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William J. and Jane Brown papers, 1948-1991

William J. and Jane Brown papers, 1948-1991

Brown, William J. (William Joseph), 1923-1992

Designer, Arts administrator

Collection Information

Size: 10.8 linear feet

Summary: Biographical material, letters, legal documents, financial records, notes, writings, interviews, subject files, photographs, a scrapbook, printed material, and audio visual material, mostly concerning William Brown's tenure as director of the Penland School of Crafts.

Biographical/Historical Note

William J. Brown (1923-1992) was a designer, taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the University of Delaware and was the second director of the Penland School of Crafts from 1962-1983. He was married to Jane Brown (1932- ), an arts administrator in Bakserville, North Carolina.


Papers on reels 4516-4518 were lent for microfilming in 1991 by Jane Brown. She subsequently donated the material lent along with additional papers in 1995 and 2015.

Additional Forms Available

Microfilm reels 4516-4518 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.

How to Cite This Collection

William J. and Jane Brown papers, 1948-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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