Alexander W. Brown Diaries
The collection contains seven daily diaries (1904, 1909-1912, 1916, 1921) of Alexander W. Brown. Brown was a Danish immigrant and a traveling salesman in the food product business. His work took him around Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Most days have entires of 1-3 sentences about his work and personal activities.
- 1904 - 1921
- Brown, Alexander W. , 1878-? (Person)
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Alexander W. Brown was a Danish immigrant who became a naturalized American in the 1890s. He married Anna F. Plumb in 1899 and had two sons. Various census records show Brown and his family's movement around the United States. The 1910 Census shows the family living in Norfolk, Virginia, and Brown was a traveling salesman for the Cottonlene Company. The 1920 Census shows the family living in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and Brown as a salesman of "pure foods." In 1930, the family is living in Pittsburg, PA, where Brown is a manager of a grocery store and his two sons have presumably moved out. Between 1935 and 1940, Brown was living in Buffalo, New York, where he owned his own general merchandise store.
0.4 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
This collection contains seven daily diaries (1904, 1909-1912, 1916, 1921) of Alexander W. Brown, traveling salesman in the food product business.
Diairies in this collection are in one box, arranged in chronological order.
Source of Acquisition
The Alexander M. Brown Diaries were purchased by Special Collections and University Archives in 2014.
The guide to the Alexander W. Brown Diaries by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of Alexander W. Brown Diaries was completed in September 2021. Minor additional description was completed in June 2022.
- Alexander W. Brown Diaries, 1904-1921
- Maddy Altobelli, Student Intern, and Kira Dietz, Archivist
- 2022 (CC0 1.0)
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