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Finding Aid to the Brownie Mary Collection, 1981-2001, SFH 379
SFH 379  
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Files, 1981-2000

Scope and Contents

Newspaper articles, brochures, flyers, recipes, and some correspondence documenting Rathbun's work as a medical marijuana activist.
Box 1, Folder 1

Arrest in San Francisco, 1981

Box 1, Folder 2, OV-flat-box 5, Folder 1

Arrest and Case in Sonoma County, 1992

Box 1, Folder 3

Awards, 1990-1995

Box 3

Mayoral Proclamation, 1999

Box 4

San Francisco General Hospital, Ward 86 Volunteer of the Year Plaque, 1986

Box 1, Folder 4, OV-flat-box 5, Folder 1

Biographical Articles, 1993-1999

Box 1, Folder 5

Biographical: Memorial Service, May 2, 1999

Box 1, Folder 6, OV-flat-box 5, Folder 1

Brownie Mary's Marijuana Cookbook and Dennis Peron's Recipe for Social Change, 1996

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1992-1995

Box 1, Folder 8, Oversize-box 5, Folder 1

Fundraising, 1993-1996

Box 1, Folder 9

Magical Brownie Flyers, 1981

Box 1, Folder 10

Manuscript, "This Little Old Lady Bullshit," undated

Box 1, Folders 11-12

Marijuana/Hemp Organizations and Publications, 1990-[1996?]

OV-flat-box 5, Folder 1

Marijuana March Poster, 1984


Medical Marijuana

Box 1, Folder 13

Articles, 1992-2000

Box 1, Folder 14

Legislation, 1981-1996

Box 1, Folder 15

Project CODA Video, 2001

Box 2, Folder 1

Publications, 1991-1997

Box 2, Folder 2, OV-flat-box 5, Folder 1

Moore, Beth, 1999-2000

Biographical/Historical note

Beth Moore was one of Rathbun's "adopted kids." The cremains of both women were released into the Gulf of Mexico upon Moore's passing in 2000.

News Clippings and Brochures

Box 2, Folder 3

AIDS, 1992-1996

Box 2, Folder 4

War on Drugs, 1993-1996


Objects, [1981?-2001?]

Scope and Contents

Items mostly belonging to Mary Rathbun. Some have a marijuana theme. Included is Mary's signature shirt and vest, as well as a volunteer award from San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86. A marijuana pendant is among objects in a box with a marijuana leaf carved into the top.
Box 2, Folder 5

Cannabis Club Identification Cards of Karen Masonheimer, [199-?-2001?]

Box 2, Folder 6

Paper Marijuana Art, no date

Box 4

Cap, undated

Frame SFA-0669

Framed Drawing of Brownie Mary, 1996

Dimensions: 18"x23" art work in 24"x19" frame.

Scope and Contents

Color charcoal portrait by Harrington.
OV-flat-box 6

Free Brownie Mary T-shirt, [1981?]

Box 4

Keepsake Box with Trinkets, undated

Scope and Contents

Brownie Mary Name Pin, AIDS Ribbon Pin, $.28 in change, 8 seashells, and marijuana leaf pendant.
OV-flat-box 6

Shirt and Vest,

Scope and Contents

Vest is adorned with embroidered "Brownie Mary" name and marijuana leaves, and marijuana-themed pins. Another pin is in one of the vest pockets.

Materials Transferred

A small baggie of M&M candies was removed from a pocket.
Box 4

Stuffed Bear with Medical Marijuana March Button, 2000

Box 4

Volunteer Plaque, SF General Hospital Ward 86, 1986

Box 2, Folders 7-9, OV-flat-box 5, Folder 2

Photographs, undated

Scope and Contents

Color snapshots and one black-and-white image (of Rathbun with a plate of brownies). Subjects include Rathbun, Dennis Peron, and Karen Moore.

Technical Requirements

Some photos were digitized in various formats and saved on a compact disc (CD). Images were printed from the CD for access.