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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

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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.

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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.

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