Scope and Content of Collection
The Paul Dennis Brown Family papers span the years from 1879 to 1973 with the bulk covering 1940 to 1960. The collection consists of correspondence, diaries, news clippings, writings, publications, photographs, a scrapbook, blueprints, a map, and memorabilia. The correspondence to P. D. Brown consists mainly of letters regarding his retirement. The majority of the news clippings focus on Charles County history, including the annual Charles County Fair, Maryland's 1958 tercentenary celebration, southern Maryland historic homes, agriculture and tobacco. There are also several articles about the civic activities of P. D. and Margaret Brown and P. D. Brown's retirement. The scrapbook and the photographs document the Charles County Fairs, its pageants and the fair's Queen Nicotina and her Court of the Magic Weed.