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Guide to the Doris Bryn Papers, 1939-1998 and undated

Abstract

Doris Bryn (née Krehnbrink) was a prominent fashion and cover model during the 1940s-1960s and co-designer of several lines of fashion accessories with her husband Roger Vsn Schoyck under the brand names Roger Van S. and Mr. R.

The Doris Bryn Papers span the years 1939-1998 and includes correspondence, clippings, print advertisements, photographs, design sketches and garment labels that document Bryn's career as a professional cover and fashion model (for Conover, John Powers and Eileen Ford agencies) and as a designer of dresses, shoes, leather goods, jewelry and other fashion accessories under the lines Roger Van S. and Mr. R among others. Acquired as part of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Bryn, Doris.
Title
Doris Bryn papers 1939-1998 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
6.0 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Doris Bryn Papers span the years 1939-1998 and includes correspondence, clippings, print advertisements, photographs, design sketches and garment labels that document Bryn's career as a professional cover and fashion model (for Conover, John Powers and Eileen Ford agencies) and as a designer of dresses, shoes, leather goods, jewelry and other fashion accessories under the lines Roger Van S. and Mr. R among others.

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Contents of the Collection

Clippings and publicity, 1940-1966
Box 1
Clippings re Judith van Schoyck, 1971-1973
Box 1
Color Effects (Diane van Schoyck), 1993
Box 1
Correspondence, 1940-1961
Box 1
Doris and Roger, biographical--college years, 1939-1942
(2 folders)
Box 1
Doris Bryn modeling contracts, 1943-1951
Box 1
Doris Bryn modeling examples, 1940s-1960s
(2 folders)
Box 1
Franklin Lakes National Bank, 1980s
Box 1
Interviews, 1942-1966 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1940s-1998
Box 2
Mr. R (J.C. Penney fashion line), 1969 and undated
Box 2
Doris Bryn, undated
(4 folders)
Box 2
Doris and Roger van Schoyck, undated
Box 2
Miscellaneous, 1940s-1950s and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Roger van Schoyck, undated
Box 2
Roger Van S. displays, undated
Box 2
Negatives
Box 2
Real estate ventures, 1990-1998
Box 2
Advertising, 1950s-1966
Box 2
Advertising spreads, undated
Box 3
Appearance advertising, 1964 and undated
Box 3
Authentics line of fashion jewelry, 1950s-1960s
Box 3
Clippings and publicity, 1939-1998 and undated
Box 3
Company history, 1966 and undated
Box 3
Designs, 1976-1988
Box 3
Fashion labels, undated
Box 3
Meeting notes, 1968-1969
Box 3
Miscellaneous, 1951-1966 and undated
Box 3
Newsprint advertising, 1950s-1960s
(3 folders)
Box 3
Overseas operations, 1974-1988
Box 3
Print advertising, 1950s-1960s
(3 folders)
Box 4
Printed material, 1956-1985
Box 4
Publicity, 1950s-1984
Box 4
Shoes, 1950s-1960s
Box 4
Store displays, undated
Box 4
The Business World of Roger van Schoyck, undated
Box 4
Doris Bryn photographs, 1940s-1960s and undated
(6 folders)
Box 5
Doris Bryn sketches by various artists, undated
Box 6
Doris Bryn modeling examples, 1940s
Box 6
Roger van S. advertising scrapbook, 1950s-1965
(5 folders)
Box 6
Roger van S. advertising/fashion line scrapbook, undated
Box 7
Roger van S. newsprint advertising, 1940s-1960s
(5 folders)
Box 8
Doris Bryn clippings, 1941-1980
Box 9
Doris Bryn modeling examples, 1942-1950s
(2 folders)
Box 9
Doris Bryn Photograph Workshop feature, Summer issue1950
Box 9
Roger van S. Leather Industries of America awards, 1966
Box 9
Roger van S. newsprint advertising, 1940s-1960s
(5 folders)
Box 9
Doris Bryn modeling examples, 1944-1964
(2 folders)
Box 10
Roger van S. clippings and publicity, 1941-1966
Box 10
Roger van S. magazine advertising, 1949-1969
(1-2 of 6 folders)
Box 10
Roger van S. magazine advertising, 1949-1969
(3-6 of 6 folders)
Box 11
Roger van S. newsprint advertising, 1940s-1960s
(3 folders)
Box 11
Roger van S. magazine advertising, 1940s-1960s
(3 folders)
Box 12
Roger van S. publicity packets, undated
(2 folders)
Box 12

Historical Note

Doris Bryn (née Krehnbrink) was born in 1920 and attended the University of Cincinnati for two years before leaving for a full-time career as a fashion and cover model, working for New York agencies Conover, Eileen Ford, and John Powers. Bryn became a prominent cover model, and was featured on major publications like Vogue and Life magazines, as well as appearing as a subject for pulp fiction cover art. She met and married Roger Van Schoyck in the early 1940s and they started a line of fashion accessories under the name Roger Van S. in 1945. Early inventories focused on leather goods, but later the business expanded to include dresses, shoes, and jewelry. Initially the business ran as a craft cooperative employing disabled veterans, but production moved to Asia as demand increased. The business closed in the late 1980s and the Van Schoycks became real estate agents in New Jersey. Roger Van Schoyck died in 2007; Doris in 2010.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Doris Bryn Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Doris Bryn Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Richard Collier, October 2012

Encoded by Richard Collier, October 2012

Accession 2012-0022 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.