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Accession 21

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Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

4,000 pieces; 2.00 linear feet



Historical Note

Dr. Margaret Mae Bryant educator, author and linguist was Winthrop's first graduate to earn a Ph.D. Bryant was a professor of English at Brooklyn College in NYC 1930-1971 and was made Emeritus Professor at her retirement. She served as 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 Trenton, 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.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists 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.)

Additional Notes

Note: Dr. Bryant’s book reviews and publications were transferred to the Archives Faculty Publication File.


The papers of Margaret Mae Bryant, educator, author, and international authority on linguistics, were received as a gift by the Archives from Margaret Bryant on April 25, 1975.


Winthrop College, Women's History, Brooklyn College, American Association of University Women (AAUW), English language, linguistics, folklore


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Margaret Mae Bryant Papers - Accession 21

LC Subject Headings

Bryant, Margaret M., 1900-1993--Archives; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Brooklyn College--Faculty; American Association of University Women. New York Division