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Edward W. Brooke III collection

Repository: Boston University. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Collection Description (Extant): The Honorable Edward W. Brooke III (1919 - ) became the first African-American in modern American political history to be elected to a high state office when he was elected Attorney General of Massachusetts in 1962. After serving two terms in that position, he again made history by becoming the first African-American to be popularly elected to the United States Senate.

The Edward W. Brooke III collection consists of photographs, correspondence, printed material, audio recordings, film and video recordings, professional material, personal memorabilia, artwork, and other items . . . .

Audio recordings in the collection include reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes, and compact discs. Recordings include two concerts in West Tisbury, Massachusetts (1970 and 1971); a speech by Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy at the 73rd annual NAACP convention in Boston (1982); appearances by Brooke on National Public Radio's All Things Considered (1983) and WBUR FM's The Connection (2003); an interview with Brooke, conducted as part of the 'National Visionary Leadership Project' (2001); and other items.

Film and video recordings in the collection includes a 32mm film reel, a DVD, and VHS, Beta and U-Matic format video cassettes. Topics include television appearances, speeches, interviews, and ceremonies, dating from 1976 to 2003.

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: Manuscript Number 1692;

Extent: 22 boxes

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Edward W. Brooke III

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American lawyers--Massachusetts
African American politicians--Massachusetts
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
African Americans--Politics and government
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Height, Dorothy I. (Dorothy Irene), 1912-2010
Massachusetts--Politics and government
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
United States--Politics and government
United States. Congress. Senate


Sound recordings


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