BROWN, ELAINE, 1943-
Elaine Brown papers, 1977-2010 [bulk 1989-2010]

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z2bs

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brown, Elaine, 1943-
Title: Elaine Brown papers, 1977-2010 [bulk 1989-2010]
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 912
Extent: 39.25 linear feet (42 boxes), 2 oversized papers folders (OP), AV Masters: 1 linear foot (1 box), and Born digital material: 5.36 GB and .5 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:Papers of civil rights activist Elaine Brown, including correspondence, personal papers, writings by Brown, records of organizations founded by Brown, records of her campaigns for President of the United States and Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, and subject files.
Language:Materials primarily in English with some materials in French.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact Rose Library in advance for access to this collection.

Subseries 2.1: Michael Lewis' medical records are restricted until his death.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Researchers must contact Rose Library in advance for access to unprocessed born digital materials in this collection. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder Rose Library's ability to provide access to unprocessed born digital materials.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Purchased from Elaine Brown in 2002, with an additional purchase in 2010. Elaine Brown gave another addition to the papers to the library as a gift in 2018.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Elaine Brown papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Curator of African American Collections Randall Burkett as part of the Rose Library's holdings in African American history and culture and civil rights movements. During processing, approximately four linear feet of duplicates and extraneous material such as tax forms, personal identification, and medical records, were removed from the collection. Duplicates were shredded and the rest was offered backto Brown. Appraisal decisions were made by Manuscript Archivist Sarah Quigley and Curator of African American Collections Pellom McDaniels, III.

Processing

Arranged and described at the file level by Dayne Alexander, Haylee Harrell, and Sarah Quigley, 2018.

Throughout the collection, arrangement reflects a combination of Elaine Brown's original order and archivist-imposed order. Original folder titles and order of items within files were retained when present. Staff provided titles for untitled files and material that was originally unfoldered and imposed the order of files within series to facilitate researcher access.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Elaine Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1943 and raised by her mother, Dorothy Clark. She attended a predominantly white, experimental elementary school where she studied ballet and classical piano. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1961. She attended Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) for one semester before moving to Los Angeles, California. Brown joined the Black Panther Party in 1968, eventually serving as the Party's first Chairwoman from 1974-1977. Brown left the Party in 1978 but has continued to work as a community activist. She founded Fields of Flowers in 1996, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a model education center for impoverished children. She is also active in the realm of prison reform and is a co-founder of both Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice (1998) and the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform (2003). She has run several campaigns for political office including twice for Oakland, California, City Council (1973 and 1975), once for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia (2005), and once for the Green Party's nomination for President of the United States (2007). Brown is also an author, publishing her memoir, A Taste of Power (1992) and The Condemnation of Little B. (2002), a nonfiction work about thirteen-year-old Michael "Little B." Lewis, who was tried and convicted as an adult for murder in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one daughter Ericka, who was born in 1970.

Elaine Brown was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1943 and raised by her mother, Dorothy Clark. She attended a predominantly white, experimental elementary school where she studied ballet and classical piano. She graduated from the Philadelphia High School for Girls in 1961. She attended Temple University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) for one semester before moving to Los Angeles, California. Brown joined the Black Panther Party in 1968, eventually serving as the Party's first Chairwoman from 1974-1977. Brown left the Party in 1978 but has continued to work as a community activist. She founded Fields of Flowers in 1996, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a model education center for impoverished children. She is also active in the realm of prison reform and is a co-founder of both Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice (1998) and the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform (2003). She has run several campaigns for political office including twice for Oakland, California, City Council (1973 and 1975), once for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia (2005), and once for the Green Party's nomination for President of the United States (2007). Brown is also an author, publishing her memoir, A Taste of Power (1992) and The Condemnation of Little B. (2002), a nonfiction work about thirteen-year-old Michael "Little B." Lewis, who was tried and convicted as an adult for murder in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one daughter Ericka, who was born in 1970.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the papers of Elaine Brown from 1977-2010 (bulk 1989-2010) and includes correspondence, writings by Brown, organizational files, campaign records, subject files, and personal papers. Correspondence is both personal and profession and contains letters between Brown and her mother, friends, business associates, publishers, lawyers, and former romantic partner Pierre Elby. Writings by Brown contain drafts of her books The Condemnation of Little B. and A Taste of Power, as well as other writings, such as articles, essays, and reviews. There is also a significant number of records documenting the murder trial of Michael "Little B." Lewis, the subject of The Condemnation of Little B. Organizational files consist of files documenting organizations in which Elaine Brown had a significant leadership role and includes records of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, Fields of Flowers, the National Association for Radical Prison Reform, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice, and the Brunswick (Georgia) Women's Association for Community Improvement, among others. Campaign records document Elaine Brown's 2005 campaign for Mayor of Brunswick, Georgia, and her 2007 campaign to be the Green Party's candidate for President of the United States. They include campaign contacts, volunteer and mailing lists, fundraising and financial records, and correspondence. Subject files include materials relating to other organizations and projects in which Brown was involved, writings by friends and associates of Brown's, including Barbara Chase-Riboud, and planning files for Brown's speaking engagements. Personal papers contain financial records, photographs, travel documents, calendars and day planners, notes, phone messages, business cards, and legal records from Brown's defamation lawsuit against Kathleen Cleaver in 2008. The collection does not contain records of her work with the Black Panther Party, but there is material in the collection about the history and legacy of the Party.

Arrangement Note

Organized into six series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings by Brown, (3) Organizational files, (4) Campaign records, (5) Subject files, and (6) Personal papers.


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