Guide to the Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers, 1924-2011 and undated


Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan was a professor of French at Duke University from the 1960s through the 1990s. The Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers include biographical materials, writings, a textbook, and other materials from her life in France and at Duke University.

Collection Details

Record Group
Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers
1924-2011 and undated
Bryan, Anne-Marie Deprés, 1920-1999
0.5 Linear Feet
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English and French.

Collection Overview

The collection consists of photographs, writings, and memorabilia from Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan's life and work as a professor of French at Duke University. Photographs span Anne-Marie Bryan's life and include images of her family, including her husband and children; the majority of the images are reproductions of originals. Writings include a copy of her textbook Fast French (published posthumously), a typed manuscript copy of a memoir in French as well as selections from a separate memoir in English. Also included are copies of some artwork created by Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan, a biography written by her daughter Yvonne Bryan Tomek, and poems about her life written by her son-in-law and former student, James Tomek.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Biography, writing, and photographs, 1999-2011 and undated
Box 1
Photographs, 1924-2017 and undated
Box 1
Printemps 1924 par Anne-Marie Depres Bryan pour Jean Louis Eugene Depres, bound typed manuscript, undated
Box 1
Fast French textbook, 2011
Box 1

Historical Note

Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan was a professor of French at Duke University.

Anne-Marie Jeanne Deprés was born on August 1, 1920, in St. Germain du Bois in Burgundy, France. She attended the Law School of Paris, then worked in the Department of Agriculture in German-occupied Paris during World War II. She married Charles Jasper Bryan, an American soldier who had been stationed in Paris. The couple moved to the United States and had two children, Yvonne and Dennis.

When Charles Bryan began working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, Anne-Marie Bryan enrolled in graduate courses at Duke University, completing her MAT in 1956. She taught classes in French part-time until 1963, when Charles Bryan died. She was then promoted to a full-time teaching position.

During her time as a professor of French, Anne-Marie Bryan headed the French Corridor, an immersive language and living experience in an undergraduate dorm, and led study-abroad programs to France. She also published several textbooks, including Pour Parler, Situations, A La Decouverte de La France (with Neal Dow), and Fast French (published post-humously by her daughter and son-in-law).

Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan died in 1999.

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The Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers were received by the Duke University Archives as a gift in 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, January 2019.

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2018.0077