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William J. Bryant Archaeological Artifacts Collection

Identifier: SC-009

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of ceramics, bones, stone tools and shells excavated by Bryant or his associates from sites in Florida, the Virgin Islands and the West Indies. The final series holds items for which there is no identification. Dates within this collection represent the dates that the artifacts were collected.


  • Created: 1956-1964


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

Biographical or Historical Information

William Junior Bryant, or June, as he preferred to be called, was born May 4, 1904 in Springfield Vermont. He attended Springfield High School and Phillips Exeter Academy, going on to graduate from Dartmouth College in 1925. He started working for Bryant Chucking Grinding Co., a machine tool company founded by his father, William Leroy Bryant. From 1928 to 1946, Bryant worked his way up through the ranks within Bryant Chucking Grinding Co. to become President in 1946. The years following were busy for Bryant, he was involved in many community related activities as well as beginning serious work in his own philanthropic areas of interest. He started the William L. Bryant Foundation in 1950, named for his father, to begin excavations in Florida, Spain and the Caribbean. The Foundation helped Bryant to pursue his interest in archeology which fueled his passion for collecting works of art, cultural and ethnic items and books.


15 Linear Feet (15 Boxes)

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William J. Bryant was interested in archaeology and collected these pottery pieces, bones, stone tools and shells from sites in Florida, the Virgin Islands and the West Indies.

Arrangement Note

The artifacts are arranged in sixteen series by the place of excavation.

Method of Acquisition

The materials were donated to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 1972 (CFM1973_05) as a part of the William L. Bryant Collection.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the William L. Bryant Collection. Guides to all parts of the collection may be found on our website. A large book collection accompanies this collection and may be accessed by performing a series search for West Indies Collection in the Library Catalog. The Bryant collection of Spanish works and the papers of the William L. Bryant Foundation, William Junior Bryant and the Bryant Family can be found at Dartmouth College.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Dannie Helm and April Anderson; finding aid prepared by Dannie Helm and Judith Beale.

William J. Bryant Archaeological Artifacts Collection
Dannie Helm and April Anderson
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576