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Aycock Brown Papers


Aycock Brown (1904-1984) was a journalist, publicity director and photographer from Caldwell County, North Carolina. During the summer of 1928, Brown was hired to promote the Beaufort and Atlantic Beach area, after which he accepted a job promoting the Pamlico Inn on Ocracoke Island in exchange for room and board. Brown wrote a popular column, "Covering the Waterfront," that ran in newspapers across North Carolina. He also wrote for the Durham Herald, edited the Beaufort News and founded the Ocracoke Beacon. In the 1930s, he worked for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.Though some of the materials in this collection reflect Brown's later work in Dare County, the majority of these papers are f ... (more below)

Title

Aycock Brown Papers

Collection Number

PC.5127

Date(s)

1934-1965

Box 1Box 2
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
0.68
Abstract

Aycock Brown (1904-1984) was a journalist, publicity director and photographer from Caldwell County, North Carolina. During the summer of 1928, Brown was hired to promote the Beaufort and Atlantic Beach area, after which he accepted a job promoting the Pamlico Inn on Ocracoke Island in exchange for room and board. Brown wrote a popular column, "Covering the Waterfront," that ran in newspapers across North Carolina. He also wrote for the  Durham Herald, edited the  Beaufort News and founded the  Ocracoke Beacon. In the 1930s, he worked for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

Though some of the materials in this collection reflect Brown's later work in Dare County, the majority of these papers are from the time period that Brown worked for the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce in the 1930s.

Physical Location

Manuscript boxes: 4F6-5B2

Image boxes: 17C1-17G3

Oversize boxes: 40C0-40D2

Creator

Brown, Aycock, 1904-1984

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


This collection is arranged topically. It is divided into two main series: Correspondence and Business Papers.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Outer Banks History Center Staff prior to 2001.

Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009


Charles Brantley Aycock Brown (1904-1984), was a journalist, publicity director, and photographer. Named after former governor Charles Brantley Aycock, he was born in Caldwell County, North Carolina in 1904 to Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Brown. Shortly after high school, Brown worked at Elizabeth City's  The Independent before taking journalism courses at Columbia University.

During the summer of 1928, Brown was hired to promote the Beaufort and Atlantic Beach area, after which he accepted a job promoting the Pamlico Inn on Ocracoke Island in exchange for room and board. He met and married Esther Styron, an island native. Together, they had three children, two boys and one girl.

Brown wrote a popular column, "Covering the Waterfront" that ran in newspapers across North Carolina. He also wrote for the  Durham Herald, edited the  Beaufort News and founded the  Ocracoke Beacon. In the 1930s, he worked for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.

During World War II, Brown worked as a civilian intelligence agent where he reported sinking ships and submarine sightings for the U.S. Navy. He also interviewed survivors, examined bodies that washed ashore, and arranged for proper burials.

In 1948, he came to Dare County to be the publicity director for  The Lost Colony outdoor drama, which was on the verge of closing due to dwindling audiences. He used promotional celebrity nights, news articles, and photographs to breath new life into the play. In 1952, Brown became the first director of the Dare County Tourist Bureau. He held this post until 1976, when he decided to work part-time as news director for the bureau and become a photographer for the Roanoke Island Historical Association.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-36 and GRF-27


[Identification of item], PC.5127, Aycock Brown Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.



Though some of the materials in this collection reflect Brown's later work in Dare County, the majority of these papers are from the time period that Brown worked for the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce in the 1930s.


  • Brown, Aycock, 1904-1984
  • Brown, Aycock, 1904-1984--Correspondence
  • Beaufort Chamber of Commerce (Beaufort, N.C.)
  • United States. Coast Guard
  • Billfish fishing--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Flight--Anniversaries
  • Railroads--North Carolina--Beaufort
  • Tourism--North Carolina--Beaufort
  • Tourism--North Carolina--Carteret County
  • Beaufort (N.C.)
  • Beaufort Harbor (N.C.)

Folder: 1:3.1  
Beaufort Chamber of Commerce
1935

Folder: 1:3.2  
Improvements to Navigation and Transportation, Carteret County
1935

Folder: 1:3.3  
Railroads, Beaufort County Material

Folder: 1:3.4  
Misc. Carteret County Materials

Folder: 1:3.5  
USCG Request for additional station, suggestions to discontinue
1935, 1937

Folder: 2:3.6  
50th Anniversary, First Flight
1953

Folder: 2:3.7  
Pirates Jamboree
1958-1964

Folder: 2:3.8  
Bill Fishing, Dare County
1964

Folder: 2:3.9  
Aycock Brown, Misc. Materials

Folder: 1:2.1  
General Correspondence

PC.5127  
1934
1934
Folder: 1:2.2  
Jan.-Apr. 1935
Jan.-Apr. 1935
Folder: 1:2.3  
May-Dec. 1935
May-Dec. 1935
Folder: 1:2.4  
Jan.-Mar. 1936
Jan.-Mar. 1936
Folder: 1:2.5  
Mar.-Dec. 1936
Mar.-Dec. 1936
Folder: 1:2.6  
1937
1937
Folder: 1:2.7  
1938
1938

Folder: 1:2.8  
General Correspondence and Telegrams