Collection SC017 - Bruce and Dorothy Brown collection

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Bruce and Dorothy Brown collection

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  • ca. 2000 B.C.-1970 (Creation)

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64 items
15 maps
ca. 50 medals and decorations

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Bruce and Dorothy Brown are collectors of rare documents of antiquarian interest. They have collected widely, purchasing many of the objects from John Maggs, a dealer in London, and from dealers in Victoria. Their purpose is to bring together a variety of documents to expose students to documents of historic interest or beauty.

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The collection consists of ancient documents, including a cuneiform tablet and an Egyptian hieroglyph; Medieval and Renaissance documents from England, France, Spain and Italy, 1243-1599, including deeds, charters, illuminated manuscript leaves, letter, letters patent, papal bulls, fragments from religious manuscripts, manuscripts on medicine and magic, a catalogue of English armorial shields, statutes of the Garter, and a manuscript of a Spanish Armelite prioress; modern literary and political manuscripts, records, and autographs, including policies of assurance, letters, and World War I and World War II surrender documents; autographs of various world figures; maps of Europe, Asia and North America; medals, decorations, and flags, mostly from Europe.

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America--Discovery and exploration--Russia--1770--Maps; Autographs--Collections; Berkshire (England)--1756--Maps; Book collecting; Brazil--1740--Maps; Burgh, Hubert de, d. 1243-- Charter; Cambridgeshire (England)--1648--Maps; Charters; Deeds; Deeds--Great Britain; Edinburgh (Scotland)--1582--Maps; Great Britain--1806--Maps; Hieroglyphics; Historical geography--Maps; Hudson Bay--1745--Maps; India--c.1630--Maps; Islamic Calligraphy--Manuscript; Legal documents; Manuscripts; Manuscripts, Latin--England; Manuscripts, Renaissance; Maps--Early works to 1800; Medals; Northumberland (England)--1722--Maps; Northwest Coast of North America--c1784--Maps; Russia--1651--Maps; Westmorland (England)--c1610--Maps; World--1663--Maps

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Revised by JF, June 19, 2013.

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