MsC 754

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1940 -- 1951
.25 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: November 2003

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Lewis H. Brown was born on February 13, 1894 in Creston, Iowa. He entered the University of Iowa in 1915 and worked his way through college working as a research assistant and librarian for the State Historical Society.

During World War I Brown served as an infantry captain in France. After his discharge he went to work for Montgomery Ward and in eight years was assistant general operating manager.

He resigned from Montgomery Ward at thirty-five to become the youngest man ever to be chairman of the board of Johns-Manville.

During World War II Brown was advisor to General Levin Campbell, chief of army ordnance, and received the Medal of Honor for his work. At the war's end, he went to Europe at the request of General Lucius Clay to report on the industrial situation in Germany. Brown's book, Report on Germany, tells of his on-the-spot experiences and opinions. Brown died February 26, 1951 in Delray, Florida.

Taken from an article in the Daily Iowan of March 6, 1951.
Jacque Roethler 11/03

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of clippings, annual reports and press releases from Johns-Manville, print-offs of several speeches given by Brown, and various versions of his book Report on Germany.

Related materials

Report on Germany MAIN Library HC286.5 .B76 1947 


Annual report, 1949, Johns-Manville


Press releases


"America Tomorrow" Reprinted from Dun's Review, September 1945.

"America's Future." An address given at Temple University, February 16, 1942, Philadelphia. 2 copies

"Is An Enduring Peace Possible?" An address before the Iowa Taxpayers Association, November 12, 1943, Des Moines. 2 copies

"Patterns for the Future." An address given at a conference on war finance and industry, May 19, 1942, New York

A Report on Germany

Typescript with revisions

Galley proof with revisions

"Brown's Report." Newsweek, October 27, 1947. Galley proofs.

"Let's Get Germany Off Our Back!" Collier's, November 1, 1947. Reprint

"Summary of a Report on Germany." Bound photocopy


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