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Collection Number: 03481

Collection Title: William S. Bryan Papers, 1818-1879 (bulk 1848-1879).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 175 items)
Abstract William S. (William Shepard) Bryan (1827-1906), native of Raleigh, N.C., practiced law in Baltimore, Md. Bryan's papers include some legal correspondence, including two from Roger B. Taney, but consist chiefly of letters from his family at Raleigh, N.C., in the 1850s, especially from his brother, Army officer Francis Theodore Bryan of Florida and Washington, D.C., and members of the Pettigrew family and Battle family of North Carolina. Also included are political correspondence, 1818-1835 (26 items), and a personal account book of his father, John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870), Whig United States representative from North Carolina. Correspondents include William Gaston, Francis L. Hawks, Richard D. Spaight, George E. Badger, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, and Nathaniel Macon.
Creator Bryan, William S.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the William S. Bryan Papers, #3481, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Lawrence H. Mayer Junior of Vienna, Va., May 1960.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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William Shepard Bryan (1827-1906), native of Raleigh, N.C. and graduate of the University of North Carolina, practiced law in Baltimore, Md. He was one of the fourteen children of John Heritage Bryan and Mary Shepard Bryan.

John Heritage Bryan (1798-1870) of New Bern and Raleigh, N.C., was a graduate of the University of North Carolina, a lawyer, state legislator, Whig Party member, and United States congressman.

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The papers of William S. Bryan include some legal correspondence, including two pieces from Roger B. Taney, but consist chiefly of letters from his family at Raleigh, N.C., in the 1850s, especially from his brother, Army officer Francis Theodore Bryan of Florida and Washington, D.C., and members of the Pettigrew and Battle families of North Carolina. Also included are political correspondence, 1818-1835 (26 items), and a personal account book of his father, John Heritage Bryan. Correspondents include William Gaston, Francis L. Hawks, Richard D. Spaight, George E. Badger, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, and Nathaniel Macon.

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Contents list

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Letters received by John Heritage Bryan as a member of the United States Congress and the Whig Party. Some correspondents include William Gaston, Francis L. Hawks, R. D. Spaight, James Manney, George E. Badger, William B. Meares, James Barbour, Edward Everett, J. Burgwyn, Daniel Webster, John Sergeant, William B. Sprague, Robert Perkins Letcher, and Nathaniel Macon. Also included is an account book, 1844-1848, of John Heritage Bryan which contains an inventory of his personal property and various accounts of his personal and professional receipts and disbursement.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03481, Series: "1. John Heritage Bryan Papers, 1818-1835." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1818-1826 #03481, Series: "1. John Heritage Bryan Papers, 1818-1835." Folder 1

Folder 2

1827-1835 #03481, Series: "1. John Heritage Bryan Papers, 1818-1835." Folder 2

Folder 10

Volume 1: Account book with inventory, John Heritage Bryan, 1844-1848 #03481, Series: "1. John Heritage Bryan Papers, 1818-1835." Folder 10

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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