Scope and arrangement
The Egbert EtheIred Brown Papers (1914-1956) reflect Brown's intense religious viewpoint, as well as his self-analytical nature. His autobiographical writings and sermons depict the social concerns of a religion with traditionally few African American adherents in a time of intellectual and political upheaval in the United States.
The Brown Papers consist of three series: Personal Papers, the Harlem Unitarian/Hubert Harrison Memorial Church Records, and the Jamaica Progressive League.
The Egbert Ethelred Brown papers are arranged in three series:
consist of five folders: Personal Papers, which include a letter to Brown from the Liberal Association upon the occasion of his departure for the United States, obituaries, articles about Brown and certificates; Sheet Music with lyrics and melodies by Brown, both church and Jamaica-related; Writings by Brown not specifically related to the Jamaica Progressive League or the church includes his “Fifteen Years in the Unitarian Ministry;” Brown's Scrapbook, which contains poetry, quotes and clippings of interest to and about Brown; Miscellaneous, including Socialist and Unitarian pamphlets, and a scrapbook of clippings.
Three folders of correspondence (1930-1956), all in-coming, document Brown's numerous appeals for funds for his church, and include letters from Langston Hughes, T.J. Sellers, Frank Crosswaith, Adlai Stevenson, John Haynes Holmes and others regarding speaking engagements or writings; responses to Brown's queries to the American Unitarian Association and letters from other religious organizations and guest speakers at the Hubert Harrison Memorial Church; letters in reply to Brown's charges of racism in the New York Timesand the New York City school system. Church records include Church By-Laws, Marriage Records, program announcements and Prayerbooks. In addition there are three boxes of Sermons (1929-1947, n.d.) written by Brown, arranged alphabetically by title. The sermons cover a variety of topics and appear to span Brown's ministerisd career in the United States. Among the sermons in the collection are: “Jesus Was a Unitarian;” God Was Tired of Him (Hitler);” “Marriage;” and “Making Religion More Satisfying.”
consist of a memorandum presented to the West Indies Royal Commission by the Jamaica Progressive League, meeting announcements, letters to Brown from Norman Manley regarding the 1952 trip to Jamaica, copies of Brown's articles in “The Ambassador” describing his trip and the League's activities in New York, a letter of condolence at Brown's passing, and a souvenir program from the League's second anniversary celebration of Jamaican independence.