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. The biography, however, was never completed because Brooks could not obtain funding to support the project. Warne was a faculty member of Amherst College from 1930-1970 and president of Consumer's Union from 1936-1979.
The collection is organized in 4 boxes (3 cubic feet) and spans the years 1911-1979. It was processed in 1990 by Linda Ackerman and Kim Nelson, Consumer Movement Archives student assistants. This collection was accessed as PC 122, (revised number, PC 1985.30)
The Brooks Collection is part of the Consumer Movement Archives (CMA) established by the K-State Libraries in 1987. The purpose of the CMA is to provide a national repository for historical materials of leaders in the consumer movement and for records of consumer organizations, and to promote scholarly research in the field.
1900 Born, Romulus, New York 1919-1920 Assistant in Economics, Cornell University 1920 B.A. degree, Cornell University 1920 Married, Frances Lee Corbett 1920-1921 Instructor of Economics, Cornell University 1921 M.A. degree, Cornell University 1921-1922 Instructor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh 1922-1925 Instructor of Economics, University of Chicago 1925 Ph.D., University of Chicago 1925-1926 Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Denver 1926-1929 Member, Board of Directors, Cooperative League of the USA 1926-1930 Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh 1927-1929 Summer Professor, Bryn Mawr College, Summer School for Industrial Workers 1928 Helped form Consumers Research 1930-1942 Associate Professor, Amherst College 1931-1932 Summer Professor, Bryn Mawr College, Summer School for Industrial Workers 1934-1936 President of People's Lobby, Washington D.C. 1934 Summer Professor, Bryn Mawr College, Summer School for Industrial Workers 1936-1979 President of Consumers Union 1941 Honorary Vice President of People's Lobby, Washington D.C. 1942 M.A., Honorary, Amherst College 1942-1970 Professor, Amherst College 1943 Consultant, U.S. Coordinator of Fisheries 1943-1944 Member Industry Panels, Wage and Hour Administration, U.S. Department of Labor 1946 Regional Consumer Advisor, OPA 1947-1956 Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Consumers 1947 Refused to sign the Loyalty Check 1947-1951 Advisor to the President of the United States 1953 Organized the first Council on Consumer Information (later became American Council on Consumer Interests) 1954 Instrumental in having Consumers Union removed from the Un-American Activities Committee list of "Subverse Organizations." 1959-1962 Member, Consumer Advisory Committee of the Commonwealth of Mass. 1960 Formed International Organization of Consumers Union 1962-1965 Member, Consumer Advisory Council to the President 1969 Retired from Amherst College 1987 Died, May 20
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 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.
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 fifth 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 sixth 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.
Box Folder Administration File Correspondence 1 01 General, 1947-1979 02 Publisher, 1973 Financial Documents 03 Budget Statements, 1974-1975 04 Budget Statements, 1976-1977 05 Requistions, 1974-1975 Miscellaneous 06 1956-ND 07 1930-1973 08 Research Proposal, 1974 Research File Amherst College 09 1931-1948 10 1948 11 1948-1960 12 ND 13 ND 14 ND 15 Articles on Colston E. Warne, CA 1960 Biographical Notes by Brooks 16 1973-1975 17 1975-1976 18 ND 19 ND 20 Note cards, ND 21 Note cards, ND 22 ND 23 ND Organizations 24 Association of American University Women, 1944 25 American Council on Consumer Interest, 1953-1970 Consumer's Union 26 1925-1929 27 1930-1933 28 1935-1939 29 1940-1950 30 1953-1969 31 1974-ND 32 Finding aid for CU, ND 33 Finding aid for CU, ND 34 Finding aid for CU, ND People 35 Brady, Mildred, 1963-1965 36 Cryues, Carloyn S. 37 Kallet, Arthur, 1975 38 Landry, Richard, ND 39 Marsh, Bemjamin C., ND 40 Matthews, J.B., 1938-1974 41 Nader, Ralph, 1969-1972 42 Newell, Barbara, ND 43 Sandback, Walter, 1966-1972 44 Sorenson, Helen, 1941-ND 45 Strong, Lydia, 1964 46 Warne, Celia, ND 47 Warne,Colston E., 1961-1972 Subjects 48 Advertising, 1936-1948 49 Advertising, 1961-1962 50 Consumers in the Market, 1971 51 Cooperatives, General, 1945 52 Cooperatives, Illinois, ND 53 Labor, 1945- 54 Loyalty Check, 1947 55 Loyalty Check, 1974 56 Speechs/Statement, 1967-1972 57 Warne Family Tree, 1951 Warne Personal Files 2 01 Report on Activities, 1930-1953 02 Report on Activities, 1930-1953 03 Report on Activities, 1930-1953 04 Diary, 1911-1918 Personal Papers 05 Address books, ND 06 Impact on consumerism on the market, 1971 07 Impact on consumerism on the market, 1976 Organizations 08 Consumer Cooperative, 1890-1976 09 Consumer's Movement, 1910-1914 10 Consumer's Movement, 1932-1966 11 Consumer's Research, ND 12 Consumer's Union of the U.S., 1973-1974 13 Consumer's Union, 1936-1939 14 Consumer's Union, 1938-1974 15 Consumer's Union, 1936 16 Consumer's Union, 1958-1965 17 Consumer's Union, 1966-1972 18 League of Women Shoppers, ND 19 Miscellaneous, 1947-1974 20 People's Lobby, 1931-1945 21 People's Lobby, 1931-1940 22 People's Lobby, 1974 Literary Works 23 "An Historical Analysis of the Growth of the National Consumer Movement in the United States from 1947 to 1967.", by Jeanine Gilmartin, 1969. 24 "The Consumer Movement in the Sixties," by David Case, 1972 Interviews 25 Angevine, Dave and Erma, 1974 26 Collery, Arnold, 1974 27 Damon, G. Edward, 1974 28 Douglas, Paul, 1973 29 Fleisher, Henry, 1973-1974 30 Gordon, Leland, 1974-1975 31 Guest, James R. (Al), 1974 32 Hewlett, Horance W., 1974 33 Isserman, A.J., 1972 34 Johnson, Margery Watson, 1974 35 Kanter, Robert, 1974 36 Kern,Paul and Colston Warne, 1972 37 Lee, Mrs. John, 1974 38 Margolius, Sidney, 1976 39 Mason, Florence, 1972-1973 40 Nelson, James, 1974 41 Nelson, Margaret (Warne), 1973 42 Newell, Barbara (Warne), Dr., 1974 43 Pabst, William, ND 44 Palmer, Frank, 1971 45 Peterson, Ester, ND 46 Phillips, M.C., 1970 47 Price, Ray G., 1976 48 Schlink, F.J., 1970 49 Southworth, Herman, 1973 50 Taylor, George R., 1974 51 Thope, Willard and Claire, 1974 52 Tower, Celia (Warne), ND 53 Warne, Clint, Dr., 1973 54 Warne, Colston E., (CEW), 1971 55 CEW, 1971 56 CEW, 1971 57 CEW, 1971 58 CEW, 1971 59 CEW, 1971 60 CEW, 1971-1972 61 CEW, 1972 62 CEW, 1972 63 CEW, 1972 64 CEW, 1973 65 CEW, 1973 66 CEW, 1973 67 CEW, 1974 68 Warne, Francis, 1973 69 Warne Nelson, Margaret 1973 70 Woodhouse, Mrs. Chase Going, 1974 Printed Material 3-4 These materials contain articles written by and about Warne.