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Wesley Brown papers

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 229

Scope and Contents

The Wesley Brown papers consists of original and photocopied material related to the writer Wesley Brown. The papers primarily contain the creative writing of Wesley Brown, including novels, plays, poems, short stories, film scripts, correspondence, and reviews related to these writings. The papers also include legal documents related to Wesley Brown’s refusal to be inducted into the armed services in 1972.

Dates

  • 1967 - 2017

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wesley Brown papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Ken Lopez Bookseller on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2018.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1960-2010. II. Legal Documents, 1970-1973. III. Guest Books, 2004-2005.

Extent

3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.wesleybrown

Biographical / Historical

Wesley Brown, born 1945, received his M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing at The City College of the City University of New York and his B.A. in History and Political Science at State University of New York, Oswego. Wesley Brown is a novelist, playwright, and teacher. He worked with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1965 and became a member of the Black Panther Party in 1968. In 1972, he was sentenced to three years in prison for refusing induction into the armed services and spent 18 months in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. Brown was a professor at Rutgers University (1979-2005). He has taught literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock since 2007.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.
Title
Guide to the Wesley Brown Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
March 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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