Brooks was mayoral candidate in 1973; three-term Minneapolis City Council member from 1967 to 1973; president of Brooks/Ridder and Associates, a public-affairs consulting firm, and a founding member of the Minnesota Center for Women in Government. She was the first chair of the University of Minnesota's Women's Athletic Advisory Board, the first woman president of the Minnesota Council of Churches and a member of the Metropolitan Council.
Brooks served on Gov. Perpich's council on the World Trade Center and as a Hamline University trustee. The Metropolitan Council honored her in 1984 as the first Regional Citizen of the Year. She was a founder of what became the GOP Feminist Caucus. She was the first to chair the Patty Berg Women's Athletic Scholarship Fund at the University of Minnesota. She was recipient of the AAUW Women of Distinction award, from the YWCA Woman of Year and the Community Leadership awards, from the Minneapolis Council of Churches the Christian Service award, and from the Minnesota State Bar Association the Service to Freedom award. She is listed in the 1988
Who's Who of the Midwest.
Description of the Collection
Two boxes of materials. The collection includes mostly material relating to Brooks' run for the mayor of Minneapolis in 1973 and some materials for her campaign for Alderman in 1969. It includes campaign literature, correspondence, biographic information, material pertaining to the Republican endorsing campaign and the Hennepin County convention.
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