Tiny Prince Collection
This collection contains important material for looking at African-American life in Newark in the 20th century, particularly the jazz/nightlife scene. It also has some important political elements – including material for New Jersey elections spanning over 50 years and material from the Newark Human Rights Commission, which played a vital role in Newark’s history.
The collection is arranged in six series
- 1939 - 20111
Conditions Governing Use
8 Linear Feet (9 Hollinger boxes, 13 half-Hollinger boxes, 2 oversized boxes, 1 Paige box)
Biographical / Historical
Brinson attended Robert Treat Grammar School (Newark, now 13th Avenue), Hunterdon High School (Hunterdon), Arts High School (resume lists his high school as “Arts High School of Fine and Industrial Arts”) and the New York College of Journalism. He also attended the first class of the IUE Labor Academy.
Brinson was best known as the publisher, writer and editor of many Newark nightlife publications, which he published as “Tiny Prince”. From the 1940s-1960 Brinson wrote various social and nightlife columns in the Herald News. He also wrote for the Amsterdam News (1955-1956) and was assistant advertising manager for New York and New Jersey Age (1956-1958). In 1949, Brinson founded Trend Publishing Co. (later Trend Publishing Associates) which published Trend Magazine (Brinson served as editor), After Hours Magazine (Brinson served as editor), Gospel News, and Black Mirror News (Brinson served as a consultant).
Brinson was also involved in talent scouting and promoting. He served as publicity director for Club World Inc. a non-profit network of clubs and single members from about 1948 to 1952, and was the first black disc jockey to have a remote show on WNJR (1958-1959).
Outside his career as “Tiny Prince”, Brinson worked in Labor Relations at Nopco Chemical Corp (1946- 1960), before getting a job with the Newark city government, where he worked for the rest of his career. With the city, Brinson worked for the Neighborhood Youth Corps (1964-1966) and the Health and Welfare Department (1966-1968). Later he served various positions as part of the Newark Human Rights Commission, where he developed and implemented City of Newark’s Affirmative Action plans and the Tiny Prince Collection, Newark Public Library, Page 3 Minority Business Enterprise Ordinance. Brinson also developed the Newark Job Bank and Training Corp for Newark-based apprenticeships (1987 to at least 1993). Finally, he served multiple positions with the Newark Housing Authority, again focusing on minority groups (1989 to at least 1993). Brinson marshaled his role at the housing authority to ensure that African-Americans and other minority residents of Newark were hired for construction jobs.
Brinson was affiliated with the NAACP, Prince Hall Masons, Frontiers International, the NJ Black Journalists Association, Brain Trust Minority Contractors Association, and the Human and Civil Rights Association of NJ.
He was also active in state, local, and national political campaigns including work with the Irvine Turner Association, Larrie Stalks, Sharpe James, and the Kenneth Gibson Civic Association.
Brinson was the father of Carletta Brinson Mitchell, Marla Brinson, Carlton Keyes, Tawana Brinson, the late Alberta Brinson Wright (1940-1997), Carlos Hockaday and Joyce Brinson Sanchez and grandfather of eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren (as of his death). He was a member of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church, Newark.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Removed to poster collection, election posters on: Larrie Stalks, Peter Shapiro, two Ken Gibson, and one Calvin West folder.
Issues of Black Mirror News original to this collection are the issues in v. 10, v. 14, v.15, and v. 16. Issues from v. 1-7 and v. 11 were donated to the CFCNJIC by an unknown source. Issues from v. 9, 11, and 13 (as well as duplicates in v. 1) were removed from the Barbara Kukla Papers (2016). An additional donation from Barbara Kukla was received in 2018 after a scanning project.
The following issues were added to the collection and in the process of scanning: Club World Newsmagazine: Fall 1956, Late Winter 1958, Fall 1959, Winter 1959 and Late Winter 1959 (1959 issues have numbers “vol. 4 no. 5”, “vol. 4, no. 5” and “vol. 3 no. 6”). Only one other edition of Club World Newsmagazine is in the collection (1961) and was not digitized either. After Hours Nov 3, 1949 – Dec 22, 1949 (3 copies of Dec 8, two copies of Dec 1 and 15); Jan 18, 1950 -- – February 24, 1950, March 15, 1951 (title: “Hours After”). Black Mirror News: inaugural, 5 no. 5, 7 no. 9 no. 2 (2 different Feb 2003 and Jan/Feb 2004), 4-5, 8-10, Vol. 10 no. 6, Vol. 12 no. 3 and 9. Other issues were also added but were copies of those that already existed in the collection.
For the scrapbook, fasteners were removed and each page was interleaved with acid-free buffered papers to protect contents. It has been digitized to allow research. Some material was photocopied for preservation purposes, both the original and photocopies are kept in folder.
- African Americans -- New Jersey -- Newark
- After Hours
- Black Mirror News
- Brinson, Carl J.
- Housing Authority of the City of Newark (New Jersey)
- Jazz -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Newark (N.J.) -- History -- 20th century
- Newark (N.J.) -- History -- 21st century
- Newark (N.J.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Newark Human Rights Commission
- Nightlife -- New Jersey -- Newark
- Trend Magazine
- Beth Zak-Cohen (series 1-4, 6), Tom Ankner (Series 5)
- Series 1-5 processed 2016 by Beth Zak-Cohen, Series 6 [photographs] processed 2016 by Tom Ankner. Additional donation by Barbara Kukla, processed 2018.
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