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Cecil Brown papers, 1931-1994 (bulk 1931-1987)

Brown, Cecil, 1907-1987

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints; Videos, Slides, Films; Sound Recordings
  • Physical Details
    • 33.0 c.f. (28 record center cartons, 3 archives boxes, 4 card boxes and 1 flat box)
    • 3 reels of microfilm (35 mm)
    • 3 disc recordings
    • 3 tape recordings
    • 3.0 of photographs (9 flat boxes and 1 archives box)
    • 0.4 c.f. of transparencies (1 archives box)
    • 0.4 c.f. of negatives (1 negative box), and
    • 3 videorecordings (2-inch open reel videotape); plus
    • additions of 0.2 c.f
  • OCLC ocn173712209, ocn173700297
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  • RESTRICTED: The Wisconsin Historical Society does not have the equipment needed to play these recordings.


  • Papers of a journalist and news commentator whose radio and television analyses of national and international news were aired by ABC, CBS, MBS, NBC and PBS. Broadcast scripts and writings comprise the majority of the collection, with scripts from broadcasts on MBS being the largest. Also included are many photographs, mostly taken by Brown while on assignment and a few recordings of Brown's broadcasts.
  • Other writings include articles, newspaper stories chiefly written for the Pittsburgh Press (available only on microfilm), news cables, and a draft of Suez to Singapore, recounting his experiences during the sinking of HMS Repulse. Correspondence, 1936-1967, is made up of fan mail, much of it concerning school integration and the Truman-MacArthur controversy, and negotiations with sponsors. News stories and communications with employers while abroad on assignment are in a file of cables and dispatches dating 1939 to 1951. Also concerning his journalism career are diaries and interviews of Dwight Eisenhower, the Earl of Halifax, Averell Harriman, Cordell Hull, Nobusuke Kishi, Maxim Litvinoff, and Norodom Sihanouk. A limited amount of files document his relations with network executives and sponsors, an exception are reports and exchanges with William MacAndrew of NBC while chief of the network's Tokyo bureau. The collection also contains family letters and materials for a class on American Civilization taught at California Polytechnic University at Pomona.
  • In addition to portraits, there are pictures documenting journalism assignments and recreational travel from 1937 to 1959: meetings between Hitler and Mussolini and between Nikita Khruschev and Norodom Sukarno, as well as conditions in pre-World War II Italy and in Taiwan in 1950.


  • Some of the original disc recordings are now also available on tape.
  • Presented by Cecil and Martha Brown, New York City and Hollywood, California, 1958-2000; portions donated without accessioning, 1958-1966.
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