Fonds MS-2-379 - Velma Brown fonds

Waiting for the Echo

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Velma Brown fonds

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  • 1971-1979 (Creation)

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8 cm of textual records

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Velma Purdy Brown was born in 1915 in Truro, the eldest daughter of Gordon Dencil and Elsie Mae (Talbot) Purdy. After finishing school she worked at Truro Printing and Publishing and Margolian's Department Store. In 1940 she married Frederick Cameron Brown and in 1964 moved to Dartmouth and Halifax.

Brown was active and involved in the arts, her church, and charitable activities. A prolific writer of poetry and prose for her own pleasure, she also contributed to various local church publications. She was involved in producing newsletters and other materials, particularly relating to the United Amateur Press Association (UAPA). Her own poetry flourished from 1971-1979 when she had her work published in many UAPA and other publications. Brown died in 2009.

Custodial history

Fonds was donated by Velma Brown in 1979.

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Fonds consists of newsletters and poetry publications from 1971-1979. Most of the publications feature poetry written by Velma Brown, but a number of other authors are also featured, including Sidney M. Parker, known as the blind poet of Truro, Nova Scotia.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See also the papers of Sidney Mansfield Parker (MS-2-378).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Velma Brown fonds, MS-2-379, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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