A Guide to the Betty Brown Papers, 1978-1983
Austinite Betty Brown (1926-2002) was an activist for urban environmental preservation with her husband, Norman Brown, in the 1970s and 1980s. She belonged to the Save Barton Creek Association, the Zilker Park Posse, and the Barton Hills-Horseshoe Bend Neighborhood Association. Furthermore, Brown fought the construction of the MoPac Expressway and the Barton Skyway Bridge project.
The Betty Brown Papers, 1978-1983, comprise correspondence, reports and city plans, maps, newspaper clippings, and other printed material, documenting environmental struggles in Austin, Texas. The collection also chronicles the controversy surrounding the construction of the MoPac Expressway and the defeat of the proposed Barton Skyway Bridge by residents of Barton Hills. Additionally, the papers illuminate Brown’s work with the Save Barton Creek Association, the Zilker Park Posse, the Barton Hills-Horseshoe Bend Neighborhood Association, and the City of Austin.
This collection is open for research use.
Betty Brown Papers, 1978-1983, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers