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George W. Bryant letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MC045

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of letters wrtten by Stephen Rich and Anthony de Wet to George Bryant regarding the Boer War in South Africa in the early 1900s. A letter from Sidney Lake to George Bryant and several miscellaneous items are included in the collection as well. Some of the major subjects in the letters are South Africa society during the Boer War, causes of the war, discussions of Communism and capitalism, and certain important figures of the war in South Africa. Bryant completed his honors thesis at Bates College on the Boer War in 1953, and much of the material was generated or compiled during and shortly after that process.


  • 1952 - 1954


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Historical Note

George W. Bryant graduated from Bates College in the Class of 1953, where he completed an honors thesis entitled "Causes of the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902." Bryant came into contact with Stephen Rich in the fall of 1952 during his research process. Dr. Stephen G. Rich was a former instructor at a school in the city of Durban in Sourth Africa from 1916 to 1920. Rich referred Bryant to Anthony de Wet, a fellow professor in Durban, who lived in the Cape of Good Hope as a boy. Bryant also contacted Sidney Lake, a long-time friend of Rich, who fought in the Boer War as a soldier in the Transvaal army. After graduating from Bates, Bryant went on to study at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


0.25 Linear Feet

24 letters

Language of Materials



Correspondence with George W. Bryant, Bates Class of 1953, related to his research on the Boer War.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Jason Thompson, 1998. Thompson received the material from George W. Bryant's widow in 1989 when he was teaching at the University of Maine. Accession No.: 99-013.

Guide to the George W. Bryant letters, 1952-1954
Edited Full Draft
Kat Stefko
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Language of description note
Description is in: English
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Repository Details

Part of the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library Repository

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