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Carl Brannin Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brannin, Carl, 1888-1985.
Title: Carl Brannin Papers
Dates: 1915-1974
Abstract: Carl Brannin (1888-1985) was a lifelong social activist and civil libertarian active in politics, labor organizing, and the civil rights movement. Papers contain biographical information, correspondence, clippings, photographs, recordings, and printed material. Materials pertain to a wide range of topics including: the Dallas Educational Film Committee, the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, the Ford Motor Company strike in Dallas, the House Un-American Activities Committee, housing, civil rights, school integration, welfare, and elections at local, state, and national levels.
Identification: AR91
Extent: 3 boxes (1.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Journalist Carl Brannin (1888-1985) was a lifelong social activist and civil libertarian. Born in Cicso, Texas, he graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in textile engineering in 1909. In 1914, he moved from Dallas to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became editor of the People's Press and organized the People's Power League. Married in 1918, he and his wife, Laura, were especially active in politics, labor organizing, and the civil rights movement. In 1922, Brannin began working with the Federated Press while traveling in Mexico, and in 1925, the Brannins visited Europe and the Soviet Union. In 1933, the family moved to Dallas where Brannin became a charter member of the American Civil Liberties Union and an organizer of the Dallas Civil Liberties Union. In 1936, Brannin ran for Texas governor on the Socialist party ticket, however, in 1938, he and his wife left the party and joined the Democratic party. In 1947, they became members of the First Unitarian Church in Dallas. Concentrating their efforts on the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, Brannin served on the local executive committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Brannin was also involved with Americans for Democratic Action, Clergy and Laymen Concerned, and the Southern Leadership Conference.

Source: Darwin Payne, "BRANNIN, CARL PHILIP," Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fbrbn accessed June 8, 2015.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain biographical information, correspondence, clippings, photographs, recordings, and printed material. Correspondence, clippings, and printed materials pertain to a wide range of topics including: Dallas Educational Film Committee, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Ford Motor Company strike in Dallas, House Un-American Activities Committee, housing, civil rights, school integration, welfare, and elections at local, state, and national levels. The booklet On Being Concerned by Miriam Allen DeFord is a biographical sketch of Carl and Laura Brannin. Also present is an edited copy of the manuscript Letters from Laura and Carl Brannin: Mexico, Europe, and the Soviet Union, 1923-1925 by Darwin Payne and photocopies of The People's Bulletin from the People's Power League of Hamilton County, Ohio. Photographs are of Carl Brannin at various stages of his life. Recordings are reel to reel tape recordings of a KERA-TV Newsroom profile (1972) of Carl Brannin and talks given by Brannin describing his travels in Chile and Cuba.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to subject in 31 folders. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order and materials within folders are arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Brannin, Carl, 1888-1985--Archives.
Subjects
Journalists--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Civil rights--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Education--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Political campaigns--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--Politics and government--Sources.
Dallas (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • AR285: Carl Brannin Papers, 1904-1987
  • AR82: Texas Civil Liberties Union, Dallas Chapter Records, 1957-1973
  • The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection also contains four transcribed interviews with Carl Brannin.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Carl Brannin, 1967, 1972, 1974.

Citation

Carl Brannin Papers, AR91, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical Sketches: "On Being Concerned," by Miriam Allen DeFord, 1969
2 Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1931-1967
3 Correspondence, General, 1915-1974
4 Dallas Educational Film Committee, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1963-1964
5 Dallas Unitarian, First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 1973-1974
5a Elections, Congressional and Gubernatorial, 1962
6 Elections, Dallas and Texas, Miscellaneous Records, 1972
7 Elections, Dallas School Board, Miscellaneous Records, 1955-1968
8 Elections, Dallas School Board Run-Off, Miscellaneous Records, May 1, 1967
9 Elections, Miscellaneous Returns, Miscellaneous Records, 1959-1961
10 Elections, Presidential, 1960
Gubernatorial- Miscellaneous Records, 1962
11 Elections, Presidential, Miscellaneous Records, 1964
12 Ford Strike, Dallas, Miscellaneous Records, 1937-1940
13 House Un-American Activites Committee and the McCarran Act, Correspondence, Clippings, Miscellaneous Records, 1950-1961
Box Folder
2 1 House Un-American Activites Committee and the McCarran Act, Correspondence, Clippings, Miscellaneous Records, 1962-1967
2 Housing, Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1962-1966
3 Lowery, William J., Clippings, 1963
4 Miscellaneous, 1935-1938, undated
5 Miscellaneous, 1958-1973, undated
6 "Operation Abolition," Miscellaneous Records, 1960-1962
7 Race Relations, Miscellaneous Records, 1947-1968
7a School Integration, Dallas, Miscellaneous Records, 1963
8 Schools, Dallas, Miscellaneous Records, 1962-1964
Box Folder
3 1 Stevenson, Adlai, Miscellaneous Records, 1952-1963
2 Thursday Club, Meeting Notices, Miscellaneous Records, 1963-1966
3 Welfare, Clippings, 1956-1971
4 Tape 1: Carl Brannin Profile-- KERA "Newsroom" show, March, 1972
Carl Brannin Explorations--"My Bus Trip Through Chile," a talk given at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, May 17, 1972 (side 1)
Carl Brannin Explorations--"My Trip to Cuba," a talk given at the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, October 8, 1969
5 Tape 2: "My Trip to Cuba," continued, 1969
6 Letters from Carl and Laura Brannin: Mexico, Europe, and The Soviet Union (also contains letters written during later trips-through 1969), 1923-1925
7 The People's Bulletin (Cincinnati, the People's Power League) - Vol. 1 No. 1, November 14, 1914
Vol. 1 No. 53, November 13, 1915
8 Photographs and negatives, undated