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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2421

Frank Egbert Bryant papers on English ballads


Papers concerning research on early English ballads by American scholar, Frank Egbert Bryant.


  • Creation: 1906-1910

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1.3 linear feet (3 boxes)

Compositions by Bryant, especially including a typescript version of his 1910 Harvard Ph.D. thesis. Includes student notes taken at Harvard College while attending George Lyman Kittredge's course on English ballads, English 27. Also includes autograph and typescript notes taken, and library call-slips used, while researching early English ballad manuscripts at the University of Cambridge, Oxford University, the British Museum, and other repositories in England.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Egbert Bryant received a Litt.B. (1899) and an A.M. (1901) from the University of Michigan. Bryant taught in the Department of English at the University of Kansas from 1902-1909. In 1910 he received a Ph.D. in English Philology from Harvard University, having studied with George Lyman Kittredge. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Bryant had researched English ballad materials in the British Museum, Cambridge University, and Oxford University, to gather information for the writing of his dissertation, Chapters toward a history of early English popular balladry. He died on October 20, 1910 and his thesis was published posthumously as: A history of English balladry. Boston: R.G. Badger, 1913.


Arranged in two series:

  1. I. Compositions and miscellany
  2. II. Notes on early English ballads

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Mrs. Frank Egbert Bryant, Lawrence, Kansas; received: 1926 July 12. Recataloged from 25241.62* Mrs. Bryant's first name unknown as of 2021.

Related Materials

The University Archives at the University of Kansas also holds some Frank Egbert Bryant personal papers.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Bryant, Frank Egbert, 1877-1910. Frank Egbert Bryant papers on English ballads, 1906-1910: Guide.
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