Collection Number: 05755

Collection Title: C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum Records, 1886-2021

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum Records document the history of the C.S. Brown building in Winton, Hertford County, N.C., as it served the African American community from its inception as the Chowan Academy in 1886 through its subsequent reconstitutions as the Waters Normal Institute (1886-1943), C.S. Brown High School (1943-circa 1970), C.S. Brown School (circa 1970-1986), and finally as it is known today, C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum (1986-). Materials include institutional histories, scrapbooks, photographs, diplomas and awards, student letters and work, programs and invitations, school publications, Parent Teacher Association minutes, and bound journals documenting student accounts, cafeteria records, and student grades.
Creator C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Photographs are not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting these materials.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum Records #05755, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in September 2017 (Acc. 103137) and from William D. Goldsmith in September 2021 (20210901.2).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in Winton, Hertford County, N.C., originally began as Chowan Academy in 1886, under the leadership of Calvin Scott Brown (1859-1936). For a century it served as a school, with name changes to Waters Normal Institute in 1893, C.S. Brown High School in 1943, and C.S. Brown School circa 1970. In 1986, the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum opened in its place.

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The C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum Records document the history of the C.S. Brown building in Winton, Hertford County, N.C., as it served the African American community from its inception as the Chowan Academy in 1886 through its subsequent reconstitutions as the Waters Normal Institute (1886-1943), C.S. Brown High School (1943-circa 1970), C.S. Brown School (circa 1970-1986), and finally as it is known today, C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum (1986-). Materials include institutional histories, scrapbooks, photographs, diplomas and awards, student letters and work, programs and invitations, school publications, Parent Teacher Association minutes, and bound journals documenting student accounts, cafeteria records, and student grades.

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Contents list

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200 items.

Descriptions in quotation marks were transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Box 1

Records, 1911-2013 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." Box 1

Oversize Volume SV-05755/1

Student account book, 1896- #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." SV-05755/1

Oversize Volume SV-05755/2

C.S. Brown 1859-1936 scrapbook #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." SV-05755/2

Oversize Volume SV-05755/3

Second Annual Art Tea scrapbook, 1953 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." SV-05755/3

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05755/1

Diplomas and awards #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." OPF-05755/1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-05755/2

Waters Institute Journal, 1911-1912 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." OPF-05755/2

Image Folder PF-5755/1

"Dr. C.S. Brown," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/1

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/2

"Marion (?) Brown," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/2

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/3

"Amaza Drummond Brown," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/3

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/4

"Professor Lewis Instructor at Waters Normal Institute," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/4

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/5

"Morehouse Hall at Waters Training Institute," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/5

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/6

"Sally E. Jones, Waters Normal Institute Reynolds Hall," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/6

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/7

"Alice Nickens, The Dining Hall at Waters Training Institute," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/7

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/8

"Chowan Academy Women Students," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/8

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/9

"Annie Walden Jones, daughter of E.R. Jones," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/9

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/10

Unidentified Black man, circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/10

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Image Folder PF-5755/11

Group portrait of unidentified Black children, circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/11

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Image Folder PF-5755/12

Group portrait of unidentified Black children, circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/12

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Image Folder PF-5755/13

"Mother Big Mill(?)," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/13

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/14

"Water Training School, 2nd grade 1932" #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/14

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/15-16

PF-5755/15

PF-5755/16

"Elementary class learning about U.S. Post Office at C.S. Brown High School," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/15-16

2 images

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/17

"Four generations" circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/17

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/18

"Cotillion event," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/18

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/19

"May Day event Waters Training Institute C.S. Brown High School" circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/19

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/20

"School event Student Performing at C.S. Brown High School," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/20

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/21-22

PF-5755/21

PF-5755/22

"Curtis Mitchelle Award, Mr. Freeman Principal," circa 1960 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/21-22

2 images

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/23

"Art tea at C.S. Brown High School," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/23

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/24

"Money for Brown Restoration," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/24

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/25

"Aaron Jones Sr., Harvey Jones, Cyrus Majetts, William Scott, McCoy Jordan," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/25

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/26

"Operetta Days," circa 1950s-1960s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/26

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/27

"From your Mother whose prayers are ever with you," 24 July, 1926 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/27

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/28

"John Weaver(?)," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/28

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/29-35

PF-5755/29

PF-5755/30

PF-5755/31

PF-5755/32

PF-5755/33

PF-5755/34

PF-5755/35

Unidentified members of Brown family(?), circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/29-35

7 images

Black-and-white photographic prints

Image Folder PF-5755/36

"Reverend W. Hyde," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/36

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/37

"Lillian I Patterson," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/37

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/38

Unidentified Black man, circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/38

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Image Folder PF-5755/39

"Miss Theresa Morton," circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/39

1 image

Black-and-white photographic print

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Image Folder PF-5755/40-42

PF-5755/40

PF-5755/41

PF-5755/42

Tintypes of unidentified Black men and women, circa 1900s-1920s #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." PF-5755/40-42

1 image

Tintypes

Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-05755/1

"School trip to Capitol building, Washington, D.C.," 27 April 1929 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." OP-PF-05755/1

Title transcribed from original captions or notes found with materials.

Digital Folder DF-05755/1

The Historical and Cultural Significance of Brown Hall report, 2021 #05755, Series: "Records, circa 1886-2021." DF-05755/1

Addition of September 2021 (Acc. 20210901.2).

PDF of an excerpt of the report "The Historical & Cultural Significance of Brown Hall," by public policy students Taylor Gastineau, Alyssa Hopson, Mina Malak, Marcella Pansini, and Eshika Talukder. The students consulted the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum Records (#05755) and interviewed community members to come up with a plan for re-use and re-vitalization of the C.S. Brown Regional Cultural Arts Center and Museum in Winton, N.C. This version includes the archival photos and historical narrative of the community; the policy recommendations have been removed.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nancy Kaiser, September 2017

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, September 2017

Updated by: Dawne Howard Lucas and Jessica Venlet, May 2022

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