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Harold K. Brown Papers, 1956-2000 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Harold K. Brown Papers, 1956-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1963-1965, 1990s

Primary Creator: Brown, Harold K. (1934-)

Extent: 4.59 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Filed alphabetically by folder description.

Date Acquired: 03/22/2010

Subjects: African Americans--California--San Diego, Civil rights--California--San Diego, Civil rights movements--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources, Community development--California--San Diego, Congress of Racial Equality, San Diego State University

Forms of Material: Audio Recordings, Personal Papers, Photographs, Slides

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Harold K. Brown Papers (1956-2000) document Brown's participation in the local Civil Rights Movement, his dedication to community economic development, and his professional life, with a heavy emphasis on the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Brown's role in the School Integration Task Force, and his involvement with the Black Economic Development Task Force. Highlights include the Congress of Racial Equality's actions against the employment practices of the San Diego Zoo, SDG&E, Montgomery Ward, and Bank of America.  Filed alphabetically by folder description, the collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, slides, reel-to-reels of the "Viewpoint" program on KSDO Radio, and photographs.  In addition, the collection's extensive newspaper clippings include articles from and full issues of The Voice, The San Diego Light House, the San Diego Monitor, and Logan Heights' Independent.  The majority of materials date from 1963 to 1966, and the mid-1990s.

Biographical Note

Born in 1934 and the youngest of seven siblings, Harold Brown, also known as Hal, grew up in York, Pennsylvania, a small working-class town.  After graduating high school, Brown attended Penn State, but left after his first semester in order to play minor league baseball with the St. Louis Browns.  After sustaining an injury, Brown moved to San Diego in 1953 to attend San Diego State College on a basketball scholarship.  His studies were interrupted by two years of military service, but he returned to SDSC and finished his degree in physical education and speech.  Upon graduating in 1961, Brown began a six-year teaching career at a local junior high school.  During this time, he also became extremely active in the San Diego Civil Rights Movement.  Brown was also a member of the El Cajon Valley Open Housing Committee, which sought to integrate neighborhoods in El Cajon and La Mesa.  In addition, he helped to found and chair the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).  This organization fought unfair employment practices, and organized civil rights marches, demonstrations and sit-ins across San Diego. 

Later, Brown became the Deputy Director for the US Peace Corps in Lesotho.  In 1971, he returned from Africa and became California State University's Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the Vice President for Administration, making him the first African-American administrator at San Diego State.  Later, he was the Associate Dean of Planning and Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, which he helped to establish.  He hired many of the department's faculty and helped create the program's curriculum.  In 1973, he was appointed Director of Campus Information Systems.  Afterward, he became the Associate Dean for External Relations in the College of Business Administration.  As Associate Dean, he developed a certificate program in community economic development and founded the Center for Community Economic Development (CCED). The purpose of the program was to create economic self-reliance in poorer communities, such as southeast San Diego, by offering classes in accounting, computers, financial planning, and leadership.  The CCED also provided resources and consulting for community groups.  It was one of only a handful of such programs in the United States.  Brown retired in 1997, but continued consulting until 2004.  Harold Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards both for his service to the university and to the community.

Subject/Index Terms

African Americans--California--San Diego
Civil rights--California--San Diego
Civil rights movements--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources
Community development--California--San Diego
Congress of Racial Equality
San Diego State University

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Harold K. Brown

Related Materials:

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School Integration Task Force Records, 1974-1983

Center for Community Economic Development Records, 1963-2006

Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 Records, 1961-1980

Creating Community: African Americans in San Diego exhibit

Harold K. Brown Civil Rights Collection exhibit

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Harold K. Brown Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: Materials in this collection were processed with a generous donation from Harold K. Brown.

Other URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2009/01/creatingcommunity/index.shtml


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Action Plan for Black Economic Development Speech by Harold Brown at Neighborhood House, May 17, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Affirmative Action at San Diego State University (SDSU) - Replacement of Don Coryell, 1973Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Affirmative Action - Subcommittee on the Constitution, Statement by Harold Brown, June 1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Africana Studies, 1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Afro-American Studies Program at SDSU, 1972Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: American Testament: Letters to Burned Churches, 1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Annual Equal Employment Opportunity Report, February 7, 2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Arrest of Harold Brown for Bank of America Protest, November 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Baton Leadership Program, 1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Biography: Harold BrownAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: Black Awareness Week, February 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Black Capitalism, 1970-1971Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Black Economic Development Recommendations, January 25, 1990Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Black Economic Development Task Force, 1989-1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Black Economic Development Task Force: Community Economic Development and Research Center Proclamation, October 14, 1993Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Black Economic Development Task Force: Psychological Factors Related to Development of African-American Economic Empowerment, January 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Black International, TheAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 18: Black Leadership Family Plan, February 1982Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 19: Black National Anthem and SongsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 20: Blacks and Business by Harold Brown, July 1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 21: Building Bridges to Minority Firms, December 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 22: City-Community Conference, July 9, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 23: Civil Rights Bill, H.R. 7152, February 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Civil Rights Movement in San Diego: Brief HistoryAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

Includes "Permission and Release" form for a 2016 oral history of Mr. Brown for the Civil Rights Oral History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Includes CD recordings of Mr. Brown's oral history of the civil rights era, conducted by the San Diego History Center, Nov. 2015.

Folder 25: College of Business Administration Today Newsletter, March 1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 26: Collins, Charles C. Report of Arrest, August 14, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 27: Common Behavioral Patterns that Perpetuate Relations of Domination, 1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 28: Community Economic Development (CED) Certificate Program at SDSU, 1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 29: Community Economic Development Magazine Articles, 1993-1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 30: Community Leaders Undoing Biases (C.L.U.B.), 1998-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 31: Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), 1963-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 32: CORE: Bank of America Employment Practices, 1964-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: CORE Community InvolvementAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: CORE Correspondence, 1964-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: CORE Demonstration Photographs, 1963-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: CORE Enterprise Corporation, Inc. Application for Funding GrantsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: CORE Guidelines for Organizational Expansion, April 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: CORE-Lator Newsletter, September/October 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: CORE Leadership TrainingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: CORE Meeting Minutes, 1964-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: CORE Memorandums, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: CORE Montgomery Ward Employment Practices, 1963-1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: CORE National Republican Convention, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: CORE Northeast Region, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: CORE Safeway Employment Practices, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: CORE San Diego Chapter, 1963-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: CORE San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Employment Practices, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: CORE San Diego Zoo Job Discrimination, 1964-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: CORE Socialist and Communist Members - Subversive Activities, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 18: CORE Southern Region, 1964-1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 19: CORE Western Region, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1960-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 21: Cortés, Carlos E. - Articles about Mixed Race Children, 1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 22: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) PlanAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 23: Dimensions in Discrimination Part II, April 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Ebony Aztec Yearbook, 1977-1978Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 25: Farmer, James: Testimony before House Judiciary Committee on behalf of CORE, March 31, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 26: Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle (inscribed by George Stevens)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Future of African Americans to the Year 2000: Congressional Task Force ReportAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Growing a Business: A Young Entrepreneur's Start-Up GuideAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Harold Brown Day, July 22, 1967Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Honorary Deputy Sheriff's Association Application for AppointmentAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Human Side of Enterprise Paper by Harold Brown, November 21, 1977Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Integration Task Force, 1978-1980Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Introduction to Community Economic Development (CED) - New Hampshire College, Fall 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Introduction to Community Economic Development (CED) - New Hampshire College, Fall 1994Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Introduction to the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center ProjectAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: "It's Time to Take Charge" an address by Erwin A. France, August 16, 1982Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: JET, August 6, 1964; July 22, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: "Jew Hatred as History: An Analysis of the Nation of Islam's 'The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews'", 1993Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: KSDO Radio Viewpoint, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: KSDO Radio Viewpoint Resource Material, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Lesotho, 1968-1970Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Lesotho Slides, 1967-1970Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Merit Evaluation: Harold Brown, 1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company (MESBIC), 1987-1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Minority Entrepreneur Program: University of Southern California (USC) material, 1987Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Minority Loan Program Report by Harold Brown, June 1971Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Money: Master or Servant?, October 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: New American Business System: Kit for Starting Your Own Business, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: News Clippings, 1962-1968Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: News Clippings, 1972-1978Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: News Clippings, 1981-1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: News Clippings, 1990-1999Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: News Clippings, 2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: News Clippings, no dateAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: News Clippings Scrapbook, 1963-1967Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: On the Role of Martin Luther King from "New Politics" volume 4, number 1Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Papers Written by Harold BrownAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Pastoral Letter on Contemporary Racism and the Role of the Church, January 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: PhotographsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Prosperity and Poverty in the New Economy: Report on Social and Economic Status in San Diego County, December 1998Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Role of the Negro in United States History: A Composition of Information - San Diego City Schools, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: San Diego Black Forum: Address by Honorable Louis Stokes, December 8, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: San Diego Board of Education: Citizens Committee Report on Equal Educational Opportunities, August 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: San Diego State College: Blue Key Fraternity Certificate, 1958Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Self-Help Through Neighborhood Leadership, Inc., 1964-1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Small Business Investment Companies, 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Small Business Week, May 1992Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: SpeechesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Speeches - MaterialAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 11: Social and Economic Status of Negroes in the United States, US Department of Labor, 1969Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Social Profile of a Poverty Area in San Diego, January 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Southeast San Diego, Analysis of the State of the EconomyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: "Sports Taboo: Why Blacks are like Boys and Whites are like Girls" by Malcolm GladwellAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Stone, Jim, 1987-1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 16: "The Racial Issue in San Diego" ... a report of a television program and the reaction to it from the San Diego community ..., September, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 17: Touchdown Distributing, Inc., 1994-1995Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 18: United States Armed Forces Report of Transfer, November 1956Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 19: Untitled Report on Civil Rights LawsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 20: Who's Who Among Students at San Diego State Award, 1959-1960Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 21: Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: KSDO Viewpoints, October 20, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: KSDO Viewpoints, October 27, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: KSDO Viewpoints, November 3, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: KSDO Viewpoints, November 10, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: KSDO Viewpoints, November 17, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: KSDO Viewpoints, December 1, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: KSDO Viewpoints, December 8, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Peace Corps - Africa (Maseru, capitol city of Lesotho)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Classroom Teacher, volume 7, number 15, December 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, August 1, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, August 22, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, November 7, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: The Voice, volume 3, number 7, November 14, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, January 23, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, May 21, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, September 24, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, November 12, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, November 19, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, November 26, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: Independent, Logan Heights Edition, March 11, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 13: The Range, volume 1, number 1, May 1, 1968Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 14: San Diego Light House, volume 25, number 24, May 22, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: San Diego Light House, volume 28, number 7, March 31, 1967Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: San Diego Monitor News, volume 2, number 12, June 30, 1988Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 17: San Diego Monitor News, volume 3, number 10, June 15, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 18: San Diego Monitor News, volume 3, number 38, November 2, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 19: San Diego Monitor News, volume 4, number 46, February 21, 1991Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 20: The Voice, volume 2, number 85, August 1, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 21: The Voice, volume 3, number 3, October 17, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 22: The Voice, volume 3, number 4, October 24, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 23: The Voice, volume 3, number 10, December 5, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 24: The Voice, volume 3, number 13, December 26, 1963Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 25: The Voice, volume 3, number 14, January 2, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 26: The Voice, volume 3, number 15, January 9, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 27: The Voice, volume 3, number 16, January 16, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 28: The Voice, volume 3, number 20, February 13, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 29: The Voice, volume 3, number 22, February 27, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 30: The Voice, volume 3, number 28, April 9, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 31: The Voice, volume 4, number 2, October 8, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 32: The Voice, volume 4, number 4, October 22, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 33: The Voice, volume 4, number 7, November 12, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 34: The Voice, volume 4, number 9, November 26, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 35: The Voice, volume 4, number 11, December 10, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 36: The Voice, volume 4, number 12, December 17, 1964Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 37: The Voice, volume 4, number 17, January 21, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 38: The Voice, volume 4, number 20, February 11, 1965Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 39: The Voice, volume 5, number 19, February 3, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 40: The Voice, volume 5, number 41, July 7, 1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 41: The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, November 2, 1989Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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