Scope and arrangement
The focus of the collection is the early part of Bryant's career when she was a stock company leading lady. A scrapbook of clippings about performances in California, Washington, D.C. and Maine, a few fan letters and snapshots document this time. Her Broadway career is represented by opening night telegrams and a published script for The Firebrand in 1924 and a program from the 1945 production of Marriage is for Single Peopleautographed by cast members. The papers also include publicity photos of Bryant from her early days until late in her career, but motion picture stills and unautographed programs were separated from the collection and added to the appropriate Theatre Collection files (see separation sheet). The collection merely touches on a career that spanned over fifty years.
The Nana Bryant papers are arranged in two series:
- 1917-19555 folders
The series includes correspondence which consists of telegrams marking the Broadway opening of The Firebrand and fan mail; Bryant's speech to the Portland Business and Professional Woman's League, given when she was part of the Jefferson Theatre Company; 1930-1937 income statements; and biographical materials which include magazine articles, clippings, obituaries, and a tribute by David Hanna.
- 1920-19311 box and 4 folders
Ephemera includes publicity photographs of Bryant and snapshots of Bryant and fellow actors in costume for productions of Rollo's Wild Oat, Tiger Rose, and what appears to be Road to Rome; Bryant's annotated copy of the operetta Die Dubarry; a published script of The Firebrandsigned by the cast; an autographed program from the 1945 Broadway production of Marriage is for Single People; and a scrapbook of clippings about Bryant's career (1920-1931). The scrapbook also includes clippings about actress Emelie Melville.