David J. Brown Papers, 1860-1876

Mss.B.B813

Date: 1860-1876 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, 164 items

Abstract

This collection centers on Brown's geological investigations in various areas of Scotland and England concerning fossils, geological formations, deposits, etc. His activity in the Edinburgh Geological Society is documented in the letters and in newspaper clippings. Several of the letters contain diagrams, also geological maps (manuscript and printed) of Edinburgh and its environs, drawn by Charles Lapworth.

Background note

The Scottish geologist David J. Brown played an active role in the Edinburgh Geological Society. Elected to the society in 1863, he read many papers before it and acted as conductor on their expeditions. At the time of his election, his occupation was listed as "baker." His name last appeared in the society's Roll of Members in May 1874.

Scope and content

A fine collection of letters written mostly to Scottish geologist David J. Brown, from 1860-1876. Included are 49 letters written by paleontologist Thomas Davidson, some of which refer to the Silurian Brachiopoda of the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. There are also letters from David Page, president of the Edinburgh Geological Society, as well as many other members of the same society; Professor J. H. McChesney of the University of Chicago, etc. Several letters contain diagrams. The collection also contains a small series of geological maps (manuscript and printed) of Edinburgh and its environs.

Collection Information

Physical description

164 items.

Provenance

Purchased from Zeitlin & Ver Brugge Booksellers and accessioned, 5/13/1969 (1969 762ms).

Indexing Terms


Corporate Name(s)

  • Edinburgh Geological Society

Genre(s)

  • Clippings.
  • Maps.

Personal Name(s)

  • Brown, David J.
  • Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903
  • Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885
  • Hughes, Thomas McKenny, 1832-1917
  • Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920
  • McChesney, J. H.
  • Page, David, 1814-1879
  • Thomson, James, 1823-1900
  • Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921

Subject(s)

  • Fossils -- Collection and preservation.
  • Geology -- Research -- England.
  • Geology -- Research -- Scotland.
  • Paleontology -- Scotland -- Pentland Hills -- Silurian.


Detailed Inventory

I. Correspondence
1860-1876 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1860 January 3 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1863 December 11 
Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
Letter to David J. Brown
1864 April 184 pages

Concerning an essay on the Origin of Species which Darwin finds "striking and original in many parts."

Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1864 June 21 
Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1864 June 24 
Hunter, J. R..
Letter to David J. Brown
1864 August 30 
Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 May 5 
Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 August 15 
Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 August 22 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 September 2 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 September 16 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 September 29 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 October 9 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 October 16 
Hunter, Joseph S..
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 October 21 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 November 20 
Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921.
Letter to David J. Brown
1865 December 16 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 January 23 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 January 29 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 February 5 
Haswell, James, 1805-1871.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 February 6 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 February 6 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 February 20 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 February 22 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Traquair, R. H. (Ramsay Heatley), 1840-1912.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 March 1 
Jenkins, H. M. (Henry Michael), 1840-1886.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 March 19 
Woodward, Henry, 1832-1921.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 April 14 
Lowthian, Joseph.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 May 12 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 May 25 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 May 28 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 June 1 
Salter, John William, 1820-1869.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 June 16 
Salter, John William, 1820-1869.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 June 26 
Daison, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 July 21 
Daison, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 4 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 4 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 6 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 9 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 10 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 August 14 
McChesney, J. H..
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 September 1 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 September 9 
McChesney, J. H..
Calling Card
1866 September 19 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 September 24 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 September 29 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 October 12 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 October 13 
McChesney, J. H..
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 October 15 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 October 17 
Harkness, Robert, 1816-1878.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 October 20 
Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 November 13 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 November 16 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 December 14 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 December 18 
Brims, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1866 December 25 
Brims, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 January 14 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 January 17 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 February 5 
Davidson, George William.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 February 9 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 March 2 
Grant, A. W..
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 March 19 
Lowthian, Joseph.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 April 1 
Lowthian, Joseph.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 April 11 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 May 21 
Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 July 18 
Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 July 26 
Wallace, Thomas.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 August 3 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 August 7 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 August 19 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 October 14 
Davidson, George William.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 October 28 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 November 1 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 November 10 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 December 8 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1867 December 24 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
[1867] 

Monday evening

Stuart-Menteath, Patrick William, 1845-1925.
Letter to David J. Brown
[1867] 

Wednesday

Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 January 9 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 January 11 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 March 23 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 July 11 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 September 23 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 October 26 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1868 November 26 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 May 12 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 June 25 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 August 14 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 August 19 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 September 3 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1869 November 11 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1870 January 6 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1870 January 13 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1870 March 23 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1870 October 19 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1870 October 25 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
[1870] 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 April 24 

See also map in Series II: Lapworth, Charles. Western Peebles-Shire showing the calcareous beds of the Wrae Hill, Glencotho and Kilbucho. 1871 April 24.

Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 7 

See also map in Series II: Lapworth, Charles. Catchment basin of Saint Mary's Loch, [Scotland]. 1871 July 7.

Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 13 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 19 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 20 
Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 26 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 July 26 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 August 2 
Brown, David J..
Letter to Thomas McKenny Hughes, 1832-1917
1871 August 3 
Hughes, Thomas McKenny, 1832-1917.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 August 5 
Hughes, Thomas McKenny, 1832-1917.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 August 
Statham, F. Reginald (Francis Reginald), 1844-1908.
Letter to A. W. Grant
1871 October 17 

Broadside

Statham, F. Reginald (Francis Reginald), 1844-1908.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 October 19 
Statham, F. Reginald (Francis Reginald), 1844-1908.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 October 24 
Statham, F. Reginald (Francis Reginald), 1844-1908.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 October 30 
Brown, David J..
Service for Sunday Evening
1871 November 5 

Scientific method and religion

Grant, A. W..
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 November 30 
Grant, A. W..
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 December 3 
Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 December 28 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1871 

Friday. With map.

Richardson, Ralph, 1845-1933.
Letter to David J. Brown
1872 January 9 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1872 November 25 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Davidson, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 January 21 
Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 April 8 
Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 April 10 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 May 7 
Young, John.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 May 14 

Likely either John Young, 1823-1900; or, John Young, 1835-1902

Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 June 5 
Grant, A. W..
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 September 8 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 October 13 
Etheridge, Robert, Junior, 1846-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 October 27 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 November 14 
Daison, James.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 November 30 
Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1873 December 132 items
Etheridge, Robert, Junior, 1846-1920.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 February 2 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 February 11 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 February 14 
Page, David, 1814-1879.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 April 15 
King, J. Falconer.
Milk Analysis
1874 April 29 

Broadside. Reprinted from the North British Agriculturist

Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 June 29 
Jones, T. Rupert (Thomas Rupert), 1819-1911.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 July 3 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 September 15 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 September 16 
Hopkinson, John, 1844-1919.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 September 17 
Gray, John, 1799-1883.
Letter to David J. Brown
1874 October 2 
Geikie, Archibald, 1835-1924.
Letter to David J. Brown
1876 January 24 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
July 24 
Thomson, James, 1823-1900.
Letter to David J. Brown
August 22 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
September 12 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
October 19 
Braye, Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, Baron, 1849-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
November 8 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
December 28 
Davidson, Thomas, 1817-1885.
Letter to David J. Brown
Sunday 
Braye, Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, Baron, 1849-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
Monday 
Brown, John Allen, 1831-1903.
Letter to David J. Brown
Monday 
Braye, Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, Baron, 1849-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
Tuesday 
Braye, Alfred Thomas Townshend Verney-Cave, Baron, 1849-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
Wednesday 
Horne, John, 1848-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
Thursday morning 
Horne, John, 1848-1928.
Letter to David J. Brown
Saturday 
Brown, David J..
On the Denudation of Upper Annandale and the Erosion of the Devil's Tub
Undated 

Newspaper clipping

Service
Undated 
II. Maps
1867-1871 
Lowthian, Joseph.
Geological map of the plain of Cumberland, England, showing the Pennine fault and the Eden River
11 April 18671 map, 39.4 x 25.4 cm

Realms of Gold, 7 (1).

Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Western Peebles-Shire showing the calcareous beds of the Wrae Hill, Glencotho and Kilbucho
24 April 18711 map, 14 x 19.7 cm

Colored. Realms of Gold, 7 (2).

Lapworth, Charles, 1842-1920.
Catchment basin of Saint Mary's Loch [Scotland]
7 July 18711 map, 20.3 x 23.5 cm

Realms of Gold, 7 (3).

Brown, David J..
Geological map of the neighborhood of Galashiels, Scotland
n.d.1 map, 14 x 20.3 cm

Realms of Gold, 7 (4).

Brown, David J..
Moorfoot Hills, Scotland
n.d.1 map, 37.5 x 28.6 cm

Colored. Realms of Gold, 7 (6).

Brown, David J..
North Esk reservoir
n.d.1 map, 20.3 x 14 cm

Colored. Realms of Gold, 7 (5).