Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers, 1924-2011 and undated

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Bryan, Anne-Marie Deprés, 1920-1999
Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan was a professor of French at Duke University from the 1960s through the 1990s. The Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers include biographical materials, writings, a textbook, and other materials from her life in France and at Duke University.
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Materials in English and French.
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University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

The collection consists of photographs, writings, and memorabilia from Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan's life and work as a professor of French at Duke University. Photographs span Anne-Marie Bryan's life and include images of her family, including her husband and children; the majority of the images are reproductions of originals. Writings include a copy of her textbook Fast French (published posthumously), a typed manuscript copy of a memoir in French as well as selections from a separate memoir in English. Also included are copies of some artwork created by Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan, a biography written by her daughter Yvonne Bryan Tomek, and poems about her life written by her son-in-law and former student, James Tomek.

Biographical / historical:

Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan was a professor of French at Duke University.

Anne-Marie Jeanne Deprés was born on August 1, 1920, in St. Germain du Bois in Burgundy, France. She attended the Law School of Paris, then worked in the Department of Agriculture in German-occupied Paris during World War II. She married Charles Jasper Bryan, an American soldier who had been stationed in Paris. The couple moved to the United States and had two children, Yvonne and Dennis.

When Charles Bryan began working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, Anne-Marie Bryan enrolled in graduate courses at Duke University, completing her MAT in 1956. She taught classes in French part-time until 1963, when Charles Bryan died. She was then promoted to a full-time teaching position.

During her time as a professor of French, Anne-Marie Bryan headed the French Corridor, an immersive language and living experience in an undergraduate dorm, and led study-abroad programs to France. She also published several textbooks, including Pour Parler, Situations, A La Decouverte de La France (with Neal Dow), and Fast French (published post-humously by her daughter and son-in-law).

Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan died in 1999.

Acquisition information:
The Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers were received by the Duke University Archives as a gift in 2018.
Processing information:

Processed by Tracy M. Jackson, January 2019.

Accessions described in this collection guide: UA2018.0077

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French language -- Study and teaching -- English speakers
Duke University -- Faculty
Bryan, Anne-Marie Deprés, 1920-1999


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[Identification of item], Anne-Marie Deprés Bryan Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.