Edward Bryant: np (Detroit), nd (1961?). Item #99-3299
103 black and white photos (reproductions from the originals), five sidebound black report covers 11.5 x 9", typed label on the front of each one, custom blue clamshell box with gilt lettering on spine, 1-15, 16-60, 61-85, 86-92, 93-95 + five pages of genealogical information. Ex-newspaper library, minimal markings, light wear to covers, contents have occasional short edge tears and light soiling else very good condition, clamshell box is library buckram and has light wear. It was only checked out once, in 1963 for rebinding. Typed on one side only, Edward L. Bryant, the nephew of Clara Bryant Ford (wife of Henry Ford) writes about the history of the large Bryant family. On the first page he writes "This story relates to the history of the farm land upon which Melvin Samuel Bryant and Martha (Bench) Bryant, his wife, built this home, from the time of the letters patent from the United States Government...in 1835, through the following one hundred years of ownership of this land by the Bryant family and by the Bryant Land Company, a Michigan corporation." Bryant goes on to state that it "relates to several generations of Bryants, who were descended from my great grandparents, John and Jane Bryant, but this is NOT a complete genealogy of the Bryant family." The photographs are all identified with typed information on the reverse. A fascinating detailed history with anecdotes of various family members including Henry Ford. The report covers are labeled 12A, 12B, 12C, 12D and 12E which would seem to indicate that this is the twelfth copy issued. Signed by Edward L. Bryant in the last volume, just below this paragraph: "All in all, it seems to me that there will be one of our Bryants who will produce an important heir or perhaps one just smart enough or lucky enough to marry another 'GREAT' as Clara Bryant did when she became Mrs. Henry Ford in 1888." 1 set in the Michigan Historical Center, no indication of which numbered copy it is. Also- Benson Ford Library. Edward L. Bryant had a law practice for around 20 years. In 1961 he became the researcher and archivist for the Henry Ford Museum. Photos: 12A- 40, 12B-16, 12C-13, 12D-13, 12E-21 nol.