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Fannie Morton Bryan Collection, 1860-1958

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Archives Staff

Title

Fannie Morton Bryan Collection

Date

1860-1958

Repository

Western Kentucky University Library special CollectionsBowling Green, Kentucky, 42101-3576 USA

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item] Fannie Morton Bryan Collection, 1870-1965, 1860-1958, MSS 83,Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green.

Extent

2 boxes, 27 folders, 424 items. 82 photos.

Biography/History

Fannie Morton Bryan was born June 6, 1870 to William Bryan (1842-1924) and Sarah G. (Weller) Bryan (1845-1925) of Russellville, Kentucky. William Bryan owned a dry goods store, was a photographer and jointly with J. L. Starks marketed the Starks' Patented Shears. The Bryans had three other children: Ida (1865-1885); Fred W. (1867?-19); and Frank Byrne (1880-1948?).

An 1888 Logan College for Young Ladies graduate, Fannie Bryan served as principal for the Logan Female College's primary and preparatory departments after the turn of the century. A frequent Mammoth Cave visitor and chautauqua participant at Lake Chautauqua, New York, Bryan also traveled to Niagara Falls, Quebec and Montreal. She taught first grade in Russellville until her retirement in 1940. She died on January 2, 1965, and was buried in Russellville's Maple Grove Cemetery.

Scope and Content

Received from Fannie Morton Bryan's estate, the collection includes Bryan's personal correspondence, 1885-1955; Logan Female College trustees minutes, 1860-1869; Russellville Methodist Episcopal Church financial records, 1863-1889; and the business papers for the Starks' Patented Shears, 1887-1890. Of particular interest are Fannie Bryan's diaries, 1889-1895, which detail Russellville social life. Postcards and souvenir pamphlets document Montreal, Quebec, New Orleans, and Lake Chautauqua, New York.

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the Western Kentucky University.

Related Material

Also available in the Kentucky Library are Fannie Morton Bryan's diplomasand certificates, a literary magazine from Bethel College entitledThe Blue and the Gold, and a file of printed materialsand catalogs entitled "Logan Female College" in the Early SchoolsFile.

Collection Inventory

Descriptive inventory and biographical information
[box: 1, folder: 1]
Correspondence, including postcards. Aug. 21, 1885- Nov. 17, 1913. 32 items
[box: 1, folder: 2]
Diary (original, photocopy & typescript). Jan. 1 - March 16, 1889. 1 item
[box: 1, folder: 3]
Diary and items found within (original, photocopy & typecript). July 15, 1889- Jan. 24, 1895. 4 items
[box: 1, folder: 4]
Funeral invitations. 1881-1894. 22 items
[box: 1, folder: 5]
Logan Female College programs, faculty photo and bulletins. 1884-1888, 1904, 1918, n.d. 8 items
[box: 1, folder: 6]
Chautauqua, NY programs, photos, postcards, etc. Aug. 26, 1889; Aug. 1902;1906; n.d. 12 items
[box: 1, folder: 7]
New Orleans, Montreal & Quebec souvenir pamphlets & postcards. 1905, 1913, n.d. 24 items
[box: 1, folder: 8]
Social invitations, calling cards and valentines. 1863-1902, n.d. 9 items
[box: 1, folder: 9]
Eastern Star speeches & papers. 1913-1914, n.d. 6 items
[box: 1, folder: 10]
Statements, contract, roof repair papers, medical records, & personal checks. [ca. 1875?], 1911-1953, n.d. 34 items
[box: 1, folder: 11]
Correspondence. 1952-1955. 14 items
[box: 1, folder: 12]
Poetry, song lyrics, & tombstone inscriptions. n.d. 15 items
[box: 1, folder: 13]
Miscellaneous, including 1927 Andrews passport. 1909, 1910, 1927, n.d. 8 items
[box: 1, folder: 14]
Russellville Female Institute, Southern Kentucky Female College Institute, and Russellville Female Academy board minutes. 1860-1869. 1 item
[box: 2, folder: 1]
Methodist Episcopal Church account book and church building committee records. 1863-1865, 1882-1889. 2 items
[box: 2, folder: 2]
Methodist Episcopal Church parsonage receipts. July 15, 1868- Sept 15, 1870. 12 items
[box: 2, folder: 3]
Russellville Presbyterian Church subscription for Rev. A. D. Tadcock to preach once monthly. 1882. 1 item
[box: 2, folder: 4]
Ida Bryan, William Bryan & G. S. Vick miscellaneous letters and papers. 1869-1920. 9 items
[box: 2, folder: 5]
Notes to William Bryan. 1878-1885. 8 items
[box: 2, folder: 6]
Bryan & Starks business papers. 1887. 21 items
[box: 2, folder: 7]
Bryan & Starks business papers. 1888-1890. 22 items
[box: 2, folder: 8]
Peter G. Wooten's business papers. 1883-1885, n.d. 15 items
[box: 2, folder: 9]
Russellville Methodist Temple bulletins, Sesquicentennial Celebration pamphlet, photo and related items. 1942-1944, 1952, 1958, n.d. 56 items
[box: 2, folder: 10]
F. B. Bryan estate correspondence. Dec. 9, 1948- Jan. 8, 1954. 6 items
[box: 2, folder: 11]
Clippings - Biographical. 1960, n.d. 5 items
[box: 2, folder: 12]
Photographs of Bryan family members and friends. [1885?], 1891-1898, 1924, n.d. 77 items
[box: 2, folder: 13]

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