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Sanford J. Brown Collection

Collection Number
Collection 364

OCLC Number


Donated by Sanford J. Brown in April 2002.

Extent, Scope, and Content Note  
The collection is comprised of 5 linear inches of correspondence between Sanford J. Brown and United States politicians between   1964 and 1968, and an interview conducted with Brown about his life and career.

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processing and finding aid by Kristen J. Nyitray in 2002. Updated April 2020.


Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

[Item], Sanford J. Brown Collection, Special Collections and University Libraries, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Historical Note
Dr. Sanford (Sandy) J. Brown was Stony Brook undergraduate student from 1964 through 1968. The materials in this collection pertain to the 1968 issue of the Stony Brook University literary annual Soundings, of which Dr. Brown was that year's editor. It was an anti-Vietnam War issue and on his own Dr. Brown sent copies to every U.S. Senator, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. Brown received replies from 23 senators (including Jacob K. Javits), Vice President Humphrey, and the President's personal secretary, Juanita Roberts.

In an effort to contextualize these 25 letters, Noyo Hill House, a nonprofit public benefit 501(c)(3) corporation for the preservation of perishable historical materials, located in Fort Bragg, CA, conducted a recorded interview with Dr. Brown about his personal background, his time at Stony Brook, the 1968 issue of Soundings and his correspondence with senators and the White House. They also interviewed him regarding his medical school experiences and subsequent career as a physician. A transcript of this interview accompanies the letters.

Politicians -- Correspondence.


Box 1

Folder 1:
1) Juanita D. Roberts, personal secretary to the president (U.S.)
2) Hubert H. Humphrey, vice president (U.S.)

Folder 2:
3) Martin A. Dyer, legislative assistant to Senator E.L. Bartlett (AK)
4) Senator Everett Mckinley Dirksen (IL)

Folder 3:
5) Senator Peter H. Dominick (CO)
6) John Forsythe, General Counsel for the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare on Behalf of Senator Lister Hill (AL)

Folder 4:
7) Hoyt H. Purvis, assistant to Senator J. William Fulbright (AR)
8) Senator Vance Hartke (IN)

Folder 5:
9) Senator Mark O. Hatfield (OR)
10) Senator Jacob K. Javits (NY)

Folder 6:
11) William M. Cochrane, administrative assistant to Senator B. Everett Jordan (NC)
12) Angelique Woustelas, personal secretary to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (MA)

Folder 7:
13) Senator Frank J. Lausche (OH)
14) Senator Edward V. Long (MO)

Folder 8:
15) Gertrude S. Cleary, secretary to Senator Eugene J. Mcarthy (MN)
16) Senator Wayne Morse (OR)

Folder 9:
17) Senator Frank E. Moss (UT)
18) Senator Edmund S. Muskie (ME)

Folder 10:
19) Senator Gaylord Nelson (WI)
20) Senator Charles H. Percy (IL)

Folder 11:
21) Senator William Proxmire (WI)
22) Senator George A. Smathers (FL)

Folder 12:
23) Senator John Sparkman (AL)
24) Senator Strom Thurmond (SC)

Folder 13:
25) Senator Joseph D. Tydings (MD)

Folder 14:
Transcript of interview with Dr. Sanford J. Brown (pp.11)