Brown Photographic Collection


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0233 Acc 9219
Held at: National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division
Domain: archival
Title: Brown Photographic Collection
Date(s) of contents: ? 1900- ? 1930
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: Album containing c140 photographs, plus 2 envelopes containing c40 photographs.

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Brown, Alexander

Administrative/Biographical history: Dr Alexander Brown was a medical missionary from Aberdeen who worked at the Livingstonia mission (named after the missionary and explorer David Livingstone (1813-1873)) in Malawi during the early years of the twentieth century.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was presented to the National Library of Scotland in 1986.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: The collection contains photographs, many annotated in English, of subjects including:
missionary habitations and churches in locations including Bandawe (Malawi) and Chipata (Zambia);
portraits of non-Africans including other missionaries, including an unspecified member of the reknowned Moffat missionary family (possibly John Smith Moffat (1835-1918));
several photographs of the monument marking the grave of the missionary David Livingstone (1813-1873);
indigenous peoples including lay missionary workers such as schoolteachers and dispensary workers, (including pictures of missionary classes),and their habitations, surroundings and livestock, including scenes at Kasungu, Chipata, Luangwa;
landscapes and portraits contained in an enveloped labelled "At home" (presumably Scotland, and appearing not to be located in African settings).

System of arrangement: The collection consists of one photograph album, plus two envelopes containing loose photographs, labelled "Africa: Nyasaland, N. E. Rhodesia" and "At home".

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English.

Conditions governing access: *

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: None.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Churches
Educational missionary work
Ethnic groups
Indigenous lay workers
Indigenous populations
Laity
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Mission schools
Missionaries
Missionary work
Photographs
Religious activities
Religious buildings
Religious groups
Schools
Visual materials

Personal names
Brown | Alexander | medical missionary at Livingstonia
Livingstone | David | 1813-1873 | missionary and explorer

Corporate names
Livingstonia Mission | Malawi

Places
Africa
Bandawe
Chipata
Chitambo
Livingstonia
Luangwa
Malawi
Muchinga
Southern Africa
Zambia