Bryant Family Collection (Princeton), 1767-1966
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Brief Description:

The Bryant Family Collection is a three generation chronicle of the Bryant Family and their migration from Massachusetts to Illinois and Kansas. The materials collected document the family history from 1767-1912.

Boxes one and two contain photostat, microfilm, and typescript copies of Bryant family letters and diaries assembled from various sources. Box one, folder one contains the family genealogy chart, prepared in the archives based on information available in the collection. Also included in box one is biographical data and letters of the Bryant family, 1767-1912; notes from the diary of Sylvia Drake, 1821-1824, a close friend of the Bryant family; a watercolor of the original J.H. Bryant cabin; typescript copies of Sylvia Drake’s Diary, 1821-1824; and Sylvia Drake’s letters, 1784-1868. Box one also contains 28 folders of the Bryant Family Research Project including publications, reprints, manuscripts and the general notes of Donald M. Murray and Robert M. Rodney, dating 1960-1966. Box two contains letter on microfilm from the New York Public Library; notecards on Julian Bryant; a book of poems by John H. Bryant and a cardfile index of the Bryant letters. Most of the material in the Bryant Collection is photocopies of the original. The material is typed copy, either whole or excerpted and some is simply handwritten notes on letters.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/027
Volume: 2.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/28/1967.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to materials in the collection.
Subject Index
Bryant Family
Diaries-- 1820-1839
Family life--History
Princeton (Ill.)
Travelers' writings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Donald M. Murray and Robert M. Rodney  Donald M. Murray and Robert M. Rodney, professors of English at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, donated the Bryant Family Collection on June 28, 1967, to the Northern Illinois University Archives. University Archivist J. Joseph Bauxar transferred the collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center in May 1978.
Other Formats: The original letters used in this collection are preserved in the Bureau County, Illinois Historical Society Museum at Princeton, Illinois, the New York Public Library and the Sheldon Historical Museum, Middlebury, Vermont.