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.
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.
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