Nancy Miller Brown Collection


Nancy Miller Brown Collection


This collection consists of several documents and a photo focusing on Nancy Miller Brown (1918-2019), a resident of Watauga County during her early years. Through her own words it documents her time working at the courthouse, the college library, and with the first Watauga County bookmobile in 1941. Also included are memorial service items for Brown.

During WWII, Brown trained in Spray, NC at a machine shop before moving to Portsmouth, VA to work in a defense plant as her contribution to the war efforts. She married Ibry Leonard Brown and had two daughters, Iris Brown and Jent Stewart, and a son, Frederick Lee Brown.


Nancy Miller Brown and Family


Janet Stewart


Janet Stewart and the heirs of Nancy Miller Brown have extended use rights to the Digital Watauga Project through a use rights Deed of Gift and retain all other rights to these images. Any reprinting, redistribution, or other use of these images requires written permission from Janet Stewart or appropriate family member. Contact Digital Watauga for additional details.


A finding aid for this collection can be found here: Nancy Miller Brown Finding Aid

Collection Items

A Special Note...
This image shows a handwritten note by Nancy Miller Brown in which she writes memories of significant developments in her life, such various jobs through the years and her father's ailing health.

At App State Teachers College #2
This image shows a duplicate image of Nancy Miller Brown as a young woman at Appalachin State Teachers college. The caption on this image provided the date, 1942, and the age of Brown, 24, at the time this photo was taken.

At App State Teachers College #1
This image shows Nancy Miller Brown as a young woman on the campus of Appalachian State Teachers College. She sits on a slide or walkway of some sort. There are steps to a platform seen in the background in the left of the image.

Journal of Nancy Miller Brown
This image shows a small journal documenting the memories of Nancy Miller Brown working with the Bookmobile in Watauga County "about 1940." It details the different routes taken and various encounters with local citizens.

Funeral Pamphlet
This image shows the handout from the funeral of Nancy Miller Brown. This provides a birth and death date and the location of her funeral at Austin and Barnes Funeral Home on Queen Street.

Celebration of Life
This image shows the celebration of life event for Nancy Miller Brown. There is a short biography provided about her and those she is survived by.

Handwritten Note by Nancy Miller Brown
This image shows a handwritten note by Nancy Miller Brown describing the WPA programs and her work at the courthouse and the public library.

Notes from Nancy Miller Brown
This image shows a typed set of facts about Nancy Miller Brown. This includes a few stories and facts about her life in Watauga County in the mid twentieth century. As noted at the bottom of the document, it was recorded by Nancy Miller Brown and…

Collection Summary as Written by Nancy Miller Brown's Family Members
This image shows a summary of the collection by Nancy Miller Brown's children about her and her life. Here there is a disclaimer about the continuity of some of the stories provided by their mother.
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