Samuel H. Bryant correspondence
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of about 350 letters written by Dr. Samuel H. Bryant of Baltimore, Maryland, to his wife, Edna C., between May 14, 1941 and November 15, 1944. Most of the letters were sent from undisclosed locations in the South Pacific (around the islands of Fiji), and are accompanied by their envelopes, some of which have been annotated (presumably by Edna) with dates of receipt and other marginalia. The letters reflect the daily life of Samuel Bryant as he served abroad in the Army, as well as his relationship with his wife and son at home.
With one exception, the letters are all addressed to Edna by one nickname or another, usually "darling," "dearest," "pet," or "petsy." One (dated December 2, 1943) is addressed to Samuel and Edna's then-infant son Robert Bryant on the occasion of his second birthday. In addition to the letters, one correspondence from May 1942 includes both a photograph of Samuel and the photograph's negative, while another, dated Christmas Day 1942, includes a menu for a holiday banquet held for the soldiers on an American airbase in Fiji.
--Information taken directly from dealer description.
- 1941 May 14 - 1944 November 15
- Bryant, Samuel H. (Person)
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Collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
Dr. Samuel H. Bryant, of Baltimore, Maryland, was born on March 25, 1905. He married Edna C. Bryant (born September 16, 1910), with whom he had a son, Robert S. Bryant (born December 2, 1941). Dr. Bryant enlisted in the Unites States Army on April 20, 1941 and served in World War II as a lieutenant colonel in the Dental Corps, stationed primarily in the Pacific theater around the islands of Fiji and briefly at Fort Dix in New Jersey.
After his discharge from the Army on January 30, 1945, Bryant returned home to Baltimore where he became a professor of clinical diagnosis in the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bryant died on December 7, 1972 at the age of 67, and was survived by his wife, who died on October 13, 2006 at the age of 96.
0.57 Cubic Feet (1 letter size document box, 1 letter half-size document box)
Language of Materials
Dr. Samuel H. Bryant, of Baltimore, Maryland, was born on March 25, 1905. This collection consists of about 350 letters written by Dr. Samuel H. Bryant of Baltimore, Maryland, to his wife, Edna C., between May 14, 1941 and November 15, 1944. Most of the letters were sent from undisclosed locations in the South Pacific (around the islands of Fiji).
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was purchased from Benjamin Katz Rare Books in January 2014.
Finding aid prepared by Emily Davidson on April 4, 2014.
- Bryant, Samuel H. (Person)
- Samuel H. Bryant correspondence
- Language of description
- Script of description
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