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Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown Papers

Identifier: UP001567

Scope and Content

The Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown Collection consists primarily of correspondence, reports, news clippings, lectures, speeches, teaching and teacher education materials and miscellaneous items relating to nursery and pre-school education in the metropolitan Detroit area and to child care issues in general.


  • 1949 - 1978


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown was born in Lansing, Michigan on February 3, 1917. She studied psychology and education at Michigan State University and earned a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in 1938. Brown then came to Detroit where she would begin a long association with the Merrill-Palmer Institute, initially serving as a graduate student assisting with the Institute's longitudinal child development studies program.

Brown's early professional roles included youth counselor and school psychologist. In 1944, she accompanied her husband, Andy, to California where he served in the military while she taught second and third grades in the Fresno Public School system. When Brown returned to Detroit the following year, she resumed work at Merrill-Palmer holding intermittent supervisory and directorial positions. During this time, she continued her education and, in 1954, received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. From 1960 to 1964, Brown was Coordinator of Admissions to Services and was a member of the Family Life Faculty at the Merrill-Palmer Institute.

As a dedicated social worker and educator, Sally Brown served in many professional leadership roles throughout her career, among which were Organizing Director of the Detroit and Wayne County Child Care Coordinating Council, 1972-1976; Director of the Michigan Department of Social Services State-Wide Day Care Provider Project in 1980; and Director of the Council on Early Childhood of Wayne State University's College of Urban, Labor and Metropolitan Affairs, 1977-1988. Among the many honors she received were the National Council of Women's "Woman of Conscience" Award in 1968 and her induction into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1988.


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An inductee into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown served in various professional positions at the Merrill-Palmer Institute throughout her career as an early childhood educator and social worker. Ms. Brown's papers reflect her interest in childcare issues and her work as an advocate for nursery and pre-school education in the metropolitan Detroit area.


Material arranged alphabetically.


The papers of Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown were placed in the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs between 1993 and 1995 by Ms. Brown.

Related Material

A transcript of an oral interview with Louis (Sally) Langdon Brown is available at the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs as part of the Council on Early Childhood Oral History Project.

Processing History

Finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in June 1999.
Guide to the Louise (Sally) Langdon Brown Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA