Contents and Arrangement

Miscellaneous, dates not examined

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains letters to Bryan and the corrected typescript and page proofs of Merry Gentlemen (And One Lady) (1985) by Bryan (Princeton Class of 1927), which contains biographical portraits of such humorists as Robert Benchley, Nunnally Johnson, S. J. Perelman, Dorothy Parker, and other writers who were connected with the Algonquin Round Table and The New Yorker. The letters to Bryan are from three of his fellow humorists and friends, H. Allen Smith (about 160 letters, 1954-1976), Frank Sullivan (about 100 letters, 1938-1975), and Finis Farr, Princeton Class of 1926 (about 500 letters, 1935-1981). Also included is a typescript, with holograph corrections, of "Man of Letters: Finis Farr, 1904-1982," with an inscription to Bryan's friend Glen Perry.

The following standard abbreviations, or their variations, are used to identify materials in this collection: ACS = autograph card signed, ALsS = autograph letters signed, TLS = typewritten letter signed, TMs = typewritten manuscript.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Miscellaneous; J. Bryan Papers, C0569, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
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