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F. Martin Brown papers, circa 1926-1990

Identifier: Mss .B76-.B761

Scope and content

The collection consists of correspondence, notebooks, data cards, articles, notes and other research material, and personal papers. The first group of 51 boxes has had preliminary processing, with pencilled notations on the outside indicating each box's contents. Subjects include Edwards, Mead, Fabricius, and Pike's Peak. The second group of 9 boxes is unprocessed material. A bibliography of Brown's publications is filed with the collection.


  • 1926 - 1990


Restrictions on Access

Please contact Special Collections; materials are sometimes restricted.

Biographical sketch

F(rederick) Martin Brown was a geologist, entomologist, paleoentomologist, physiologist and teacher, associated with Colorado and the Rocky Mountains area for most of his working life, but with wide-ranging interests and projects. He was a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History from 1926 to 1929 and again from 1957 on, and published a number of papers in its Bulletin and in American Museum novitates. In his entomological work, Brown specialized in the study of Lepidoptera, particularly butterflies. One of his projects involved tracing the routes of 19th century collectors, including William H. Edwards and Theodore L. Mead, and studying the type specimens named by them. In another project he studied the taxonomical work of Johann C. Fabricius. From 1929 through the 1930s, Brown studied and collected in Jamaica, Yucatán and Ecuador; and in 1946, Costa Rica. He was a researcher at the Florissant (Colo.) Fossil Beds, studying the fossil insects, and also published works on geology. Brown died in 1993.


34.5 Linear Feet (60 boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence in B76 is arranged: Organized into two groups: B76. Papers (51 boxes). B761. 1998 accession (9 boxes). alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

1998 accession;: Accession number--(1998-99.04)..

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The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation provided support to make this finding aid available in ArchivesSpace (2016-2017). Minimal level collection record created with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

American Museum of Natural History
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