Posted by: Ashley | May 3, 2010

Aycock Brown Papers and Fessenden National Memorial Society Records

There are two new finding aids on the Outer Banks History Center website:

Aycock Brown Papers, 1934 – 1965
Aycock Brown (1904-1984) was a journalist, publicity director and photographer from Caldwell County, North Carolina. During the summer of 1928, Brown was hired to promote the Beaufort and Atlantic Beach area, after which he accepted a job promoting the Pamlico Inn on Ocracoke Island in exchange for room and board. Brown wrote a popular column, “Covering the Waterfront,” that ran in newspapers across North Carolina. He also wrote for the Durham Herald, edited the Beaufort News and founded the Ocracoke Beacon. In the 1930s, he worked for the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce. Though some of the materials in this collection reflect Brown’s later work in Dare County, the majority of these papers are from the time period that Brown worked for the Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce in the 1930s. (.68 cubic feet)

Fessenden National Memorial Society Records, 1927 – 1980
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (1866-1932), a radio pioneer, performed experiments on Roanoke Island and Hatteras Island, North Carolina, between 1901-1902. He is considered by many to be the “father of voice radio.” Plans to memorialize his work in the area began in 1941. Members were recruited for the Fessenden National Memorial Association under the leadership of D. Victor Meekins. These plans were well underway by 1963. However, when Meekins died a year later in 1964, the group became inactive. Meekins’ son Roger tried to resurrect the group, but in 1980, transferred the land they had set aside for their proposed memorial to the Roanoke Island Historical Association, the producers of America’s longest running outdoor symphonic drama, The Lost Colony. The Fessenden National Memorial Society Records contains materials related to the Fessenden National Memorial Society and includes correspondence, meeting minutes, membership lists, bank statements, deeds, photographs, and press releases related to the USS Fessenden, a destroyer escort built for the U. S. Navy during World War II. (.24 cubic feet)

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  1. I was band director at Manteo High School and also started beginning band programs at Manteo and Kitty Hawk from 1970 to 1972. Aycock Brown gave me a photograph he had taken of Andy Griffith (my benefactor) and me during that time period. May the local newspaper in Billings, Montana, print that photograph in the paper, or do we need to get permission for them to do so?
    Thank you for your consideration!

  2. I don’t know that I can answer that one, John. Typically the creator of the image (or their heirs) retains copyright unless otherwise stated. If this were an image in our collection I’d send you to our registrar to discuss any copyright issues. But it isn’t from our collection, so…

    The Aycock Brown Papers are at the Outer Banks History Center (see http://www.obhistorycenter.ncdcr.gov/services.htm#contact for their contact information) so you may want to give them a call to see if they know who retains copyright for his photographs. That would at least give you a place to start.


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