The Dee Brown Library in Southwest Little Rock

Located in southwest Little Rock, the Dee Brown Library offers patrons a wide variety of adult and children’s books. The 13,500-square-foot library opened in 2002 and includes public study rooms and a meeting room.

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Dee Brown Library

The Dee Brown Library is nestled in the heart of southwest Little Rock and offers patrons a wide variety of adult and children’s books as well as CDs and DVDs. The 13,500-square-foot library opened in 2002 and provides public study rooms and a meeting room. There is also an outside deck and boardwalk that lead from Baseline Road to the library.

Dorris Alexander “Dee” Brown (1908-2002) was an American author and librarian whose classic nonfiction work, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, brought the violence of the government’s treatment of Native Americans to a worldwide audience. He was born in Alberta, Louisiana, and grew up in Arkansas. He worked as a printer and reporter before earning two degrees in library science. He became a librarian for the Agriculture Department, served in the Army during World War II, and then became an agriculture librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Dee Brown Library has a strong collection of music scores, books and archival materials. The Brown Fine Arts music collection includes a significant number of Western classical music scores, and the holdings include some material in other genres as well. The collection is supplemented by a substantial number of sound and video recordings, and selected musical periodicals.

Dee Brown Research Center

The Dee Brown Research Center houses the library and archives of Dee Brown, a widely respected historian who was best known for his 1970 book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The book was a groundbreaking work that opened the eyes of the world to the injustices committed by European American settlers against Native Americans.

The collection includes a wealth of primary historical sources on the history of the Americas. The research materials are available to scholars from across the country and around the world. In addition to the Brown Fine Arts music collection, the research center contains a rich and varied array of books, music scores, current and back issues of periodicals and microfilm collections of rare documents.

Born in 1908, Brown grew up in Ouachita County and in Little Rock (Pulaski County). He attended Arkansas State Teachers College (now the University of Central Arkansas), where he got his bachelor’s degree and earned two master’s degrees. His career as a librarian took him to various jobs, including a position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Depression and time spent at an Army library in Beltsville, Maryland during WWII. In his spare time, Brown began researching and writing on frontier history. He wrote a number of books and articles, and continued to publish until his death in 2002.

Dee Brown Papers

Dorris Alexander Brown, known as Dee Brown (1908-2002), was a writer and librarian who worked on both fiction and nonfiction. He was the author of several books on the American West and Native American history, including Wave High the Banner, a novelized version of Davy Crockett stories. Brown grew up in Louisiana and Arkansas, and his love of reading led him to intertwine careers as a writer and a library science professor. He served in the United States Army during World War II, and later earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began working as a librarian for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dee Brown is best known for his book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, an eloquent and fully documented account of the systematic destruction of Native American tribes during the second half of the nineteenth century. He also wrote many other books, most of which focused on the frontier. In his nonfiction works, Brown drew on his research and his experience with libraries to create dramatic tales of western historical events and figures. Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow, Creek Mary’s Blood, and Headed for Bright Star all dramatized facets of western history. While he was not himself of Indian heritage, Brown strove to portray his subjects with empathy and accuracy.

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