Rare Book & Manuscript Library

William Neal Brown papers, 1930s-2012

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1548
Bib ID 8218518 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Brown, William Neal, 1919-2009 ; X, Malcolm, 1925-1965
Title William Neal Brown papers, 1930s-2012
Physical Description 1.5 linear feet (1 small flat box, 1 record storage carton)
Language(s) English .

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

All original copies of analog media are closed until reformatting in 2021.




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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

All original copies of analog media are closed until reformatting in 2021.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); William Neal Brown Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

Rutgers University holds related materials, including an oral history with Dr. Brown.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Lightly processed in August 2021. Duplicates and plaques discarded, awards and photos unframed. kws 2021-08-09

Revision Description

2020-09-17 AV material added in preparation for digitization

2021-08-05 Collection minimally processed and finding aid created. kws

Subject Headings

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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.