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Lee P. Brown Collection

Identifier: MSS 0065

Content Description

The Lee P. Brown Collection is an artificial collection of materials related to the administration of Lee P. Brown during his tenure as mayor from 1998-2004. Includes speeches, annual reports, brochures, Publications on Quentin Mease, a city newsletter, a DVD, and VHS tapes of city events.


  • 1989-2002
  • Majority of material found in 1998-2004


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Some materials in the collection require a VHS player for viewing.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Lee P. Brown Collection must be obtained from African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Lee P. Brown served as the first African American Mayor of Houston from 1998 to 2004. During his administration, the city improved infrastructure by creating the first 7.5 miles of it light-rail system, increased citywide transportation services. New sport facilities, were open to attract new visitors and much of the downtown area was revitalized with the construction the Hobby Center for Performing Arts and a convention center hotel. The Brown administration built and renovated new libraries, police and fire stations citywide. Brown initiated a $2.9 billion development program at the city's airport.

Prior to his mayoral tenure, he worked in law enforcement in the San Jose Police Department, Portland State University in Oregon; as the first African American Commissioner in Atlanta Georgia, the first African American chief of police for the city of Houston; the first African American Police Commissioner for the City of New York; appointed by President Bill Clinton to Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy.

Brown was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma in 1937 to sharecropper parents Andrew and Zelma Brown. He received a B.A. in criminology from Fresno State University, an M.A. from San Jose State University in the same field. In 1970 he received a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of California, Berkeley.


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Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by format and subject choronologically by date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Roger Widmeyer, 2010; Tyler Smith, 2012.

Related Materials

Additional materials are held by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in the following collections:

MSS 0324 Mayor Bill White Collection

MSS 1023 Houston Mayors Collection

RG A 0001 City of Houston

RG A 0001.1 City of Houston (Mayor's Office Records)

Processing Information

Processed by Sheena Wilson, November 2018

MSS 0065 Lee P. Brown Collection
An Inventory of his Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Sheena WIlson
November 29, 2018
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the African American History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002