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Guide to the Virginia Bryan Papers, 1955-2007

Summary

Virginia Bryan was Assistant Dean of the Woman's College and a botanist. The collection includes correspondence, notes, field notebooks, article reprints, and other materials related to Virgnina Bryan's work as a botanist.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0264
Title
Virginia Bryan Papers
Date
1955-2007
Creator
Bryan, Virginia S.
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection includes correspondence, notes, field notebooks, article reprints, and other materials related to Virgnina Bryan's work as a botanist.

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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How to Cite

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

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence folders

Unprocessed

Box 1
Dissertation "Chromosome Studies in Relation to the Systematic Position of Certain Mosses"
Box 1
Article reprints (articles by Virginia Bryan)
Box 1
Herbarium file cards
Box 2
Data collection and field notebooks
Box 2
 

Historical Note

Virginia Bryan was Assistant Dean of the Woman's College and a botanist.

Born Virginia Schmitt on January 25, 1922 in Ironwood, Michigan, she studied at the University of Michigan, where she received her B.S. in 1948 and her M.S. in 1950, and at Duke University, where she received her Ph.D. in 1955. She taught at the University of Michigan from 1948-1951 and was a research fellow at Stanford University in 1953 before joining the faculty of the Department of Botany at Duke in 1963. Her research interests focused on the cytotaxonomy of mosses, and she conducted research on the topic in Vienna, Austria, from 1967-1968, before returning to Duke as the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Instruction for the Woman's College.

Virginia Bryan was a member of the American Bryological Society, the Botanical Society of America, and the North Carolina Academy of Sciences. She married Paul R. Bryan in August of 1941, and the couple had two children, Paul J. and Elizabeth V. She also had an interest in music, playing contrabass in the Duke and Triangle Symphony Orchestras and serving as the treasurer of the Chamber Arts Society.

Virginia Bryan retired from Duke in February of 1987. She died on July 13, 2017, in Durham, at the age of 95.

Related Material

Department of Botany Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Woman's College Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

The Virginia Bryan Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, June, 2018

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2017.0055.