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Diary

Collection Collector:
Robinson, Franklin A., Jr., 1959- (actor)  Search this
Container:
Box 3, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1926
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but negatives and audiovisuial materials are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Some papers of living persons are restricted. Access to restricted portions may be arranged by request to the donor. Gloves required for unprotected photographs. Viewing film portions of the collection and listening to LP recording requires special appointment. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center does not own exclusive rights to these materials. Copyright for all materials is retained by the donor, Franklin A. Robinson, Jr.; permission for commercial use and/or publication may be requested from the donor through the Archives Center. Military Records for Franklin A. Robinson (b. 1932) and correspondence from Richard I. Damalouji (1961-2014) are restricted; written permission is needed to research these files. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
The Robinson and Via Family Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Robinson and Via Family Papers
Robinson and Via Family Papers / Series 2: Robinson Family / 2.3: Robinson, Frank A.
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep84cfeef02-beb2-4607-aa01-532ed0d558f2
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0475-ref99
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Percival Bryan collection

Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Names:
Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993  Search this
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Cummings, Homer S. (Homer StillĂ©), 1870-1956  Search this
Extent:
5.94 Linear feet (20 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Photographic prints
Autograph albums
Memorabilia
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1932-1993
bulk 1942-1980
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1932 to 1993 and measures 5.94 linear feet, documents the career and personal life of Washington, DC cabdriver Percival Bryan. The collection is comprised of an autobiography, autograph books, citations, correspondence, memorabilia, photographic prints, and printed materials.
Arrangement note:
The papers are organized into five series. The Photographs series has been further arranged into subseries. The contents of each series and subseries are arranged alphabetically. There are oversize materials in the Biographical and Photographs series. The series and subseries are arranged as follows:

Series 1: Autobiographical

Series 2: Biographical

Series 3: Autograph albums

Series 4 Memorabilia

Series 5: Photographs

Subseries 5.1: Portraits

Subseries 5.2: Bryans and friends

Subseries 5.3: Special events

Subseries 5.4: Social groups

Subseries 5.5: Travel and recreation

Subseries 5.6: Miscellaneous
Biographical/Historical note:
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.
Separated Materials note:
Three-dimensional items located in the objects collection.
Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Topic:
African Americans  Search this
Taxicab drivers  Search this
African American neighborhoods  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Jamaican Americans  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs
Photographic prints
Autograph albums
Memorabilia -- 20th century
Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001
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Percival Bryan collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa70dc0e8a3-d252-4ed1-a683-f3effcd60ddf
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-acma-06-001
Online Media:

Bryan, Percival

Subseries Creator:
Custom Craft  Search this
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Scurlock, Addison N., 1883-1964  Search this
Scurlock, George H. (Hardison), 1919-2005  Search this
Scurlock, Robert S. (Saunders), 1917-1994  Search this
Container:
Box 239
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1975 February 18
Scope and Contents note:
Job Number: 13630
Subseries Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.

Series 8: Business Records, Subseries 8.1: Studio Session Registers are restricted. Digital copies available for research. See repository for details.

Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view negatives due to cold storage. Using negatives requires a three hour waiting period. Contact the Archives Center at 202-633-3270.
Subseries Rights:
When the Museum purchased the collection from the Estate of Robert S. Scurlock, it obtained all rights, including copyright. The earliest photographs in the collection are in the public domain because their term of copyright has expired. The Archives Center will control copyright and the use of the collection for reproduction purposes, which will be handled in accordance with its standard reproduction policy guidelines. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Subseries Citation:
Scurlock Studio Records, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Smithsonian Institution
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Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number
Scurlock Studio Records, Subseries 4.5: Black and white negatives in cold storage arranged by job number / Scurlock client negatives: B - Byrons
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8346153cf-335a-40a2-9b8b-a1b5daac4263
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0618-s04-05-ref9484

Memorabilia

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Extent:
0.1 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1932 - 1973
Scope and Contents:
This series contains memorabilia collected from various sources. Most of the executive branch memorabilia was collected during his tenure as a part-time White House butler between the administrations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower. This series also contains documents from official ceremonies and notes from Mr. Bryan's travels. Finally, there are programs from cultural events including one from Marian Anderson's cancelled Constitution Hall concert.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Series 4
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Percival Bryan collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa71eda15f2-fe00-4964-9d6d-d4deeeca0a18
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref13

Photographs

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Extent:
0.96 Linear feet
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1939 - 1984
Scope and Contents:
This series contains photographs of the Bryans and their friends. The Bryans had a very active social life and the majority of these photographs are from social gatherings with family and friends. Additionally, there are publicity photographs of African-American entertainers, some of which are autographed. However, Mr. Bryan admitted that, for the sake of consistency, he autographed some of the photos himself. Finally, there are photographs from his various employment, travels, and recreational activities.
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Series 5
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Percival Bryan collection
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7a8e5e1ae-2e0c-4041-8ed2-569810b29511
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref15

Portraits

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries 5.1
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7640fce92-543c-4dc5-bf2a-ba09f1abfa19
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref17

The Bryans and friends

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries 5.2
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7fc813be2-9733-48c2-a0f9-6c71178e04aa
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref18

Special events

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries 5.3
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa74dda908e-da8d-4cca-a7ed-0ef42a047334
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref19

Social groups

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries Subseres 5.4
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7c589844f-687b-4e35-8dd2-753df04b099e
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref20

Travel and recreation

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries 5.5
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7f63e53f8-2f5c-4078-a045-2de819a34a1a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref21

Miscellaneous

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
Identifier:
ACMA.06-001, Subseries 5.6
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa77b682e1e-70ee-48ce-86a2-b7e592544b31
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref22

Percival Bryan, 1942, 1943, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa78ae84a66-9286-4d07-b1a0-70b89795143b
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref26

Catherine Bryan, 1943, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Prints
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7db7d01c8-b70b-41f3-8bcc-3fc29ad2bdd3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref27

Percival and Catherine Bryan, 1944-1947, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7fcaae36a-0a08-4b7c-9c12-c207fc8ede14
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref28

Percival Bryan and others 1939, 1943, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa76ecbb133-0689-425d-b462-1a972b72ddb9
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref29

Homer Cummings, 1941, 1942

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 5
Type:
Archival materials
Prints
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7eedf9160-9ab1-4f9b-a249-bb6b3af80660
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref30

Kathryn Holmes, 1942-1964

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 6
Type:
Archival materials
Prints
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa787ecd474-365d-4c42-bdaa-1d30decdc1cc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref31

Publicity, 1939-1945, 1984, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 7
Type:
Archival materials
Prints
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa7525e27e2-19fd-45a4-a14c-0dbf29a01aa6
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref32

General portraits, 1942-1959, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 8
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.1: Portraits
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa73b41664d-43da-41b3-b71c-fc5b1bebe6bf
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref33

Percival Bryan & friends, undated

Collection Creator:
Bryan, Percival  Search this
Container:
Box 19, Folder 9
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Collection Restrictions:
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Collection Citation:
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
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Percival Bryan collection
Percival Bryan collection / Series 5: Photographs / 5.2: The Bryans and friends
Archival Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/qa799c8a326-bd51-4ed6-ac05-4eadfcd2908f
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-acma-06-001-ref34

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