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Melody Brown Memorial Fund records

Call Number: RH MS 455


The Melody Brown Memorial Fund was established in Topeka,Kansas, in 1974. Named for Melody Brown an artistically inclined child killed upon being struck by a drunk driver, the Fund instituted the Fun Factory of Arts program, which has offered arts education and programming for over 30 years. The collection consists of records of the Fund, including information on its founding, administration, and Fun Factory programming, as well as photographs and personal memorials addressed to the Brown family.


  • 1974 - 1989


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Melody Brown Memorial Fund

The Melody Brown Memorial Fund was established in 1974 as a "living memorial" to Melody Brown, the daughter of Rev. Frank J. and Fannie Brown of Topeka, Kansas, who was killed at age 6 when hit by a drunk driver. The Fund created the Fun Factory of Arts program in 1975. A 10-day program held twice yearly to further the talents of children who have an interest in music, theater or art, the Fun Factory has been successful for over 30 years


1.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes, + 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

The collection is divided into three series: Records, Scrapbook, and Photographs. The Records series includes both administrative records of the Melody Brown Memorial Fund and programming records for the Fun Factory of Arts, 1972-1989. Records also includes a small amount of personal material attributable to Fannie Brown, which can be found at the end of the series. The Scrapbook series preserves the arrangement of the contents of a commemorative scrapbook, and is comprised of both original material as well as photocopies; original photographs from the scrapbook are housed separately at RH MS-P 455. Photographs includes an assortment of photographs of Melody Brown and her family, as well as the original photographs from the scrapbook.

Physical Location

RH MS 455

Physical Location

RH MS-P 455

Physical Location

RH MS Q144

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Fannie Brown, 1987 Gift, Marlene Grimes, 1987, 1988

Related Materials

The Rev. Frank Brown family papers collection can be found at RH MS 474, Spencer Research Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the Melody Brown Memorial Fund Collection
Melody Brown Memorial Fund records
Finding aid prepared by bkm,2006; revised by, cl 2010; revised by skt, 2010 ; Finding aid encoded by bkm, 2006; revised by skt, 2010
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Melody Brown Collection , Kansas Collection, RH MS 455, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States