Monday, March 12, 2012

Dee Brown Papers Donated to Butler Center

The papers of Dee Brown, author of the best-selling book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, have been donated to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), by Brown's family. The collection includes a number of unpublished manuscripts, some correspondence, and several diaries.

David Stricklin, head of the Butler Center, says, "Dee Brown is a legendary figure around here, as well as being one of the most important American writers of the second half of the twentieth century. We are delighted to have been chosen by his family to provide a home for this very important collection here in the city where he lived and look forward to sharing it with researchers for many years to come."

Author of twenty-nine books, Brown was best known for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a groundbreaking historical perspective that detailed the destruction of Native Americans' society. Born in Louisiana in 1908, Brown moved with his family to Little Rock as a child. He was a graduate of Little Rock High School and Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas). Upon his retirement, Brown returned to Little Rock where he continued to write books until his death in 2002. A CALS branch library was named in Brown's honor in 2002, with Brown attending the opening.

Read the full announcement here.


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