Inventory of the Miriam M. Brown Papers, 1922 - 2002

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: Miriam M. Brown (1901-2002) worked as an educator for fifty-two years at multiple schools in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She received numerous recognitions for her work to the community, including a proclamation from the town of Mount Pleasant declaring October 12th of each year as Miriam Brown Memorial Day. Miriam married Arthur Felder Brown in 1928 and had two children, Arthur Felder Brown, Jr. and Jeanne Albertha Brown Morris.
The collection includes personal and professional material from Miriam Brown's life as well as personal material from her children, Arthur Brown, Jr. and Jeanne B. Morris. Miriam Brown personal items include a diploma from South Carolina State College, a scrapbook with feature articles, and proclamations honoring Miriam Brown's work in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. Professional material includes correspondence to and from Brown while principal of Laing School, retirement forms, and teaching certificates. The Arthur F. Brown, Jr. material includes a diploma from Avery Institute and a school certificate from Laing School. The Jeanne B. Morris materials include a diploma from Avery Institute and an excerpt from In and Out of the Shadows: The Life and Contributions of Miriam Shivery Moore Brown written by Jeanne B. Morris.
Title: Miriam M. Brown Papers, 1922 - 2002
Creator: Brown, Miriam M., 1901-2002.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1098
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 0.75 linear feet
(2 archival boxes, 1 museum item)

Biographical Note

Miriam Shivery Moore Brown was born in Charleston, South Carolina to Henry and Josephine Moore in 1901. She was a 1922 Avery Normal Institute graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from South Carolina State College in 1956.

Miriam M. Brown worked as an educator for fifty-two years at multiple schools in Charleston and Mount Pleasant including Laing Industrial School, Laing Elementary School, Simonton School, Gregory School, and Whiteside Elementary School. She taught at various grade levels and served as Principal of Gregory School and Laing School and as Assistant Principal of Whiteside Elementary until her retirement in 1970.

She married Arthur Felder Brown in 1928 and had two children, Arthur Felder Brown, Jr. and Jeanne Albertha Brown Morris, both of whom graduated from Avery Institute.

Miriam received numerous recognitions for her work to the community including a proclamation from the town of Mount Pleasant declaring October 12th of each year as Miriam Brown Memorial Day.

Miriam lived to be one hundred years old, passing away in 2002.


Collection Overview

The collection includes personal and professional material from Miriam Brown's life as well as personal material from her children, Arthur Brown, Jr. and Jeanne B. Morris. Miriam Brown personal items include a diploma from South Carolina State College, a scrapbook with feature articles, and proclamations honoring Miriam Brown's work in Mount Pleasant and Charleston. Professional material includes correspondence to and from Brown while principal of Laing School, retirement forms, and teaching certificates. Arthur F. Brown, Jr. material includes a diploma from Avery Institute and a school certificate from Laing School. Jeanne B. Morris material includes a diploma from Avery Institute and an excerpt from In and Out of the Shadows: The Life and Contributions of Miriam Shivery Moore Brown written by Jeanne B. Morris.

Collection Arrangement

1. Miriam M. Brown, 1922-2002

2. Arthur Felder Brown, Jr., 1941-1947

3. Jeanne Brown Morris, 1949-1997



Subject Headings

  • African American school principals -- South Carolina -- Mount Pleasant.
  • African American teachers -- South Carolina -- Mount Pleasant.
  • African Americans -- South Carolina -- Mount Pleasant.
  • African Americans -- Education -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • African Americans -- Education -- South Carolina -- Mount Pleasant.
  • Avery Normal Institute -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Brown, Arthur Felder, Jr.
  • Brown, Miriam M., 1901-2002.
  • Laing Elementary School (Mount Pleasant, S.C.).
  • Laing High School (Mount Pleasant, S.C.).
  • Laing Normal and Industrial School (Mount Pleasant, S.C.).
  • Morris, Jeanne.
  • Public schools -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • School principals -- South Carolina -- Mount Pleasant.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Miriam M. Brown, 1922-2002.

1.1 Personal

Education
Box 1   Folder 1
Charleston County Summer School: Certificate, 1926
Box 1   Folder 2
South Carolina State College: Commencement Program, 1956
Box 1   Folder 2
South Carolina State College: Diploma, 1956
Box 2
Marriage Certificate, 1928
Box 1   Folder 3
Scrapbook, 1966-2002
Includes newspaper articles, City of Charleston and Mount Pleasant proclamations, and photographs.
Other Material, 1956-1982
Box 1   Folder 4
Old Slave Mart Museum: Pamphlet, 1956
Box 1   Folder 5
Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture: Brochure 1982

1.2 Professional

Box 1   Folder 6
South Carolina Department of Education: General Elementary State Certificate, 1922
Box 1   Folder 7
Record of Teacher's Certificates, 1922
Box 1   Folder 8
Laing High School: Anniversary Booklets, 1926 and 1966
Box 3   Museum Item 1098-MUS/1
Laing High School: Seal Stamp, undated
Box 1   Folder 9
Correspondence, 1933-1968
Box 1   Folder 10
Retirement and Beneficiary Form, 1945
Box 1   Folder 11
Laing Elementary School: South Carolina Education Association Commendation, 1969

2. Arthur Felder Brown, Jr., 1941-1947.

Box 1   Folder 12
The Laing School: Certificate of Promotion, 1941
Box 1   Folder 13
Avery Institute: Report Card, 1943
Box 2
Avery Institute: Diploma, 1947

3. Jeanne Brown Morris, 1949-1997.

Box 2
Avery High School: Diploma, 1949
Box 1   Folder 14
In and Out of the Shadows by Jeanne Brown Morris, 1997


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Preferred Citation

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

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, June 2010

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, June 2010

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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