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Matthew A. Brown Collection

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2013-100

Content Description

The collection consists of legal materials and case files of Matthew A. Brown a lawyer from Chamberlain (S.D.), Brule County. The collection includes court cases, letters, dockets, Supreme Court case booklets, court transcripts, estate papers, probate records and wills. Of particular interest are the various cases involving banks in South Dakota during the late 1920s and 1930s. The materials in the collection date from the late 1920s to 1960s. Most of the items correspond to Brown’s private law practice. Matthew A. Brown was born at Kimball October 10, 1887 to James and Jessie (Schuyler) Brown. He graduated from Yankton College and then won a Rhodes scholarship, graduating from the University of Oxford in 1911. He married Olive Mae (Gerald) on February 7, 1912. He later joined his father in the practice of law in Chamberlain under the firm name Brown and Brown. From 1927 to 1952, Matthew Brown had a private law practice. Brown was a special attorney for the Department of Justice from 1935 to 1944, assistant U.S. Attorney for South Dakota from 1944 to 1951 and states attorney for Brule County for four terms. He was also a past president of the South Dakota State Bar, 1931-1932. Also included is a ledger of loan payments for the Dirks Land and Title Company (Oacoma, S.D.). The ledger list the loans made by the company from 1904 to 1913 and lists the loan amount, borrowers, borrower’s post office address, lender, lender’s post office address, land mortgaged and payments made. Most of the land is within Lyman County.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1920s-1960s



5.5 Cubic Feet