John Fiske Brown Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Brown, John Fiske, 1927-
John Fiske Brown papers
circa 1989
0.25 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

John Fiske Brown was born in 1927. He was drafted in to the U.S. Army in 1946-1947 and again in 1950-1952 when he served in Germany. He attended Michigan State University from 1952-1957 and received a B.S. degree in Engineering. He moved to California and worked for several aerospace industry companies which included working on a nozzle for the lunar descent engine. From 1966 to 1969 he attended graduate school at San Diego State University. In 1969 Brown became an Assistant Professor at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. In 1976 he took a sabbatical and worked for Vollmer Engineering and also Ship Systems, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. In 1978 Brown left Acadia University for a full time job at Ship Systems. In 1979 he started John Fiske Brown Associates, a Forensic Engineering company. Brown died in 2003.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the manuscript for "Keep Smiling Through the Grease: The Making of an Engineer in Mid-Twentieth Century America" by John Fiske Brown, an alumnus of Michigan State University (1953-1957), in which he writes about his life including his education and career. Also included are some family photographs and recipes.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2015

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: John Fiske Brown Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from John Fiske Brown.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Libraries. Engineering Library.


  • Manuscripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Brown, John Fiske, 1927-


  • Aerospace industries
  • Engineering -- Research
  • Engineering -- Study and teaching
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Keep Smiling Through the Grease: The Making of an Engineer in Mid-Twentieth Century America by John Fiske Brown circa 1989 

F.D. 1-2