University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Keith L. Brown Papers, 1935-2007

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brown, Keith L.
Title: Keith L. Brown Papers
Dates: 1935-2007
Abstract: The Keith L. Brown Papers, 1935-2007, contain correspondence, legal documents, printed materials, notes, schedules, and other documents, concerning his business career and political activities. Keith Lapham Brown (b. 1925) was a lawyer, businessman, and U.S. ambassador heavily involved in the Republican Party.
Accession No.: 2009-277; 2009-309
Extent: 15 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Keith Lapham Brown, lawyer, businessman, and ambassador, was born in Sterling, Illinois, on June 18, 1925, to lawyer Lloyd Heman and Marguerite Briggs Brown. After graduating from Sterling High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and spent three years training at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, and Harvard University before serving in the Philippines. In 1949, Brown earned his LL.B. at the University of Texas Law School and started working for the law practice of Land, Byrd, Cross, & Ladon. After a short stint teaching law, he served as Vice President of Caulkins Oil Company, 1955-1970, and as president and chairman of the Brown Investment Corporation, 1970-present. Brown was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho, 1982-1983, and as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, 1989-1992. Brown has served as Director, Advisory Board member, Trustee, and Chairman to numerous organizations, including Vail Associates, Inc., which he co-founded in 1971. He has been an active member of the Republican Party for over forty years, including service as chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee and numerous campaign committees.

Brown married Carol Liebmann on October 1, 1949, and the couple had four children.

Scope and Contents

The Keith L. Brown Papers, 1935-2007, contain correspondence, legal documents, printed materials, notes, schedules, and other documents, concerning his business career and political activities. These cover his service as U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho and Denmark, involvement in the Republican Eagle Club and for Republican National Conventions, partnership with Vail Associates, presidency and chairmanship of the Council of American Ambassadors, and relationship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.



The collection is divided into the following series:
I. Biographical and personal records
II. Vail Development Project
III. Colorado GOP
IV. U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho
V. U.S. Ambassador to Denmark
VI. Council of American Ambassadors missions and meetings
VII. Republican Eagle Club (Republican National Committee) events
VIII. GOP Conventions
IX. Center for Strategic and International Studies Advisory Board


Access Restrictions

Social security numbers, financial material, and medical documents are restricted for privacy issues.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brown, Keith L., 1925- -- Archives.
Brown, Carol Liebmann.
Subjects (Organizations)
Vail Corporation.
Vail Associates, Ltd.
Republican National Committee (U.S.)
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, D.C.)
Council of American Ambassadors.
Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- )
Republican National Convention.
Ambassadors -- United States -- Archival resources.
Politics, Practical -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Denmark.
Denmark -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Lesotho.
Lesotho -- Foreign relations -- United States.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Keith L. Brown Papers, 1935-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, April 2010, July 2010.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Offsite at LSF:

2009-277/8 Biographical and personal records:
Life Summary:
Biographical information
"Early Years" [memoir]
"Moses Vail of Huntington, L.I…." by William Penn Vail, 1947
"Family Tree Charts for Descendants of Lloyd Heman Brown" by James B. Brown, 1993
"Biographical History of the Browns of Morrison, IL" by James B. Brown, 1993
"Ancestors and Descendants of Frank D. Briggs" by William Briggs Galt, 1999
"Biographical History of the Laphams" by James Briggs Brown and Kieth Lapham Brown
"The Browns of Carlisle, New York" by Myron G. Brown, 1995
"Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection: An Interview with Ambassador Keith L. Brown", 2000
North-End News, 1935-1938, 1972, 1997
[removed from binder]
Inaugural anniversary dinner dance, February 2, 1988
2009-277/1 Personal correspondence, 1942-1948
2009-277/9 University of Texas [Law School] Alumni
Vail Development Project, 1959-1969:
Beginning Publicity
Real Estate
Minutes and Meetings
Real estate development, 1960
[removed from binder]
Original partner preliminary procedures/brochure, 1960
[removed from binder]
Original partner documents and reports, 1959-1960
[removed from binder]
Partnership agreements
Vail stock
Progress reports
Forest service
Financial correspondence
General (book documents), 1963-1966, 1993-1996
Colorado GOP, 1975-1980
2009-277/1 U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho, 1982-1983:
"Going to Lesotho" party and associated documents
Correspondence leading up to appointment of Ambassador to Lesotho
Reports on Lesotho
Lesotho general file
News clippings
Miscellaneous documents and mementos


Onsite at SRH:

2.325/N41c U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho:
Calendar, 1983
Drawing inscribed “Welcome…Thank You” and “Pattaya”, undated


Offsite at LSF:

2009-277/8 U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, 1988-1991:
Ambassadorial seminar, January 1988:
Folders and notebooks
Ambassador’s spouse notebook
2009-277/2 Invitations and cards – Copenhaver in D.C., 1989
Appointments for Ambassador to make and calls and invites, 1989
Telefaxes, 1989
Personal, 1989
Amb. Brown arrival in CPH, January 9, 1989
Termination of SF-278’s (Exec. Personnel financial disclosure reports), 1989
Events, dinners, luncheons attended by Amb. Brown, 1989
Calls by Amb. Brown, 1989
Ambassador’s HHE and POV, 1989
Danish tax, 1989
Check-in Amb. And Mrs. Brown, 1989
Bornholm, 1989
Correspondence, 1989:
Chron. – Amb.
Chron. A-H
Chron. I-P
Chron. Q-Z
Incoming correspondence
Chron. Congressionals
Business correspondence
Chron. – Government officials
Guest lists, 1989
Speech file, 1989
Ambassador Brown – State, 1989
Representation, 1989
Christmas card list, 1989
Speech file, 1990
Travel, 1990
Washington Consultation, January 22-30, 1990
Misc. Denmark, 1990
Telefaxes – Personal, 1990
Personal – Shooting, 1989-1990
Daily schedule and driver’s schedule, 1990
Special invitations/events, 1990
Chron. – Ambassador, 1990
Ambassador’s pheasant shoot, December 1990
Christmas cards, 1990
Commissary, 1990
Guests lists, 1990
Receipts, 1990
Representation, 1990
Personal – Automobile file
Personal – General
Confirmation information
New York Consultations, 1/28-29/91
Visit: Republican Eagles Trade Mission, 10/24-25/91
GOP Eagle – Mission/Bio’s/Calendars/Appointment Book
Personal [correspondence] A-M, 1991
Personal [correspondence] N-Z, 1991
2009-277/3 Daily schedule/driver’s schedule
Ambassador Brown bio data
Mrs. Brown bio
Chief of Mission Role Management
Christmas cards
Financial Disclosure Statement
Friends of HCAnderson Museum
Guests lists
Income Tax purposes
General file (1) – Schedules
General file (2) – Official/legal documents
Danish pictures
Events guestbook, 1989-1990
2009-277/4 General file (3) Personal documents
Danish background studies – Personnel lists – Speeches
Speech file
General file (4) Speeches
General file (5) Miscellaneous documents
Accreditation – Amb. / Government Ret. State Dept.
Queen’s visit, February 19-22, 1991
Queen’s visit – Maerak Award, February 19-22, 1991
To USA – Queen Margrethe’s official visit, 2/16-22/91
Ship christening/Gulf War/NAC/Atlanta
Rebild – Keillor, July 4, 1991
State Inspection, August 1991
Amb.’s schedules/Greenland-Sonderstrom closing/COM Conference – Berlin
Farewell events and letters
Ambassador’s departure, 1/16/1992
2009-277/5 U.S. Ambassador to Denmark:
Travel vouchers, 1989
Travel orders, 1989
Danish bank account, 1989-1990
Travel vouchers, 1990
Travel orders, 1990
Personal, January-June 1990
Personal, June-December 1990
Medical, 1990
Miscellaneous, 1989-1991
Travel, 1991-:
Miscellaneous trips, 1991
Southern Denmark, 5/24-27/91
To Berlin for COM meeting and personal, 11/11-20/91
Greenland/Iceland, 9/30-10/5/91
Summer vacation, 8/38-9/7/91
To Aalbord, 4/16-17/91
Personal trip to Naples, Italy, 3/27-4/1/91
To USA (official/personal), 12/22/90-1/30/91
To USA – Queen Margrethe’s official visit, 2/16-22/91
2009-309/1 Council of American Ambassadors missions and meetings:
General file #1, 1999-2004
General file #2, 1994-2001
General, 2000
General, 2001
General, 2002
Travel – general, 2005-2006
Charities, 1993-2001
Washington, November 2001
Houston, April 2002
Washington, November 2002
20th Anniversary Gala, April 2003
Washington, April 2003
Florida, December 2003
Board of Directors election, April 25, 1994
U.S. Mission to the U.N., May 1, 1995
Board of Directors meeting, April 22, 1996
California meeting, April 2000
Denver regional, October 6, 2000
New York Conference, May 2, 2001
Mission to Poland and Romania, October 4-15, 2004
Spring Conference, 2004
NYC meeting, November 2004
NTC meeting, November 2005
Bermuda, November 2005
Dubai, March 2006
Washington meeting, April 2006
Mission to Venezuela, September 2006
NYC meeting, November 2006
Mission to Mexico, April 2007
San Antonio meeting, April 2007
2009-309/2 Board of Directors meetings, 1994-1999
Other organizations, 1999-2007:
American Academy of Diplomacy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
U.S. Department of State Visitor Center and National Museum of American Diplomacy
2009-277/7 Republican Eagle Club (Republican National Committee) events:
Presidential dinner, July-October 1985
Presidential inauguration of Reagan invitations, January 1985
Eagle meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2, 1985
RNC meeting in Washington, January 18, 1985
State Chairman’s Package, June 1985
Inaugural events and Eagle meeting, Washington, D.C., January 18-21, 1985
Eagles meeting in San Francisco, June 20-22, 1985
Eagles meeting, September 13, 1985
Executive Committee meeting, April 1, 1985
San Antonio Eagles meeting, April 13, 1985
RNC Atlanta, GA, June 27-28, 1985
Young Eagles, Dallas, TX, June 25, 1985
Lake Tahoe, August 1985
October meeting, 1985
Executive meeting, September 12, 1985
Corpus Christie [sic], November 1985
Young Eagles, Dallas, TX, November 25, 1985
Beverly Hills, December 4-6, 1985
Vice Chairman Luncheon, December 12, 1985
RNC meeting, Washington, D.C., January 23, 1986
Dinner Dance work file, January 21, 1986
Dinner Dance, February 21, 1986
Special Eagle meeting briefing and Luncheon, February 21, 1986
Eagles meeting, D.C., June 16-17, 1986
Eagles meeting, Lake Tahoe, June 13-14, 1986
Liberty Weekend, Statue of Liberty 100th Anniversary Patron Donor Program, July 3-6, 1986
RNC/White House briefing, August 28, 1986
Mission to Europe, September 1986
Eagles executive meeting, September 29, 30, 1986
Eagles meeting, Palm Springs, December 4-6, 1986
RNC meeting, January 1987
RNC meeting, February 1987
Various meetings plus George Schultz visit, February 20, 1987
Mission to Europe, April-May 1987
National Eagles Meeting I, April 22-23, 1987
RNC meeting, June 24-27, 1987
White House briefing for RNC activists, June 12, 1987
Eagles meeting, October 1987
Eagles meeting, November 1987
Board of Directors meeting, Decatur House with President Reagan and Howard Baker, November 4, 1987
IDD Motivational meeting, December 2, 1987
Eagle national meeting, Laguna Niguel, Ritz-Carlton, December 10-12, 1987
Pending, January 1988
IA Dinner Dance, February 3, 1986
White House invitations, 1971-1973, 1981-1993
2009-277/6 GOP Conventions:
Alexander for President, 1995
RNC working file – patronage, 1985-1987
New Orleans, 1988
Dallas, 1984
Inaugural, 1981
Detroit binder, 1980
Detroit folder, 1980
National Convention in Kansas City, 1976:
General file
2009-309/2 Arrangements Committee
Program Committee
National Conventions prior to 1976, 1968-1972
Senator Gary Hart information and publicity, 1987
Center for Strategic and International Studies Advisory Board:
September 9-10, 1985
National Leadership forum, June 9-11, 1986
25th Anniversary Board of Trustees and Advisory Board Dinner guest list, September 29-30, 1987