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William J. and Jane Brown papers, circa 1940-2014

Brown, Bill, 1923-1992

Collection Information

Size: 7.9 linear feet

Summary: The papers of William J. and Jane Brown date from circa 1940-2014 and measure 7.9 linear feet. The collection is comprised of biographical material, correspondence, interviews, writings and notes, printed material and documentaries, photographs and moving images, and administrative records from the Penland School of Crafts where William served as director from 1962 to 1983.

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.


The portions of the William J. and Jane Brown papers that were lent for microfilming in 1991 by Jane Brown were subsequently donated by Jane Brown 1995 and 2015 along with additional papers.

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