R. Kelly Bryant Papers and Obituary Collection


229 funeral programs and booklets in this exhibit

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R. Kelly Bryant (1917-2015) was a historian with an extensive knowledge of Durham, North Carolina. In addition to being an active community leader with involvement in many organizations, he also collected the stories of thousands of African American residents told through funeral programs and obituaries.  

This collection consists of digitized photocopies of the obituaries and funeral service programs that R. Kelly Bryant assembled over the course of his 70-odd years as a Durham resident and is physically housed at the Durham County Library North Carolina Collection. Arranged in alphabetical order, these materials often contain genealogical information on their subjects including birth and death dates, maiden names, names of relatives, past residences, and places of burial. They cover funerals held from 1934-2013, and provide rich documentation of the African American community in Durham during this time.  To learn more about Mr. Bryant and view his archival collection at Durham County Library, visit the finding aid.


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