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Collection Title: Brown (Kate B.) Papers

Collection Number: M114

Dates: 1918 - 1939

Volume: .25 cu.ft

Provenance: Donated by Lee S. Brown, February 16, 1979.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Katherine B. Brown (1879-1939) was a member of the original faculty of the Mississippi Normal College (U.S.M.) in 1912. She was born and received her elementary, high school, and undergraduate education in Iuka, Mississippi. Having received a Bachelor's degree from the Iuka Normal Institute, Miss. Brown began her teaching career in rural schools, high schools (such as the Blue Mountain Academy and Mississippi Heights Academy), and served as the principal of Moss Point High School.

At the age of thirty-two, Miss Brown accepted the position of instructor of history and latin at the Mississippi Normal College. She maintained this position for seven years, also serving as director of the World War I Memorial Fund (1920-21), organizing the first International Relations Club in Mississippi at the College (1922), and representing Mississippi at the Pan-American Conference for Women in Baltimore and New York (1922). In 1924, Kate Brown received a Master of the Arts degree in history from Columbia University and was named chairperson of the Department of History at State Teachers College (formerly Mississippi Normal College).

In 1926, she was elected president of the Mississippi Education Association. In the same year, she was selected as a delegate for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which was a group of fifty professors of law and international relations sent to travel and study in Europe at the League of Nations and World Court.

Miss Brown remained as head of the History Department at State Teachers College until 1929. At that time she and many other faculty members were dismissed from the College as a result of political upheaval in the state government. Miss Brown later accepted a position assisting Dr. Robert Kerner of the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley (1932). She returned to Hattiesburg and rejoined the faculty of State Teachers College in 1936, where she remained as a professor of history until her death, December 7, 1939.

Scope and Content

The Kate B. Brown collection consists of a photograph of Miss Brown, various newspaper articles, letters sent by Miss Brown as director of the Memorial Fund at Mississippi Normal College, journals and addresses from her trip to Europe with the Carnegie Foundation, the address given by her when elected as president of the Mississippi Education Association, a letter to Miss Brown, a telegram regarding her health, and a report of the Mississippi Works Progress Administration.

The newspaper articles are copies made from originals which were badly deteriorating. Most of them relate to Miss Brown's dismissal from State Teachers College in 1929. The others announce her election to the office of president of the Mississippi Education Association, her trip to Europe, and her plans to accept a position at the University of California at Berkeley.

A large portion of the collection concerns Miss Brown's work with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The group, made up of fifty professors of law and international relations, was sent to study in Europe at the League of Nations and World Court. There is a full program of the conference containing a daily schedule of events and a booklet of addresses given at a dinner during the conference. Also found in the collection are Miss Brown's personal impressions of the boat trip to Europe and notes taken by her on lectures she attended at the conference.

The collection contains good information pertaining to Miss Brown's experiences with the Carnegie group. However, other than the few letters she issued requesting donations for the Memorial Fund, the collection is lacking in information regarding her extensive teaching career at State Teachers College. The significance of the inclusion of the Works Progress Association report entitled "Expenditures and Accomplishments, District VI, February 28, 1938," a study of the counties of South Mississippi, is also unknown.


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