Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

William Jack Bryan Papers:

An Inventory of Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Bryan, William Jack
Title William Jack Bryan Papers
Dates: 1809-1929
Dates (Bulk): 1852-1929
Identification MSS 46
Extent 1.5 lin. ft.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

Counted among the original settlers of Austin’s Colony in the 1820’s and 1830’s in Texas, the Bryan Family were relatives of Stephen F. Austin and the City of Bryan was named for them. This collection includes personal correspondence between various members of the Bryan family, as well as items from friends and business associates. There is also correspondence from attorneys hired by the Bryans. Additionally, there are blueprints for a house possibly designed by Stephen F. Austin; they are accompanied by a typewritten transcript of a letter signed, “S. F.”

Scope and Contents

The William Jack Bryan Papers contain two boxes. The first box holds correspondence to and from members of the Bryan family and date from the early 1800’s to the late 1920’s. The second, an oversize flat box, contains newspapers with articles written by William Jack Bryan.


The letters in the collection are arranged by decade; the newspaper articles are arranged according to size.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the William Jack Bryan Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Houston (Tex.)--History
Galveston (Tex.)--History
Subjects (Persons)
Bryan, William Jack
Bryan family
Subjects (Places)
Houston (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Jack Bryan Papers. MSS 46. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Julia Ideson from Mr. Herbert H. Fletcher, the manager of The Anson Jones Press and its subsidiary, Fletcher’s Book Store, in 1939; according to a note kept with the bundle of letters, Ms. Ideson chose to wait until after the death of the Bryan Family members to add them to what became the collection at what is now the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin S. Norris, March, 2008.

Detailed Description


Box Folder
1 1 Letters, 1800-1860
2 Letters, 1860-1870
3 Letters, 1880-1890
4 Letters, 1890-1900
5 Letters, 1900-1910
6 Letters, 1911-1920
7 Letters, 1920-1930
8 Letters, undated
9 Photograph, undated

2 Newspapers and blueprint
Various Galveston and Houston newspapers, 1866-1903
Blueprint of Bryan house near Pleasant Bayou in Alvin