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Charles Faulkner Bryan Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: AppMs-0104

Scope and Contents

The collection reflects Bryan's career as a composer, folklore collector, performer, and teacher. The microfilmed portion of the collection includes correspondence, biographical and financial papers, newspaper clippings, programs, teaching notes, folk music and folklore collections, professional publications, and composition scores and scripts.


  • 1892 - 1978
  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1955


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.


0.5 linear feet (consisting of 9 reels of microfilm.)

Language of Materials



The papers are arranged into four series: Correspondence, Memorabilia, Subjects, and Music Scores.

Because this is a microfilm copy of the collection, materials are identified by microfilm reel number. However, as the original file folders are part of the microfilm record, these folder numbers are included for researcher reference.

Custodial History

The papers of Charles Faulkner Bryan were donated to Tennessee Technological University on July 14, 1981 by Charles Bryan's wife, Edith Bryan. The music scores were donated to Tennessee Technological University by Mrs. Bryan prior to January 1980.

Method of Acquisition

As part of a cooperative agreement with Tennessee Tech, in 1981 the Archives of Appalachia processed the Bryan papers which were transferred back to Tennessee Tech in 1982. The Archives of Appalachia retained a microfilmed copy of the papers.

Existence and Location of Originals

The original documents and sound recordings are the property of Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds the master negative of the microfilm. TSLA and Tennessee Tech each have microfilm research copies.

Processing Information

Norma Jean Thomas processed Series 1-3 and the collection was opened for research in 1982. Jim Wattenbarger at Tennessee Tech processed the music scores. Processing was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Tennessee State Library and Archives microfilmed the papers.

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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of Appalachia Repository

PO Box 70295
344 J.L. Seehorn Jr. Rd.
Johnson City TN 37614 USA