Curriculum Vitae

Overview

  • Recognized as the top American expert in newspaper reprints
  • More than 47 years’ experience in historic (English language) newspapers
  • Bought, sold and brokered in excess of one million historic newspapers
  • Former Editor and Publisher of the official journal of the Newspaper Collectors Society of America
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We would like to introduce you to Rick Brown, Auctionata expert in Historical American Newspapers (1600 - Present).

In April 1965, Rick Brown purchased his first historical newspaper. It was an April 28, 1865 Philadelphia Inquirer with coverage of the death of John Wilkes Booth. Little did he know this would be the beginning of a lifetime avocation.

Mr. Brown became a historic newspaper dealer in 1969. During the next 47 years he has bought, sold, and brokered over one million historic newspapers.

In 1984, he founded and began publishing the official journal of the Newspaper Collectors Society of America. In this capacity he researched, wrote and published more than 150 articles on specific historic newspapers and events. He launched www.historybuff.com in 1993 and by 1997 was receiving in excess of 100,000 page views a month, so he ceased publication of the print edition of the journal to focus on the website. Today, the site gets more than 300,000 page views a month.

Over the years Rick Brown has also researched and compiled a listing of over 300 Civil War newspaper editions printed on wallpaper, as well as a listing of over 687 newspaper editions which were reprinted. Today he is recognized as the United States' top expert in newspaper reprints.

Rick Brown lives and works in Michigan.