Manuscript Collections - Herbert D. Brown Papers

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HERBERT D. BROWN PAPERS, 1890-1959
7 linear feet, 10 linear inches (18 LGA-S boxes)
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Herbert Brown was born in Fort Madison, Iowa, February 1, 1870 and married Harriet Chedie Connor on July 29, 1897. He began his career in 1903, first in the Census Bureau and then in the Bureau of Corporations, the forerunner of the Federal Trade Commission. Harriet Brown assisted with writing reports, histories, and summaries of his work.

Brown was interested in amortization, annuities, and pensions. He became an advocate of civil service pensions. From 1910 to 1913 Brown served as assistant actuary with the Joint Congressional Commission on Fidelity Bonds, accountant on President Taft’s Commission on Economy and Efficiency, and as Chief of the Division of Efficiency, Civil Service Commission.

In 1915 President Wilson appointed Brown to run the new Bureau of Efficiency.  He served until 1933 when the bureau was abolished by Franklin Roosevelt. The Bureau created classifications and definitions for each civil service position. Brown established the Bureau of War Risk Insurance during WWI, military serial numbers, and procedures for investigating pension funds. Brown made a study of civil service and corporate retirement plans in other countries, including: Great Britain, New Zealand, New South Wales, and Canada. Brown conducted an economic survey in Panama in 1929. The Browns made trips to Porto Rico and the Virgin Islands for Herbert Hoover to report on political, social, and economic conditions.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The papers of Herbert Daniel Brown document his career as a government efficiency expert and industrial relations counselor. Materials include: reports, articles, regulations, legislation, clippings, speeches, correspondence, and testimony. Subjects include: United States budget, Bureau of Efficiency, District of Columbia, Panama, pensions, and the Virgin islands. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scanned folders have the file name added in brackets at the end of the folder name.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES CATALOG: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/603617

FOLDER LIST

Box      Contents

1

Actuaries Board, 1923 1934
Agriculture Department – Meat Inspection Regulations, 1922
American Chemical Society Report, 1924
American Engineering Council, 1924
American Legion, 1927
Appropriations, 1921 1933
Atomic Bomb Test – Bikini Atoll, 1946
Bok Peace Plan, 1923 1924
Brown, Herbert D. – Chronology 1901 1926, circa 1926
Brown, Herbert D. – Personal File, 1890 1959
Budget of the United States – Why Our Budget System Will Not Reduce Taxes, undated
Budget of the United States – Clippings, 1907-1911, 1916-1917, 1919-1925 (7 folders)

2                  

Budget of the United States – Clippings, 1926-1957 (2 folders)
Budget of the United States – Speeches, 1919, 1921
Bureau of Efficiency
        Abolishment, 1932 1933
        Acts of Congress, 1916 1933
        Actuarial Work, undated
        Appropriations and Savings, 1914 1932
        Article – Should Your Child Be a Public Servant by Robert Moses, Nov 13, 1953(Colliers)
        Clippings, 1916-1932 (7 folders)

3                  

Clippings, 1933-1934 and undated (2 folders)
Correspondence, 1931
History and Purpose, 1918 1919
House of Representatives – Economy Committee Testimony, 1932
Letters to College Daughter – Excerpts – Chapters 7 12, 1917
Letters to College Daughter – Excerpts – Chapters 13 28, 1918
List of Employees, 1924, 1932
Memorandum, 1919
Press Release, 1925
Rubin, Morris H., undated
Reports – Notes 1 to 4, 1913-1919
Reports – Published Copy, 1918 1919
Reports – Shall the People Rule
            Table of Contents (draft)
            Chapters 1-5, 1903-1913 (7 folders)

4

Chapters 6-16, 18, 21, 24-25, 28, 32, 34-35 (30 folders)

5                  

Roundup, 1934
Service School for Federal Employees, 1920
Speeches, 1928, 1932 and undated
Statement of Work, 1914 1932
Stowell, Ellery C., 1925
Summary

Business Recovery Program, 1933
Calendar Reform, 1923
Census Clippings, 1919 1930
Congress Clippings, 1921-1933 (3 folders)
Constitution Study, 1922
Coolidge, Calvin, 1923 1926 (subject)
Cost of Living and Pay of Employees, 1930 1931
Council of Personnel Administration Clippings, 1931
Crime, 1927
Currency, 1912-1915, 1925-1926 (9 folders)
 

6

Currency, 1927-1931, 1933 and undated (13 folders)

7

Currency Reports – Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, 1930 1931
Currency Reports – Dupuy, William Atherton, 1925-1926 (2 folders)
Currency Reports – Davis, Ben G., 1924
District of Columbia – Clippings, 1921-1924, 1928 (6 folders)

8                   

District of Columbia – Clippings, 1930, 1933 (2 folders)
District of Columbia – Fiscal Relations, 1929
District of Columbia – Jail, 1927-1929 (3 folders)
District of Columbia – Public Utility Corporations Taxation, 1932
Eastman Kodak Company, 1932
Economic Depression in Iowa, 1932
Economy and Efficiency – President's Commission, 1913
Employment Assurance, 1944
Employment of Federal Prisoners, undated
Fidelity Bonds Report, 1917
Germany, 1925
Government Activities – Index, 1929
Great Britain, 1922
Harding, Warren, 1921 1924 (subject)
Herring, Clyde L., 1938
Immigration Clippings, 1922
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 1923 1930
Labor, 1918, 1925
Lay off and Its Prevention, 1930
Memoranda, 1931 1932
Missions Board, 1914
Morgan, Sidney, 1932
National League of Women Voters, 1923
Office Appropriations, 1924
Office Equipment

Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company, 1913 1925
Dalton Adding Machine Company, 1910 1914
Millionaire Calculating Machine, 1913 1914
National Cash Register Company, 1925
Pierce Accounting Machine, 1921 1927
Remington Rand, 1926 1928
Tabulating Machine Company, 1913-1914 (2 folders)

9

World's Largest Corporation as User and Prospect, undated
XxX Company, Inc., undated

Office Expenses, 1913-1914 (2 folders)
Panama – Correspondence, 1929-1932 (4 folders)
Panama – Economic Survey, 1929
Panama –    Manuscript Draft of Article, Jan-Feb 1929 (2 folders)

10

Panama – Report on the Financial Administration, 1929
Payroll Stabilization, 1954
Pensions

Correspondence, 1908 1912
Article – Essentials of a Program of Unemployment Reserves, undated
Bibliography, undated, 1923

Pensions – Civil Service

Articles, 1911
Bills, S1944
Retirement in Canada, 1914
Retirement in Great Britain and New Zealand, 1910
Retirement in United States
Savings and Annuity Plan, 1912 1913
Workmen's Compensation and Disability, 1911 1913

Pensions

Clergy, 1914
Municipal Pensions, 1913 1914
 

11

Municipal Pensions – Boston, 1911 1919 and undated
Private Companies, 1913 1914
Private Companies – Carnegie Institution, 1914
Private Companies – DuPont de Nemours Powder Company, 1912-1916, 1925 (2 folders)
Private Companies – Newport News Shipbuilding, 1913-1914 (2 folders)
Private Companies – Spectator Company, 1908 1914

Postal Service, 1927 1928
Profit Sharing, undated
Prohibition, 1922
Publications, 1921 1925
Joint Commission on Reclassification of Salaries

General Files, 1912-1913, 1919-1920 (4 folders)
Correspondence, 1920

Joint Commission on Reclassification of Salaries – Class Specifications Service Symbol

13. Chemistry
21. Architectural
23. Civil Engineering
24. Electrical Engineering
25. Marine Engineering and Naval
26. Mechanical Engineering
27. Mining Engineering
28. Miscellaneous Engineering
51. Administrative and Supervisory Clerical
 

12

Joint Commission on Reclassification of Salaries

Legislation, 1919-1925 (2 folders)
Meetings, 1919
Moses, Robert, 1919 1920
The Reclassificationist, 1920

Reorganization of the Executive Branch of Government

General Files, 1914, 1920-1921, 1924, 1932-1933 (7 folders)
List of Bills Introduced, 1919 1920
Memoranda, 1923 (2 folders)

Reorganization of the Federal Government, 1932
Repauno Plan for Payroll Employees, 1936
Schools and Universities, 1923 1924, 1927
Smith, Alfred, 1927 (subject)
Social Security Administration Press Release, 1936
Surety Bonding, 1912 1914
Tax Saving, undated
Unidentified Manuscript Draft on Peace, 1939 (pp. 1022 1056)
United States Geological Survey, 1908
Veteran's Relief, 1932

13

Virgin Islands

General Files, 1926-1938 and undated (6 folders) [31-hdb-b13-f12 to f17]
Bill to Provide a Permanent Government, 1930 [31-hdb-b13-f18]
Correspondence – Benning, Paul D., 1930 [31-hdb-b13-f19]

14

Correspondence – Sonne, H. C., 1930 (Amsinck, Sonne and Co., Wall Street) [31-hdb-b14-f01]
Correspondence – Agriculture Department, Office of Experimental Studies, 1931 [31-hdb-b14-f02]
Governor – Annual Reports of the Governor of the Virgin Islands, 1928-1929, 1935 [31-hdb-b14-f03]
Governor – Confidential Report to the President on Dr. Paul M. Pearson by Herbert D. Brown, May 13, 1931 [31-hdb-b14-f04]
Governor – Report of Survey of Administrative Offices – Draft, Dec 6, 1930 [31-hdb-b14-f05]
Map of Upper Bethlehem and Fredensborg, undated [31-hdb-b14-f06-map]
Printed Material, 1918-1940 (2 folders) [31-hdb-b14-f07 and f08]

Virgin Islands – Report on Political, Social and Economic Conditions in the Virgin Islands

Drafts of Sections, circa 1930 (3 folders)

 

15

Drafts of Sections, circa 1930 (13 folders)

16

Drafts of Sections, circa 1930 (16 folders)

17

Final Version, Mar 10, 1930 (3 folders) [31-hdb-b17-f01 to f03]
Report on the West Indian Sugar Factory, 1923 [31-hdb-b17-f04]
Photographs of Herbert Hoover Trip to St. Thomas, Mar 25, 1931 (37 items) [31-hdb-b17-f05]

Vollmer, Aug 1924
Voter Registration, 1922
War Risk Insurance Bureau

Difficulties, 1919 (2 folders)
Expenditures, 1918
Memoranda, 1918 1923

18

Report, 1918 (3 folders)
Report of Committees, 1918

We Go to Vote Series, Christian Science Monitor, 1932

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