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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 500 items)|
|Abstract||Bryant Council Brown was a student of Professor Horace Williams at the University of North Carolina. He went on to positions as secretary and legal counsel to the U.S. Congress's Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation and as counsel to the American Mutual Insurance Alliance, a private group of insurance companies. Correspondence, pictures, and other items of Bryant C. Brown. Correspondence deals with personal and social matters and includes a discussion of classes with Horace Williams and three letters from Williams. Other items include materials relating to Brown's work with the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, 1933-1957, and with the American Mutual Insurance Alliance, 1957-1964.|
|Creator||Brown, Bryant Council, 1899-1967.|
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Bryant Council Brown was born in Snead's Ferry, North Carolina, in 1899, the son of James Christopher Brown, a minister in the Primitive Baptist Church, and Alice Williams Brown. While a student at the University of North Carolina, Brown studied under Horace Williams and was private secretary to President Edward Kidder Graham. He was also active in fundraising campaigns to finance the erection of the Edward Kidder Graham Memorial.
After graduation from UNC in 1922, Brown studied at the UNC Law School and at Harvard Law School. Brown married Ann Duncan of Beaufort, North Carolina, in 1924 and soon moved to Washington, D.C., where he continued his law studies at the National University Law School. During this time, he also worked as minority clerk of the Senate Finance Committee.
When the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation was created in 1926, Brown was its first employee, initially serving as secretary to the Committee and later as staff attorney. In his work with the Committee, he helped to shape federal tax legislation from the first Internal Revenue Code to the reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service after World War II.
In 1957, Brown retired from government service to become counsel at the Washington, D.C., office of the American Mutual Insurance Alliance. In 1963, Brown left this position to take up permanent residence at the Beaufort, North Carolina, home that he had maintained as a summer home since 1954. He died in 1967.Back to Top
Correspondence, pictures, and other items of Bryant C. Brown. Correspondence deals with personal and social matters and includes a discussion of classes with Horace Williams and three letters from Williams. Other items include materials relating to Brown's work with the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation, 1933-1957, and with the American Mutual Insurance Alliance, 1957-1964.Back to Top
Arrangement: Roughly sorted by decade.
Correspondence before 1957 tends to be social in nature. There is no material from Brown's tenure as secretary to Edward Kidder Graham. A 1954 letter to Walter Wiles (folder 2) is interesting for Brown's lengthy discussion of his classes with Horace Williams at the University of North Carolina. Attached to this letter are three letters from Williams to Brown (dated 4 March 1933, 15 April 1939, and 6 August ?). Correspondence after August 1967 largely consists of letters of condolence addressed to Brown wife Ann.
Materials in American Mutual Insurance Alliance and Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation files reflect Brown's activities in these organizations. A history of the Joint Committee is filed in folder 10. Clippings are general in nature, and miscellaneous items include Brown's school and service records and his death certificate. Folder 14 contains notes from Horace Williams's logic lectures (circa 1921); Brown had tried to sell the notes to his fellow students.
Undated photographs, chiefly of Bryant Council and Ann Duncan Brown.
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