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Edgar D. Brown Papers

Identifier: uarc 1214

Scope and Content

The collection consists of laboratory notebooks and correspondence created by Edgar Brown in his capacity as an expert state's witness in toxicology for crimal court cases. Documentation is divided into two sections; a "Notes" section, which contains laboratory notes for individual autopsies linked to a criminal case, and a "Cases" section, which contains correspondence concerning specific cases. Each section is filed chronologically by date. There is also a Case List appended to the cases section.

The Notes section contain standard descriptions of how the individual toxicology text was conducted, the materials used for testing, and findings. The "Notes" section contains more identified individuals than are in the "Cases" section.


  • 1919-1937


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law Title 17, U.S. Code. Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch

Edgar D. Brown was born in Albion N.Y. in 1869. He completed his residency at St. Vincent's Hopital in Cleveland and served as a pharmacologist at Western Reserve University prior to being hired at the University in 1907 as a professor in Pharmacology.

Brown was instrumental in securing laboratory space and equipment for the Pharmacology Department in Millard Hall. He taught the department's first Toxicology course, which lead to his being sought out to provide expert testimony in criminal court cases throughout Minnesota.

Brown retired from the University in 1937, and continued to serve as an expert witness in Minnesota for both the defense and prosecution until his death in 1950.


1 Cubic Feet (1 box)


The collection contains laboratory notes and correspondence related to Brown's work as an expert witness in criminal- and health-related cases involving toxic substances

Source of acquisition

The collection was donated to the University of Minnesota Archives by Karen Rowley in June, 2013

Related Materials in University Archives

College of Pharmacy Papers, 1892-1963

Processing Information

The collection was processed in October, 2013 by Mary Shaw and Susan Hoffman.

Edgar D. Brown Papers
Susan Hoffman
November 2013
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

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