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HQB Nursery Scrapbook

Identifier: HQBCA-009


Light brown scrapbook titled HQB Nursery Scrapbook belonged to Ruth A. Brown (Reed), Director of the nursey at Hallie Q. Brown Community House. Materials in this scrapbook primarily relate to programming and events concerning children and their education. In addition to photographs, newspaper clippings and correspondence, this collection also contains Ruth A. Brown's collegiate records from the University of Minnesota.


  • Majority of material found within circa 1936
  • 1934 - 1955

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Biographical / Historical

In the early 1900s, Cassie and Lawson A. Melker had five children: Lawson and Huron Melker, Curtis Raymond, Mrs. Alice Melker Evans, and Mrs. Slater Farrell . Ruth A. Brown was born in Saint Paul, MN to Mr. and Mrs. Slater Farrell. Raymond Brown and Edgar Galloway were also grandchilden of Cassie and Lawson Melker.

Ruth A. Brown went to the University of Minnesota with her fellow Nursery School teachers in a continuing education program [St.Paul Recorder, Jan. 8, 1937]. Ruth was the president of the Book Lovers Club at Hallie Q. Brown Community House. Ruth became the Director of the Nursery School at Hallie Q. Brown Community House, and held that position for four years. She married Frank Earl Reed and they then moved to Kansas City, KS. The position of Nursery School Director would later be filled by Leah Mae Young (Minor) and then Lucille Hargrave. Ruth and Frank had one daughter, Frankie Lenora Reed, born July 30, 1940.

The Nursery School at Hallie Q. Brown Community House started soon after the House's opening in 1929. They typically enrolled approx. 30-40 children each year, with the children attending from 9 AM to 3 PM. Fellow staff members included Evadene Kendall, Carol Warricks and Cecil Boswell [St. Paul Recorder, December 11, 1936]. The Nursery School also hosted the Mothers Club and the Parents Club, who met monthly to plan and and seek guidance on best educational practices with their child's teacher.


1.52 Linear Feet ((1 container) Unbound scrapbook made of paper and cardboard contains newspaper clippings, correspondence and black and white photographs.) : Original order for this scrapbook has been mostly destroyed. Scrapbook has been unbound and the majority of the pictures and papers glued to its pages have been separated, leaving only handwritten annotations to suggest what was once on each page. Few materials, including photographs, remain on the pages they were originally adhered to. ; varied.

Language of Materials



This collection has largely been arranged in the following four (4) categories:

Series I: Photograhs

Series II: Correspondence

Series III: Newsclippings

Series IV: Biographical Works

Please note that all materials listed above come from the same, singular scrapbook.


Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. "Ruth A. Brown: HQB Nursery Scrapbook". Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives.

Physical Description

Condition of materials is varied.

HQB Nursery Scrapbook
Hallie Q. Brown Community House
Created and described by Kayla T. Jackson, 2022.
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This finding aid was made possible largely by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Hallie Q. Brown Community Archives Repository

270 N. Kent Street
Saint Paul MN 55102 USA