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William Compton Brown (1869-1963) moved to the Pacific Coast in 1897, traveled extensively in the area, and set up a law practice in Republic, Washington. He became the County Attorney in Ferry County, Washington in 1903. He became a Judge of the Superior Court of Ferry County in 1904, and nearly 26 years later he became a Judge of the Superior Court of Okanogan County. He retired in 1946, and died in 1963.

Brown authored The Indian Side of the Story, a book published in 1961. His papers include a great deal of material related to this book, as well as correspondence, diaries, research notes, photographs and other documents relevant to research about Plateau peoples.