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Richard W. D. Bryan Family Papers, 1844-1939

Identifier: MSS-1-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains miscellaneous Albuquerque Indian School documents and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings concerning the institution. There is an assortment of legal records dealing with New Mexico land grants and property transfer for the Robert H. Longwell Land Case, 1909-1912, regarding the Antonio Baca Grant and Borrego Springs Grant and the Cazin Property Case, 1844-1908. There is a wide variety of printed ephemera dealing with schools, churches and civic organizations, some business and financial records dealing with the Highland Park extension in Albuquerque, and business correspondence between Charles A. Meigs and RWD Bryan, dated 1871-1884. Also present are correspondence, reminiscences and an expedition map of the Polaris arctic expedition of the early 1870s.

The collection also contains George Bryan's business correspondence detailing the University of New Mexico football schedule for 1920 and school yearbooks, including the 1919 Albuquerque High School yearbook, La Reata. Other Bryan family items include ninety-six postcards from various family members, some dating 1911-1912, but most undated, and two unidentified engravings on wood blocks.


  • 1844-1939

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Richard William Dickinson Bryan, Arctic explorer, educator, and lawyer, was born in New York on October 6, 1849. He served as a government astronomer on the Hall Arctic Expedition, 1871-1873. He received his law degree in 1876. In August 1882 he went to Albuquerque, New Mexico to become superintendent of the Albuquerque Indian School where he served until the Presbyterian home mission board ended its management of the school in 1886. As superintendent, he introduced industrial education to the school. He encouraged family interaction, believing that the school should be close enough for parents to visit and that the students should have extended vacations at home. Bryan helped to organize the Territorial Educational Association of New Mexico, and was chosen as the first president of the association. After leaving his post at the school he continued to live in Albuquerque practicing law and participating in community affairs. At the time of his death on February 10, 1913, he was President of the University of New Mexico Board of Regents.

George Steinman Bryan, son of Richard Bryan, was born on September 13, 1906. In 1923 he graduated from the University of New Mexico. While a student at the University he served as manager of the varsity football team for two years and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He died in the fall of 1970.


2 boxes (.9 cu. ft.), plus 1 oversize folder

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Richard W. D. Bryan Photograph Collection.
Finding Aid of the Richard W. D. Bryan Family Papers, 1844-1939
Processed by T.S. Reinig
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Finding aid is in English

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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131