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Guide to the George I. Brown Papers
UArch FacP 4  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: George I. Brown Papers
    Dates: 1955-1990
    Collection number: UArch FacP 4
    Creator: Brown, George Isaac
    Collection Size: 5.4 linear feet (4 cartons and 1 document box)
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: The George I. Brown Papers contain publications, correspondence, professional and biographical files, subject files on confluent education and Gestalt therapy, and teaching files of the UCSB professor emeritus of education.
    Physical location: SRLF.
    Languages: English

    Access Restrictions

    Collection stored off-site, advance notice required for retrieval.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    George I. Brown Papers. UArch FacP 4. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by George Brown ca. 1992.


    George Isaac Brown was born in Hanover, New Hampshire March 14, 1923. He achieved his B.A. in Chemical Engineering and English at the University of New Hampshire in 1949, and returned for an Ed. M. in Elementary Education in 1954. In 1958, he received an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Following several elementary and junior high school teaching positions, he began lecturing at the Universities of New Hampshire and Delaware. He came to UCSB's Graduate School of Education as a Visiting Associate Professor in 1961 and achieved the status of Professor in 1969. Brown founded the confluent education program at UCSB, which was influenced by his training as a Gestalt therapist. In addition to teaching, he published many articles and several books, and served as the director for the Ford-Esalen project and Development and Research in Confluent Education (DRICE).
    For more information, see the biographical files in Series III and his file in the Office of Public Information Biographical Files, UArch 11.

    Scope and Content of Collection


    The collection is arranged in the following series:
    Series I, Publications, ca. 1956-1987, contains journal articles, book reviews, and manuscripts for several books, including the monograph co-authored with Uri Merry, The Neurotic Behavior of Organizations. Arranged chronologically by publication date.
    Series II, Correspondence, contains incoming and outgoing correspondence relating primarily to the Confluent Education program at UCSB as well as research and other professional endeavors, arranged chronologically 1979-1990.
    Series III, Professional & Biographical Files, contains materials relating to Brown's professional and academic projects (including publications, committee activity, research, etc.), submitted annually to the Dean of the School of Education. Also includes memos and correspondence.
    Series IV, Confluent Education and Gestalt Therapy, contains conference files, research materials such as publications project proposals, and other subject materials.
    Series V, Teaching Files, contains chronological files on Brown's courses at UCSB, including teaching evaluations and publications produced and/or used by his courses.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Brown, George Isaac
    University of California, Santa Barbara. Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
    Gestalt therapy.
    Confluent education.

    Related Material

    In Special Collections:
    • George Brown Papers, HPA Mss 3 – Separate collection in Special Collection's Humanistic Psychology Archives relating to Brown's research in confluent education and gestalt therapy. Includes additional files on his work at UCSB.
    • The live classroom : [unrevised proofs] : innovation through confluent education and Gestalt, ed. George Isaac Brown, with Thomas Yeomans and Liles Grizzard, Special Collections LB1051 .B679 1975
    • Office of Public Information Biographical Files, UArch 11 – Contains biographical information on George Brown.
    • UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education Collection, UArch 37.
    • Office of Public Information Subject Files, UArch 12 – File on Department of Education.
    • Related materials on Gestalt Therapy: Esalen Institute Collection, HPA Mss 8; Jack Gaines and Fritz Perls Collection, HPA Mss 10; Ann Holland Papers, HPA Mss 16
    In the Main Library:
    • Getting it all together : confluent education, George Isaac Brown, Mark Phillips, and Stewart Bennett Shapiro, Main Library LB1062 .B76
    • Human teaching for human learning; an introduction to confluent education, Main Library LB1025.2 .B77 and Special Collections LB1025.2 .B77 1972
    • The live classroom : innovation through confluent education and Gestalt, ed. George Isaac Brown, with Thomas Yeomans and Liles Grizzard, Main Library LB1051 .B68 1975 and Special Collections LB1051 .B68
    • The neurotic behavior of organizations, Uri Merry, George I. Brown, Sciences Engineering Library (SEL) RC530 .M464 1987