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William Clement Bryant Papers

Buffalo History Museum. Research Library


Bryant, Wm. Clement (William Clement)

3 boxes

English

Personal and professional papers of William Clement Bryan, an attorney who came to work in Buffalo in 1854.

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Collection Details

Born in Orleans County in 1830, Bryant read law with Judge Selden in Clarkson, then came to Buffalo in 1854, practicing with William H. Greene from 1867 to 1872, when he became the attorney for the Western Savings Bank. He studied the history and traditions of the North American Indians and originated the movement to erect a monument over the grave of Red Jacket. He served as president of the Buffalo Historical Society in 1876 and as president of the Thomas Orphan Asylum for many years. He also founded the Archaeological Club of the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences. He died on Sept. 3, 1898.

Letters received from Orlando Allen, Daniel D. Bidwell, William P. Letchworth and others, mostly regarding Bryant’s historical research, especially into Seneca Indian history and traditions, 1854—1889; correspondence and other papers of Asher Wright, 1820—1888, including letters from Joseph Scattergood of Philadelphia and other members of the Society of Friends regarding the Seneca Nation, from Peter Wilson, a Seneca chief and physician, and letters by Wright to the Seneca and to various church bodies; a treaty and a treaty amendment involving New York State and the Seneca, 1830 and 1837; Seneca, Cayuga and Onondaga Nations accounts, letters, power of attorney, petitions and statements to government officials, 1831—1839 and undated; a copy of Laura M. Wright’s will, 1886; an affidavit concerning the torpedo invented by John H. Lay during the Civil War, 1867; addresses, reminiscences and papers presented ‘to the Buffalo Historical Society on Native Americans and on the early settlers and history of Buffalo and surrounding area, ca. 1833—1872; and a minute book of the Bible Society of Erie County, 1829—1834.

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Collection Subjects & Formats

Series I: Correspondence

Inclusive Date: 1778 - 1889

Subseries A: William Clement Bryant

Inclusive Date: 1854 - 1889

Letters received

Inclusive Date: 1857 - 1888

Box: 1

Folder: 1

Letterbook

Inclusive Date: 1854 - 1892

Box: 1

This volume underwent conservation treatment in 2013 by Halaina Demba, a student in the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College.

Subseries B: Asher Wright

Inclusive Date: 1778 - 1888

Letters received and other papers

Inclusive Date: 1778 - 1875

Box: 1

Folder: 2

Includes some letters received by others, including Maris Pierce, William Pryor Letchworth, and Laura M Wright.

Letterbook

Inclusive Date: 1820 - 1898

Box: 1

Includes letters received by William Clement Bryant and others. This volume underwent conservation treatment in 2013 by Halaina Demba, a student in the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College.

Series II: Treaties

Date: 1830 - 1897

Treaties

Inclusive Date: 1830 - 1837

Box: 2

Folder: 1

1 treaty signed on 6 March 1830, altering and amending a treaty from 12 Sept. 1815, regarding annual payment to Seneca. This 3 page copy was transcribed on 6 August 1841 from an original in “the Secretary’s Office, State of New York.”

Series III: Seneca, Cayuga and Onondaga Nations

Inclusive Date: 1831 - 1839

Accounts, letters and statements to government officials, power of attorney and petitions

Inclusive Date: 1831 - 1839

Box: 2

Folder: 2

Series IV: Affidavit and will

Date: 1867 - 1886

Affidavit and Will

Inclusive Date: 1867 - 1886

Box: 2

Folder: 3

Affidavit of William B. Cushing regarding John L. Lay’s invention of a torpedo and torpedo apparatus used to destroy the Rebel Ram Albemarl, 10 July 1867; will of Laura M. Wright, 19 Feb. 1886

Series V: Historical research, addresses and writings

Inclusive Date: ca. 1833-1872

Subseries A: Native Americans

Paper read before the Buffalo Historical Society on annuities paid to members of the Six Nations tribes

Box: 2

Folder: 4

Seneca history and traditions

Box: 2

Folder: 5

Seneca history and traditions

Box: 2

Folder: 6

Red Jacket

Box: 2

Folder: 7

Fish Carrier, Ramrod, Steeprock, Mary Jemison and others

Box: 2

Folder: 8

Wampum, Indian games

Box: 2

Folder: 9

Origin of Indian names

Box: 2

Folder: 10

Notes by George S. Conover on Old Smoke or Old Ring, and Young Smoke or Young Ring

Box: 2

Folder: 11

Copies from the Canadian Archives

Box: 2

Folder: 12

Subseries B: Reminiscence

Inclusive Date: 1866 - 1872

Rufus Spaulding

Inclusive Date: 1866

Box: 3

Folder: 1

Nathaniel Wilgus on the Three Thayers

Inclusive Date: 1869

Box: 3

Folder: 2

Orlando Allen

Box: 3

Folder: 3

E.G. Spaulding and William Hodge on Samuel Wilkeson

Inclusive Date: 1872

Box: 3

Folder: 4

Horatio Jones, related to Orlando Allen

Box: 3

Folder: 5

Subseries C: Biographies

Inclusive Date: ca. 1833

Biographies

Inclusive Date: 1833

Jasper Parish, by Stephen Parish from his father’s notes, ca. 1833; Sir John Johnson, undated; narrative of the Gilbert family, captured by Iroquois, undated

Subseries D: Miscellaneous

Papers on Buffalo Harbor, Genesee River and the sloop Beaver, wrecked on her voyage from Fort Schlosser to Detroit on 8 Aug. 1763

Box: 3

Folder: 7

Notes and miscellaneous pages

Box: 3

Folder: 8

Series VI: Bible Society of Erie County

Inclusive Date: 1829 - 1834

Minutes

Inclusive Date: 1829 - 1834

Box: 3

Folder: 9