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Finding Aid to the Photographs from the Edmund G. Brown Papers, 1905-circa 1990 (bulk 1958-1988)
BANC PIC 1968.011  
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Photographs from the Edmund G. Brown papers
    Date (inclusive): 1905-circa 1990
    Date (bulk): 1958-1988
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 1968.011
    Extent: 5 cartons, 3 boxes, 2 oversize folders, 1 album, 1 portfolio 111 digital objects (111 images)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use. RESTRICTED NEGATIVES: Use of negatives only by permission of the appropriate curator.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Photographs from the Edmund G. Brown Papers, BANC PIC 1968.011, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of selected images are available.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1906--Pictorial works.
    Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996 -- Portraits.
    Governors -- California -- Photographs.
    Legislators -- California -- Photographs.
    California -- Politics and government -- Pictorial works.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    Received as part of the Edmund G. Brown papers (BANC MSS 68/90), as a gift from Brown, December 1967.

    Processing Information

    Original labeled folders and envelopes have been retained with their original content whenever possible, even if the folder contains just one item. When an archival folder is used, the original labeled folder or envelope has been retained with the contents. Contents of a labeled folder that are clearly a different subject have been removed and foldered elsewhere. Dates on original folders are often dates of correspondence, not dates the photographs were taken.
    Approximate dates of undated photographs are based on Brown’s apparent age, the style of his eye glasses, and the style of Bernice Brown’s hair. During the 1958 campaign, Edmund G. Brown’s glasses are wire rimmed at bottom of lens. When he is sworn in as governor in January 1959, he is wearing eye glasses that are dark with a largish decorative metal pieces at the hinge and light decorative sides. Around 1962 his eye glass frames are a solid dark color with small decorative metal pieces at the hinge.

    Biographical Information

    Edmund G. Brown was born in San Francisco on April 21, 1905, to Ida and Edmund Joseph Brown. He married Bernice Layne in 1930 and they had four children: Barbara Brown [Casey] (born July 13, 1931), Cynthia Brown [Kelly] (born October 19, 1933), Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown, Jr. (born April 7, 1938), Kathleen Lynn Brown (born September 25, 1945).
    After graduating from law school in 1927, he started his political career by unsuccessfully running for several political positions. He won the race for District Attorney of San Francisco in 1943, a position which he served for seven years. In 1950, he was elected as Attorney General of California, and held that position until he successfully ran for Governor of California in 1958.
    Major policies enacted during his two terms as governor, from 1959 to 1967, included the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA), the Rumford Fair Housing Act, the California State Water Project and other infrastructure projects.
    After his political career, he remained in the public eye through public appearances and speaking engagements. In 1980 he started the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Government Affairs, which in 1987 became the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs, a non- partisan public policy center.
    Edmund G. Brown died on February 16, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California.
    Sources consulted:‘The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs,’ website, retrieved January 29, 2014. “California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown,” Fire of Life Films, 2012. Brown children names and birthdates taken from Wikipedia website, retrieved January 29, 2014.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Collection contains images related to Edmund G. (“Pat”) Brown's political and public career, as well as his personal life and family. It includes portraits, press photographs, snapshots and some political cartoons about Pat Brown. The bulk of the images are of Pat Brown during his two terms as Governor of California, the election campaigns leading to the governorship, and of conferences of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs.
    Approximately 2200 photographic prints, approximately 221 negatives, 15 transparencies, 22 political cartoons and 1 drawing.
    Numerous portraits (approximately 230) of Edmund G. Brown were transferred to the Bancroft Library Portrait File, including 24 oversized items shelved as ffPOR. The majority were received with the Brown papers and added to the Portrait File soon after the collection was acquired by the library.