Percival Bryan collection
- Biographical/Historical note
- Born in Galena, St. Mary's Parish, Jamaica, Percival Bryan (1906-1996) came to the United States in 1924 as a stowaway in search of adventure and opportunity. He settled in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., involved himself with various social and civic organizations, and was instrumental in forming the Caribbean American Inter-cultural Organization. He worked as a White House butler under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), Harry S. Truman (1884-1972), and Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969). Bryan also served as a chauffer for Attorney General Homer S. Cummings (1870-1956) before becoming a cab driver. An autograph collector, Mr. Bryan collected over 100,000 signatures of notable individuals.
- bulk 1942-1980
- 5.94 Linear feet (20 boxes)
- Percival Bryan collection, Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Rose Dyke.
- Collection descriptions
- Archival materials
- Photographic prints
- Autograph albums
- African Americans
- Taxicab drivers
- African American neighborhoods
- African American musicians
- Jamaican Americans
- Washington (D.C.)
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