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Laura Bryant Papers

Identifier: uac157
The Laura Bryant Papers consists of correspondence, photographs, programs, and pamphlets. The Bryant collection consists of letters hand written by Laura Bryant, many addressed to the Elrod family. The pictures of Laura Bryant span from the 1900 thru the rest of her life in 1961. This collection also consists of many documents that pertain to Bryant as she was a teacher in Ithaca, NY.


  • Created: 1900-1961


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Materials are open for research use with advance notice to the archivist.


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Biographical or Historical Information

Laura Bryant born in 1878 in Coatesville, Indiana. Bryant attended Indiana State Normal School in the late 1890’s graduating in 1900. Bryant was the Director of Vocal Music for the Ithaca Public Schools from 1906-1950. As a singer, for sixteen years, she was a soprano soloist in the celebrated Sage Chapel at Cornell University (1906-1921). She was the instructor in the Cornell University Summer School of Music for ten years. From 1933-1935, she served as President of the Eastern Music Educators’ Conference, as well as being active for many years in the Music Educators’ National Conference. She taught and lectured in thirteen different states, as widely scattered as California, Utah, Louisiana, Florida, Indiana, and Rhode Island. Laura Bryant’s writings embrace many children’s books, including two in the famous Hollis Dann series, and innumerable article in musical magazines. She became the first female to receive the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Citizenship Award. (Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Award Dinner pamphlet, April 4, 1959)

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Xerox copy of Laura Bryant's Indiana State Teacher's College transcript most likely added after donation of papers and not noted on any of the original inventories. Transcript was removed and destroyed.
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Part of the University Archives Repository

Cunningham Memorial Library
510 N. 6 1/2 Street
Terre Haute 47809- US