Mary Edwards Bryan collection

Mary Edwards Bryan collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Bryan, Mary E., (Mary Edwards), 1838-1913
Title: Mary Edwards Bryan collection
Dates: Bulk, 1854-1913
Dates: 1854-2008
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (2 boxes and 2 oversize folders)
Coll. Number: ms3852

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary E. Bryan (1838-1913) was born in Jefferson County, Fl. to John D. Edwards and Louisa M. Houghton. Her family later moved to Thomasville, Ga. for her to attend Fletcher Institute; however, at the age of fifteen she eloped with Iredell E. Bryan of Louisiana. She completed her education after her marriage and received her master's degree from College Temple, Newnan, Ga. Bryan published her first works at the age of fourteen and was a regular writer for the Georgia Literary and Temperance Crusader. She lived in Clarkston, Ga. from 1874 to 1884 and worked as an associate editor for Sunny South. Her first novel, Manch, was published in 1880. Bryan moved to New York in 1885, where she worked as an editor for several magazines published by George Munro including the Fireside Companion and New York Fashion Bazaar. In 1895, Bryan returned to Clarkston and served as an editor for Uncle Remus's Home Magazine and later worked for a number of Atlanta magazines including Half Hour, Golden Age, and Old Homestead.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes biographical information, correspondence, clippings, manuscripts, and printed material related to Mary E. Bryan and her writings. The majority of the personal correspondence is between Bryan and her son Fred.The printed materials include an index for Bryan's works and a bibliography of known works is available.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Bryan, Mary E., (Mary Edwards), 1838-1913
Harris, Joel Chandler, 1848-1908
Manuscripts (documents)
Sorosis (New York, N.Y.).
Women authors--Correspondence.
Women authors--Georgia.
Women authors.
Women novelists, American--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History note

The majority of the collection was preserved by Ada Bryan Johnson (1885-1952), granddaughter of Mary Edwards Bryan. Ada Bryan Johnson's grandson, Albert Sydney Johnson, continued to add to the collection and gather research materials related to Mary Edwards Bryan and donated the entire collection in 2014.

Preferred Citation note

Mary Edwards Bryan collection, ms 3852, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Material

Related collections in this repository: Charles W. Hubner papers, ms1985; W.P.A. Georgia Writers Project, ms1500; and Georgiana Vertical Files, Biographical Files, ms 3692.

Published books by Mary E. Bryan are available in Special Collections Hargrett Rare Books and searchable in GIL-Find.

Related collections in other repositories: Watson Memorial Library, Northwestern State University of Louisiana.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Article - Sunny South and Mary E. Bryan, 1973
3Biographical information
4Biographical information - marriage record and will (copy), 1854, 1913
5Biographical information - Iredell Bryan
6Clippings re: Mary E. Bryan, 1858-1970
8Correspondence - business, 1885-1907
9Correspondence - family and personal, 1891-1920
10Correspondence - Sydney Johnson and Steve Gates, 2008
11Manuscript - Adolph's First Sin
12Manuscript - An Afternoon's Comedy
13Manuscript - As it was Ordered
14Manuscript - Brought About by "Queen Bess"
15Manuscript - The Hoodos Doctor
16Manuscript - In Paestum
17Manuscript - Life of Christ
18Manuscript - Life of Christ (includes notes and clippings)
19Manuscript - Lilith's Defeat
20Manuscript - One Woman or Two?
21Manuscript - The Pearl Whistle
22Manuscript - Princess Malee
23Manuscript - The Rescue of Lois
24Manuscript - incomplete
26Presentations re: Mary E. Bryan by Elizabeth Fry Page and Mrs. Tom Jolly
27Printed material - Mrs. Stephens New Monthly, 1858 March
28Printed material - The Old Homestead, 1892, 1894
2Printed material - Uncle Remus's Home Magazine, 1907-1912
Printed material - The Golden Age, 1907, 1913
OS Folder
1Printed material - The Fireside Companion, 1900
Printed material - The Sunny South, 1883, 1892
OS Folder
2Printed material - Temperance Crusader, 1859
Printed material - The Argonaut, 1879
129Research file - Northwestern State University (copy)
31Sorosis, 1899-1914
32Woman's press club cards