University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Guy Morrison Bryan Papers, April 2010



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Title: Guy Morrison Bryan papers
Dates: 1795-1901
Abstract: Correspondence, autobiographical narrative, military orders, scrapbooks, speeches, historical literary productions, and legal papers arranged chronologically by subject document the career of Guy Morrison Bryan (1821-1901) as a soldier and legislator.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01429
Extent: 3.17 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Guy Morrison Bryan, a nephew of Stephen F. Austin, was a Confederate officer and legislator. He was born in 1821 in Heraculaneum, Missouri, to James Bryan and Emily Bryan, daughter of Moses Austin and sister of Stephen F. Austin. After her husband's death, Emily Bryan married her father's business partner, Stephen Perry, and the family moved to Texas in 1831. Guy Morrison Bryan couriered the William B. Travis Alamo letter to Brazoria in 1836. Following the battle of San Jacinto, Bryan joined the army as an orderly for Alexander Somervell. After fighting in the Mexican War under John C. Hays, Bryan was elected to the state legislature in 1847, serving six years in the House (1847-1853) and four years in the Senate (1853-1857). From 1857 until 1859, Bryan represented the Western District of Texas in the United States Congress. He married Laura Jack, the daughter of Texas attorney William H. Jack, in 1858.

As a leader in the movement for secession, Bryan was one of the delegates to the 1860 Democratic National Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. He helped lead the southern delegates to split from the convention and joined in the call for a Secession Convention. Bryan was active in the government of the Confederacy, until he requested active duty in the military in 1863. As a member of the Confederate government, Bryan also assisted in the organization of the Texas Cotton Bureau. Following the Civil War, Bryan again served in the Texas House of Representatives several times during the 1870s and 1880s. He was a charter member and president (1892-1901) of the Texas Veteran's Association. Furthermore, Bryan was a charter member of the Texas State Historical Association. Guy Morrison Bryan died at his home in Austin, Texas in 1901.

Source:Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Bryan, Guy Morrison," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbram.html (Accessed April 20, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, autobiographical narrative, military orders, scrapbooks, speeches, historical literary productions, and legal papers arranged chronologically by subject comprise the Guy Morrison Bryan papers (1795-1901). The papers document the career of Guy Morrison Bryan (1821-1901) as a soldier and legislator. Along with general correspondence and the correspondence of Laura Bryan, Guy Morrison's wife, the papers contain correspondence from Rutherford B. Hays, Elisabet Ney, Moses Austin Bryan, and Hally Ballinger. Bryan's correspondence with Rutherford B. Hayes and with Moses Austin Bryan is also available as a typed transcript. Bryan's papers relate to his service as a Texas representative, state senator, and United States Congressman. Furthermore, they document his involvement, as both soldier and politician, with the Texas Revolution, Mexican War, and Civil War. Bryan's papers include his historical research and writing, which mainly concerned Stephen F. Austin and Texas history. In addition, the papers relate to his work with the Texas Veteran's Association and the Texas State Historical Association.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
Ballinger, William Pitt, 1825-1888
Brown, Reuben R.
Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Bryan, Laura Jack, 1839-1872
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895
Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893
Jack, Laura Harrison
Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853
Corporate Names
Kenyon college
Lively (Sloop)
Texas Cotton Bureau
Texas State historical association
Texas Veteran Association
Subjects
American Civil War (United States : 1861-1865)
Land titles
Mexican War (1846-1848)
Politics and government
Ranches
Revolution (Texas : 1835-1836)
Places
Austin's Colony
Galveston
Mexico
Texas
United States
Virginia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Guy Morrison Bryan Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Alternate Format Available

Bryan's correspondence with Rutherford B. Hayes and with Moses Austin Bryan is also available as a typed transcript


OCLC Number

21349182


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

General correspondence
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2N243 [SRH1230010646] 1838-1863
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2N244 [SRH1230010647] 1864-1901, undated
Transcriptions, 1840-1892
Kenyon College
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2N244 [SRH1230010647] Correspondence, 1837-1840
Programs and miscellaneous, 1838, 1840, 1893, undated
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2N245 [SRH1230010648] Guy M. Bryan - Moses Austin Bryan correspondence, 1838-1891, undated
Guy M. Bryan - Laura Bryan correspondence
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2N245 [SRH1230010648] 1857-1871
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2N246 [SRH1230010649] undated
Laura Bryan Correspondence, 1856-1871, undated
Letters of sympathy on the death of Laura Bryan, 1872
Laura Bryan - Hally Ballinger correspondence, 1858-1867
Laura H. Jack correspondence, 1858-1874, undated
Family correspondence, 1843-1888, undated
Guy M. Bryan - Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence, 1840-1892
Bryan-Hayes Correspondence, edited by R. C. Cotner
Guy M. Bryan - Elisabet Ney correspondence, 1893
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2N247 [SRH1230010650] Guy M. Bryan - William P. Ballinger correspondence, 1857-1887
Business papers
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2N247 [SRH1230010650] E. M. Perry will and estate and Austin estate papers, 1795-1869
Perry, Bryan versus Graham, Virginia Land Title Dispute, 1827-1845, undated
General, 1814-1882, undated
Guy M. Bryan, will, 1864, 1898
Guy M. Bryan, obituaries, 1901
Speeches, 1849, undated
Literary Productions
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2N247 [SRH1230010650] Runaway Scrape
W. S. Lewis, The Journal of the Lively
Settlement of Austin's Colony
R. R. Brown
Social Obligations
Oppression
Elections, 1849, 1857, 1860
Texas Veterans Association, membership and program, 1886-1899
Invitations, 1856-1860, undated
Printed material
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2N247 [SRH1230010650] Yale University intercollegiate paper subscription list, undated
"International Settlement," State Gazette, March 12, 1875
Citizens of Brazoria County, petition of a railroad, undated
"Sealy County," Alvin, Texas, March 24, 1891
"Statement of Facts as to Sealy County", undated
"Texas Cities Must Have Their Own Public Schools," Galveston Daily Times , March 20, 1875
Miscellaneous
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2N247 [SRH1230010650] Guy M. Bryan, Oath of Manesty, 1865
List of Arms and Men, Matagorda County, Beat No. 3, March 8, 1862
Moses Austin Bryan, Texas Revolutionary pension certificate, October 25, 1870
"...Democratice Members of the Senate and House of Representatives agree to meet . . . to elect candidates for Commissioner of Claims and State Engineer", July 26, 1856
Clippings
Envelopes
Notes
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2Q451 [SRH1230011658] Guy M. Bryan - Rutherford B. Hayes correspondence (transcribed and bound), 1840-1892
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2Q453 [SRH1230011670] Autobiographical Sketch, 1896
Checklist of the Guy M. Bryan Papers, 1844-1897
Letters to Moses Austin Bryan (transcribed and bound), 1838-1859
Stephen F. Austin, Biography of the Great Empresario
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2Q454 [SRH1230011671] Guy M. Bryan papers, 1852-1853
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3L102 [SRH1230017935] Guy M. Bryan Scrapbook
Scrapbook material
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4M73 Guy M. Bryan Scrapbook
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3S110 [SRH1230029295] Engraving of Stephen F. Austin
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3S167 [SRH1230029578] Oversize materials
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OD1220 Oversize materials
OD1220 (Formerly 2.116/OD1 and 2.325/T3) OD1220 (Formerly 2.116/OD1 and 2.325/T3)