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Joe C. Brown papers

Call Number: JWJ MSS 376
Scope and Contents

The papers contain drafts, artwork, correspondence, photographs, and other materials documenting the life of Joe C. Brown. Correspondents include: South African poet and activist Dennis Brutus, Horace R. Cayton, publisher Dudley Randall, musician Phil Cohran, James W. Ivy, editor of The Crisis magazine, Beatrice M. Murphy, Harry Mark Petrakis, Constance Webb, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference Operation Breadbasket. There is also one autograph manuscript draft of an outgoing letter to "Dick" (Richard Wright) and one typerscript carbon of an outgoing letter to Thurgood Marshall.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Joe C. 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 William Reese Co. (Swann sale 2598, New York, 2022 March 24, lot 306) on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2022.


Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1942-1982. II Other Papers, 1933-1993.

1933 - 1993
4.88 Linear Feet (7 boxes + 1 broadside)
Related Names
Brown, Joe C., 1908-1993
Language of Materials