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Percival Bryan collection, 1932-1993, bulk 1942-1980

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Creator:
Bryan, Percival
Subject:
Bryan, Percival
Anderson, Marian 1897-1993
Cummings, Homer S (Homer StilleĢ) 1870-1956
Physical description:
5.94 linear feet (20 boxes)
Type:
Photographic prints
Collection descriptions
Photographs
Autograph albums
Memorabilia
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1932
1932-1993
bulk 1942-1980
20th century
Notes:
Born in Galena, St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica, Percival Bryan (1906-1996) came to the United States in 1924 as a stowaway in search of adventure and opportunity. He settled in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involved himself with various social and civic organizations, and was instrumental in forming the Caribbean American Inter-cultural Organization. He worked as a White House butler under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969). Bryan also served as a chauffer for Attorney General Homer S. Cummings (1870-1956) before becoming a cab driver. An autograph collector, Mr. Bryan collected over 100,000 signatures of notable individuals.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1932 to 1993 and measures 5.94 linear feet, documents the career and personal life of Percival Bryan. Mr. Bryan, a Jamaican American, collected over 100,000 autographs while driving a cab in Washington, DC. The collection is comprised of a typescript of Mr. Bryan's autobiography, personal correspondence, documents and autograph books from his cab driving career, personal photographs and publicity photographs of African-Americans, and 1940s presidential inauguration memorabilia. Of particular interest is his collection of photographs, which includes publicity photos - some autographed - from African American entertainers, including Lena Horne, Marian Anderson, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.
Cite as:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke
Topic:
African Americans
African American musicians
African American neighborhoods
Taxicab drivers
Jamaican Americans
Local number:
ACMA 2003.7043
See more items in:
Percival Bryan collection, Series 3: Autograph albums 1941 - 1993 4.6 linear feet
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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