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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Office Files, 1960-2004

Series II: Newsclips / publicity (bulk 1980s-1990s)

Series III: Speeches, 1966-2007

Series IV: Houston Mayoral campaigns, 1997 and 2001

Series V: Awards and honors, -2011

Series VI: Photographs / Visual material

Series VII: Videos and audiocassettes

Series VIII: Travel, 2001-2003

Series IX: Personal

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Dr. Lee P. Brown Papers, ca. 1966-2011 MS 509



creator Brown, Dr. Lee P.
Title: Dr. Lee P. Brown professional papers
Dates: 1960-2011
Abstract: This collection contains the professional papers of Dr. Lee P. Brown. The papers reflect his professional career as Mayor of Houston (1998-2004), Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1993-1995), New York City Police Commissioner (1990-1992), Police Chief of Houston, Texas (1982-1990), Public Safety Commissioner of Atlanta, Georgia (1978-1982), and Professor and Scholar at Rice University. Also included in the collection are newsclips, photographs, awards and honors.
Identification: MS 509
Quantity: 200.0 linear ft.202 boxes
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical Note

Dr. Lee Patrick Brown was born in the small town of Wewoka, Oklahoma on October 4, 1937. When Dr. Brown was five years old, he and his family, including six brothers, moved to California. As a high school athlete, Dr. Brown earned a scholarship to play football for Fresno State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. He then went on to earn a Masters in Sociology from San Jose State University in 1964, a Masters in Criminology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968, and a Doctorate in Criminology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1970.

Dr. Brown began his prominent career in law enforcement in 1960 as a patrolman in San Jose, California. After eight years in that capacity, he moved to Portland, Oregon and established the Department of Administration of Justice at Portland State University. In 1972, he joined Howard University in Washington, D.C., becoming Associate Director of the Institute for Urban Affairs and Research. He held the academic rank of Professor of Public Administration and Director of Criminal Justice Programs. He then returned to Portland in 1975 to serve as sheriff of Multnomah County. In 1976, he was appointed Director of Justice Services, a department comprised of all the county’s criminal justice agencies. Dr. Brown has also served as New York City Police Commissioner from 1990-92, as Police Chief of Houston, Texas from 1982-90, and also as Public Safety Commissioner of Atlanta, Georgia from 1978-82.

In June 1993, Dr. Brown was unanimously confirmed as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) during the Clinton Presidency. He served in that Cabinet-level position as the “Drug Czar” from 1993 until January 1996. Following his service in the ONDCP, Dr. Brown joined the Faculty at Rice University as a Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs in the Department of Sociology as well as a Scholar in the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Prior to his service in the ONDCP, Dr. Brown also served as a Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University and Director of the University’s Black Male Initiative Program.

In 1997, Dr. Brown became the first African American to ever be elected as Mayor of the City of Houston. He served consecutive terms from 1998-2004, and presided over a very prosperous six-year period in Houston’s history. Under his leadership, the City of Houston invested in extensive infrastructure, advanced its affirmative action program, installed programs in City libraries to provide access to the Internet; built the state-of-the-art Houston Emergency Communications Center; implemented e-government, and opened new parks. In 2005, Dr. Brown became Chairman and CEO of Brown Group International, a consulting corporation.

The recipient of numerous awards over the years, Dr. Brown was named Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Committee in 1991, and in 1992 he was awarded the Cartier Pasha Award by Cartier, International. He was also inducted into the national Forum for Black Public Administrators Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Gallup Hall of Fame by Gallup, Inc. in 1993. Dr. Brown was also named to Who’s Who in America in 2004. The author of many papers and articles on police management, community policing, crime, the criminal justice system and narcotics, Dr. Brown is also co-author of the book Police and Society: An Environment for Collaboration and Confrontation. He is also a past President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is involved in a number of professional and community organizations.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional papers of Dr. Lee P. Brown. The papers reflect his professional career as Mayor of Houston (1998-2004), Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (1993-1995), New York City Police Commissioner (1990-1992), Police Chief of Houston, Texas (1982-1990), and as Public Safety Commissioner of Atlanta, Georgia (1978-1982). Brown also served at Rice University as Herbert Autrey Visiting Scholar at the School of Social Sciences, Radaslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs in the Department of Sociology, and as a scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Also included in the collection are newsclips, photographs, awards and honors.

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Arrangement

This material has been maintained in its original order. The series groupings here have been imposed to provide the researcher an overview of the content. This is the reason for the box numbering as listed here not being consecutive in some cases.
Series I: Office Files, 1960-2004 (Boxes 5-20, 22-35, 171-189, 201)
Series II: Newsclips / publicity (bulk 1980s-2000s) (Boxes 1, 36-66, 198-200)
Series III: Speeches, 1966-2007 (Boxes 2-4, 131-153, 200)
Series IV: Houston Mayoral campaigns, 1997 and 2001 (Boxes 154-164)
Series V: Awards and honors (Boxes 92-123, 194-197, 200-201)
Series VI: Photographs / Visual material (Boxes 124-130)
Series VII: Videos and audiocassettes (Boxes 67-91)
Series VIII: Travel, 2001-2003 (Boxes 165-167)
Series IX: Personal (Boxes 21, 168-170, 190-193)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. It is stored off-site and requires 24 hours' notice for access.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Lee P. Brown Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brown, Dr. Lee P.
Subjects
African American mayors
Law enforcement
Mayors -- Texas
Municipal government
Places
Georgia--Atlanta
New York (State), New York
Texas--Houston

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Lee P. Brown Papers, 1960-2004, MS 509, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This material was donated by Dr. Lee P. Brown, 2005, 2006 and 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Office Files, 1960-2004

Box
5 New York Police Department (1990-1992)
Box
6 New York Police Department (1990-1992)
Box
7 New York Police Department (1990-1992)
Box
8 New York Police Department (1990-1992)
Box
9 New York Police Department (1990-1992)
Box
10 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports
Box
11 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports
Box
12 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports, workshops
Box
13 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports
Box
14 Houston Police Department (1982-1990)
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15 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports
Box
16 Houston Police Department (1982-1990) reports
Box
17 New York Police Department (1990-1992), Houston Police Department (1982-1990) , awards, tie
Box
201-202 National Drug Control Strategy pubications and testimony, 1992-1996
Box
18 Harvard
Box
19 Harvard
Box
20 Harvard
Box
22 New York Police Department assessment
Box
23 New York Police Department assessment
Box
201 New York Police Department (1990-1993) Community Policing publications
Box
24 Crown Heights, NY, court papers
Box
25 Howard University; ONDCP
Box
26 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
27 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
28-31 Portland State University, Dept. of Administration of Justice, 1968-1971
Box
32 San Jose police patrolman files, 1960-68
Box
33 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
34 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
35 Houston, NY
Box
171 San Jose police patrolman files, 1960-68
Box
172 San Jose police patrolman files, 1960-68
Box
173 Multnomah, OR, Sheriff's Office, 1975
Box
174 Portland State University, 1968-71
Box
175 Crown Height, NY, New York police Commissioner's Office, 1978-1982
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176 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
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177 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
178 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
179 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
180 Atlanta, Public Safety Commissioner, 1978-1982
Box
181 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
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182 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
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183 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
184 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
185 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
186 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004
Box
187 Houston Police Department (1982-1990)
Box
188 Houston Police Department (1982-1990)
Box
189 Houston, Office of the Mayor, 1998-2004

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Series II: Newsclips / publicity (bulk 1980s-1990s)

Box
1 Articles, publicity
Box
36 Newsclips
Box
37 Newsclips 1990
Box
38 Newsclips, S. Africa trip 1991-1992
Box
39 Newsclips 1984
Box
40 Newsclips, Atlanta
Box
41 Newsclips, 1984; news releases 1982-84
Box
42 Newsclips
Box
43 Newsclips, 1986-88
Box
44 Newsclips, 1983
Box
45 Newsclips, 1985
Box
46 Newsclips
Box
47 Newsclips
Box
48 Newsclips, Atlanta
Box
49 Newsclips
Box
50 Newsclips
Box
51 Newsclips
Box
52 Newsclips, 1990
Box
53 Newsclips
Box
54 Newsclips, 1990-1992
Box
55 Newsclips, 1989
Box
56 Newsclips, 1982
Box
57 Newsclips, 1997-2004
Box
58 Newsclips, Houston Police Department (1982-1990)
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59 Newsclips, 4/1/92-6/30/92
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60 Newsclips, 1985
Box
61 Newsclips, 1991
Box
62 Newsclips, 1991
Box
63 Newsclips, 1991
Box
64 Newsclips, 1991
Box
65 Newsclips, 1991
Box
66 Newsclips
Box
198 Newsclips 1998-1999
Box
199 Newsclips 1999-2002
Box
200 Newsclips 1993, 2003

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Series III: Speeches, 1966-2007

Box
2 Speeches, articles, papers
Box
3 Speeches, articles, class papers
Box
4 Papers, speeches
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131 1966-1978
Box
132 1967-1989
Box
133 1979
Box
134 1980-1981
Box
135 1982
Box
136 1983
Box
137 1983-1986; 1989
Box
138 1984
Box
139 1985-1986
Box
140 1987-1988; 1999
Box
141 1989-1990; 1992-1993
Box
142 1991
Box
143 1991
Box
144 1993-1995; 1998-1999
Box
145 1994-1999
Box
146 1997-1998
Box
147 1998-1999
Box
148 1999
Box
149 1999
Box
150 2000
Box
151 2000-2001
Box
152 2002-2003
Box
153 State of the City; Inaugurations
Box
200 1994-2007

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Series IV: Houston Mayoral campaigns, 1997 and 2001

Box
154 Campaign
Box
155 Campaign 2001
Box
156 Campaign
Box
157 Campaign misc.
Box
158 Campaign
Box
159 Campaign
Box
160 Campaign
Box
161 Campaign
Box
162 Campaigns
Box
164 Campaign 1997

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Series V: Awards and honors, -2011

Box
92-114 Awards and honors
Box
115-121 Metal sheets from plaques
Box
122-123 Resolutions
Box
194 Awards/honors
Box Box
200-201 195 Awards/honors
Box
196 Awards/honors - oversize
Box
197 Awards/honors - oversize

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Series VI: Photographs / Visual material

Box
124-130 Photographs

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Series VII: Videos and audiocassettes

Box
67-89 Videos
Box
90-91 Cassettes

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Series VIII: Travel, 2001-2003

Box
165 2000-2001
Box
166 2002-2003
Box
167 2002-2003

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Series IX: Personal

Box
21 Misc.
Box
168 Articles, daybooks
Box
169 Court caes, biography
Box
170 Correspondence, campaigns
Box
190 Misc.
Box
191 Personal
Box
192 Personal
Box
193 Personal - hats

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