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Donald N. Brown collection

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original) -2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
3 boxes of textual records + 1 audio/visual record + 31 photographs
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 194
Photo catalogue 241
MSS098
MSS148
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs Freeman Donald N. Brown took while involved in Burnaby Historical Society activities as well as textual records pertaining to his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the collection are textual records and photographs pertaining to his i…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1925 (date of original) -2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
3 boxes of textual records + 1 audio/visual record + 31 photographs
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Location
Photo catalogue 194
Photo catalogue 241
MSS098
MSS148
Scope and Content
Collection consists of photographs Freeman Donald N. Brown took while involved in Burnaby Historical Society activities as well as textual records pertaining to his career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the collection are textual records and photographs pertaining to his involvement with various community groups including the Oakalla Lands Citizens' Committee and the renovation of Burnaby Village Museum and the restoration of Interurban tram no. 1223.
History/Biography
Donald (Don) Neil Brown was born in Birmingham, England and moved with his family to Canada, settling in Winnipeg in 1922 when he was only an infant. He walked out of his Senior Matriculation classes on September 8, 1939 to join the Royal Canadian Engineers. Two weeks later, Don eloped with his high school sweetheart, Helen J., just months before he was to be shipped overseas with the 3rd Contingent of Canadian Troops. He served in the army with the Royal Canadian Engineer’s 12th Field Company and saw action in both Sicily and Italy. In 1945, Don returned to obtain his Senior Matriculation and a year of university studies before re-enlisting in the army as a Second Lieutenant. He spent the next two years stationed in Chilliwack with his wife and their first child. In 1947, Don left the army to join the ranks of the British Columbia Provincial Police force – embarking on a three-decade long career. His first assignment brought him to Burnaby where he served from 1947-1954, first as a member of the BC Police Department and then as a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. In 1954, Don was transferred to Regina, Saskatchewan and then on to Ottawa, Ontario to serve in the Crime Detection Laboratories. He became qualified as an Examiner of Questioned Documents and provided expert testimony in such matters as handwriting, counterfeiting, graphic arts, alterations, etc. He attained the rank of first Corporal, and then Sergeant in the RCMP. Don was transferred to Vancouver to be the Second in Charge of a new laboratory and head of the Document Section in July, 1963. On December 9, 1967, Helen Brown ran as an independent for the position of Alderman on the Burnaby Council. Unfortunately, she was not elected. In May of 1970, Don was promoted to Sub-Inspector and was transferred to Edmonton to take command of the new Crime Detection Laboratory. By 1972, he was promoted to full Inspector. Transferred back to Vancouver in 1975, Don became the Officer-in-Charge of a new Crime Laboratory and took over the National Police Services pilot project for British Columbia. He was rewarded for this work with a promotion to Superintendent in September, 1975. In 1976, after a distinguished 35 years combined service to the armed forces and the police, Don retired and founded his own laboratory to carry on his work in the field of questioned documents. He became a Fellow (Emeritus) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a Life Member (Emeritus) and Past Director of the Canadian Society of Forensic Sciences, a Member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners. After his retirement, Don decided to become involved in local politics and with the blessing of his wife and six children, he joined the Burnaby Voters’ Association as their Secretary and in 1978 was elected to a two-year term as a Burnaby School Trustee. During the next municipal election held in November of 1979, he successfully ran for Alderman. Don Brown served Burnaby as Alderman from 1979 to 1985. During this time, Don also became a member of the Community College for the Retired, the Horsemen’s Society and the Burnaby Historical Society. He has also given his support to Arts Council programs and numerous other community functions over the years. He also wrote a book about the BC Provincial Police (Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Police 1858-1950; 2000). In 1991, Don was appointed as Chair of the Burnaby Centennial Committee, dedicating himself to making Burnaby’s Centennial celebration a memorable success. His contributions were always supported by his wife Helen, and their work during the Centennial Year was just one example of the strength of their 66-year partnership. They were both formally recognized for their efforts when they were chosen to receive the Kushiro Cup and named the Citizens of the Year in 1992. Also that year, Don was a recipient of the Canadian 125 Medal and one year later, in March 1993, Donald Brown was awarded Burnaby’s highest honour and was made a Freeman of the City of Burnaby. Don Neil Brown passed away in 2010.
Media Type
Textual Record
Photograph
Moving Images
Notes
Title based on contents of fonds
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Description Level
Series
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records that were created during the course of Don Brown's career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the series is the publication entitled "Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Provincial Police, 1858-1950" written by Donald N. Brown.
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1953-2000
Collection/Fonds
Donald N. Brown collection
Physical Description
2 files of textual records
Description Level
Series
Series
Police Service series
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records that were created during the course of Don Brown's career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Also included in the series is the publication entitled "Why? The Last Years of the British Columbia Provincial Police, 1858-1950" written by Donald N. Brown.
Media Type
Textual Record
Creator
Donald N. Brown
Notes
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1991-2016
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Outdoor Club fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Physical Description
1 folder textual records + 3 optical discs : CD-ROM
Item No.
MSS162
Storage Location
66-7-1
56-5-1-8
Scope and Content
Fonds is comprised of the Burnaby Outdoor Club Newsletter "Footnotes" published monthly. The first issue was published in June 1991 and the collection consists of each issue through May 2012. The newsletters detail the events and activities undertaken by the Club and include information on member…
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1991-2016
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Outdoor Club fonds
Physical Description
1 folder textual records + 3 optical discs : CD-ROM
Description Level
Fonds
Item No.
MSS162
Storage Location
66-7-1
56-5-1-8
Accession Number
2012-12
2016-13
Scope and Content
Fonds is comprised of the Burnaby Outdoor Club Newsletter "Footnotes" published monthly. The first issue was published in June 1991 and the collection consists of each issue through May 2012. The newsletters detail the events and activities undertaken by the Club and include information on membership and club development. Holdings consist of the first issue in June 1991 up to and including January 2009 (on paper) and digital copies from January 2009 up to and including July 2016.
History/Biography
The Burnaby Outdoor Club was formed in 1991 for the purpose of promoting the care and enjoyment of the outdoor environment through hiking, cycling and skiing, supplemented by a variety of other sports and activities. The Club holds numerous sport and social events throughout the year and the monthly newsletter provides an overview of these events.
Media Type
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