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  • Notes on the Manuscript Collection: Bryant Collection

    John B. Carney

    Published Date : June 1986


    Mss. 45 8 linear feet

    The Bryant Collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. William Sohier Bryant (1861-1956), and material on the Bryant and allied families which he collected between 1902 and 1956.  A resident of New York City in later life, Dr. Bryant graduated from Harvard University in 1884, and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1888.  He was an aural surgeon in Boston and also taught at Harvard Medical School.  He moved to New York in 1903 to become an Adjunct Professor of Diseases of the Ear at the New York Post Graduate Medical School and Hospital.  He wrote many medical works which were published in English, French, and other languages.

    Dr. Bryant was a Brigade Surgeon in the Spanish-American War, and a Major in World War I, where he served with the British and French armies.  He was also on the staff of the Red Cross in Paris and in Italy.  He was a member of a number of medical societies and historical organizations, including the New England Historic Genealogical Society which he joined in 1922.  He did extensive research on four of his ancestral families: Bryant, Mason, Smith, and Sohier.

    The Collection is divided into four sub-groups.  The first contains Bryant’s personal and professional papers, reflecting his Spanish-American War and World War I medical service with the Red Cross.  Included in the war correspondence between 1898 and 1919 are letters of Henry Cabot Lodge and copies of Dr. Bryant’s letters discussing his medical activities for the War Department.

    The second sub-group contains correspondence and research notes on the Bryant family and allied families of Mason, Smith, and Sohier, through 1956.

    The third sub-group contains family papers and research material used to prepare biographies of John Bryant, Henry Bryant, and Elizabeth S. Bryant, 1945-1957.

    The fourth sub-group is made up of graphics, 1853-1952, primarily photographs of Dr. Bryant and his family.


    Mss. 54 105 items

    The Calneck Papers contain notes prepared by William Calneck (1833-1892), in collaboration with Judge Alfred W. Savary to prepare the definitive history of Annapolis County. Calneck started his collection of historical, genealogical, and biographical information while on land-survey trips through Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, in the 1860s.

    The Calneck Papers contain biographical and genealogical sketches of 105 families in Annapolis County, Nova Scotia, between 1690 and 1890. The sketches note the origin of each family (English, Scottish, etc.), and include information about related families as well. The material retains Calneck’s original alphabetical arrangement by main family.

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