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Brown (George E. Jr.) papers
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Description
The George E. Brown Jr. papers consists of 438 linear feet of the professional and personal papers of Congressman George E. Brown Jr., who represented congressional districts in Los Angeles from 1963-1971 and the Inland Empire from 1973-1999. The majority of the collection documents Brown’s 34 year tenure in the United States House of Representatives, consisting of legislative, committee, district, campaign and administrative files. Also included in the collection are personal papers, photographs, audiovisual and digital materials, and memorabilia. Collection strengths include materials on federal science and technology policy, water resources and rights in Southern California, defense economic conversion and military base closures, alternative fuel and energy development, arms control, space policy, and environmental protection efforts including water and air pollution regulation, hazardous waste site remediation, land preservation and protection efforts, and climate change prevention. Also notable are materials documenting events and issues of importance to the Inland Empire, including local economic development, the closure of Norton Air Force Base, the development of the Ontario International Airport, cleanup of the Stringfellow Acid Pits, and information on local organizations, services and events.
Background
George Edward Brown, Jr. was born on March 6, 1920 in Holtville, California. Brown attended Holtville High School, where he graduated in 1935 as class valedictorian at the age of 15. He worked as a blacksmith’s apprentice while attending El Centro Junior College, and then attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). While at UCLA, Brown lived at the University Cooperative Housing Association (UCHA), a student housing cooperative serving the UCLA campus that fought to become the first desegregated housing on campus and where Brown roomed with Luther Goodwin, the first black student to be able live in Westwood.
Extent
438.24 linear feet (978 Boxes, 10 Cartons, 20 Oversize Boxes)
Restrictions
Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
This collection is open for research, with the exception of select files and items that are restricted.