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John Carter Brown (1797–1874) was a book collector whose library formed the basis of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown Universitymarker. His son, John Nicholas Brown (1861–1900) continued his father's collection and in his testament assigned funds for the library building.

John Carter Brown's father, Nicholas Brown, was one of the university's namesake patrons.

Collecting American books in the mid-19th century, John Carter Brown amassed thousands of early American volumes. He was an ancestor of J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Artmarker.


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