Fonds PR1049 - Edward S. Bryant fonds

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Edward S. Bryant fonds

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    • 1906-1983 (Creation)

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    1.05 m of textual records and other material

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    Biographical history

    Edward Sidney James Bryant was born July 4, 1912 in Sarnia, Ontario, the son of Sidney J. Bryant (1887-1979) and Norah Goodey (1890-1985). He received most of his education in Edmonton, Alberta.

    In 1934, he started work in the broadcast industry, first as a radio technician, announcer, chief announcer, and then he moved into production and sales. In 1940 he enlisted in the Canadian Army, beginning with the Edmonton Fusiliers and in 1943 being transferred to the British Army with whom he was trained as a beach control officer assistant and assisted in D-Day planning. He returned to Canada in January 1946 and was discharged with the rank of Captain, and subsequently joined the 19th Alberta Dragoons; from 1954 until 1957, Bryant was the Commanding Officer of the 19th Alberta Dragoons.

    After returning to Canada, Bryant returned to radio, working for CJCA from 1946 to 1947, following which he joined the Stewart-Lovick Advertising Agency. In 1949, he began working for the Government of Alberta, as the Director of Publicity until 1959 when he became Director of Advertising; in 1961 he was appointed Assistant Director of the Alberta Government Travel Bureau, and in 1962 director of the Alberta Government Travel Bureau, a position he held until July 1970. He spent a year, March 1968 to February 1969, in Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), working as a Tourist Advisor to the Government of Ceylon.

    In 1970, Bryant became the general manager of the new Canadian Secretariat of the American Society of Travel Agents, Incorporated (Inc.) (ASTA), located in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1973, he was appointed Executive Director of the Canadian operations of ASTA, retiring in 1977.

    He married Anne Caroline Finley (1913-1953) on December 31, 1932, and together they had three children: Edward J., Richard, and Sandra. He married Roma Ellen Hill (1922-2007) in 1954, and together they had two children: Beverly and Lincoln.

    He died in Ottawa, Ontario in 2002.

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    The fonds consists of Bryant’s daytimers and business cards, essays and correspondence about Bryant’s return to school after retirement, and the following series: Military records, which were created and accumulated during the Second World War and during Bryant’s time with the 19th Alberta Dragoons, many of which are photographic records; Clubs and association records, which include records relating to Bryant’s involvement in the Salisbury Saddle Club (an affiliate of the Edmonton Gymkhana Association) and the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association; Radio records, which relate to Bryant’s interest in amateur radio and his work in the radio industry; Travel records, which relate to Bryant’s involvement in the travel industry, in particular with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA); and William Wilder McKinney Parker publications.

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    Edward S. Bryant deposited the records in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in 1965, 1970, 1981 and 1984.


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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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

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        Records from Bryant’s time with the Alberta Government can be found in accessions GR1970.0337, GR1971.0184 and GR1976.0155. Also see the 19th Alberta Dragoons fonds for records relating to the 19th Alberta Dragoons.


        Further accruals are not expected.

        General note

        Information for the biographical sketch is from the records and the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library information file. The records in PR1970.0481 arrived at the Provincial Archives of Alberta as part of accession GR1970.0337. As the records were of a personal nature, relating to Edward S. Bryant, as opposed to government records, they were assigned a new accession number, PR1970.0481, and were physically separated from the government records.

        Also included in the records deposited by Edward S. Bryant were records which now form the George E. Hill and Roma Bryant fonds and the Northern Alberta Radio Club fonds. Artifacts received with accessions PR1970.0481, PR1981.0205 and PR1984.0375 were transferred to the Provincial Museum of Alberta.

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        Includes accessions PR1981.0205, PR1970.0481, PR1984.0375, and PR1965.0064.

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        Also includes 1303 photographs, 756 negatives, 32 postcards, 21 maps, 10 audio reels, 9 glass plates, 4 audio cassettes, 2 posters

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