brown, Senator John Kennedy, and G. Mennen Williams at Bridge in 1960)

Box   28  
Mackinac Island and Arnold Transit Co
Box   28  
Portraits and family: contains photos of Albion College baseball team 1908 and James J. Brown law office 1913 1908-1913

(see also oversize folder Ac)

Oversize Folder   Ac  
St. Ignace: view from hillside of St. Ignace and of St. Ignace Courthouse circa 1900
Box   28  
Senator

(include group photo of Brown as member of the Truman Committee; Brown with John Nance Garner and Arthur Vandenberg, 1940; Brown with Alben Barkley and James Byrnes; and Brown speaking at the dedication of the Blue Water Bridge with Frank Murphy in background 1938)

Box   28  
Miscellaneous
 
Videotape [subseries]
Box   28  
"Price Control Bill Freezes Prices, Wages," October 5, 1943

(original nitrate film destroyed after copying)

(1 U-matic and VHS copy of film)
 
Editorial cartoons [subseries]
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Cartoons from the Evening Star drawn by C. K. Berryman relating to politics and Brown's work with the O.P.A. (4 items)
Oversize Folder   Ac  
Cartoon from the Detroit Free Press drawn by Arthur Poinier relating to the O.P.A. (1 items)
 
Sound Recordings [series]

Sound Recordings consists of an audiotape of a Detroit Edison function in 1953 and several phonograph records of speeches made by Brown.

 
Audio-tapes (reel-to-reel) [subseries]
Box   28  
Detroit Edison dedication program December 18, 1953 (2 audiotapes (reel-to-reel tapes))
Box   28  
Stenorett recordings of interview with Prentiss M. Brown 1967 (6 audiotapes (reel-to-reel))

(conducted by J. Fraser Cocks III)

 
Phonorecords [subseries]
 
Washington Reports on Rationing 1943

(Produced by the Council on Candy as Food in the War Effort under the sponsorship of the National Confectioners Association)

Box   29  
Guest: Prentiss M. Brown February 14, 1943 (11 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guests: Claude R. Wickard and Harold B. Rowe February 28, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Robert P. Patterson March 7, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Paul V. McNutt March 14, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Mrs. Phillip M. Crowlie and Harold B. Rowe March 21, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Prentiss M. Brown March 28, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: William L. Batt April 4, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Report April 11, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Roy Hendrickson April 18, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Colonel Paul Logan April 25, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Guest: Joseph Eastman May 2, 1943 (1 phonograph record)
 
Other recordings
Box   29  
Minute Man Spots, Prentiss Brown on defense savings bonds (1 phonograph record)
Box   29  
Speech on behalf of the Michigan Democratic Party October 31, 1940 (4 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Interview at Omaha, Nebraska March 18, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
Box   29  
Speech at Kalamazoo, Michigan June 13, 1942 (1 phonograph record)
Box   29  
Speech at Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 16, 1943 (2 phonograph records)
 
Microfilmed Materials 1932-1973 [series] (12 rolls)

Materials retained by the family have been copied. This Microfilmed Materials series (1932-1973; 12 rolls) includes diaries kept by Brown from 1942 to 1973. The microfilm was includes scrapbooks, the originals of which are described in the Scrapbooks and Clippings series. One of the microfilm reels consists of Brown material located in the Franklin Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York.

 
Diaries [subseries]
Roll   1  
1942-July 2, 1944
Roll   2  
July 2, 1944-1951
Roll   3  
1952-December 1958
Roll   4  
December 1958-1962
Roll   5  
1963-1966
Roll   6  
1967-1970
Roll   7  
1970-1973
 
Appointment book [subseries]
Roll   7  
1960-1973
 
Scrapbooks [subseries]
Roll   8  
March 9, 1932-April 1937
Roll   9  
April 1937-1940
Roll   10  
1941-1942
Roll   11  
1945-1954
 
Correspondence [subseries]
Roll   12  
1937-1942

(originals in the Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York)

Additional Descriptive Data
Selective index to correspondents
Abbott, Horatio J. (Harold Johnson), 1876-
  • Jan. 1934, Nov. 1934, July 1935, Mar. 1936, Apr. 1936
Andrews, Roger Mercein, 1874-1943
  • (Pres.: Mackinac Island St. Park Comm.) Jan. 1934, Apr. 1934, Feb. 1935, Apr. 1935, Sept. 1935, Oct. 1935, Dec. 1935, Jan. 1936, Mar. 1936, Apr. 1936, Sept. 1937
Averill, George R 1893-1971.
  • 1942 [In folder 4-1]
Avery, Sewell
  • (Montgomery Ward Executive) Oct. 5, 1942, Oct. 28, 1942, Dec. 3, 1942, Dec. 12, 1942
Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956.
  • July 1937, Sept. 1938
Bell, Jack L., 1904
  • (Associated Press, Senate Gallery) Dec. 24, 1942, Jan. 5, 1943
Bennett, Harry Herbert, 1892
  • Apr. 21, 1942, May 11, 1942
Byrnes, James Francis, 1879-
  • May 1, 1943
Cady, Claude Ernest, 1878-1953.
  • (6th District, U.S. Congress) May 1935
Cleary, Gerald J.
  • (Chairman - Delta County. Democratic Comm.) Mar. 1933, May 1933, May 1934, June 1934, Nov. 1936, Aug. 1937, Sept. 1937, Feb. 23, 1939 in folder 3-46, Mar. 11, 1939 in folder 3-47
Comstock, William Alfred, 1877-1949.
  • Sept. 17, 1940 [In folder 3-51]
Couzens, Frank, 1902-1950.
  • Nov. 1936, Feb. 1938
Couzens, James Joseph, 1872-1936.
  • Jan. 1936
Debo, Alfred
  • May 1933, May 1934, June 1934, Jan. 1935
DeFoe, Murl Holcomb, 1879-
  • Mar. 1937, Apr. 1937, May 1937
Diggs, Charles Coles, 1922-
  • Sept. 11, 1940 in folder 3-51
Dingell, John David, 1894-1955.
  • (15th District, U.S. Congress) Nov. 3, 1937, Nov. 8, 1937
Downey, Sheridan, 1884-1961
  • (Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from California) Oct. 1938 [In folder 3-42]
Eccles, Marriner Stoddard, 1890-
  • (Chairman, Federal Reserve System) Dec. 19, 1942
Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-
  • June 1934, Nov. 1937, Dec. 1937, Mar. 1938, Aug. 1938, Aug. 30, 1940
Fead, Louis H 1877-1943.
  • (Michigan Supreme Court) Mar. 1933, June 1933, Mar. 1934, May 1934, Nov. 1934, July 1937
Fenlon, Edward H.
  • (State Representative - St. Ignace/Law Partner) May 1933, June 1933, Feb. 1934, Mar. 1934, May 1934
Fitzgerald, Frank Dwight, 1885-1939.
  • Oct. 1935, Nov. 1935
Garner, John Nance, 1868-1967.
  • Oct. 1938 in folder 3-42
Gomon, Josephine
  • May 1937
Green, Fred Warren, 1872-1936.
  • Dec. 1935
Guffey, Joseph F 1870-1959.
  • (U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania) Dec. 22, 1942
Hatch, Carl A 11889-1963.
  • Feb. 16, 1942
Hatfield, Malcolm Keith, 1900-1961.
  • (Judge - Probate and Juvenile Courts, St. Joseph) June 28, 1938, Feb. 8, 1939 (P), Apr. 7, 1939 [In folder 3-47]
Henderson, Leon, 1895-
  • (Administrator - OPA) Sept. 22, 1942, Dec. 12, 1942
Hook, Frank Eugene, 1893
  • Aug. 22, 1943
Hoover, John Edgar, 1895-1972
  • Mar. 23, 1942
Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955.
  • Mar. 1933, Apr. 1933, Sept. 1939, Oct. 11, 1939, Apr. 5, 1940
Hurja, Emil Edward, 1892
  • June 1934, Aug. 1935
Jackson, Robert Houghwout, 1892-1954.
  • (U.S. Attorney General) May 25, 1940
James, William Francis, 1873-1945.
  • Jan. 1934, Feb. 1934
Jones, Jesse Holman, 1874-1956.
  • (Chairman - RFC) June 20, 1936 (P)
Kennedy, George Donald, 1909
  • Apr. 1935, Feb. 25, 1935 (P)
Kimmerle, Charles H 1860-
  • Feb. 1936
Kresge, Sebastian Spering, 1867-1966.
  • Sept. 20, 1945
Lederle, Arthur F, 1887-
  • (U.S. District Judge) Feb. 1937, Nov. 1937, May 31, 1940, Aug. 7, 1940
Lehr, John Camillus, 1878-1958.
  • (U.S. Congress - 2nd District, Michigan) Feb. 1935, Mar. 1935, Apr. 1935, Aug. 1935, Dec. 1935, June 1936
Luecke, John, 1889-1952
  • (State Senator -Escanaba) Apr. 1936, May 1936, June 1936, May 1940
McAllister, Thomas Francis, 1896-
  • (U.S. Supreme Court) 1938?, Nov. 1938, 1941? Nov. 4, 1941, July 29, 1943, Apr. 20, 1939 in folder 3-47
McKay, Frank Donald, 1883-1965.
  • Dec. 1937
Mershon, William Butts, 1856-1943.
  • May 1934
Morgenthau, Henry, 1856-1946.
  • Oct. 10, 1942
Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Dec. 4, 1934, Jan. 7, 1935, July 30, 1935, Sept. 23, 1935, Oct. 2, 1935, Nov. 2, 1935, Dec. 19, 1936, Feb. 10, 1937, May 20, 1937, Aug. 1937 Jan. 28, 1938, Feb. 4, 1938, Apr. 28, 1938, Apr. 1938, May 10, 1938, May 16, 1938, Nov. 7, 1938, Dec. 21, 1938, Jan. 12, 1939, Jan. 14, 1939, Jan. 19, 1939, Feb. 1939, Mar. 1939, Feb. 27 1940, June 10, 1942, Jan. 11, 1943; Feb. 13, 1939 letter from Frank Picard in folder 3-46; Apr. 7, 1939 Report on politics from M. Hatfield in folder 3-47
Musselwhite, Harry Webster, 1868-1955.
  • (U.S. Congress, 9th District) Aug. 1934, Sept. 1934, Oct. 1934, Nov. 1934, Dec. 1934, Jan. 1935
Norris, George William, 1861-1944.
  • Nov. 27, 1942
Osborn, Chase Salmon, 1860-1949.
  • Nov. 1934, July 1936, Aug. 1936, Nov. 1936, Dec. 1936, Jan. 1937, Feb. 1937, Mar. 1937, May 1937, Aug. 1937, Sept. 1937, Aug. 1938, Jan. 1939, Oct. 1939 Jan. 1940, Mar. 1940, June 12, 1940, Aug. 1940, Dec. 1940, Apr. 1941, Dec. 5, 1942, Mar. 11, 1943, Apr. 8, 1943 (Brown for Pres.), May 21, 1943, Jan. 26, 1945, Jan. 28, 1946, Apr. 17, 1942 in folder 4-14, May 1942 in folder 4-15
Osborn, Stella (Brunt), 1894-
  • Dec. 5, 1945
Picard,Frank A., 1889-1963.
  • Feb. 1936, Dec. 1937, Jan. 1940, Feb. 8, 1939 13-461
Reichert, Rudolph Edward, 1887-1965.
  • Nov. 1934
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, Pres. U.S., 1882-1945.
  • Jan. 7, 1942, Oct. 3, 1942, Oct. 7, 1942, Nov. 7, 1942, Nov. 12, 1942, Dec. 7, 1942, Dec. 21, 1942, Dec. 17, 1942, May 29, 1936 in folder 3-39, 2 undated drafts of letters to FDR in folder 1-5, undated letter in folder 3-48, Oct. 28, 1940 in folder 3-52, Oct. 31, 1940 in folder 3-52, Oct. 29, 1940 in folder 3-52, Nov. 4, 1940 in folder 3-53, Nov. 7, 1940 in folder 3-53
Shields, Edmund Claude, 1871-1947.
  • (Lansing lawyer and politician) May 1933, Nov. 1934, Mar. 1936, Dec. 1936, 1937?, Jan. 1937, Feb. 1937, Mar. 1937, May 1937, Aug. 1937, July 23, 1940, Oct. 20, 1941, Apr. 8, 1942, May 5, 1943, Oct. 1943, Feb. 20, 1934 (P), Feb. 13, 1935 (P), Jan.-Feb. 1939 in folder 3-46, Mar. 1939 in folder 3-47, June 1940 in folder 3-50
Smith, Gerald Lyman Kenneth, 1898-
  • 1942 in folder 4-4, 1942 in folder 4-5
Smith, Shirley Wheeler, 1875-1959.
  • Nov. 14, 1942
Spence, Brent, 1874-1967.
  • (U.S. Congress, 5th District, Kentucky) Sept. 26, 1934, Nov. 1935, Dec. 1935
Stack, John K., 1884-1935.
  • (Michigan Auditor General) Mar. 1933, Apr. 1933
Starr, Raymond Wesley, 1888-1968.
  • Dec. 1936
Steagall, Henry Bascom, 1873-1943.
  • (U.S. Congress, Alabama) Oct. 1934
Toms, Robert M (Judge)
  • Feb. 1939
Treanor, Arthur R.
  • (Booth Newspapers) Dec. 31, 1942
Truman, Harry S1884-1972.
  • Mar. 29, 1948 in folder 14-31, Nov. 8, 1940 in folder 3-53
Vandenberg, Arthur Hendrick, 1884-1951.
  • Aug. 17, 1939, Aug 26, 1943, Nov. 14, 1940 in folder 3-53
Van Wagoner, Murray Delos, 1898-
  • Nov. 1935, Mar. 1940
Wagner, Robert Ferdinand, 1877-1953
  • Mar. 27, 1941
Welsh, George Wilson, 1883-1974.
  • (Mayor, Grand Rapids) Apr. 12, 1938, Mar. 11, 1942, Apr. 3, 1942
White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955.
  • Oct. 14, 1942 (re. Brown's record on black issues)
Woodfill, W S
  • Feb. 1933, Mar. 1933, July 23, 1943, Apr. 22, 1951