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Thomas Brooks papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Administration File

Research File

Warne Personal Files

Literary Works

Interviews

Printed Material



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Thomas Brooks papers, 1911-1979 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Linda Ackerman and Kim Nelson, Consumer Movement Archives student assistants

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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Brooks papers, 1911-1979Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Brooks, Thomas

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized into six series; 1) Administrative Files, 2) Research Files, 3) Warne's Personal Files, 4) Literary Works, 5) Oral Interviews, and 6) Printed Material.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Thomas Brooks Collection/Colston E. Warne Biography reflects the efforts of Brooks to write a biography on consumer leader, Colston Warne. A professor of Family Economics at Amherst College for 40 years, Warne played an important part in organizing professionals in the consumer affairs field. He was known for his many roles in the consumer movement, including: president of Consumers Union, development of the international consumer movement, serving on numerous governmental committees and advisory boards, and helping to introduce the consumers point of view into economic and political public policy decisions.

The Administrative Files are related to Brooks' management of the biography project, and they are arranged in four subseries. The first subseries from this file contains correspondence between Brooks and other individuals. This includes letters between Brooks and people such as; Warne, individuals who knew Warne, and publishers. The second subseries is financial documents and includes budget statements and store requisitions for the project. The third subseries is miscellaneous files of articles and papers written by Warne. The fourth subseries is the Warne biography research proposal written by Brooks and submitted to the College of Human Resources, Southern Illinois University.

The Research Files series, organized into seven subseries, contains research material on Warne collected by Brooks. The first subseries is Amherst College, 1931-1960. Because Warne spent most of his career at Amherst, this subseries, contains pertinent information about Warne and his profession. The second subseries is articles on Colston E. Warne. These are specific articles written by others about Warne and they include: "Colston Estey Warne: Mr. Consumer", "Dr. Warne is Honored by Unitarian Society", "Advertising: Study Stirs Debate on Values", "Consumer Groups Going International". The third subseries contains biographical notes taken by Brooks while researching Warne. The fourth subseries is organizations. They include: The American Association of University Women, The American Council on Consumer Interests, and Consumers' Union. The fifth subseries contains information about people. Included are: Ralph Nader, Celia Warne, and Colston Warne. The sixth subseries is subjects and includes files on advertising, consumers in the market, cooperatives, labor, the loyalty check, and speeches/statements. The final subseries is the Warne family tree.

In the third series are Warne's personal files consisting of four subseries. The first subseries is activities and associations. They include: Consumer Advisory Committee, Council of Economic Advisors to the President of the U.S., 1947-1951; Consumers Research, Advisory Board, 1929-1935; Consumers' Union, President and member, Board of Directors, 1936-1979; People's Lobby (Washington D.C.), President, 1934-1936, Honorary Vice President, 1941, Board of Directors, 1936-1950. The second subseries is Warne's diary. This is Warne's personal diary for the years 1911-1918. The third subseries is personal papers of Warne's. Included are his address books, a pamphlet written by him, and correspondence. The fourth subseries is organizations and includes: consumer cooperatives, the consumer movement, Consumers Research, People's Lobby, and other miscellaneous organizations. Two dissertations comprise, Literary Works. The first one is titled, "An Historical Analysis of the Growth of the National Consumer Movement in the United States from 1947 to 1967", by Jeanine Gilmartin. The second is titled, "The Consumer Movement in the Sixties", by David R. Case.

The fourth series contains oral interviews Brooks conducted with Warne, and other persons related to his life. There are typed transcripts for the majority of the interviews recorded on cassette audio tapes. The tapes have been separated from the collection and stored in the Consumer Movement Archives Oral History Collection. Among the thirty-two people interviewed were: Senator Paul Douglas, Leland Gordon, Florence Mason, Margaret Warne Nelson, Barbara Warne Newell, Esther Peterson, Celia Warne Tower, Clint Warne, Colston Warne, and Francis Warne.

The fifthth series contains printed material relating to the consumer movement. The majority of the printed material is either written by Warne or written about Warne. Approximately one hundred photographs were removed from the papers and filed in the University Archives Photograph Collection. The photographs are organized in three groups: Ithaca High School year book of 1916; Warne's career involving consumer movement events; and photographs of Warne at Amherst College. Included among the second group are photographs of the Consumer Advisory Council of 1948 and of 1962, Warne's visit to Japan with the Consumer's Association in 1961, Warne's visit to India in 1969, President Kennedy, Frances Warne, Walter Wilcox, and Richard Morse.

Biographical Note

The Thomas Brooks Collection was donated to the University Archives in 1989 by Thomas Brooks, a professor of Family Economics and Management at Southern Illinois University. The collection consists of materials Brooks assembled to write a biography of consumer leader, Colston E. Warne.

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Access Restrictions: No restrictions.

Use Restrictions: The reseacher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Acquisition Source: The Thomas Brooks Collection was donated to the University Archives in 1989 by Thomas Brooks, a professor of Family Economics and Management at Southern Illinois University.

Acquisition Method: Donation.

Preferred Citation: Thomas Brooks and Colston Warne Papers, Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed in 1990 by Linda Ackerman and Kim Linda Ackerman and Kim Nelson.

The first accession number assigned was PC 122 and revised to PC 1985.30.  Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate research assistant, April 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: Administration FileAdd to your cart.
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Sub-Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: General, 1947-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Publisher, 1973Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Financial DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Budget Statements, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Budget Statements, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Requistions, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 1956-NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: 1930-1973Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Research Proposal, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Research Proposal, 1974Add to your cart.
Series 2: Research FileAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Amherst CollegeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: 1931-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 10: 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1948-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12-14: NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Articles on Colston E. Warne, CA 1960Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: Biographical Notes by BrooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 17: 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 18-19: NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 20-21: Note cards, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 22-23: NDAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Association of American University Women, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 25: American Council on Consumer Interest, 1953-1970 Consumer's UnionAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: 1925-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 27: 1930-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 28: 1935-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 29: 1940-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 30: 1953-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 31: 1974-NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 32-34: Finding aid for CU, NDAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: PeopleAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Brady, Mildred, 1963-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Cryues, Carloyn S.Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Kallet, Arthur, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Landry, Richard, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Marsh, Bemjamin C., NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Matthews, J.B., 1938-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Nader, Ralph, 1969-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Newell, Barbara, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Sandback, Walter, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Sorenson, Helen, 1941-NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Strong, Lydia, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Warne, Celia, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Warne,Colston E., 1961-1972Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9: SubjectsAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Advertising, 1936-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Advertising, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Consumers in the Market, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Cooperatives, General, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Cooperatives, Illinois, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Labor, 1945-Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Loyalty Check, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Loyalty Check, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Speechs/Statement, 1967-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Warne Family Tree, 1951Add to your cart.
Series 3: Warne Personal FilesAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 10: Personal FilesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1-3: Report on Activities, 1930-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Diary, 1911-1918Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 11: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Address books, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Impact on consumerism on the market, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Impact on consumerism on the market, 1976Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 12: OrganizationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Consumer Cooperative, 1890-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Consumer's Movement, 1910-1914Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Consumer's Movement, 1932-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Consumer's Research, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Consumer's Union of the U.S., 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Consumer's Union, 1936-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Consumer's Union, 1938-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Consumer's Union, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Consumer's Union, 1958-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Consumer's Union, 1966-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: League of Women Shoppers, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous, 1947-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 20: People's Lobby, 1931-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 21: People's Lobby, 1931-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 22: People's Lobby, 1974Add to your cart.
Sub-Series -Add to your cart.
Series 4: Literary WorksAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 23: An Historical Analysis of the Growth of the  National Consumer Movement in the United States from 1947 to 1967.", by Jeanine Gilmartin, 1969.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "The Consumer Movement in the Sixties," by David Case, 1972Add to your cart.
Series 5: InterviewsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Angevine, Dave and Erma, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Collery, Arnold, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Damon, G. Edward, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Douglas, Paul, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Fleisher, Henry, 1973-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Gordon, Leland, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Guest, James R. (Al), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Hewlett, Horance W., 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Isserman, A.J., 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Johnson, Margery Watson, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Kanter, Robert, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Kern,Paul and Colston Warne, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Lee, Mrs. John, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Margolius, Sidney, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Mason, Florence, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Nelson, James, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Nelson, Margaret (Warne), 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Newell, Barbara (Warne), Dr., 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Pabst, William, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: Palmer, Frank, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Peterson, Ester, NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Phillips, M.C., 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Price, Ray G., 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Schlink, F.J., 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Southworth, Herman, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Taylor, George R., 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Thope, Willard and Claire, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Tower, Celia (Warne), NDAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Warne, Clint, Dr., 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Warne, Colston E., (CEW), 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 55-59: CEW, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 60: CEW, 1971-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 61-63: CEW, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 64-66: CEW, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 67: CEW, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Warne, Francis, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Warne Nelson, Margaret 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Woodhouse, Mrs. Chase Going, 1974Add to your cart.
Series 6: Printed MaterialAdd to your cart.
Box 3-4: These materials contain articles written by and about Warne.Add to your cart.

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