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Brown University (U.S.)

Providence, Rhode Island

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[flag of Brown University] image located by Dave Fowler, 26 August 2022

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Brown University was first established as Rhode Island College on September 15, 1764, as follows: "Brown was founded in 1764 the third college in New England and the seventh in Colonial America. Brown was the first Ivy League school to accept students from all religious affiliations, a testament to the spirit of openness that still typifies Brown today. Originally located in Warren, Rhode Island, and called the College of Rhode Island, Brown moved to its current spot on College Hill overlooking Providence in 1770 and was renamed in 1804 in recognition of a $5,000 gift from Nicholas Brown, a prominent Providence businessman and alumnus, Class of 1786." (source:
Esteban Rivera, 26 August 2022

Descriptions of two flags of Brown University, taken from an official publication known as the 'Encyclopedia Brunoniana,' a collection of articles referring to the university's history, traditions, and culture at

"A Flag for the University was designed by Henry L. P. Beckwith '58 and carried for the first time at the inauguration of President Swearer in 1977. The design represents the shield of the coat of arms of the University spread over the whole surface of the white flag, which contains the red cross and four books of the shield, the books bound in red, edged in gilt, and lined to indicate text. The whole flag is gold fringed to match the other flags which are borne in processions. An earlier flag which was designed by Theodore Francis Green 1887 to be carried at the inauguration of President Barbour in 1929 was made of brown silk with a white shield in the center on which a brown bear rampant displays a flashing red tongue. In 1964 a bicentennial flag bearing the bicentennial emblem, which was sewn by Shirley Morrison '64, was flown each day beneath the American flag on the College Green."
Ron Lahav, 25 March 2008

Variant flag

[flag of Brown University] image located by Esteban Rivera, 30 December 2013

In a video by RCN tv news showing a visit of the current Colombian President to Brown University on April 5, 2011, the flag shows a ribbon below the shield.
Esteban Rivera, 30 December 2013

White flag

[flag of Brown University] image by Joe McMillan, 11 March 2004

Founded in 1764 as the College of Rhode Island and later named after the Brown family of Providence, historically the most eminent commercial and social family in the state and one of the most prominent in the United States. Brown uses a banner of its arms, Argent a cross gules between four open books proper.
Joe McMillan, 11 March 2004


[Seal of Brown University] image located by Dave Fowler, 26 August 2022

Brown University Rowing Club

[Burgee of Brown University Rowing Club]image located by Peter Edwards, 7 April 2018

Estb: 1857. Location: Providence, RI.
Burgee: Pennant 4.5:7 (image). Brown field superimposed by a brown letter B centred (1.5 units from hoist) on a 0.6 unit wide white saltire.

"Rowing is initiated as the first organized sport at Brown".
"The Marston Boathouse was purchased by the University in 1966 with funds given by Hunter S. Marston, Class of 1908. The building, which had previously been used by the Saltesea Packing Company as a fish processing plant, was remodeled and dedicated on October 7, 1967."
Source: Image, Lloyd's Register of American Yachts 1906.
Peter Edwards, 7 April 2018