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Hugh H. Brown Jr. Papers (MS-00883)

Abstract

The Hugh H. Brown Jr. Papers consist of professional and personal papers (1902-1927) from Hugh H. Brown Jr. who was a lawyer in Tonopah, Nevada. The professional communication focuses on Brown's law practice dealing primarily with mining and railroad companies in Central Nevada. The personal papers focus on receipts from purchases made by Brown or his wife, Marjorie.

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Date
1902-1927
Extent
0.64 Cubic Feet (1 box)
0.58 Linear Feet
Resource Type
Papers
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Access Note

Collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Hugh H. Brown Jr. Papers consist of professional and personal papers (1902-1927) from Hugh H. Brown Jr. who was a lawyer in Tonopah, Nevada. The professional papers focuses on Brown's law practice dealing primarily with mining and railroad companies in Central Nevada. The personal papers focus on receipts from purchases made by Brown or his wife, Marjorie. The collection includes information about mining claims and stakes in and around Goldfield and Tonopah, Nevada from companies such as the Ophis Silver Mining Company and the Homestake King Consolidated Bullfrog Mining and Milling Company. Also included is information about specific mines such as Pipe Dream, Yellow Jacket, Big Injun, and White Horse mines. The collection also contains information about railroads in Nevada, particularly the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad Company. The collection provides information on court cases and legal advice that mining companies, railroads, and private citizens utilized in mining boom towns as well as information on items purchased by those living in boom towns.

Biographical / Historical Note

Hugh H. Brown Jr. was born in Stuebenville, Ohio on May 4, 1872. He attended Wooster University from 1890 to 1892 and then Stanford University from 1893 to 1896 where he earned a law degree. In 1897, Brown began working for the San Francisco, California law firm Reddy, Campbell, and Metson.

In 1902, Brown moved to Tonopah, Nevada where he opened the Nevada branch of Campbell, Metson, and Brown. The firm had offices in Tonopah, Rhyolite, and Goldfield, Nevada, all of which experienced significant booms due to mining in the early twentieth century. In 1904 Brown married Marjorie Moore of San Fransisco, California.

In 1910 the firm dissolved and Brown took over. He worked with clients such as the Tonopah Mining Company, the Tonopah and Goldfield Railroad Company, Desert Power and Mills Company, and the Tonopah Belmont Development Company. In 1911, the Nevada Bar Association was founded and Brown became president holding the position until 1912. Brown was also a member of the Nevada State Banking Board.

Source:

Sam P. Davis, The History of Nevada, Volume II (Reno: The Elms Publishing Company, 1913), 1089.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged topically.

Preferred Citation

Hugh H. Brown Jr. Papers, 1902-1927. MS-00883. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.

EAD ID
US::NVLN::MS00883
Acquisition Note

In 2018, materials were purchased; accession numbers 2018-026. In 2021, materials were purchased from Vigilante Rare Documents; accession number 2021-038.

Processing Note

In 2018, Maggie Bukowski processed the materials and created the finding aid in ArchivesSpace. In 2021, Tammi Kim processed the 2021 addition and updated the finding aid.

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