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Farwell T. Brown Photographic Archive

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The images in this unique photo archive are from Farwell T. Brown’s lifetime collection of original photographs, postcards, advertisements, and news articles which chronicle the history of Ames, Iowa.


User input is an important resource for the archive cataloger, especially now that the founder of the archive is no longer with us. Farwell Brown died on September 1, 2010, three months short of his 100th birthday.


The dates of the photographs range from the 1860s through the 1990s, with the majority from the 1900s through the 1930s.


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