George Brunn papers

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US US kmk P2000.02

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George Brunn papers


  • 1962-1969, 1999 (Creation)


0.50 Linear Feet, 1.00 Box

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Biographical history

George was born in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was a young man. George enlisted in the army and fought in North Africa and Italy. After returning from the war, George Brunn attended Stanford University receiving a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1947 and a juris doctorate in 1950. George then became a judge for the County of Alameda and worked as a trial judge for twenty years. He was extensively involved in professional and community service. His ties to the Consumer Movement include service on the Pacific Bell Telecommunications Consumer Advisory Panel from 1990–1992, the Consumers Union of the United States Board of Directors from 1966–1978 and the California Attorney General Consumer Fraud Task Force from 1969–1973.
After retiring George continued working as an arbitrator and mediator. He spent much of his time writing handbooks for judges both on search and seizure and the death penalty. To George's family and friends, he was known for his wit, smarts, limericks, jokes, and poems that he had made up over the years. On his 90th birthday, he had a small gathering of family and friends over, as he did for many years. The room was filled with joy and laughter. George was preceded in death by his loving wife Ruth. They had been married for 54 years. George was survived by his daughter Tracy, son Scott, niece Nancy, nephew David and cousin Trudy.

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The George Brunn papers consist of: an eight-volume run of a newsletter, The California Consumer: Official Organ of the Association of California Consumers from 1962–1969; a two-volume run from 1963–1965 of the Association of California Consumers publication, Legislative News Letter (edited by Brunn); and a reprint of an article Brunn authored about wage garnishment that was published in a 1965 edition of the California Law Review. A copy of a statement Brunn made during a California judicial hearing in 1969 is included in the papers. Of interest is a handwritten note accompanying the statement sent to Richard L. D. Morse that says, “Dick—A battle in the consumer credit wars. We won that round. George.” The year is illegible. Two poems Brunn penned add levity to the collection.

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No access restrictions: All materials are open for research.

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The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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This collection was assigned the accession number P2000.02.

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Acqusition Source: George Brunn
Acqusition Method: Donation.
Acqusition Date: 20000222

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  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], George Brunn Papers, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Processing Info: Archon processing by Edward Nagurny, graduate teaching assistant, May 2015.
Publication Date: 2015-05-05

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  • Box: Box
  • Box: Box 1, A83412056631