Percival Bryan collection, 1932-1993, bulk 1942-1980
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Summary
Collection ID:
ACMA.06-001
Creators:
Bryan, Percival
Dates:
1932-1993
bulk 1942-1980
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
5.94 linear feet
20 boxes
Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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
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
Biographical/Historical note
Born in Galena, St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica, Percival Bryan (1906--996) 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--945), Harry S. Truman (1884--972), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890--969). Bryan also served as a chauffer for Attorney General Homer S. Cummings (1870--956) before becoming a cab driver. An autograph collector, Mr. Bryan collected over 100,000 signatures of notable individuals.

Administration
Separated Materials note
Three-dimensional items located in the objects collection.
Processing Information note
Finding aid prepared by Vuanya T. Cyrus, 2009-06. Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth bauerle, 2011-12.
Author
Vuanya T. Cyrus

Digital Content
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Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
Use of the materials requires an appointment. Please contact the archivist to make an appointment: ACMarchives@si.edu.
Preferred Citation note
Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.

Provenance
Provenance
The Percival Bryan collection was donated to the Anacostia Community Museum in 1993 by Mr. Bryan's daughter, Rose Dyke.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
African Americans Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Washington (D.C.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Taxicab drivers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Memorabilia -- 20th century Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
African American musicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Jamaican Americans Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cummings, Homer S. (Homer Stillé), 1870-1956 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Bryan, Percival Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, D.C. 20020
ACMArchives@si.edu