Lawrence Chesterfield Bryant papers, 1865-1977, bulk 1942-1977
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- Bryant, Lawrence Chesterfield
- University professor, minister, academic dean, and chairman of the Guidance Dept. and Professor of Education at South Carolina State College. Collection contains thirty bound volumes of letters, documents, business records, research work, financial and legal papers, writings, and various other papers assembled by Bryant. Most correspondence dates since 1968 and is personal in nature. Writings and other materials deal with his career, the compilation of his memoirs, and his positions at S.C. State College. Included are the records of his genealogical research on lives of African American South Carolina legislators, and materials relating to politics and voting in Southern states. Dr. Bryant graduated from Shaw University in 1940 and received several more advanced degrees at other institutions.
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Collection contains thirty bound volumes of letters, documents, business records, research work, financial and legal papers, writings, and various other papers assembled by Bryant. Most correspondence dates since 1968 and is personal in nature. Writings and other materials deal with his career, the compilation of his memoirs, and his position at S.C. State College. Included are the records of his genealogical research on lives of African American South Carolina legislators, and materials relating to politics and voting in Southern states.
- Biographical / historical:
Born on February 16, 1916 in a rural community in Nash County, N.C. to Emmitt Bryant and Hattie Cooper, Dr. Bryant graduated from Shaw University with a B.S. degree in 1940 in Biology and Chemistry. In 1947, he entered Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Divinity degree in Religion in 1950. In 1951 he received an M.A. degree from New York University, and became the first African American to receive a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia in 1959. He served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Virginia. He also taught at Virginia Theological Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia, then went on to become professor of education at Jackson College in Jackson, Mississippi; dean and professor of education at Florida Memorial College; and professor of education at South Carolina State University from 1960 to 1986. In 2005 he was awarded the South Carolina Silver Crescent Award for his research on African American legislators and his contributions to state education programs. He passed away in Orangeburg, S.C. June 8, 2010.
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- The Lawrence Chesterfield Bryant Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1971.
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Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1978
Encoded by Carrie Mills and Meghan Lyon, May 2011
Subject headings and biography updated by Paula Jeannet.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 12-22-71, 2-10-78
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- African Americans -- Genealogy
African Americans -- Suffrage -- South Carolina
African American politicians -- Southern States
South Carolina. Legislature
African Americans -- Education
- South Carolina State College
Bryant, Lawrence Chesterfield
- South Carolina -- Politics -- 20th century
Southern States -- Politics -- 20th century
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