Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research records
The records in this collection are those of the Topeka, Kansas-based Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence, and Research, established in 1988 as a tribute to the 1954 Brown v. Topeka Board of Education case and its plaintiffs and participants. These records include general information on the foundation and related subjects and events.
- 1970 - 2017
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
History of The Brown Foundation
In 1988, members of the Oliver L. Brown family and other local community members established The Brown Foundation as a "living tribute to the attorneys, community activists and plaintiffs" involved with the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education court case in 1954.
The Foundation has sponsored numerous activities and educational opportunities in order to create and support "equal education opportunit[ies] and multicultural understanding," focusing their efforts on minority students. Over the years, the Foundation has supported education by providing scholarships for minority teachers and students, developing minority history and Brown v. Board curriculum resources for educators, and providing educational programs and assistance for students around the world.
Teachers and students across the also United States have annual access to The Brown Quarterly newsletter. In order to further general understanding of diversity, the Foundation also has offered workshops, annual symposia, programs for the general public, and created a traveling exhibit about Brown v. Board and the African American public school experience in Kansas from 1855 to 1955.
In 1991, following years of work on the Foundation's part, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior designated Monroe School (a key Brown v. Board site) as a National Historic Landmark. The following year, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Act of 1992 established this school as a national park. The Brown v. Board National Historic Site was dedicated in 1992 and opened to the public 17 May 2004. The Foundation continues to work as a partner with the site.
In 2004, the Foundation celebrated Brown v. Board's 50th anniversary by participating in numerous commemorations around the country. They also worked with Congress to establish the Brown v. Board 50th Anniversary Presidential Commission.
The foundation holds a yearly anniversary celebration of the Brown v. Board decisions in May, and holds many smaller events throughout the year.
28.75 Linear Feet (28.75 linear feet (32 boxes) + 5 oversize boxes, 7 audio cassettes, 2 compact discs)
Scope and Contents
The Brown Foundation textual records date from 1970 to 2017 and are arranged in four series: Correspondence, Organization, Projects and Activities, and Resources.
At RH MS 876 the correspondence includes both incoming and outgoing letters. Topics are general and those not covered within other series. At RH MS 1449 the correspondence has been organized chronologically, containing both incoming and outgoing messages that generally revolve around event planning and requests for Cheryl Brown Henderson to speak at other organizations' events.
Within the Organization Series are two subseries: Board of Directors and General. These subseries contain such materials as meeting minutes and documents discussed at meetings, committee information, the Brown Institute, foundation governance and law information, and scholarship information.
Within Projects and Activities are several subseries: Anniversary/Symposia, Books for Kids, "Brown Quarterly" newsletter, Education (which includes curriculum development and scholarship information), Miscellaneous, Oral History, Traveling Exhibit, and Videos. Each of these subseries contain such papers as correspondence, fliers/promotional materials, and planning information. The earliest dated items (1940s) are within this series and, generally, are photocopies of original materials. At RH MS 1449 the materials are split similarily within Projects and Activities but more correspondence has been filed with its corresponding event or program. These materials generally mirror those at RH MS 876, with the exception of the Education subseries containing information and material on the programs run by the Brown Foundation.
The final series, Resources, contains materials relating to Brown and related issues but not created by the Foundation. These include items such as articles/clippings, event programs and posters, papers, and nonprofit management information.
Folder arrangement within each series and subseries is generally alphabetical by topic, with chronological arrangement of items within each folder. Materials taken from a specific binder have usually been kept in their original order. Additionally, chronological order is followed when alphabetical order cannot be followed.
Photographic arrangement at RH MS-P 876 generally mirrors the manuscript arrangement with events/activities, specific people, and, lastly, unidentified people. Photographs at RH MS-P 1449 are simply filed under Anniversaries, Projects & Activities, and People/Portraits. The negatives are largely unidentified, from various events, and they often do not match the photographs.
Oversize materials, including items such as articles, posters, clippings, and tote bags, are located at RH MS Q214, RH MS Q439, RH MS R184, and RH MS R431. Compact discs, which include both multimedia and music, are located at RH CD 8. There are 7 audio cassette tapes located at KC AV 49 that include meeting minutes, promotional materials for events, and resource material, and a documentary on compact disc at KC AV 50.
The Brown Foundation records at RH MS 876 date from 1970 to 2007 and are arranged in five series and eleven subseries. The addition at RH MS 1449 is arranged similarily to the original collection with the series of Correspondence, Organization, Projects and Activities, Resources, and Photographs.
- Organization (subseries: Board of Directors and General)
- Projects and activities (subseries: Anniversary/Symposia, Books for kids, Brown Quarterly, Education, Historic Site, Miscellaneous, Oral History, Traveling Exhibit, Videos)
- Audiovisual materials
RH MS 876
RH MS-P 876
RH MS Q214
RH MS R184
RH MS 1449
RH MS Q439
RH MS R431
RH MS-P 1449
KC AV 49
KC AV 50
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research, 1991, 1994, 1998-1999, 2004-2007
Parker, Marjorie H. A History of the Links. 2nd ed. Washington, D.C.: National Headquarters of The Links, Inc, 1992. Located at RH D9830, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.
Carter, Jasper Newton. The Civil War Diary of Jasper Newton Carter: First Indiana Heavy Artillery. Edited by Robert R. Dunwell. [between 2000-2010?]. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH D9834.
Kendall, Dave. Black, White, and Brown: Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka. Topeka, Ks: KTWU/Channel 11, Washburn University, 2004. Located at Spencer Research Library at KC AV 52.
- Guide to the Brown Foundation Collection
- Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research records
- Finding aid prepared by bkm, 2006; revised by mbw, 2007; revised by skt, 2010; revised by eh, 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in<language encodinganalog="language">English</language>
- Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Brown Foundation for Educational Equity, Excellence and Research records, Kansas Collection, RH MS 876, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas