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Margaret Bryant (right) with Eleanor Roosevelt- March 10, 1959
Margaret Bryant (right) with Eleanor Roosevelt- March 10, 1959

MARGARET MAE BRYANT PAPERS, 1943-1975 (Accession 21)

Dr. Margaret Mae Bryant was a retired English professor and author. She was a past president of the International Linguistic Association, American Society of Geolinguistics, the American Name Society and New York City chapter of the American Association of University Women. She was also a former chairwoman of the Present Day English Section of the Modern Language Association.

She served on the editorial advisory boards of the World Book Encyclopedia and the Thorndike-Barnhart and Funk & Wagnalls dictionaries.

Her books include “A Functional English Grammar,” “Current American Usage,” “Proverbs and How to Collect Them,” “Modern English and Its Heritage,” “A Dictionary of American Proverbs” and “Psychology of English.”

Dr. Bryant was born in 1900 in the town of Trenton in Edgefield County, S.C. After graduating from Winthrop College in 1921, she earned a master’s degree and doctorate in English at Columbia University.

She taught for more than 40 years at Brooklyn College and served as chairwoman of its English department. She also was a teacher and principal at several public and private schools in Kansas, West Virginia, New York, and South Carolina. She taught at Columbia University, Hunter College, the University of Vermont, the University of Colorado, the University of Utah, the University of Arkansas and the New School for Social Research.

Bryant retired to the Clemson, S.C. area and passed away in 1993.

The Margaret Mae Bryant Papers consist of Dr. Bryant’s professional and organizational files, biographical data, correspondence, and speeches. Most of the material relates to her publishing efforts, her work as a faculty member at Brooklyn College, and her involvement with professional organizations, especially the New York branch of the American Association of University Women. Most of the material extends form 1950-1975. A list of the more prominent individuals who corresponded with Margaret Bryant has been included as an appendix to the inventory. (For more extensive and comprehensive list of correspondents, see the list included in the collection control file.)

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