Evelyn Browne Papers, 1961-1995

Collection number: UA 17/18
Size: 2 boxes (.66 cu.ft.)

About Evelyn Browne

Evelyn Browne joined the UNH faculty as an Instructor in women's physical education, establishing the University's riding progam as well as coaching riflery and basketball. Outdoor education was a lifetime passion and in 1955, Browne began teaching the first outdoor education courses at UNH. In 1973, her love of the outdoors led her to become one of the leaders of Save Our Shores, an organization which stopped the plans proposed by shipping magnate, Aristotle Onassis, to build a massive oil refinery on Great Bay just outside of Durham, N.H.. In 1987 she donated six acres of forest land on Durham Point to be used for the foundation of a UNH center in outdoor educaton. This center is now known as The Browne Center for Innovative Learning. Browne died as a result of a car accident in 1994.

About the Evelyn Browne Papers

The papers of Evelyn Browne were found in New Hampshire Hall (where Browne's office had been) during the course of cleaning out the building for renovation in 2008. The bulk of the materials concern her efforts in land preservation and donation of land to the University. There are papers of correspondence and news articles relating to her involvement in the Onassis Oil Refinery issue and the Save Our Shores organization, as well as minutes and correspondence from the Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust. Correspondence concerning the development of the Outdoor Education Center and conservation easement are contained in this series. There are papers regarding a land boundary dispute with George and Thomas Walker, as well as papers from the Durham Planning Board regarding land conservation issues. Photos of the Browne/Beckwith property are included as well as a few other photos of Evelyn Browne. There are profiles and news articles about Evelyn and her efforts. Correspondence relating to the women's physical education program at UNH is included as well as letters concerning an Outdoor Education Department Trip to Mexico.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Evelyn Browne Papers, 1961-1995, UA 17/18, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were located in New Hampshire Hall when the building was being cleared out for renovation in 2008

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1undatedEvelyn Browne-Summary Vita and tribute to Belmore Browne
Box 1, Folder 2Aug. 1961The Adams' of Adams Point, from E. Browne Masters Thesis in History
Box 1, Folder 3Nov. 14, 1965Archery Golf Newspaper Article
Box 1, Folder 4Jan. 1973-March 1974Olympic/Onassis Oil Refinery Newspaper Articles
Box 1, Folder 5Aug. 12, 1974Letter concerning Crommet's Creek Fill
Box 1, Folder 61975-1978Yurt Trips Log Book
Box 1, Folder 7undatedYurt Thank you Letters to Evelyn Browne
Box 1, Folder 8Dec. 1980At Home in Durham - Profile of Evelyn Browne
Box 1, Folder 9May 1981Evelyn Browne: World Explorer, a Dedicated Teacher - Profile News Article
Box 1, Folder 10Oct. 1981Retirement as Marine Docent Correspondence and Outline of Boat Tour History of Piscataqua Basin
Box 1, Folder 11Dec. 1981History of Greenleaf Yurt Letter and Photograph
Box 1, Folder 12Jan. 1983-Dec. 1990Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 13March 1983Great Bay Estuary: Unique NH Resource Discussion Paper
Box 1, Folder 14Sept. 1983-Oct. 1984Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust Agenda and Minutes
Box 1, Folder 151983Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust: Formation, Members, Articles of Agreement and By-Laws
Box 1, Folder 16July 1984Great Bay Conservation Project and National Estuarine Sanctuary
Box 1, Folder 17July 1984-Sept. 1990Outdoor Education Center: Letters from Evelyn Browne
Box 1, Folder 18Sept. 1984-July 1987Outdoor Education Center Steering Committee: Correspondence, Memos, Updates, and Progress Reports
Box 1, Folder 19Oct. 1984-Nov. 1987Conservation Easement Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 20undatedOutdoor Education Center Proposal and Reports
Box 1, Folder 21Nov. 20, 1984Outdoor Education Center Proposal: Physical Education Department Meeting
Box 1, Folder 22Nov.-Dec. 1984NH Coastal Conference Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 231984Great Bay Conservation Project & National Estuarine Sanctuary Draft Management Plan
Box 1, Folder 241984American Tree Farm System: Maps and Forest Management Plan for Browne/Beckwith Property
Box 1, Folder 251984-1986Yurt Trip Log Book
Box 1, Folder 26Jan. 1985-April 1987American Tree Farm System Forest Management Plan & Timber Sale Correspondence with Michael Burke and C. DiPrizio
Box 1, Folder 27May 1-Aug. 13, 1985Appraisal Report of Conservation Easement and Correspondence with Ashton R. Hallett - Photos of Land included
Box 1, Folder 28undatedProperty Photos
Box 1, Folder 29June 1985-Jan. 1988Boundary Dispute: Evelyn Browne vs George W. Walker and Thomas Walker
Box 1, Folder 30Oct. 1985-Aug. 1987Durham Planning Board Correspondence on Land Subdivisions
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Jan. 1986Outdoor Education Center Steering Committee Interim Report
Box 2, Folder 2April 1986-June 1988Surveying and Driveway Easement: Evelyn Browne and Seacoast Engineering Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 3May 1986-Dec. 1989Outdoor Education Center Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 4undatedOutdoor Education Center Designs and Site Plans
Box 2, Folder 5undatedAbout the Center for Excellence in Outdoor Education
Box 2, Folder 6June 1986-Oct. 1989Great Bay Reserve Preservation Newspaper Articles
Box 2, Folder 7Oct. 1986-May 1987American Tree Farm System Certification Correspondence and News Article
Box 2, Folder 8Jan. 1987-Aug. 1988Great Bay Research Reserve Work Group (Office of State Planning): Minutes and Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 9undatedGreat Bay Research Reserve Facilities
Box 2, Folder 10Jan. 21, 1987Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust Meeting Notes
Box 2, Folder 11March 1987Outdoor Education Trip and Rescue in Mexico: Correspondence and Main Street Magazine Article
Box 2, Folder 12April 1987Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan
Box 2, Folder 13May 1987Strafford County Conservation Plan Progress and Maps of Browne/Beckwith Property
Box 2, Folder 14July 1987National Estuarine Reserve Research System Status Report
Box 2, Folder 15Sept.-Dec. 1987Donated Land Specifications given to UNH (includes News Article)
Box 2, Folder 16Sept. 1987-Aug. 1990Outdoor Education Center Funding from the Class of 1939 50th Reunion Project
Box 2, Folder 17Oct. 1987-April 1988Title Opinion, Easement Deeds and Correspondence with Richard P. Marsh, Attorney
Box 2, Folder 18Dec. 1987-June 1988Acquisition of Land Gift Board of Trustees Involvement Correspondence, Report and Minutes
Box 2, Folder 191987Outdoor Education Center Land Donation News Article and Press Release
Box 2, Folder 20Spring 1988Alumni Profile: Evelyn Browne
Box 2, Folder 21May-June 1988Women's Athletics Crisis Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 22Oct. 1989Great Bay Reserve Designation Day Program, Commendation Award, News Articles and Photos
Box 2, Folder 23Oct. 1989-April 1991Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 24Nov. 3, 1989Letter concerning Wagon Hill Farm House
Box 2, Folder 251989COLSA Alumni Conference Award Winner News Photo
Box 2, Folder 26May-Oct. 1990Great Bay Estuarine System Conservation Trust Agenda and Minutes
Box 2, Folder 27Sept. 17, 1990Letter concerning Pauper's Cemetery
Box 2, Folder 28Sept. 22, 1990Letter to Department of Fish and Game concerning Adams Point
Box 2, Folder 29Nov. 29, 1990Letter from Evelyn Browne concerning Yurt vandalism
Box 2, Folder 30March 1, 1993Naming the Browne Center Correspondence from Marion Beckwith
Box 2, Folder 31undatedFaculty Award for International Women's year Nomination by Marion Beckwith
Box 2, Folder 32undatedMiscellaneous Photos of Evelyn Browne
Box 2, Folder 33Summer 1994Memoriam: Evelyn Browne Secures a Place in Durham's History
Box 2, Folder 34Spring 1995A Vision for the Bay, The Legacy of Evelyn Browne


Letters & Postcards
Manuscripts & Typescripts
Minutes & Reports
Newspapers & Publications
Photographs, Slides & Negatives