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This collection documents the life and career of African-American social worker and educator William Neal Brown. Personal material includes his military records, family photos, material from his undergraduate years at the Hampton Institute, and various tributes from later in his life. The professional material is primarily typescripts of speeches and papers that Brown presented in the late 1960s and early 1970s to various academic and community groups. The audiovisual material includes audio of his debate with Malcolm X, titled "Integration or Separation," that took place on Ovember 3, 1961, at Rutgers University.
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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection has no restrictions.
This collection is located on-site.
Unique time-based media items have been reformatted and are available onsite via links in the container list. Commercial materials are not routinely digitized.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Neal Brown Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Rutgers University holds related materials, including an oral history with Dr. Brown.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Lightly processed in August 2021. Duplicates and plaques discarded, awards and photos unframed. kws 2021-08-09
2020-09-17 AV material added in preparation for digitization
2021-08-05 Collection minimally processed and finding aid created. kws
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
William Neal Brown. Born February 24, 1919, in Warrenton, Georgia. Raised in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. United States Air Force, 1942-1946 with the Tuskegee Airmen. United States Air Force Reserve, 1946-1957. Hampton Insitute '41, Columbia Universty School of Social Work '50 (MSW), CUNY '79 (PhD). Professor of human growth and development at Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work, 1956-1989. Educator and speaker on social work and education, especially with regard to disadvantaged children. Died April 17, 2009 at age 90.