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George Bryan papers

 Collection 0208-SCPA

George B. Bryan (1939-1996) was a professor of theatre at the University of Vermont. This collection came to the University of Maryland via a friend of Dr. Bryan's, Dr. Patti Gillespie of the UMD Theatre department. Dr. Bryan was also a former professional actor and the author of many journal articles and books dealing primarily with theatre history. The collection consists of correspondence, research materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, copies of publications, photographs, and an audio tape. Letters signed by Laurence Olivier and Ed Sullivan are included with Bryan's research materials.


  • 1918-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1962-1970

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.


3.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The George Bryan papers cover the period from 1918 to 1995; the bulk of the materials date from 1962 to 1970. The papers consist of both personal and professional papers, including published and unpublished writings, correspondence, research materials, photographs, audio tape, clippings, and articles related to Bryan's work as an actor, theatre professor, and author, including his work with the Everyman Players and the University of Vermont.


Dr. George B. Bryan was born in 1939. He received a B.A. in Latin, Speech, and Drama from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1961, an M.R.E. in Adult Education and Special Ministries from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1964, an M.A. in Theatre History from Indiana University in 1969, and a Ph.D. in Theatre with minors in Rhetoric and English from Indiana University in 1971. Dr. Bryan became the Minister of Religious Drama at three churches in Kentucky from 1958-64 and was also an actor with The Everyman Players from 1958-69. He toured with The Everyman Players throughout the United States, the British Isles, and South Africa. Dr. Bryan became a professor of speech and theatre at the University of Vermont in 1966 and remained there for the rest of his career. Dr. Bryan was a former Director of the Center for Research on Vermont.


This collection is organized into five series:

  1. Desk Files
  2. Research Files
  3. Resources
  4. Writings
  5. Audio Tape

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Professor Patti Gillespie, personal friend of Bryan, in January 1998.

Processing Information

Processed in November 2014 by Wendy Bargstadt.

George Bryan papers
Processed by Wendy Bargstadt, November 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States