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William Jack Bryan Papers

Identifier: MSS 0046

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two boxes. The first box holds correspondence to and from members of the Bryan family, as well as friends and business associates, from the mid-1800s to the 1920s. Additionally there is a photograph of Lucy Bryan Harvey. The second box contains newspaper issues, and other clippings pertianing to the Bryan and Austin families. Additionally, there are blue print copies for Peach Point Plantation, designed by Stephen F. Austin, which are accompanied by a typewritten transcript of the description Austin planned for each room.


  • 1809-1929
  • Majority of material found within 1852-1929

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

The Bryan/Perry Family is counted among the original settlers of Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in the 1820’s and 1830’s in Texas.

Stephen F. Austin's sister, Emily Austin Bryan Perry and second husband James Perry, along with their children, arrived in Texas from Missouri in 1831. They settled in Austin's colony on what was considered to be Austin's first choice as a homesite [1]. This establishment would come to be known as the Peach Point Plantation.

William Jack Bryan (1860-1919) was the son of Guy Morrison Bryan(1821-1901)and Laura Harrison Jack Bryan (1839-1872), and grandson to Emily Austin Bryan (1795–1851) and James Bryan (1789–1822).

[1]Handbook of Texas Online, Marie Beth Jones, "PEACH POINT PLANTATION," accessed June 28, 2018,


2.5 Linear Feet (:one doc box; one oversize flat box)

Language of Materials



There is no series arrangement to this collection as it is fairly small. Arrangement of letters is by decade. Arrangement of newspaper items is by clipping date, then by issue date.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin S. Norris, March 2008. Collection and finding aid was audited and updated by Abra Schnur, June 2018.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002