Fonds PR2456 - Alan Bryan fonds

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Alan Bryan fonds

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    • 1915 - [ca. 1965] (Creation)

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    0.01 m of textual records. -- 1 photograph.

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    Born in Washington State in 1928, Alan Lyle Bryan attended the University of Washington, receiving his BA and MA (1955) from the University of Washington and a PhD from Harvard University in 1962. He married Ruth Gruhn, together they had a child, Claia.

    In 1963, they moved to Edmonton to take positions at the University of Alberta. In 1965, they were founding members of the University's Department of Anthropology. They were research partners for 48 years. The author of numerous publications, he had over fifty years of field experience in archaeology, with research at early sites in all parts of the Americas. Dr. Bryan has also served as curator for archaeology and ethno­graphic collections at the University of Alberta.

    He retired in 2004 and was named a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. He died in Edmonton in 2010. The Bryan / Gruhn Archaeology Collection, the Bryan / Gruhn Ethnographic Collection, and the Bryan/Gruhn Graduate Anthropology Research Endowment Fund are named in honour of the contributions made by Alan Bryan and Ruth Gruhn to anthropological studies at the University.

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    The fonds consists of the memoirs of Mrs. Robert Holmes covering the period of 1902, typed and edited by Mrs. Victor C. Hint of Beaverlodge circa 1964; a photograph of Reverend Hugh Speke of Grande Prairie dating from 1915; and a news clipping noting the death of Mrs. Robins, wife of the former Reverend E.F. Robbins, dating from 1940.

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    In 1964, Alan Bryan donated the material to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. It's unknown how Alan Bryan obtained the material.


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        The material is in English.

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Information for the administrative history/biographical sketch sourced from: The University Archives, (Accessed Feb. 24, 2008). The photograph of Hugh Speke can be located in the A file of the Provincial Archives of Alberta reference prints under the number A1467.

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        Includes accession PR1964.0020.

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