The University accepted an offer of the entire archive of Coal Baron, John Brown (1850-1930), a legendary figure who might have stepped out of the pages of a Galsworthy novel. Historian John Turner, has said that Brown "had a strong strain of theatricality and liked to play the part of relentless capitalist". On one excursion abroad Coal Baron Brown spent over a million pounds on mining equipment, locomotives, and a steamship to carry them home.
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