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Carl G. Brown—Glass Plate Negative Collection

 Unprocessed Material — Multiple Containers
Identifier: H2017-049

Content Description

The collection consists of 53, 4x5 inch, glass plate negatives taken by Carl G. Brown. Carl Grant Brown was born July 1, 1897 in Mannington, West Virginia to Burton and Mary Louise (Gratz) Brown. The Brown children included Earnest, Carl, Rose and Catherine “Kitty.” All four are represented in the glass plate collection. The family moved to South Dakota sometime in the 1910s, having left Mills (NE) in 1910. The family farmed near Lucas (S.D.) in Gregory County near the Missouri River. The 53 glass plates depict various scenes from family images, homesteading, threshing rigs, horse-drawn vehicles and farm equipment, haying scenes, farm scenes, a distant photo of Lucas (S.D.), a mail coach, mud scenes, riverboats (one named “South Dakota”), a mackinaw boat, fishing scenes as well as school children and their teacher. Animals include horses, cattle, chickens, dogs and cats. Two glass plate images named in the booklet as “Mystery Ranch” have been identified as the Mulehead Ranch. The Mulehead Ranch was in northern Whetstone Township along the Missouri River in Gregory County. Three Jackson brothers, Earnest, Frank and Graydon, purchased the Mulehead in 1910. The Jackson brothers purchased other ranches and acres of land in Whetstone and the surrounding townships. In its heyday, the Mulehead holdings consisted of 160,00 acres of land, thousands of white-faced cattle with a crew of sixty ranch hands. An accompanying write-up titled, “Photography of Carl G. Brown” provides descriptions of the vast majority of glass plates and provides history on the Brown family. The collection also includes four original glass plate boxes titled, “One Dozen, 4x5, Blue Label Roebuck Dry Plates.” The booklet and glass plate boxes are in box 6651C. The glass plates were housed in individual glass plate negative folders and placed in the State Archive’s vault on shelf unit two, shelf three.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s



0.25 Cubic Feet

53 glass_negatives