Mary Edwards Bryan collection

Mary Edwards Bryan collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Mary Edwards Bryan collection
Creator: Bryan, Mary E. (Mary Edwards), 1838-1913
Inclusive Dates: 1854-2008
Bulk Dates: 1854-1913
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Collection Number: ms3852
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Mary E. Bryan (1838-1913) was born in Jefferson County, Fl. to John D. Edwards and Louisa M. Houghton. Her family later moved to Thomasville, Ga. for her to attend Fletcher Institute; however, at the age of fifteen she eloped with Iredell E. Bryan of Louisiana. She completed her education after her marriage and received her master's degree from College Temple, Newnan, Ga. Bryan published her first works at the age of fourteen and was a regular writer for the Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader. She lived in Clarkston, Ga. from 1874 to 1884 and worked as an associate editor for Sunny South. Her first novel, Manch, was published in 1880. Bryan moved to New York in 1885, where she worked as an editor for several magazines published by George Munro including the Fireside Companion and New York Fashion Bazaar. In 1895, Bryan returned to Clarkston and served as an editor for Uncle Remus's Home Magazine and later worked for a number of Atlanta magazines including Half Hour, Golden Age, and Old Homestead.

Scope and Content

The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, and printed material related to Mary E. Bryan and her writings. The majority of the personal correspondence is between Bryan and her son Fred.The printed materials include an index for Bryan's works and a bibliography of known works is available.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged by record type.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The majority of the collection was preserved by Ada Bryan Johnson (1885-1952), granddaughter of Mary Edwards Bryan. Ada Bryan Johnson's grandson, Albert Sydney Johnson, continued to add to the collection and gather research materials related to Mary Edwards Bryan and donated the entire collection in 2014.

Preferred Citation

Mary Edwards Bryan collection, ms 3852, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Charles W. Hubner papers, ms1985; W.P.A. Georgia Writers Project, ms1500; and Georgiana Vertical Files, Biographical Files, ms 3692.

Published books by Mary E. Bryan are available in Special Collections Hargrett Rare Books and searchable in GIL-Find.

Related collections in other repositories: Watson Memorial Library, Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Article - Sunny South and Mary E. Bryan, 1973
13Biographical information
14Biographical information - marriage record and will (copy), 1854, 1913
15Biographical information - Iredell Bryan
16Clippings re: Mary E. Bryan, 1858-1970
18Correspondence - business, 1885-1907
19Correspondence - family and personal, 1891-1920
110Correspondence - Sydney Johnson and Steve Gates, 2008
111Manuscript - Adolph's First Sin
112Manuscript - An Afternoon's Comedy
113Manuscript - As it was Ordered
114Manuscript - Brought About by "Queen Bess"
115Manuscript - The Hoodos Doctor
116Manuscript - In Paestum
117Manuscript - Life of Christ
118Manuscript - Life of Christ (includes notes and clippings)
119Manuscript - Lilith's Defeat
120Manuscript - One Woman or Two?
121Manuscript - The Pearl Whistle
122Manuscript - Princess Malee
123Manuscript - The Rescue of Lois
124Manuscript - incomplete
126Presentations re: Mary E. Bryan by Elizabeth Fry Page and Mrs. Tom Jolly
127Printed material - Mrs. Stephens New Monthly, 1858 March
128Printed material - The Old Homestead, 1892, 1894
2Printed material - Uncle Remus's Home Magazine, 1907-1912
2Printed material - The Golden Age, 1907, 1913
1Printed material - The Fireside Companion, 1900
1Printed material - The Sunny South, 1883, 1892
2Printed material - Temperance Crusader, 1859
2Printed material - The Argonaut, 1879
129Research file - Northwestern State University (copy)
131Sorosis, 1899-1914
132Woman's press club cards

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