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.
- 1967 - 2017
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.
Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1960-2010. II. Legal Documents, 1970-1973. III. Guest Books, 2004-2005.
3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)
Language of Materials
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.
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- Guide to the Wesley Brown Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- March 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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