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Southern Conservatory of Music

Title: Southern Conservatory of Music
Inclusive Dates: 1899-1929, with a few items from later dates
Extent of Materials: 2 boxes
Location: Cupboard #18
Donor: Nora Crowell Bryant Monroe, Maxine Bryant Johnson/Brady, presented by Mrs. Dorothy Newsom Rankin
Scope and Content: The Southern Conservatory of Music Collection, 1899-1929, consists of catalogues, programs, photographs documenting the history of the Southern Conservatory of Music as well as photographs, clippings, papers, and personal effects of founder Gilmore Ward Bryant and his immediate family. The Southern Conservatory of Music, located in Durham, was a famed institution of music education. The first box of the collection includes original school catalogues, a freshman harmony exam, programs, and other memorabilia accompanied by photographs of students, faculty, and buildings. The second half of the collection contains photographs, papers, and other personal items belonging to Gilmore Ward Bryant, founder and director of the Conservatory; his wife Mattie Bullard Bryant, director of voice; his son Max Bryant, cellist; his son Gerald Bryant, violinist; and Nora Lee Crowell Bryant, wife of Max Bryant. Photographs from the collection can be viewed online here:
Restrictions: The collection is open for research
Organization of Collection: Box 1 items pertaining to the Conservatory, E. G. catalogues, programs, photographs, etc.
Box 2 Items pertaining to Gilmore Ward Bryant, founder and director of the Southern Conservatory of Music, and to other members of his family connected with the Conservatory.
Mrs. Rankin’s lists, in Box 1, give detailed information about many of the items.
Container List: BOX 1
Folder 1—General Items
calendars (catalogs) 1901-2, 1903-4, 1928-9, copies of a few pages
announcements and clippings about the Conservatory and its curriculum
freshman harmony exam, undated
public school music course list
Elkin Course on Physical Culture
photographs of students and buildings
bus token and a bill
pennant decal
obituary of W. H. Overton, former secretary of the Conservatory
review of 1897 concert featuring Alexander Findlay, violinist, who later taught at the Conservatory
Folder 2—Recital and commencement programs, with a few reviews
1889, 1901, 1903, 1907-18, 1922, 1926
one undated program
program for concert in Louisburg, 1932, after the Conservatory moved there
Folder 3—Large photographs, some dates approximate. Most of these have detailed notes on the back provided by Mrs. Rankin
undated: postcard of original building
practice hall, with students
sitting room, old building
1902-3 students and faculty
1903-7 the orchestra
1906 graduates with some of the faculty
1909 graduates with some of the faculty
1914-15 student body and faculty
1916-18 graduates
1919 graduates
1923 new building on Alston Avenue
1925-6 Kate Dodson, graduate and teacher
1926 Ila Lee Howerton, graduate in voice
1927 cast of musical show on the stage in the new building
Folder 4—Mrs. Dorothy Rankin’s lists and notes, which give detailed information about many of the items in boxes 1 and 2
Folder 1—Gilmore Ward Bryant, founder and director of the Conservatory
packet of programs and cards dating from years before Bryant came to Durham
Bryant’s credentials
photographs and an engraving plate with Bryant’s name
portrait photograph of Bryant
newspaper clippings and about Bryant
letter from Percy Goetschius (famous music theorist and author of widely used textbooks)
short sketch of Bryant as a composer
ink-stamp featuring Bryant’s name
Folder 2—Works of Gilmore Ward Bryant
essays and speeches
manuscript: Counterpoint
manuscript: Arpeggio Studies
reviews of “Romance,” a pedal study, and “A Little of Everything,” a comprehensive exercise piece
3 poems, unpublished
published works:
piano solo: “Reverie Poetique”
voice and piano, with words by Bryant:
“April, May, and June”
“Saying No but Meaning Yes”
Folder 3—Mattie Bullard Bryant (Mrs. Gilmore Ward Bryant), director of voice
fragment of portrait photograph
souvenir program of Chime concert, inscribed to Mattie Bullard Bryant
copy of “chanson provencale” by Dell’Acqua
obituaries of Mattie Bullard Bryant
Folder 4—Max Bryant, cellist, and Gerald Bryant, violinist, sons of the Bryants
Max’s baby book and symphony card, with photographs
photograph of Max, 5 ½, playing the cello
account of wedding of Max to Nora Lee Crowell
photograph of Max and Gerald with Edgar Toms
photographs of Gerald, Gerald’s funeral service program
information about the Bryant Trio (Max and Gerald with Lester Rea, piano)
Folder 5—Nora Lee Crowell Bryant
bachelor of music diploma
family photographs
announcement of wedding to Max Bryant
newspaper clippig about pupils’ recital
photograph of NLCB and others at recital
photograph of NLCB’s students at recital
program of Duke Chapel service featuring Max and Nora with Alice Hundley
review of Erwin Mills concert, 1945
resume of Nora Bryant Monroe, daughter of Nora and Max Bryant