Finding Aid of the Aycock Brown Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1934/1965">1934 - 1965</date>, PC.5127

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Finding Aid of the Aycock Brown Papers, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1934/1965">1934 - 1965</date>, PC.5127

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 , edited the and founded the . 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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Aycock Brown Papers
Call Number
PC.5127
Creator
Brown, Aycock, 1904-1984
Date
1934-1965
Extent
0.68 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Collection Overview

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.

Arrangement Note

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

Biographical Note

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 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 , edited the and founded the . 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 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.

Contents of the Collection

1. Finding Aid

2. Business Papers

Beaufort Chamber of Commerce,1935
Box 1
Improvements to Navigation and Transportation, Carteret County,1935
Box 1
Railroads, Beaufort County Material
Box 1
Misc. Carteret County Materials
Box 1
USCG Request for additional station, suggestions to discontinue,1935, 1937
Box 1
50th Anniversary, First Flight,1953
Box 2
Pirates Jamboree,1958-1964
Box 2
Bill Fishing, Dare County,1964
Box 2
Aycock Brown, Misc. Materials
Box 2

3. Correspondence

General Correspondence
Box 1
1934, 1934
Jan.-Apr. 1935, Jan.-Apr. 1935
Box 1
May-Dec. 1935, May-Dec. 1935
Box 1
Jan.-Mar. 1936, Jan.-Mar. 1936
Box 1
Mar.-Dec. 1936, Mar.-Dec. 1936
Box 1
1937, 1937
Box 1
1938, 1938
Box 1
General Correspondence and Telegrams
Box 1

Subject Headings

  • 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.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Outer Banks History Center Staff prior to 2001.
  • Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009