Bryant family papers

Abstract

The Bryant family papers (dated 1889-1904, undated; 0.04 cubic feet; 16 items) primarily comprise letters and wedding invitations sent to Louis Bryant, his wife Virginia, and Louis's brother Dudley.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Bryant family papers
Date
1866-1905, undated
Extent
0.23 Cubic feet
Subjects
Coal mines and mining--Appalachian Region
Ephemera.
Spanish-American War, 1898.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Qaaim Stainback
Preferred Citation
2013MS0360: [identification of item] Bryant family papers, 1889-1904, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Louis Edwards Bryant (1868-1937) was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to James Martin Bryant and Roberta Stockton Edwards. His family owned mineral rights on land called the Big South Fork in McCreary County, Kentucky, and Scott County, Tennessee. Louis studied mine engineering in Freiburg during the 1880s. When he returned, he and his brother, Dudley Edwards Bryant (1869-1937), attempted to develop mining operations on the Big South Fork, but they were hindered by a lack of railroad transportation. In 1902 the family leased their mineral rights to Justus Stearns, owner of the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company and founder of Stearns, Kentucky. After the lease expired in 1923, Stearns purchased the mineral rights from the Bryant family. Louis married Virginia Lee around 1909; they had no children. The Bryants maintained a residence in Danville, Kentucky, and Louis died there in 1937.
Sources Howell, Benita. Folklife Along The Big South Fork: Of The Cumberland River. Knoxville: University Tennessee Press, 2003.
Scope and Content
The Bryant family papers (dated 1866-1905, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box and 1 folder) comprise correspondence, invitations, greeting cards, ephemera, programs, and photographs documenting the Bryant family's role in the development of McCreary County, Kentucky, and Scott County, Tennessee. The papers include letters and ephemera relating to Louis Bryant's time in Europe studying mineral engineering at a university in Freiburg, Germany. Much of the ephemera consists of wedding invitations for Louis, his brother Dudley, and his wife Virginia. Several letters from Frederick Gates of Asheville, North Carolina, reflect conditions in Appalachia following the Panic of 1893 (Box 1, Folder 2). The photographs depict the Bryant family's mining operations (Box 1, Folder 11). Additional items of interest include a letter from Thomas Bramlette certifying he knew James M. Bryant and served with him during the Civil War, dated 1866 (Box 1, Folder 1); Louis E. Bryant's passport (Box OS-14); an invitation for a ball in the Hotel Stearns, dated 1905 (Box 1, Folder 3); and a letter from Oliver E. Fox in 1898 raising a company of soldiers for the Spanish-American War (Box 1, Folder 2).

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky holds the copyright for materials created in the course of business by University of Kentucky employees. Copyright for all other materials has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1866-1902

Thomas E. Bramlette letter certifying personal knowledge of J. M. Bryant, 1866 January 25

  • Box 1, Folder 1
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Louis E. Bryant correspondence, 1887-1902

  • Box 1, Folder 2
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Louis E. Bryant passport, 1885

  • Box OS-14, Folder 1
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Ephemera, 1887-1905, undated

, 1887-1905

  • Box 1, Folder 3
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Envelopes, 1903

  • Box 1, Folder 4
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Greeting cards, 1899, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 5
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Invitations - Louis E. Bryant, 1887-1903, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 6
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Invitations - Dudley Bryant, 1900-1903

  • Box 1, Folder 7
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Invitations - Virginia Bryant, 1905

  • Box 1, Folder 8
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Invitations - Miscellaneous, 1899, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 9
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Programs, 1892-1905, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 10
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11

Tip House, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 11, Item 1
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South Mine, Bryant Bros, undated

  • Box 1, Folder 11, Item 2
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