Inventory of the Dillon S. Brown Papers,
Department of Special Collections
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616-5292
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Brown, Dillon S.
Title: Dillon S. Brown Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1935-1984
0.2 linear feet
Abstract: Dillon S. Brown (1912-1998) served as Professor of Pomology at the University of
California, Davis from 1949-1979. His papers contain several examples of his writings including a typescript
of the first volume of his history of the Department of Pomology (1984) and a talk that he gave at Apple Day
Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as
many are stored offsite.
University of California, Davis. General Library. Department of Special
Davis, California 95616-5292
Collection number: MC020
Language of Material: Collection materials in English.
Dillon Brown was born in Genoa, Illinois. He earned a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University
of Illinois in 1935, followed by a master's degree in horticulture from the University of West Virginia and
a Ph.D. in horticulture from Ohio State University in 1944.
Brown served on the faculty of the Division of Pomology at the University of Illinois from 1941 to 1947.
From 1947 until 1949, he was a senior horticulturist with the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in Honolulu. In
1949, he joined the faculty of the Department of Pomology at the University of California, Davis, where he
was involved in research, teaching, and outreach activities until his retirement in 1979.
During his tenure at UC Davis, Brown taught courses on fruit tree physiology and production systems. His
research focus was on the influence of cultural practices and climatic conditions on flower development in
fruit trees. He was instrumental in determining the chilling requirements for the major cultivars of
temperate fruit and nut species grown in California. Also, Brown investigated apple tree physiology in
relation to various cultural practices and provided solutions for problems of apple production in
Brown passed away on June 22, 1998, in Davis, at age 86.
Kader, Adel et al. "Dillon Brown."
In Memoriam. [Berkeley, Calif. : Academic Senate],
Scope and Content
The Dillon S. Brown Papers contain several examples of his writings including a typescript of the first
volume of his history of the Department of Pomology (1984) and a talk that he gave at Apple Day (1967). Also
included is a clipping featuring Brown with his portrait to be hung in Wickson Hall
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online
public access catalog.
Brown, Dillon S.
University of California, Davis. Dept. of
Collection is open for research.
Acquired in 1986.
Sara Gunasekara processed these papers and created and encoded this finding aid.
[Identification of item], Dillon S. Brown Papers, MC020, Department of Special Collections, General Library,
University of California, Davis.
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University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Scope and Content Note
Contains several examples of Brown's writings. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Bibliographies of Brown's writings
Department of Pomology, University of California, Davis: The early years 1913-1945,
References on Temperature Summation, list prepared for Dr. Tufts to send to Dr.
1942 January 14
Where We Stand on Apple Varieties and Maturity, talk presented at Apple Day
1967 April 27
Clipping from the
Daily Democrat featuring Brown with his portrait to be
hung in Wickson Hall
1972 March 16
Syllabus of the Spermatophyta by Earl L. Core with Brown's notes