1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Inventory

6.   Subjects

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 Henry Martin Brown Family Papers

 Providence family.

 Papers, 1881-1951

 Size: 0.5 lin. ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 890

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, July 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            H. Martin Brown (1850-1926) was born in Bolton, Connecticut, the son of Arba H. and Harriet (Dart) Brown. He moved to Providence in 1887, and served on the boards of numerous corporations. When his brother, D. Russell Brown (1848-1919), was Governor of Rhode Island from 1892 through 1895, H. Martin served as his chief of staff and held the rank of Colonel of the Militia. He was also a staunch Republican. The pinnacle of his career was the presidency of the Industrial National Bank of Providence, which held from 1912 to 1924.

            His younger daughter Marion N. Brown (d. after 1973) married in 1908 lawyer Harvey A. Baker (1881-1951). Baker also held honorary rank as Colonel, and served as District Attorney from 1914-1920.

            Their daughter Marion M. Baker (d. after 1962 ) married mechanical engineer Evert W. Freeman (d. ca. 1959) of Providence in 1940.

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Scope and content:

            These papers contain miscellaneous memorabilia of H. Martin Brown, including news clippings relating to his career, and especially his role at Industrial Trust Bank. There is a volume which carefully details his estate. There are also some documents relating to his role as Gov. Brown's chief of staff. The collection contains very little correspondence, and no business records. There are also wedding albums for his daughter and granddaughter, as well as some other memorabilia.

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            The collection was probably a gift of Marion (Baker) Freeman between 1960 and 1978.

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H. Martin Brown

Folder 1. Biographical notes


                        Charter of the National Ring Traveller Company, 1881

Folder 2. Militia/Political/D. Russell Brown, 1892-1895, 1904, 1919

Folder 3. Industrial Trust Co. - Clippings, ephemera, 1911-24

Folder 4. Industrial Trust Co. - Scrapbook, 1912-1915

Folder 5. Obituaries, will, estate, memorial service, 1926

Oversize folder: Commission as Aide-de-camp, 1892.

Harvey and Marion (Brown) Baker

Folder 6. Misc. clippings, etc., 1907-1951

Folder 7. Wedding book, 1908

Evert W. and Marion (Baker) Freeman

Folder 8. Wedding scrapbook, 1940

Folder 9. Clippings, wedding certificate, 1938-1940

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Baker, Harvey A. (1881-1951)

Baker, Marion N. (Brown) (ca. 1885-after 1972)

Banks and Banking - Rhode Island - Providence

Brown, Daniel Russell (1848-1919)

Freeman, Evert W. (died ca. 1959)

Freeman, Marion M. (Baker) (ca. 1915-after 1962)

Industrial Trust Company, Providence

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