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William Lowe Bryan correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S1082
Identifier: S1082

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from William Lowe Bryan in Bloomington, Indiana ranging from 1931 to 1935 regarding the purchase of an atlas and inviting the Indiana Library Association to meet in Bloomington.


  • 1931-1935


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William Julian Bryan was born on November 11, 1860 to Rev. John and Eliza Jane '9Phillips) Bryan near Bloomington, Indiana. He had at least three siblings: Albert, Jennie P. and Joseph C. P. Bryan graduated from Indiana University in 1884 and received his A.M. in 1886. He also studied in several European cities, including Berlin, Paris and Wurzburg and received a Ph.D. in philosophy 1892 from Clark University. He married Charlotte [Lotta] Augusta Lowe on July 11, 1889 in Marion County, Indiana, and he changed his middle name to his wife's maiden name.

Bryan was a professor of philosophy at Indiana University from 1885 to 1892, acted as vice president from 1893 to 1902 and served as Indiana University's tenth president from 1902 to 1937. During that time, the university grew from fewer than 1,500 students to more than 7,000 with many new schools being established, including the business, music and medical schools. Bryan House (the former president's house), Bryan Hall, Bryan Park and the Bryan Room in the Indiana Memorial Union are all named for him. He was a charter member of the Monroe County (IN) Hall of Fame, 1976. The description on his plaque reads "Indiana University President, 1902-1937, Professor, 1884-1902, Director, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching 1910-1937, Author." Bryan also received honorary degrees from numerous colleges and universities.

William and Charlotte Bryan co-wrote "Plato, the Teacher." He died in November of 1955 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sources: "Bryan, William J." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed August 21, 2015. "Bryan, Willie J." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 21, 2015. “Bryan, William Lowe.” Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 21, 2015.

Thompson, Donaled Eugene, and R.E. Banta. “Bryan, William Lowe.” In Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1816-1916: Biographical Sketches of Authors Who Published During the First Century of Indiana Statehood, with Lists of Their Books, 45. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1949.

“William Lowe Bryan.” Indiana University School of Medicine History. Retrieved 2015/08/21.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from Indiana State Library administration.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/04 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/21 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.