Ethelind Pope Brown Natural History Endowment

Following her death in 1997, Ethelind Pope Brown (Mrs. William Carroll Brown, Jr.) was memorialized by the Pope Brown Foundation with the establishment of an endowment in her name. The Ethelind Pope Brown Natural History Endowment for the University Libraries perpetuates her interest in natural history and her loyalty to her alma mater ('26).

Prickly Pear of South Carolina
Prickly Pear of South Carolina

Several years earlier, in 1991, Mrs. Brown had given to Thomas Cooper Library a unique collection of eighteenth-century natural history watercolors illustrating South Carolina birds and flowers. The portfolio, which features 32 original watercolors, is believed to be the earliest group of natural history watercolors to survive from South Carolina. Images of the watercolors can be viewed in the University'sDigital Library.

Building on this generous gift, the Ethelind Pope Brown Natural History Endowment provides funds each year for the acquisition and preservation of material relating to natural history and related subjects.


Among the items purchased from the Endowment in past years have been:

Tsubaki [camellia] from Kaempfer, 'Amoenitatum Exoticarum' (1712)
Tsubaki [camellia] from Kaempfer,
Amoenitatum Exoticarum (1712)

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