Lauren H. Brown Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Brown, Lauren H.
Creator -
Hill, Elton B., (Elton Brainard), 1894-1980
Lauren H. Brown collection
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 3 folders

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

Born June 12th, 1909 in Maple Rapids, Michigan, Lauren Hiram Brown was a professor of agricultural economics at Michigan State University. Brown earned his B.S. from Michigan State in 1931, M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1932, and Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1948. Brown joined the Michigan State faculty in 1936. He worked as an assistant professor in Farm Management from 1936 to 1942. He was promoted to associate professor of agriculture economics in 1943 and to full professor in 1951. Brown retired from the Department of Agricultural Economics in 1974.

Brown’s fields of specialty were farm business analysis, enterprise cost and return analysis, credit analysis, farm budgeting, farm record development and analysis, dairy farm management, farm labor relations, and farm family operating agreements. Brown published in agricultural journals and magazines. Applied research based on farm record data was his area of expertise. Lauren and Doris Brown had one daughter, Mrs. James (Lauralea) Berns, two sons, Roger H. and Thomas J, and eight grandchildren. Lauren Brown died January 6, 1984 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The Lauren H. Brown collection contains three agricultural science manuscripts. Included are his master’s thesis, “The Comparative Advantage of Selected Areas in the United States in the Production of Dry Edible Beans," which analyzes the trends and shifts in bean production among the dry bean producing regions of the United States and his doctoral thesis, “Planning Dairy Farm Buildings,” concerning dairy barn design, layout and arrangement of equipment, the cost of housing dairy cows in a stanchion barn compared to a pen barn, and the important advantages and disadvantages of these dairy barns. “Principles of Farm Management” by Elton B. Hill and Lauren H. Brown served as a guide for students beginning Farm Management at Michigan State College (now Michigan State University).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections January 2010

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

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Academic theses


  • Beans
  • Dairy barns
  • Farm management

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

“The Comparative Advantage of Selected Areas in the United States in the Production of Dry Edible Beans.” A Master’s Thesis for partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Farm Organization & Management in the Graduate School of the University of Illinois by Lauren Hiram Brown 1932 

FD 1

“Planning Dairy Farm Buildings” A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Purdue University by Lauren Hiram Brown In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy June, 1948 

FD 2

“Principles of Farm Management: A Guide for Students Beginning Farm Management at Michigan State College” by Elton B. Hill and Lauren H. Brown 1947 

FD 3