FROM THE NEWSLETTER FROM MAXINE BROWN

 

Posted: 29 Nov 2014 10:16 AM PST

I am proud to let my family and friends know that the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted in an Agreement The Browns have made with The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies. Arkansas has long been among the most significant contributors to the nation’s musical foundation, country, pop, folk, rock & jazz. The special music collection is an open and growing collection which is continually adding relevant materials.

In 1980, I converted a room in my home into a Brown’s Museum where I displayed The Browns career dating all the way back to 1953.

I spent months, even years searching for the perfect place that would appreciate our devotion to the life we lived and loved. A place that would store, preserve and protect for years to come for the benefit of our children, grandchildren and great children. Also a place where everyone could come and view all the efforts I have so carefully tried to preserve. I am proud to say, “I have found the perfect place”.

The time has come for me to move on. I am donating my entire museum. Bonnie and Jim Ed are also donating to this collection which will be on display in various places throughout the Special Collection of the Arkansas Library System.

The following is a quote from David Strickland, Associate Director of the Special Collections and Manager of The Butler Center.

“HAVING THIS WONDERFUL COLLECTION FROM THE BROWNS PUTS US MUCH CLOSER TO OUR GOAL OF BUILDING THE FINEST COLLECTION ANYWHERE OF MATERIALS HAVING TO DO WITH ARKANSAS MUSIC AND THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE CREATED IT. THIS GREAT BODY OF DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE BROWNS IS A FANTASTIC ADDITION TO OUR WORK AND TO OUR ABILITY TO SHARE THEIR GREAT STORY WITH THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO VISIT US IN PERSON EACH YEAR AND THE MILLION WHO USE OUR INTERNET RESOURCES”.

It will be heart breaking for me as I watch that U-Haul pull out of my driveway loaded with my world. However, all good things must come to an end. I feel this is not the end, but a new beginning for The Browns.

My sincere thanks to David Strickland and the entire Special Collection Group.

Maxine Brown
(Note: website address for Butler Center is: www.butlercenter.org)