Friday, January 21, 2022

In Memoriam: Stanley Brown '67

Eleven miniature books being cradled in Stanley Brown's hands
We are mourning the loss of Stanley Brown, retired Curator of Rare Books, who passed away earlier this week after a long illness. Stan graduated from Dartmouth in 1967, and returned three years later under the tutelage of Edward Connery Lathem '51 to help direct the Library's Special Collections Department. During his long tenure, he built up our rare book and fine presses holdings and ushered in several major book collections including the Edward P. Sine '51 Illustrated Book collection. He also authored a guide to our rare books collections that we still use today.

This image of Stan's loving hands cradling a selection of miniature books donated by Madelyn Hickmott best exemplifies the nurturing attention Stan devoted to the collections. The rare books were literally in good hands with him.

Stan retired from Dartmouth Library in 2004, but he stayed connected to Special Collections and was an avid reader of this blog. We will miss his meticulous fact checking, and his enthusiastic responses when we published a particularly meaty post. But we will always remember Stan through the collections that he grew and cultivated with a loving and skillful touch.