A Guide to the June H. Brewer Oral History Collection, 1992
A native of East Austin, Texas, June H. Brewer (1925-2010) was one of the first African-American women to apply and be admitted to the graduate school at University of Texas at Austin in 1950. Having received her bachelor’s degree from Tillotson College (now Huston-Tillotson University) and her master’s degree in English from Howard University, Brewer attained her PhD from UT Austin in 1963. In addition to teaching English at Huston-Tillotson for 35 years as the first endowed professor, she was also the chair of the English department and the founder of the non-profit organization, Borders Learning Community, which sought to rectify the racial achievement gap in standardized testing. Brewer researched African-American women writers, receiving numerous awards for her scholarship and community service, such as the National Women of Achievement Connie Yerwood and the NOKOA Outstanding Educator awards.
"Dr. June H. Brewer."Austin-American Statesman. Last modified June 4, 2010. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary.aspx?n=june-h-brewer&pid=143310808&fhid=11747.
Comprised of four audiotapes, the June H. Brewer Oral History Collection, 1992, chronicles Brewer’s experiences growing up in East Austin as well as her educational background. Additionally, the collection illuminates Brewer’s views on the English discipline, pedagogy, and her research.
This collection is open for research use.
June H. Brewer Oral History Collection, 1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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