Ina Corinne Brown Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2017.011

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This collection of 23 hollinger boxes contains materials from Brown's time in the Epworth League (1920s-1930s), her studies at Southern Methodist University (1919-1921) and The University of Chicago (1934-1942), her professorship at Scarritt College (1942-1966), her authorship of several books, and her time at McKendree Manor Retirement Home (1974-1984).


  • Majority of material found within 27 May 1896 - 12 May 1984

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact: The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Biographical / Historical

Ina Corinne Brown was born on May 27, 1896, in Gatesville, Texas, to Corinne Wells and John Dayton Brown. After graduating from high school in 1915, Brown taught at elementary schools near her hometown, and in 1919, she started taking classes at Southern Methodist University. Two years later, Brown joined the Methodist Episcopal Church's Epworth League, which enabled her to travel and gather information about native cultures and religions in Cuba, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Brown enrolled in classes at the University of Chicago in 1934 and completed her Ph.D. in anthropology there eight years later. From 1942 to 1966, Brown was Professor of Social Anthropology at Scarritt College, and she remained closely connected to the college after her retirement. In 1974, Brown moved to McKendree Manor, a retirement home in Hermitage, Tennessee, where she continued to be intellectually active, writing and publishing a number of articles, poems, and letters. Over the course of her career, Brown published the following books: Story of the American Negro (1936), Race Relations in a Democracy (1949), Understanding Other Cultures (1963), and Understanding Race Relations (1973). By the time she died on May 12, 1984, Brown had received a number of awards, including the Scarritt Tower Award for Distinguished Service (1980) and a Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU (1984).


10.67 Linear Feet (23 boxes (13 6-inch and 10 5-inch)) : 1 photo album box, 12 6-inch hollinger boxes, 10 5-inch hollinger boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged into the following categories: Biographical Materials, Trip Around the World (1929-1930), Scarritt College (1942-1981), Notes and Research, Writings and Speeches, Correspondence (1929-1984), Posthumous (1984), and Awards and Memorabilia Display.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection is property of The Virginia Davis Laskey Library, Scarritt-Bennett Center, Nashville, TN.

Finding Aid for the Ina Corinne Brown Papers
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Mary McSparran
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Repository Details

Part of the Scarritt Bennett Center - Laskey Library and Archives Repository

Virginia Davis Laskey Library and Archives
1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212


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