PCL MS 010 Dee Brown Collection
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Dee Brown is an author of western novels and American history. The manuscripts and research notes for Yellowhorse form the core of the collection. The collection comprises approximately 0.7 linear feet.
In 1969, Brown transferred the manuscript for Yellowhorse to the Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University. The collection is open for research; however, any reproduction or citation of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws.
Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown was born on February 28, 1908, in Alberta, Louisiana. His father died when he was five and at a young age, his family, (mother, brother, two sisters) moved to the town of Stephens, where his mother became the postmaster. In 1924, the family moved to Little Rock, where Brown attended high school. After graduating from high school in 1927, Brown got a job as a printer for the Harrison Daily Times and became a journalist.
In 1928, realizing he did not know enough to be a reporter, Brown went to Arkansas State Teachers College (ASTC), now the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), in Conway, graduating in 1931 with a Bachelor of Arts and Education degree with a major in history.
He married Sally Stroud, of Wilson, Mississippi, in 1934; when they were both students at Arkansas. They had two children. Browne earned a BLS (Bachelor of Library Science) degree in 1935 from George Washington University and received a Master of Science in 1952, from the University of Illinois.
From 1948-1972, he was librarian of agriculture at the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Brown's grandmother remembered the California gold rush, had driven ox wagons, and could recall the Civil War in detail. She spiked his interest as a youth and consequently all of Brown's nineteen books are rooted in the American frontier. His best known work is Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a story of American westward expansion told from the perspective of Native Americans.
Brown's legacy includes an award in his name presented to an Arkansas historian in the early stages of his or her career whose work focuses on Indians, women, or other groups underrepresented in books about the American West.
Dee Brown died on December 12, 2002, at the age of ninety-four at his home in Little Rock. A memorial service was held at the main library of the Central Arkansas Library System, which has a branch library in Little Rock named for Brown. His remains are interred in Urbana, Illinois.
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The Dee Brown Collection contains manuscript materials related to the 1956 novel Yellowhorse. Yellowhorse was Brown's second novel, and first to be set in the frontier west. It revolves around the defense of Fort Yellowhorse against the Sioux, and the use of the hot-air balloon Intrepid. In the introduction to the original paperback version, Brown notes that:
The following books have been transferred from the collection to the Browne Popular Culture Library main stacks area. Call numbers for these book's may be found in the BGSU Libraries Catalog.