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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Guy Morrison Bryan Papers,1795-1901



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bryan, Guy Morrison
Title: Guy Morrison Bryan Papers
Dates: 1795-1901
Abstract: Correspondence, autobiographical narrative, military orders, scrapbooks, speeches, historical literary productions, and legal papers arranged chronologically by subject document the career of Guy Morrison Bryan (1821-1901) as a soldier and legislator.
OCLC No.: 21349182
Extent: 3 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Guy Morrison Bryan, a nephew of Stephen F. Austin, was a Confederate officer and legislator. He was born in 1821 in Heraculaneum, Missouri, to James Bryan and Emily Bryan, daughter of Moses Austin and sister of Stephen F. Austin. After her husband’s death, Emily Bryan married her father’s business partner, Stephen Perry, and the family moved to Texas in 1831. Guy Morrison Bryan couriered the William B. Travis Alamo letter to Brazoria in 1836. Following the battle of San Jacinto, Bryan joined the army as an orderly for Alexander Somervell. After fighting in the Mexican War under John C. Hays, Bryan was elected to the state legislature in 1847, serving six years in the House (1847-1853) and four years in the Senate (1853-1857). From 1857 until 1859, Bryan represented the Western District of Texas in the United States Congress. He married Laura Jack, the daughter of Texas attorney William H. Jack, in 1858.

As a leader in the movement for secession, Bryan was one of the delegates to the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. He helped lead the southern delegates to split from the convention and joined in the call for a Secession Convention. Bryan was active in the government of the Confederacy, until he requested active duty in the military in 1863. As a member of the Confederate government, Bryan also assisted in the organization of the Texas Cotton Bureau. Following the Civil War, Bryan again served in the Texas House of Representatives several times during the 1870s and 1880s. He was a charter member and president (1892-1901) of the Texas Veteran’s Association. Furthermore, Bryan was a charter member of the Texas State Historical Association. Guy Morrison Bryan died at his home in Austin, Texas in 1901.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “Bryan, Guy Morrison,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbram.html (Accessed April 20, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, autobiographical narrative, military orders, scrapbooks, speeches, historical literary productions, and legal papers arranged chronologically by subject comprise the Guy Morrison Bryan papers (1795-1901). The papers document the career of Guy Morrison Bryan (1821-1901) as a soldier and legislator. Along with general correspondence and the correspondence of Laura Bryan, Guy Morrison’s wife, the papers contain correspondence from Rutherford B. Hays, Elisabet Ney, Moses Austin Bryan, and Hally Ballinger. Bryan’s correspondence with Rutherford B. Hayes and with Moses Austin Bryan is also available as a typed transcript. Bryan’s papers relate to his service as a Texas representative, state senator, and United States Congressman. Furthermore, they document his involvement, as both soldier and politician, with the Texas Revolution, Mexican War, and Civil War. Bryan’s papers include his historical research and writing, which mainly concerned Stephen F. Austin and Texas history. In addition, the papers relate to his work with the Texas Veteran’s Association and the Texas State Historical Association.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836.
Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888.
Brown, Reuben R.
Bryan, Guy Morrison, 1821-1901--Archives.
Bryan, Laura Jack, 1839-1872.
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895.
Hayes, Rutherford Burchard, 1822-1893.
Jack, Laura Harrison.
Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853.
Subjects (Organizations)
Kenyon College.
Texas Cotton Bureau.
Texas State Historical Association.
Texas Veteran Association.
Subjects
Austin's Colony.
Land titles--Virginia--Wythe County.
Lively (Sloop)
Ranches--Texas.
Runaway Scrape.
Places
Galveston (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Sources.
Texas--Politics and government--1846-1865.
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
United States--History--War with Mexico, 1845-1848--Sources.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Guy Morrison Bryan Papers, April 2010, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Alternate Format Available

Bryan’s correspondence with Rutherford B. Hayes and with Moses Austin Bryan is also available as a typed transcript

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2N243 General correspondence:
1838-1863
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2N244 1864-1901, undated
Transcriptions, 1840-1892
Kenyon College:
Correspondence, 1837-1840
Programs and miscellaneous, l838, 1840, 1893, undated
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2N245 Guy M. Bryan - Moses Austin Bryan correspondence, 1838-1891, undated
Guy M. Bryan - Laura Bryan correspondence
1857-1871
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2N246 Undated
Laura Bryan Correspondence, 1856-1871, undated
Letters of sympathy on the death of Laura Bryan, 1872
Laura Bryan - Hally Ballinger correspondence, l858-l867
Laura H. Jack correspondence, 1858-1874, undated
Family correspondence, 1843-1888, undated
Guy M. Bryan - Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence, 1840-1892
Bryan-Hayes Correspondence, edited by R. C. Cotner
Guy M. Bryan - Elisabet Ney correspondence, 1893
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2N247 Guy M. Bryan - William P. Ballinger correspondence, l857-l887
Business papers:
E. M. Perry will and estate and Austin estate papers, 1795-1869
Perry, Bryan versus Graham, Virginia Land Title Dispute, 1827-1845, undated
General, 1814-1882, undated
Guy M. Bryan, will, 1864, 1898
Guy M. Bryan, obituaries, 1901
Speeches, 1849, undated
Literary Productions:
Runaway Scrape
W. S. Lewis, The Journal of the Lively
Settlement of Austin’s Colony
R. R. Brown
Social Obligations
Oppression
Elections, l849, l857, l860
Texas Veterans Association, membership and program, l886-l899
Invitations, l856-l860, undated
Printed material:
Yale University intercollegiate paper subscription list, undated
"International Settlement," State Gazette, March 12, l875
Citizens of Brazoria County, petition of a railroad, undated
"Sealy County," Alvin, Texas, March 24, l891
"Statement of Facts as to Sealy County," undated
"Texas Cities Must Have Their Own Public Schools," Galveston Daily Times, March 20, 1875
Miscellaneous:
Guy M. Bryan, Oath of Manesty, 1865
List of Arms and Men, Matagorda County, Beat No. 3, March 8, l862
Moses Austin Bryan, Texas Revolutionary pension certificate, October 25, l870
"...Democratice Members of the Senate and House of Representatives agree to meet . . . to elect candidates for Commissioner of Claims and State Engineer," July 26, 1856
Clippings
Envelopes
Notes
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2Q451 Guy M. Bryan - Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence (transcribed and bound), 1840-1892
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2Q453 Autobiographical Sketch, 1896
Checklist of the Guy M. Bryan Papers, 1844-1897
Letters to Moses Austin Bryan (transcribed and bound), 1838-1859
Stephen F. Austin, Biography of the Great Empresario
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2Q454 Guy M. Bryan papers, 1852-1853
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3L102 Guy M. Bryan Scrapbook
Scrapbook material
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4M73 Guy M. Bryan Scrapbook
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3S110 Engraving of Stephen F. Austin
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3S167 Oversize materials
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2.116/OD1 Oversize materials

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