Inventory of the J. Arthur Brown Papers, 1937 - 1988

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Abstract: J. Arthur Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1914. After graduating from the Avery Institute in 1932 he continued his education at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC graduating in 1937. While at SCSC, Brown met his future wife MaeDe Esperanza Myers (1918-2012), marrying in 1940. The couple had three daughters: MaeDe Joenelle Gordon, Minerva King, and Dr. Millicent Brown; and on son, Myles Gregory Brown. Mr. Brown moved back to Charleston where he became a businessman working as a real estate and insurance broker. He became affiliated with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Brown worked his way to becoming the president of the Charleston chapter of the NAACP in 1955. As president of the local chapter of the NAACP, Mr. Brown led a concerted effort to fight segregation in the public sphere and other issues in the African American civil rights movement. Mr. Brown was also a member on the Voorhees College Board of Trustees, member of the Mu Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the South Carolina Democratic Party. In the 1970’s Mr. Brown was a co-founder and office holder of the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA).
The J. Arthur Brown papers are divided into five series documenting his family, education, business affairs, and work in the Civil Rights Movement and civic affairs.
Title: J. Arthur Brown Papers,
Call Number: AMN 1074
Repository: Avery Research Center
Dates: 1937 - 1989
Bulk: Bulk, 1950-1988
Language of Material: Material is in English
Extent: 2.5 Linear feet
(6 archival boxes)

Biographical Note

J. Arthur Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1914 where he grew up and went to school. After graduating from the Avery Institute in 1932 he continued his education at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, SC graduating in 1937. While at SCSC, Brown met his future wife MaeDe Esperanza Myers (1918-2012), marrying in 1940. The couple had three daughters: MaeDe Joenelle Gordon, Minerva King, and Dr. Millicent Brown; and on son, Myles Gregory Brown. Mr. Brown moved back to Charleston where he became a businessman working as a real estate and insurance broker. As a businessman in Charleston, he became affiliated with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Brown worked his way to becoming the president of the Charleston chapter of the NAACP in 1955. As president of the local chapter of the NAACP, Mr. Brown led a concerted effort to fight segregation in the public sphere. Through his work in the African American Civil Rights movement, Mr. Brown became president of the South Carolina Conference of the NAACP in 1960-1965 where he continued his work towards equal rights for African Americans throughout South Carolina. His accomplishments as president of the NAACP in SC include the desegregation of Edisto State Park and others in the late 1950’s, desegregation of the Charleston Municipal Golf Course in 1961, desegregation of Charleston School District in 1963, as well as organizer and leader of multiple social movements such as sit-ins, and boycotts as well as participating in crucial court cases throughout the state of South Carolina.

Besides being an active member and officer in the NAACP, Mr. Brown was also a member on the Voorhees College Board of Trustees, member of the Mu Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and a member of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He was constantly active in community service projects within Charleston and James Island where he fought for the African American community. In the 1970’s Mr. Brown was a co-founder and office holder of the Committee on Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) as well as the Petersfield Human Services Corporation on Yonges Island where he was the chairman of the board of directors. Throughout his life Mr. Brown spent time participating in and contributing to different projects and groups in the Charleston area that worked towards bettering the community such as the Humane Friendly Society Cemetery, Charleston Area Community Relations Committee, Charleston Business and Professional Men’s Association, and others. At the time of his death he was serving as the Community Relations Specialist for Charleston, SC. Mr. Brown died on 14 February 1988 and his service was held at St. Marks Episcopal Church.


Collection Overview

The J. Arthur Brown Papers are divided into five series:

Series I: Correspondence (1937-1988, undated) is the largest; it details Brown’s work within the Civil Rights movement. The correspondence includes a letter (1937) from Governor Olin T. Johnston; letter regarding segregation of St. Mark’s Church within the Diocese of SC; integration of Edisto State Park; assisting black students dismissed from SC State University, from a letter (1956) of Septima Clark; demanding an African American correspondent on the News & Courier staff and a reply from editor Tom Waring; letter (1960) regarding unspecified incidents involving African American players during a Baltimore Colts visit to Charleston; the visit (1960) of baseball player Jackie Robinson to Charleston; hate mail calling Brown a trouble maker and an agitator; a death threat from the National Association for the Advancement of White People; photocopy of a letter (1962) regarding College of Charleston not admitting Gretta Middleton because of her race; letter of support for O.T. Wallace as SC Federal Judge; police brutality exposed in Darlington, SC; comment of Levi G. Byrd regarding Cheraw NAACP; integration of Charleston YMCA; letters (1965) regarding discrimination at Charleston hospitals; threats from the James Island White Citizens Council; letter (1968) regarding Ernest Hollings’ work helping the African American community with a mention of James Clyburn. Other correspondence covers Brown’s involvement with COBRA and other related subjects. Other letters either original or photocopy includes correspondants such as Walter White of the NAACP, Judge J. Waties Waring, Thurgood Marshall, I. DeQuincey Newman, Matthew Perry, his daughter Millicent, Governor John C. West, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Charleston Police Chiefs William F. Kelley, John Conroy, and others. Non-civil rights correspondence detail work with the Petersfield Human Services Corporation a social services organization on Yonges Island to improve the conditions of the inhabitants, Voorhees College, Charleston School District, Humane Friendly Society (burial society), Charleston urban development, as well as different work with programs dealing with mental retardation, the handicapped, and other community minded groups.

Series II: Biographical Materials and Affiliations (1930-1987) include newspaper clippings of articles regarding Brown’s work within the NAACP and around Charleston, a speech he delivered on civil rights, photocopies of court documents (1960-1963) regarding integration of Charleston schools and parks, awards received from miscellaneous organizations; other materials relate to Brown’s family including his wife Mae De. and his daughter Millicent. Contains Brown’s diploma (1937) from SC State College as well as his sister Arthurlee Brown McFarlin’s diploma (1949) from SC State College. Also included are documents and newspaper clippings regarding NAACP throughout SC and Charleston; COBRA regarding witness statements of an incident of an African American being shot by police and police harassing and arresting African American adolescents (1973,1978) and programs for events held, minutes and agendas from Voorhees College Board of Trustees; Petersfield Human Services Corporation documents including minutes, agendas, programs, and petitions, as well as official paperwork on establishment of PHSC; Avery class (1930-1933) reunion rosters and donation lists (1978); Humane Friendly Society financial records (1966-1979).

Series III: Real Estate and Business Finance Records (1964-1987) cover deeds, terms of sale, as well as rent and expenses for property owned by Brown and his family.

Series IV:Business and Personal Date Books/Planners (1972-1987) detail daily events and affairs of Brown (1972, 1984-1987).

Series V: Photographs and General Materials (1950-1988) show Brown and his family including daughter Millicent’s high school graduation, family gatherings; and colleagues such as Rev. I. De Quincey Newman, Judge J. Waties Waring, Sen. Strom Thurmond, and others. General items include programs from events attended; photocopies of witness statements given to Charleston police regarding police physically assaulting and harassing African Americans; newspaper clippings of events both local and national including 1960 presidential election, sit-downs, boycotts, local politics and happenings in Charleston and James Island, (1940’s-1980’s).


Collection Arrangement

1. Corrsepondence

2. Biographical Materials and Affiliations

3. Real Estate and Business Finance Records

4. Business and Personal Date Books/Planners

5. Photographs and General Materials


Related Archival Materials

For further information please see:

Millicent E. Brown Papers, 1949 - 2003

Charleston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Papers, 1920-1995

Subject Headings

  • Brown, Millicent Ellison, 1948-.
  • African American businesspeople--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • African American civil rights workers--United States.
  • African Americans--Civil rights--History--20th century.
  • African Americans--Civil rights--South Carolina--Charleston--History--20th century.
  • Avery Normal Institute--Alumni and alumnae.
  • Avery Normal Institute--History.
  • Brown family.
  • Brown, J. Arthur, 1914-1988.
  • Civic leaders--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • Civil rights movements--United States.
  • Committee on Better Racial Assurance.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Charleston Branch (Charleston, S.C.).
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
  • Segregation--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • Segregation--United States--History.
  • Segregation in education--South Carolina--Charleston.
  • South Carolina State University--Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  • Voorhees College--History.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1: Correspondence, 1937 - 1988, undated.

Correspondence it details Brown’s work within the civil rights movement as leader of the local and state chapters of the NAACP. Other correspondence covers Brown’s involvement with COBRA and other related subjects, including non-Civil Rights related correspondence detailing work with other community minded groups.
Box 1   Folder 1
Letters, 1937 - 1959
Letters (1937, 1949, 1950's) to and from J. Arthur Brown on matters that deal with J.A.B.'s fight for African American's in the civil rights struggle. Correspondence includes letters (1954) from Judge J. Waties Waring on their personal relationship; letters (1955) to the NAACP asking for assistance legally including for a black minor accused of rape; letters (1957-1958) regarding an NAACP effort to organize local churches; photocopy of a letter (1955) from Thurgood Marshall about false NAACP press releases; a letter (1957) on White House stationary about J.A.B.'s comments on Federal action during the "Arkansas situation"; a handwritten letter (1956) from Septima Clark which, seeks legal assistance from the NAACP for students dismissed from S.C. State College without reason and their tenuous situation with scholarships; a letter (1959) from I. DeQuincey Newman inviting J.A.B. to a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to represent the NAACP of SC; a letter (1959) from News and Courier editor Tom Waring responding to calls for an African American journalist on his staff and for more coverage of local African American news. Other letters deal with business and real estate matters.
Box 1   Folder 2
Letters, 1960 - 1964
Letters (1960-1964) to and from J. Arthur Brown regarding his work within the Civil Rights movement especially for the NAACP in SC. Correspondence includes a series of letters (1960) from the Baltimore Colts staff regarding teams policy on African American players while traveling in response to an incident in Charleston against set policies; carbons of letters from civil rights attorney Matthew Perry regarding civil rights cases in Charleston, Orangeburg, and elsewhere in SC along with a letter to Harvey Gant; a letter (1961) regarding African American baseball player Jackie Robinson's intinerary for Charleston; letters (1963) from journalists Paul E. Deutschman and George McMillan regarding stories to be written on civil rights issues in SC; telegrams (1961,1963) from NAACP regarding demonstrations, arrests, calls for ending segregation and discrimination in SC; a postcard (1960) regarding an unsigned death threat to J.A.B. from the NAAWP (National Association for the Advancement of White People?); letters (1961) from Henry T. Long addressed to J. Arthur Brown, a wild negro trouble maker, accusing J.A.B of causing trouble to decent negroes and being a paid agitator; a letter (1962) from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson regarding J.A.B. being asked to participate in the President's Committee on Equal Employment; a draft of a letter (1962) to President John F. Kennedy regarding James Meredith integrating the University of Mississippi; photocopy of a letter (1962) from the College of Charleston not admitting Gretta Middleton because she is an African American; a carbon of a letter (1963) to U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy regarding J.A.B.'s support of O.T. Wallace for SC Federal Judge because of his fairness on civil rights issues. Includes a draft of a letter (1960) from J.A.B. to a hospital accounting organization regarding their segregation policies and cancelling the registration of Evangeline Banks Harrison of McClellan-Banks Memorial Hospital; letters (1963) from Darlington NAACP regarding an African American man being beaten by the police; a letter (1964) from Levi G. Byrd regarding Cheraw NAACP and written in gullah like language; a letter (1962) regarding situation in Florida of Southeast Region of NAACP board member candidate being indicted for withholding NAACP membership lists; correspondence (1963) of a court case in Columbia regarding plaintiffs being required to acknowledge affiliation with NAACP and if the NAACP is financing the case. Other letters deal with the fight to desegregate Charleston schools in court including Millicent Brown's own case. There are letters that include topics of personal affairs and business within the NAACP. Notable personnel that letters are written to, from, or mentioned in include but are not limited to Ernest F. Hollings, Reverand I. DeQuincey Newman, and Roy Wilkins.
Box 1   Folder 3
Letters, 1965 - 1969
Letters (1965-1969) to and from J. Arthur Brown regarding the work of the NAACP and other organizations and individuals workding towards equal rights for African Americans. Correspondence includes an official invitiation (1965) to the inaugu- ration of Lyndon B. Johnson and Hubert H. Humphrey, with printed copies of their pho- tos and signatures; a letter (1965) to attorney Matthew J. Perry regarding integrating the YMCA in Charleston; letters regarding Charleston hospitals discriminating against African American patients; multiple letters commending J.A.B. for his service as state president of the SC conference of the NAACP, including a letter (1965) from Charleston Police chief William F. Kelly; a typed postcard (1965) from the James Island White Citizens Council threat- ening J.A.B. for instigating demonstrations at white churches; a letter (1967) from Benja- min Mays regarding a survey on personal relations with white people; letters from various frater- nities with one letter (1968) from Albert Brooks; a photocopy of a letter (1968) from Senator Ernest F. Hollings regarding what he had done for individual African Americans and the black community as a whole, including the mentioning of James Clyburn. Other letters are from J.A.B.'s daughter Millicent including school reports (1965) from the Charleston Tutoring Center, and correspondence (1968) on her withdrawal from Emerson College.
Box 1   Folder 4
Letters, 1970 - 1974
Letters (1970-1974) to and from J. Arthur Brown covering his involvement in the community as a public servant working for the promotion of civil rights for African Americans. Correspondence includes a letter (1971) from Charles Wickenberg the executive news editor for The State regarding interviews in Charleston; a series of correspondence (1971) regarding Janie Gilliard an African American teacher in Charleston being fired for disputed reasons by the school administration; a photocopy of a letter (1973) from I. DeQuincey Newman regarding the organizing of Black history groups in Charleston; a series of letters (1972-1974) from the S.C. Probation, Parole and Pardon Board on topics of employment and obtaining parole for individuals; a letter (1973) from SC Attorney General regarding new voting laws to be implemented. Other letters cover topics on local projects for mental health, drug abuse and addiction, support for SC politicians as well as participation in local clubs and fraternities. People of interest covered in the letters are Congressman Mendel J. Davis, Reverand I. DeQuincey Newman, Governor John C. West, Harry P. Graham the President of Voorhees College, Senator Ernest F. Hollings and J.A.B.'s daughter Millicent.
Box 1   Folder 5
Letters, 1975 - 1979
Letters (1975-1979) to and from J. Arthur Brown that cover his participation as a servant to the community of Charleston in multiple capacities. Correspondence includes a letter (1975) from Charleston Chief of Police John F. Conroy regarding police relations with the black community; a series of letters (1976-1978) regarding African groups coming to Charleston for cross cultural learning; a series of letters (1977-1978) regarding Humane Friendly Society Cemetery; a series of letters (1978) regarding Avery class reunion; a letter (1978) from the Deputy Chief of Police in Charleston regarding allegations of an incident of improper police actions; a letter (1979) regarding complaints made by C.O.B.R.A. (Committee On Better RacialAssurance) on court cases and their questionable procedures; a letter (1979) from J.A.B. regarding new construction for the improvement of the community. People of importance that were within the correspondence include Senator Ernest F. Hollings, Senator T. Dewey Wise, Attorney Matthew J. Perry, Senator Strom Thurmond, SC Lieutenant Governor W. Brantley Harvey Jr., Judge Constance Baker Motley, and others.
Box 1   Folder 6
Letters, 1980 - 1981
Letters (1980-1981) to and from J. Arthur Brown and others that cover his involvement within the community especially with C.O.B.R.A. (Committee On Better Racial Assurance). Correspondence includes a series of letters (1981) regarding C.O.B.R.A. establishment and operations; a series of letters (1981) on real estate in Charleston; a series of letters (1981) regarding Petersfield Human Services Corporation establishment and services provided; a letter (1981) from the Charleston School District regarding report on situation of black employees and other issues; a series of letters (1981) regarding visitation of a committee of African students to Charleston and Gullah communities; a letter (1981) from Governor Riley regarding work of the Petersfield Human Services Corporation. Other letters cover topics of J.A.B.'s work with mental illness, school boards, handicapped citizens groups, and other business related material. People worth being mentioned in the correspondence include Reverand I. DeQuincy Newman, Senator Ernest F. Hollings, Governor Riley and others.
Box 1   Folder 7
Letters, 1982
Letters (1982) to and from J. Arthur Brown covering topics of his involvement with community service groups and being part of a number of trustee boards. Correspondence includes a series of letters on the employment; financial matters; construction; ground breaking; and a series of letters regarding employment of Gladys Hazel and Janie Moore for the Petersfield Human Services Corporation.Other letters include J.A.B.'s participation on the Voorhees College Board of Trustees and other community service groups. Noteworthy people in the correspondence include Governor Riley and others.
Box 1   Folder 8
Letters, 1982
Letters (1982 cont'd) to and from J. Arthur Brown that covering his participation within Charleston and South Carolina. Correspondence includes the financial matters, construction, employment, and training within the Petersfield Human Services Corporation on Yonges Island. Other letters cover the Voorhees College Board of Trustees regarding Head Start Program.
Box 1   Folder 9
Letters, 1983 - 1988
Letters (1983-1988) to and from J. Arthur Brown regarding participation in community service programs in South Carolina and Charleston. Includes a series of letters (1983) regarding his position within the Petersfield Human Services Corporation; a letter (1985) from J.A.B. to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development regarding plans in Charleston; a letter (1986) from executive director of the NAACP Benjamin L. Hooks regarding new honor scroll of fame and new national headquarters; a series of letters (1987) from J.A.B.'s daughter Millicent regarding urging him to recount his life in writing; a letter (1988) from Jinny Bartel with a transcript of an interview with J.A.B.; Other letters cover topics such as J.A.B.'s connections with a transcript of an interview conducted with J.A.B.; Other letters cover topics such as Charleston urban development, the United Negro College Fund, Charleston School District, and the NAACP. Correspondants are Senator Strom Thurmond, Governor Richard Riley, Senator Ernest F. Hollings, State Senator Herbert Fielding, and Samuel R. Pierce
Box 1   Folder 10
Letters, undated
Letters to and from J. Arthur Brown on personal and business topics. Correspondence between J.A.B. and Judge J. Waties Waring, Senator Ernest F. Hollings and the NAACP.

2: Biographical materials and Affiliations, 1937 - 1989.

Includes newspaper clippings of articles regarding Brown’s work within the NAACP and around Charleston, and materials relate to Brown’s family including his wife MaeDe, and his daughter Millicent.
Box 2   Folder 1
Newspaper Clippings, 1960 - 1989
Photocopies of newspaper clippings that quote or reference J.A.B. concerning his involvement within the civil rights movement for African Americans. Topics covered in the clippings include the NAACP involvement in the civil rights movement; local sit-ins and boycotts of Charleston businesses; both school and park desegregation. Also included are letters to the editor from J.A.B. that were printed as well as social commentary from J.A.B.'s perspective.
Box 2   Folder 2
Speech, 1979
Copy of a speech (c.1979) delivered by J.A.B. covering many aspects of the civil rights movement including the parts played by both the NAACP, Martin Luther King Jr. and others.
Box 2   Folder 3
Legal Documents, 1960 - 1979
Copies of court documents and affadavits that are crucial to the civil rights movement in SC. J.A.B.'s involvement in the cases are covered through his affiliation with the NAACP as well as on behalf of his daughter Millicent. The documents cover cases that deal with the topics of school integration (1963); park integration' (1960) and the unfair treatment of African Americans in official matters (1979).
Box 2   Folder 4
Certificates and Awards, 1964 - 1987
Certificates and Awards (1964-1987) presented to J.A.B. for his achievements within the community as well as his participation in various boards; clinics; and programs. Included are awards presented on behalf of the Democratic Party; University of Miami School of Medicine; the Governor of SC; as well as multiple handicapped citizens programs.
Box 2   Folder 5
Printed Materials, undated
Photocopies of programs that J.A.B. participated in or served on the staff of certain events. Included are programs from events held by the NAACP; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and other assorted groups.
Box 2   Folder 6
General Materials, undated
Various items regarding J.A.B.'s family including their involvement in the community and their multiple achievements. Included in the folder are photocopies of newspaper clippings on family members; photocopies of programs that family members participated in; awards given to family members; and a handwritten outline for a funeral procession for J.A.B.'s mother.
Box 2   Folder 7
SCSC Diploma, 1937
Diploma for J.A.B.'s graduation from SC State College Orangeburg, SC, 1937.
Box 2   Folder 8
SCSC Diploma (Arthurlee McFarlin), 1949
Diploma for J.A.B.'s sister Arthurlee B. McFarlin from SC State College Orangeburg, SC, 1949.
Box 2   Folder 9
NAACP Newspaper Clippings, undated
General documents and newspaper clippings that deal with the NAACP while J.A.B. held office as president of the SC Conference of the NAACP. Included are photocopies of programs from NAACP held events; photocopies of newspaper clippings regarding NAACP involvement in the civil rights movement; speeches and published materials regarding NAACP; as well as financial reports of members and their contributions.
Box 2   Folder 10
COBRA, 1973 - 1978
Correspondence and statements (1973,1978) that deal with the Committee On Better Racial Assurance (COBRA) which, J.A.B. held office in. The materials cover programs within the COBRA that dealt with African emissaries. Also, contains copies, both handwritten and typed, of witness statements to cases of police brutality in Charleston.
Box 2   Folder 11
Petersfield Human Services Corporation, undated
Miscellaneous materials that deal with the Petersfield Human Services Corporation which J.A.B. was involved in and held positions within the PHSC. Included are photocopies of programs from PHSC held events and ceremonies; copies of the minutes and agenda's of official meetings held; and also included are petitions for incorporation for the PHSC and for employee's appointments.
Box 2   Folder 12
Voorhees College, 1981 - 1982
Documents regarding Voorhees College of which, J.A.B. was a member on the college's Board of Trustees. Included are photocopies of the minutes and agendas from Voorhees College Board of Trustee held meetings.
Box 2   Folder 13
Avery Normal Institute, undated
Miscellaneous materials that are in reference to the Avery Normal Institute class reunions of the classes of 1930-1933, of which J.A.B. is a member of the class of 1932. Included are photocopies of programs from the reunion events as well as financial reports with the names of class members and their information.
Box 2   Folder 14
Humane Friendly Society, 1966 - 1979
Materials in reference to the Humane Friendly Society cemetery which J.A.B. was active in. Included are bank statements and checks made out to the HFS and a ledger of finances paid out and received by the HFS.
Box 2   Folder 15
Charleston Area Community Relations Committee, 1976
Photocopies of statements regarding Charleston Area Community Relations Committee.
Box 2   Folder 16
South Carolina Voters League, 1957 - 1958
Check stubs (1957-1958) signed by Brown, Levi G. Byrd, and Reverand I. DeQuincey Newman regarding SC Voters League.

3: Real Estate and Business Finance Records, 1946 - 1987.

Covers deeds, terms of sale, as well as rent and expenses for property owned by Brown and his family.
Box 3   Folder 1
Statements and Terms of Sale, undated
Real estate statements and terms of sale as well as unpaid taxes regarding apartments owned by J.A.B.
Box 3   Folder 2
Tax Return, 1971
A copy of J.A.B. and Mae Dee Brown's tax return form from 1971.
Box 2   Folder 3
Tenant Financial Statements, undated
Copies of financial statements of tenants at J.A.B.'s apartment complex for collected rents. Properties included are 20 Ashton, 15 Allway, 26 Kennedy, 25 Nunan, and 404 Sumter.
Box 3   Folder 4
Highway Department, 1946 - 1965
Materials and documents for property owned by J.A.B. and family in reference to Highway Department matters. Included are offical correspondence from the S.C.Highway Dept. as well as official documents pertaining to issues between owned real estate and SC roads.
Box 3   Folder 5
Ordinance, undated
Ordinance pertaining to property owned by J.A.B. on James Island and in Charleston, SC
Box 3   Folder 6
Deeds and Titles, undated
Property deeds and titles to property on James Island for property owned by the J.A.B. family.
Box 3   Folder 7
Business Checks, 1964 - 1971
Checks made out to others from J.A.B. business checks for his apartments covering expenses.
Box 3   Folder 8
Ledger-1, 1971 - 1972
Payments made by J.A.B. documenting his expenditures on his apartments spanning the years.
Box 3   Folder 9
Ledger-2, 1986 - 1987
Payments made by J.A.B. documenting his expenditures on his apartments spanning the years.
Box 3   Folder 10
Receipts, 1967 - 1972
Receipts of checks regarding rent payment checks made out to Brown.

4: Business and Personal Date Books/Planners, 1972 - 1987.

Details daily events and affairs of Brown.
Box 4   Folder 1
Pocket Day Planner, 1972
Box 4   Folder 2
Planners and Date Books, 1984 - 1985
Collection 12 of planners and date books from each month of 1985 as well as with a planner from 1984 containing appointments both personal and of a business nature.
Box 4   Folder 3
Planners and Date Books, 1986
Collection 12 of planners and date books from each month of 1986 with appointments both personal and of a business nature.
Box 4   Folder 4
Planners and Date Books, 1987
Collection 12 of planners and date books from each month of 1987 with appointments both personal and of a business nature.

5: Photographs and General Materials, 1940 - 1989.

Photographs show Brown and his family including daughter Millicent’s high school graduation, family gatherings; and colleagues such as Rev. I. De Quincey Newman, Judge J. Waties Waring, Sen. Strom Thurmond, and others. Also, includes programs from events attended; photocopies of witness statements given to Charleston police regarding police physically assaulting and harassing African Americans; newspaper clippings of events both local and national including 1960 presidential election, sit-downs, boycotts, local politics and happenings in Charleston and James Island, (1940’s-1980’s).
Box 5   Folder 1
Photos, undated
Photos both color and black and white of J.A.B. posing along and with others such as his wife MaeDee, daughter Millicent, author Alfred E. Cain and others.
Box 5   Folder 2
Photos, undated
Photos both color and black and white of friends and family of J.A.B.
Box 5   Folder 3
Photos, undated
Photos both color and black and white of J.A.B. as well as family and friends in the 1950's and 1960's including Millicent's high school graduation.
Box 5   Folder 4
Photos, undated
Miscellaneous photos both color and black and white of various events and individuals including Senator Strom Thurmond, Dr. Benjamin Mays, Judge J. Waties Waring, Reverand I. DeQuincey Newman as well as J.A.B.'s house, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Also, included is a reproduction of the first black members of the SC state legislature and a wood block print of Reverand I. DeQuincey Newman.
Box 5   Folder 5
Clippings, 1950 - 1969
Photocopies of newspaper clippings regarding sitdowns; boycotts; and demonstrations during the African American Civil Rights movement.
Box 5   Folder 6
Clippings, 1940 - 1989
Photocopies and originals of newspaper clippings (1940's-1980's) regarding local Charleston politics. Included are pamphlets; announcements from local politicians and a sample voting ballot from a general election.
Box 5   Folder 7
Clippings, 1980 - 1989
Newspaper clippings (1980's) of local politics regarding Mayor Riley, James Island; and miscellaneous community projects.
Box 5   Folder 8
Clippings, 1960
Newspaper clippings covering the 1960 presidential election.
Box 6   Folder 1
Witness Statements, 1979
Photocopies and carbon copies of witness statements(1979) to the Charleston Police Department from local African Americans regarding police brutality and harrassment.
Box 6   Folder 2
Speeches, Tributes, and Addresses, 1950 - 1989
Assorted speeches, tributes, and addresses (1950's-1980's) including a statement from News & Courier editor Thomas R. Waring.
Box 6   Folder 3
Materials and Documents, 1960 - 1989
Miscellaneous materials and documents (1960's-1980's) including photocopies of programs from different events; printed newsletters; and publications.
Box 6   Folder 4
Clippings, 1940 - 1989
Miscellaneous newspaper clippings.


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[Identification of item], J. Arthur Brown Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Acquisition Note

Materials were donated by the children of J. Arthur and MaeDe Brown.

Processing Information

Pre-existing finding aid edited by Aaron Spelbring, September 2015

Encoded by Aaron Spelbring, September 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

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