Ethyl R. Brown papers
The collection includes certificates, awards, photographs, and other documents related to Ethyl Brown's professional and social activities as well as her family. Certificates include a 1945 teaching certificate by South Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. There are also several photographs by Walter Boags, an African American photographer from Charleston, South Carolina.
- approximately 1930-1991
- Brown, Ethyl R., 1902-1997 (Person)
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Ethyl R. Brown, daughter of John and Lula Richards, was born in 1902 in Charleston, South Carolina. She attended the Avery Institute in Charleston, and graduated from Poro College of Beauty and Culture of Chicago.
Brown operated a beauty shop in New York for several years and then founded the Palmetto Beauty Culture School in Charleston. She also taught cosmetology at Burke High School, and was a state president and lifelong member of the National Beauty Culturalists' League. She was also active in local women's organizations and the Morris Brown AME Church.
Ethyl Brown was the wife of B. W. Brown. She died in 1997 and is buried in the Morris Brown AME Cemetery.
0.25 linear feet (1 archival box)
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Ethyl R. Brown (1902-1997) was an African-American beautician, cosmetology instructor, and beauty shop owner in Charleston, South Carolina.
The collection includes certificates, awards, photographs, and other documents related to Ethyl Brown's professional and social activities as well as her family. Certificates include a 1945 teaching certificate by South Carolina State Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners. There are also several photographs by Walter Boags, an African-American photographer from Charleston, South Carolina.
1. Cosmetology, 1946-1959
2. National Beauty Culturalists' League, 1974-1984
3. Church Membership, 1973-1991
4. Community Service, 1970-1986
5. Women's Organizational Papers, undated
6. Obituary and Photographs, 1930s-1990s
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Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010
Edited by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010, and Amanda Ross, February 2011
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- African American beauty operators
- African American businesspeople -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- African American women -- South Carolina -- Societies and clubs
- African American women teachers -- South Carolina -- Charleston
- Beauty operators -- Study and teaching -- United States
- Brown, Ethyl R., 1902-1997
- Cosmetology teachers -- Training of -- United States
- Inventory of the Ethyl R. Brown Papers, circa 1930s - 1991 AMN 1006
- Finding aid prepared by Processed by: Felice Knight; machine-readable finding aid created by: Melissa Bronheim
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- Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.