Biography and History

Joseph Bryan was born April 30, 1904 in Virginia. He was part of the Princeton University class of 1927, where he cultivated an interest in the journalism industry. During his writing career, he worked for the Chicago Journal, Time, Fortune, and The New Yorker. He also served as managing editor for Town and Country and associate editor at the Saturday Evening Post. He served in the United States army from 1942 until the end of World War II, following which he wrote several popular novels. He married Elizabeth McIntosh in 1930 and had two children with her. He died April 3, 1993.

Source: From the finding aid for C0569

  • J. Bryan Papers. 1935-1985 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0569

    Joseph Bryan was an author and editor who worked with many prominent magazines and published several novels in the first half of the twentieth century. This collection contains letters to Bryan from his friends H. Allen Smith (about 160 letters, 1954-1976), Frank Sullivan (about 100 letters, 1938-1975), and Finis Farr (about 500 letters, 1935-1981). It also contains page proofs from Merry Gentlemen and a typescript of "Man of Letters: Finis Farr, 1904-1982."