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William Jennings Bryan, Jr. Scrapbook

Identifier: MSS-499-BC

Scope and Content

The collection contains the scrapbook of William Jennings Bryan, Jr., who served as U.S. Customs Collector from 1938-1953. The scrapbook includes photos, correspondence and news clippings related to his federal job. Although most of the items deal with the business of the customs service of Los Angeles, they provide information about the home front of World War II. Besides the scrapbook, the collection has loose newspaper clippings, loose photographs, and notes on the Bryan family.


  • 1910-1953


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Access Restrictions

Researchers must use the microfilm edition of scrapbook, photos, news clippings. (CSWR E748 B79 A3 1989).

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. Duplication of scrapbook, photos, news clippings must be from microfilm. User is responsible for compliaance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.


William Jennings Bryan Jr., the only son of the famous orator and politician William Jennings Bryan, was born on June 24, 1889 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Culver Military Academy in Indiana and the University of Nebraska, then graduated from the University of Arizona in 1912. Later, he studied law at Georgetown University. After receiving his law degree, Bryan served as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1915-1920. During the same period he was a Regent of the University of Arizona. In 1921 Bryan moved to Los Angeles and practiced law at the office of Isadore B. Dockweiler. He served as federal commissioner for the San Francisco Exposition of 1939. In 1938 President Roosevelt appointed him Collector of Customs for the port of Los Angeles. His excellent performance led him to be reappointed for four terms. After his retirement in 1953 he lived in Los Angeles. In 1975 he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to be near his two daughters. Bryan died on March 27, 1978.


2 boxes (1.5 cu. ft.)

Microfilm Edition

The scrapbook, loose photographs, and clippings are available on microfilm (1 reel) for use in repository only. (CSWR E748 B79 A3 1989)
Finding aid of the William Jennings Bryan, Jr. Scrapbook, 1910-1953
Edited Full Draft
Processed by CSWR staff
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Script of description
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 499 BC::William Jennings Bryan, Jr. Scrapbook)//EN" "nmu1mss499bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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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