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Guide to the Harold K. Brown Papers
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Harold K. Brown Papers
    Dates: 1956-2000
    Bulk Dates: 1963-1965, 1990s
    Identification: MS-0436
    Creator: Brown, Harold K., 1934-
    Physical Description: 4.59 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Other Information:
    Materials in this collection were processed with a generous donation from Harold K. Brown.
    Additional information may be found at http://library.sdsu.edu/exhibits/2009/01/creatingcommunity/index.shtml

    Biographical Information:

    Born in 1934 and the youngest of seven siblings, Harold Brown, also known as Hal, grew up in York, Pennsylvania, a small working-class town. After graduating high school, Brown attended Penn State, but left after his first semester in order to play minor league baseball with the St. Louis Browns. After sustaining an injury, Brown moved to San Diego in 1953 to attend San Diego State College on a basketball scholarship. His studies were interrupted by two years of military service, but he returned to SDSC and finished his degree in physical education and speech. Upon graduating in 1961, Brown began a six-year teaching career at a local junior high school. During this time, he also became extremely active in the San Diego Civil Rights Movement. Brown was also a member of the El Cajon Valley Open Housing Committee, which sought to integrate neighborhoods in El Cajon and La Mesa. In addition, he helped to found and chair the local chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). This organization fought unfair employment practices, and organized civil rights marches, demonstrations and sit-ins across San Diego.
    Later, Brown became the Deputy Director for the US Peace Corps in Lesotho. In 1971, he returned from Africa and became California State University's Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Assistant to the Vice President for Administration, making him the first African-American administrator at San Diego State. Later, he was the Associate Dean of Planning and Director of the Afro-American Studies Program, which he helped to establish. He hired many of the department's faculty and helped create the program's curriculum. In 1973, he was appointed Director of Campus Information Systems. Afterward, he became the Associate Dean for External Relations in the College of Business Administration. As Associate Dean, he developed a certificate program in community economic development and founded the Center for Community Economic Development (CCED). The purpose of the program was to create economic self-reliance in poorer communities, such as southeast San Diego, by offering classes in accounting, computers, financial planning, and leadership. The CCED also provided resources and consulting for community groups. It was one of only a handful of such programs in the United States. Brown retired in 1997, but continued consulting until 2004. Harold Brown has been the recipient of numerous awards both for his service to the university and to the community.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Congress of Racial Equality
    San Diego State University

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio Recordings
    Personal Papers

    Topical Term:

    African Americans -- California -- San Diego
    Civil rights -- California -- San Diego
    Civil rights movements -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    Community development -- California -- San Diego

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in these materials have been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Harold K. Brown Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    Leon Williams Papers, 1961-2006
    Reverend George Walker Smith Papers, 1950-2000
    Carlin Integration Case Records, 1950-1997
    School Integration Task Force Records, 1974-1983
    Center for Community Economic Development Records, 1963-2006
    Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 Records, 1961-1980

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Filed alphabetically by folder description.

    Scope and Contents

    The Harold K. Brown Papers (1956-2000) document Brown's participation in the local Civil Rights Movement, his dedication to community economic development, and his professional life, with a heavy emphasis on the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Brown's role in the School Integration Task Force, and his involvement with the Black Economic Development Task Force. Highlights include the Congress of Racial Equality's actions against the employment practices of the San Diego Zoo, SDG&E, Montgomery Ward, and Bank of America.  Filed alphabetically by folder description, the collection consists of correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, slides, reel-to-reels of the "Viewpoint" program on KSDO Radio, and photographs.  In addition, the collection's extensive newspaper clippings include articles from and full issues of The Voice, The San Diego Light House, the San Diego Monitor, and Logan Heights' Independent.  The majority of materials date from 1963 to 1966, and the mid-1990s.