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Dec 7, 2022
Manuscripts – MSS 3 – Bryant, Arthur Durham, 1856-1939
King Jordan Student Academic Center 1255
Gallaudet University Archives
Repository: Gallaudet University Archives
Call No.: MSS 3Creator: Arthur D. Bryant
Title: Papers of Arthur Durham Bryant, 1851-1939
Quantity: 1.0 Linear Feet (2 document boxes) Abstract: This collection contains the correspondence of the first ordained Deaf Baptist minister.
Note: This document last updated 2005 November 23.
Acquisition Information: Laura R. Pucci gave some of Bryant’s collection to the Gallaudet University Archives between 1972 and 1985.
Processed by: Michael J. Olson. 2008 October 28.
Conditions on Use and Access: This collection is open to the public with no restrictions. Photocopies may be made for scholarly research.
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Arthur D. Bryant was a graduate of the Kendall School for the Deaf, and a member of the Gallaudet Class of 1880. He was an excellent art instructor at Kendall and Gallaudet from 1880-1916 and produced many outstanding artists and architects.
Mr. Bryant was the first Gallaudet graduate to become an ordained Baptist minister. He was ordained in 1911. He founded the Calvary Baptist Church for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., the first of its kind. He continued his work with the church until his death in 1939. Gallaudet awarded him a honorary Master of Arts degree in 1932, and a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1939.
The collection contains two boxes of letters, autograph books, deeds, titles, insurances, certificates, books, and clippings. The collection, which consists of approximately 1,700 items, dated from 1851 to 1939.
Arthur D. Bryant collected newspaper clippings and pasted into two small scrapbooks with his notes. Most of the clippings related to the history of the Civil War and Washington, DC area. Included in this collection are old deeds and titles of properties on East Capitol Street in Washington, DC where his father-in-law, Isaac H. Benedict purchased a property; also another property across from the street purchased by Bryant.
Also included in this collection contains many letters addressed to Bryant from his relatives and deaf friends concerning information on history of Washington, DC; genealogy; and reminiscences of notable people whom Bryant met during his lifetime.
The most interesting items in this collection are two autograph books belonging to Bryant; contain many autographs signed by famous Civil War generals such as U. S. Grant, John S. Mosby, James Longstreet, John E. Wool, and Horatio G. Wright. Some autographs that were signed by the members of the United States Congress between 1874 and 1875 are included. Autographs of members of the faculty and students of the National Deaf-Mute College are included. One autograph signed by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Tribe is included.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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