Preliminary Guide to the John Emory Bryant Papers, 1851-1955 and undated
Correspondence, published writings and other papers, and scrapbooks (accession #68-34) (1,858 items; dated 1851-1907), relating to Bryant's Civil War service in South Carolina with the 8th Maine Volunteers, his activities as agent with the Freedmen's Bureau in Georgia, as a leader of the Negro Republicans in Georgia (1865-1887), his business ventures, and his interests in temperance and the Methodist Church. Correspondents include William Anderson Pledger and Henry McNeal Turner.
Addition (accession #2002-0175) (500 items, 2 lin. ft.; dated 1853-1955 and undated) contains correspondence; 5 black-and-white photographs and 10 albumen prints; and documents relating to Bryant, his family, and his involvement with the Freedmen's Bureau, the Republican Party, and African-American affairs in Georgia. Most of the letters are originals; many of the other items are copies or typescripts.
- John Emory Bryant Papers, 1851-1955 and undated
- Bryant, John Emory
- 3.14 Linear Feet, 2,358 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
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Including Scrapbook, 1861-1866, with Civil War orders and Freemen's Bureau materials
Includes a copy of Bryant's death certificate.
This biography was written by Raymond B. Zeller about 1955 from Bryant's journals and other papers. It was never published.
The genealogy was complied by Margaret Zeller Garrett. The biography was written by Fred O. Smith for a school paper and was in turn sent to Raymond Bryant Zeller by Smith, Zeller's nephew.
Included here is a letter to, and telegram from, President Ulysses S. Grant pertaining to the appointment of a custom collector.
Written by both Bryant and his wife Emma.
Photographs include John Emory Bryant, his wife Emma and their only child Emma Alice Bryant Zeller, and Alice's first child Miriam.
A list of names of these officers is written in the back numbered 1-40.
Abolitionist, Union officer with the 8th Maine Volunteers, agent of the Freedmen's Bureau, and Republican politician; from Union, Me.
- Bryant, John Emory, 1836-1900.
- Pledger, William Anderson.
- Turner, Henry McNeal, 1834-1915.
- Bryant family.
- Republican Party (Ga.)
- Methodist Episcopal Church--Georgia.
- United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 8th (1861-1866)
- African Americans--Georgia.
- African American Republicans--Georgia.
- Temperance--United States.
- South Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
- Black-and-white photographs.
- Albumen prints.
[Identification of item], John Emory Bryant Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The John Emory Bryant Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1968 and 2002.
Processed by Rubenstein Library staff; Joshua A. Kaiser
Completed November 7, 2002
Encoded by Joshua A. Kaiser
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