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Accession Number: 92-014


John Quentin Brown fonds. -- 1912-1984. -- 13 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

John Quentin Brown (Quentin), (1919-2006), U.E.L., was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Newton H. Brown and Grace Amanda Young, U.E.L. He worked for the Fairchild Aircraft Company between May 1939 and December 1941. In 1941, he joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR). On active duty, Quentin served in Prince Rupert on HMCS French, on HMCS Malpeque and on HMCS Ontario demobilizing in December 1945. Correspondence from the War years exchanged between Quentin, his brother Robert and his sister Elizabeth is found in the book The Army's Mister Brown: A Family Trilogy 1941-1952, compiled by Elizabeth, Robert and Quentin in 1982; another brother, Harcourt Brown, was editor. After returning from War, Quentin earned a B.A. from McGill University in 1946 and a M.A. in dramatic art from the University of North Carolina in 1948. He married Myrtle Louise Stumberg of Alabama 28 August 1948 and together they had four children. Quentin worked in Ottawa at Crawley Films for 11 years. He moved to Boston and worked for the Educational Development Centre for 10 years where his main contribution was as producer of the Netsilik Eskimo film series—innovative films that focused on close portrayals of Indigenous people living in their own settings, with Inuit dialogue, and without English-speakers and talking heads. He also held a position at the University of Manitoba as Director of Instructional Media for seven years. In 1976, he moved to the Peterborough area where he was a researcher, amateur historian and writer; he was the editor of This Green and Pleasant Land: Chronicles of Cavan Township produced by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society in 1990. For a number of years, Quentin volunteered at Trent University Archives and was an active member of the Friends of the Bata Library at Trent.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Quentin Brown of Peterborough, Ontario before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of assorted records relating to the international rooms at the University of Pittsburg, research notes and material on Cavan Township in Ontario, programs of the Kawartha Summer Theatre, the history of Fraserville pastoral charge, records relating to James Fallis, anatomy overlays "structures of the head", northern housing committee reports and solar energy newsletters.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Quentin Brown of Peterborough, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

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1. University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms

picture books on Nationality Rooms

Carnegie Magazine Summer 1975: Interview with Ruth Crawford Mitchell, founder of Nationality Rooms

memos from Nationality Rooms Program Office 1956

Nationality Rooms Program Newsletter 1984  

2. Solar Energy

pamphlet, conference program and newsletters of Solar Energy Society of Canada 1975-80

correspondence and report of Maine Audubon Society 1977-78  

3. Kawartha Summer Theatre

performance programmes 1977-82

pamphlet on Academy Theatre, Lindsay  

4. Research Materials

History of the Fraserville Pastoral Charge

clipping on Cavan Council 1912-13

copies of materials from Fallis Collection  

5. Miscellaneous

Trans vision anatomy of headstructures involved in problems of oral prosthesis

Northern Housing Committee Housing for the North: the Stackwall system 1975