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Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers


The Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, 1924-2013 and undated, contains personal papers, military papers, organizational papers, photographs, and realia created by Donald and Catharine Bryan. The Donald Bryan papers comprise the bulk of the collection, with materials focusing on his military career, art career, and public service, including his time as Mayor of Nags Head. The Bryans moved to Nags Head in 1972 following Donald's retirement from the military. They were very active in the Nags Head and Outer Banks community. The couple is known for founding the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series in 2012.

Title

Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers

Collection Number

PC.5215

Date(s)

1924-2013 and undated

Box 1Box 2Box 10Box 11Box 12Box 13Box 14Box 15Box 16Box 17Box 18Box 19Box 20Box 21Box 22Box 23Image Box 1Image Box 2Image Box 3Image Box 4Image Box 5Image Box 6Image Box 7Image Box 8Image Box 9Image Box 10Image Box 11AV Box 1Oversize Box 1Box 3Box 4Box 5Box 6Box 7Box 8Box 9
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
13.40
Abstract

The Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, 1924-2013 and undated, contains personal papers, military papers, organizational papers, photographs, and realia created by Donald and Catharine Bryan. The Donald Bryan papers comprise the bulk of the collection, with materials focusing on his military career, art career, and public service, including his time as Mayor of Nags Head. The Bryans moved to Nags Head in 1972 following Donald's retirement from the military. They were very active in the Nags Head and Outer Banks community. The couple is known for founding the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series in 2012.

Physical Location

Manuscript boxes: 5C5-D1

Image boxes: 18D4-D5

AV box: 15F3

Oversize box: 40D4

Oversize folder: GRF-13

Creator

Bryan, Donald William, 1924-2013

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


The collection is arranged into two series: Donald W. Bryan Papers, 1924-2013 and undated, and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, circa 1925-1993. Donald Bryan's papers are further divided into five subseries: Personal Life, 1924-2013 and undated; Military Service, 1928-1992 and undated; Art Career, 1963-2009 and undated; Public Service, 1951-2012 and undated; and Photographs, circa 1924-2007 and undated. Original order has been retained at the folder level, and original file titles have been retained when possible.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by the United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying these materials.


Processed by Atticus Garrison, August 2018.


Donald W. Bryan was born 16 February 1924 in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to Harry A. Bryan and Virginia Wright Bryan. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona from a young age. Donald enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served first in the United States Army Air Corps, and later in the United States Air Force. In total, Donald completed 25 missions as a tech sergeant and gunner in a B-17 aircraft in Europe during the World War II. He also served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Donald retired from the Air Force in 1972 after 30 years of service.

After his retirement from the Air force, Donald moved to Nags Head to focus on his career as an artist. Donald mostly painted coastal landscapes, lighthouses, and lifesaving stations. His work was featured in galleries and businesses throughout the Outer Banks. Donald honed his artistic skills during his time in the Air Force when he was stationed in Germany, where he took art lessons from Herr Ernst Krupp. He served as mayor of Nags Head from 1978 to 1991, in addition to serving on numerous boards, committees, and civic organizations, such as the Dare County Tourism Board, Manteo Rotary Club, and North Carolina League of Municipalities. Donald died in 21 November 2013 at the age of 89.

Catharine "Kay" Nafey was born 20 May 1923 in Brunswick, New Jersey, to Herbert Nafey and Mary Woodcock Nafey. She met Donald Bryan on a blind date in 1945, and the couple were married in New Jersey in 1946. Catharine was a member of the WAVES naval reserve before her marriage to Donald. After their marriage, Catharine received an honorable discharge from the United States Navy and became a housewife. She was active in the Nags Head community after relocating with her husband in 1972. Catharine 21 December 2013 at the age of 90.

Donald and Catharine Bryan's names are perhaps most closely associated with the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, a program founded by the couple in 2012 to enrich the Outer Banks community with visual, literary, and performing arts programming. As of 2018, the Bryan Cultural Series is still active.


[Identification of item], PC.5215, Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.


Donated by the Donald and Catharine Bryan Estate, June 2015.


The Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, 1924-2013 and undated, contains correspondence, reports, awards, photographs and personal articles related to the lives of Donald and Catharine Bryan. The Donald W. and Catharine L. Bryan Papers, 1924-2013 and undated, contains personal papers, military papers, organizational papers, photographs, and realia created by Donald and Catharine Bryan. The Donald Bryan Papers series, 1924-2013 and undated, comprises the bulk of the collection, with materials focusing on his military career, art career, and public service, including his time as Mayor of Nags Head. The Catharine Bryan Papers series, circa 1925-1993, primarily contains personal papers related to Catharine's childhood, marriage, and early adulthood, prior to moving to Nags Head with her husband in 1972.


  • Bryan Family
  • United States. Life-Saving Service--North Carolina
  • Artists--North Carolina--Dare County
  • Conservation of Natural Resources--North Carolina
  • Korean War, 1950-1953--History
  • Mayors--North Carolina--Nags Head
  • World War, 1939-1945--History
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975--History
  • Nags Head (N.C.)--History--20th century

PC.5215  
Personal Life
1924-2013 and undated

Scope and Content

The Personal Life subseries contains Donald Bryan's personal papers and effects. Many of the materials in this subseries relate to Bryan's childhood and education, including certificates, yearbooks, graduation programs, and clippings. Included in this series is a small box of realia comprising award ribbons, a nameplate, and a bronze nail taken from the wreckage of an unidentified ship in Nags Head.

Folder: Box 1  
Donald Bryan Birth Weight Statistics
1924
Folder: Box 1  
Donald Bryan Baby Formula Information
1929-1931 and undated
Folder: Box 1  
Donald Bryan Baptismal Certificate
1924
Folder: Box 1  
Sunday School Promotion Certificates and Cradle Roll Department Certificate
1924
Folder: Box 1  
Music Festival Tucson Junior High School
1937
Folder: Box 1  
Junior High Graduation Newspaper Articles
1938
Folder: Box 1  
High School Cadet Corps Articles
undated
Folder: Box 1  
Gimbel Brothers Card
undated
Folder: Box 1  
Military Ball - High School
1941
Folder: Box 1  
Birthday Card
undated
Folder: Box 1  
Senior High School Graduation
1941
Folder: Box 1  
World War II Newspaper Clippings
1943-1954 and undated
Folder: Box 3  
Langley Air Force Base Useful Information
undated
Folder: Box 3  
Cape Henry to Pamlico Sound Nautical Charts
1974
Folder: Box 3  
L. H. Glick Photograph
undated
Folder: Box 3  
Lawsuits against Carolista Fletcher
1980
Folder: Box 3  
Newspaper Articles - Carolista Fletcher Golden
1988
Folder: Box 3  
Birthday Card for Donald Bryan
undated
Folder: Box 3  
High School Follies Pictures and Clippings
1981
Folder: Box 3  
Donald Bryan Biographical Sketches
1975-1981
Folder: Box 3  
Newspaper Clipping: Barry Bryan (Relative)
1962
Folder: Box 3  
Newspaper Clippings: Shipwrecks
undated
Folder: Box 3  
Home Redesign: Instructions and Measurements for Home
undated
Folder: Box 3  
Rental Calendar Forms and Correspondence
1987
Folder: Box 3  
Rental Records [3 folders]
1984-1986
Folder: Box 3  
Rental Correspondence and Reservation Forms
1988
Folder: Box 3  
Rental Records
1989
Folder: Box 3  
Personal Correspondence
1979
Folder: Box 3  
Christmas Card to Donald Bryan
1980
Folder: Box 3  
Newspaper Clippings Lightkeeper
2002
Folder: Box 3  
Newspaper Article "gifts for all" from Catharine to Donald
undated
Folder: Box 3  
Funeral programs Virginia Bryan, Donald Bryan
1993, 2013
Folder: Box 3  
Marriage Service Catharine and Donald Bryan
1946
Folder: Box 3  
Travel Documents Postcard, Photograph of Japanese Figure, Note with Yen Enclosed, Train Ticket
1946
Folder: Box 3  
Outer Banks Pamphlets
1983-1990
Folder: Box 8  
Tucsonian
1941
Folder: Box 8  
Graduation Ceremonies
1969-1972
Folder: Box 8  
Class Directory, Command and Staff College, Air University
1959-1960
Folder: Box 8  
"In Search of Perfect Bliss" Magazine Article
undated
Folder: Box 8  
Pocket Diary
1987
Item: Box 20  
Realia
1974-1997 and undated
Scope and Content

Includes award ribbons, a nameplate, and a bronze nail taken from the wreckage of an unidentified ship in Nags Head, 1974.

Folder: Oversize Box 1  
Posters
undated
Folder: Oversize Box 1  
Awards and Certificates
1937-2003
Folder: Oversize Box 1  
Event Posters, Prints, and Certificates
1947-circa 2003
Folder: Oversize Materials  
Oversize Materials
circa 1927-1981
Scope and Content

Contains a portrait of a small child (probably Donald Bryan, circa age 2), circa 1926; a cartoon illustration of Bryan as a gorilla holding a martini glass, signed "Smith" and autographed by his military colleagues; promotional material for exhibits, 1970s; artwork mockups, 1970s; advertising materials for the Beach Bus, 1981; and two large notepads containing budgets and cost analyses, 1981.

PC.5215  
Military Service
1928-1992 and undated

Scope and Content

The Military Service subseries contains papers related to Donald Bryan's service in the United States Army and United States Air Force. Materials document his service in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and include photographs, correspondence, certificates, and ephemera. Included in this subseries are two scrapbooks relating to Bryan's service in World War II, which include photographs of Bryan and his fellow soldiers, news clippings, and official records and correspondence from military officials regarding his service. Also included in this subseries are numerous awards, certificates, and medals Bryan received for his service.

Folder: Box 1  
Military Certificates and Awards
1942-1963
Folder: Box 2  
Air War College Biographical Sketches of Faculty Staff and Students
1968-1969
Folder: Box 2  
Army Exchange Ration Card
1944
Folder: Box 2  
Humorous Note, Caricatures of Donald and Airmen by J. M. L, color drawing of Eagle
1969 and undated
Folder: Box 2  
Military Life Insurance Information, Estate Benefit Guide for Military
1964-1966 and undated
Folder: Box 2  
Military Documents
1945-1963
Folder: Box 2  
Donald Bryan Air Force Retirement Information
1979
Folder: Box 2  
Military Related Newspaper Clippings
1943-1968
Folder: Box 2  
Air Force and Space Digest Article
1970
Folder: Box 2  
Thanksgiving Menu Randolph Field, Texas
1946
Folder: Box 2  
Aerial Photo, Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas
undated
Folder: Box 2  
Seminars 2 and 5 Contact Lists
undated
Folder: Box 2  
Telegrams
1944 and undated
Folder: Box 2  
Air Force Day Pamphlet
1948
Folder: Box 2  
Canada-United States Permanent Joint Board on Defense Agenda
1972
Folder: Box 2  
North American Aviation Inc. Bumper Stickers
undated
Folder: Box 2  
Military Pamphlets
1969-1992
Folder: Box 2  
Collier's, The National Weekly Service Ribbons
1943
Folder: Box 2  
Personal Correspondence
1928-1972
Folder: Box 2  
Military Related Invitations and Notes
1968 and undated
Folder: Box 2  
Foreign Phrases Sheet
undated
Folder: Box 2  
Airforce Association Airforce Magazine Announcement and AFCIA Contact Information
1984 and undated
Folder: Box 2  
Airforce Photograph
1992
Folder: Box 2  
Correspondence to Donald Bryan
1955-1991 and undated
Folder: Box 21  
Military Medals [11 items]
circa 1940s-1970s
Folder: Box 22  
World War II Scrapbook
1941-1946
Item: Oversize Box 1  
World War II Scrapbook
1943

PC.5215  
Art Career
1963-2013 and undated

Scope and Content

This subseries contains materials related to Donald Bryan's career as an artist, which he pursued after his retirement from the military in 1972. Papers largely consist of invoices and correspondence relating to purchases of his art by local businesses, galleries, and organizations, but also included are papers from exhibitions and art shows in which he participated as well as inventories, card catalogs, and other records related to his small art business. Images of his artwork can be found in the Photographs series.

Folder: Box 4  
Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee: Art Related
1979-1992
Folder: Box 4  
Caimen Gardens
1997
Folder: Box 4  
Greenleaf Gallery
1993-2004
Folder: Box 4  
Art Exhibitions
1975-1999
Folder: Box 4  
Galaxy 1
1976
Folder: Box 4  
Village at Nags Head Art Festival
1989-1990
Folder: Box 4  
Picture Panorama Instructions
undated
Folder: Box 4  
Art Removal Slips
1997-2003 and undated
Folder: Box 4  
Twiddy Realtors
1995
Folder: Box 4  
Sea and Sounds Art Council, North Carolina
1975-1979 and undated
Folder: Box 4  
North Carolina Arts Council
1979-1997
Folder: Box 4  
St. Andrew by the Sea
undated
Folder: Box 4  
Tides Fall Studio (Business)
1976-2001
Folder: Box 4  
Green Hill Art Gallery
1975
Folder: Box 4  
Outer Banks Art Association
1981-1982
Folder: Box 4  
North Carolina Artists Exhibition (Raleigh)
1974-1977
Folder: Box 4  
Donald Bryan Professional Photograph Correspondence
1977-1978 and undated
Folder: Box 4  
Painting Big and Signature
undated
Folder: Box 4  
Card Catalog: Customers' Disposition of Works [3 folders]
1972-1990
Folder: Box 16  
Pasquotank Art Council
1976-1993
Folder: Box 16  
First Spring Invitational Art Show
1978
Folder: Box 16  
Icarus Art Show
1993-1995
Folder: Box 16  
Coastlander
1974
Folder: Box 16  
Sketch of a House
1991
Folder: Box 16  
Painting Prices and Inventory
1975-1999
Folder: Box 16  
Museum of the Albemarle Art Show
1974-1977
Folder: Box 16  
Local Art Newspaper Articles
1978-1996
Folder: Box 16  
Art Show Signs
1975-2004
Folder: Box 17  
Painting Inventory and Price List
undated
Folder: Box 17  
Carbon Copies of Completed Copyright Forms
1979
Folder: Box 17  
Exhibit Price List
undated
Folder: Box 17  
Payment for Painting of Jockey's Ridge
1983
Folder: Box 17  
Montgomery Art Guild
1969
Folder: Box 17  
Exhibits, Alexandria, VA, Ramstein AFB, Germany
1964-1982
Folder: Box 17  
Fisher Galleries
1966-1969
Folder: Box 17  
Pat Eure
1981
Folder: Box 17  
County of Dare
1987-1988
Folder: Box 17  
Graftech Corporation
1979
Folder: Box 17  
Business-related Correspondence
1979-1984
Folder: Box 17  
Reproduction Inventory Control
undated
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, Dreaming of Past Glories
1978
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, Somerset Place
1979
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, Water Mirror
1980
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, What Luck Betides Me?
1981
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, Where the Past is Present
1983
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank Annual Report, Adventure of the Spirit
1985
Folder: Box 17  
East Carolina Bank-related Paperwork
1979-1997
Folder: Box 17  
Artwork Covers: Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station
undated
Folder: Box 17  
Donald W. Bryan Biographies
1996-1998 and undated
Folder: Box 17  
North Carolina League of Municipalities
1977-1995
Folder: Box 17  
Letter from Elizabeth Dole
1984
Folder: Box 17  
Publicity
1964-1998 and undated
Folder: Box 17  
Seaside Gallery
1994-2009
Folder: Box 17  
Island Art Gallery, Manteo
1976-2008
Folder: Box 17  
Nags Head Artworks Advisory Committee
1996-1997
Folder: Box 17  
Manteo Gallery Invoices
1996-1997
Folder: Box 18  
Ghost Fleet Gallery
1977-2013
Folder: Box 18  
Seafoam Corp.
1986
Folder: Box 18  
Yellow House Gallery and Owens Restaurant
2008
Folder: Box 18  
Dare County Transit Bureau Invoice
1984
Folder: Box 18  
Island Pharmacy Invoice
1983-1984
Folder: Box 18  
Dockside Sales Invoice
1981-1983
Folder: Box 18  
North Carolina Museum of History Invoice
1983-1988
Folder: Box 18  
Forms Consignment Agreement
1977 and undated
Folder: Box 18  
Exhibit Guestbook
1971-1972
Folder: Box 18  
Fourth Annual Invitational Art Exhibition
1976
Folder: Box 18  
Forms
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Outer Banks Windmill Wind and Water, Inc.
1980-1990 and undated
Folder: Box 18  
Descriptive Leaflet Masters
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Matting, Framing, and Numbering for Elizabeth II
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Mat Cutting
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Mat Board Inventory
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Dare County Tourist Bureau
1979-1984
Folder: Box 18  
Robert B. Davis
1978-1981
Folder: Box 18  
Inventory Notes
1974-1978 and undated
Folder: Box 18  
International Society of Artists Membership Certificate
undated
Folder: Box 18  
Outer Banks Convention Center and Museum
1994 and undated
Folder: Box 18  
Donald Bryan Biography
1963-2004 and undated
Folder: Box 19  
Records of Artwork
1999 and undated
Folder: Box 19  
Dare County Arts Council
1983-1993
Folder: Box 19  
North Carolina Arts Council Program Grants
1977-1978
Folder: Box 19  
The Galleon Esplanade
1974-1985
Folder: Box 19  
The Island Gallery
1972-1984
Folder: Box 19  
Friends of Elizabeth II Invoices
1984-1995
Folder: Box 19  
Twiddy Realty
1994 and undated
Folder: Box 19  
Brown and Church Ltd.
1983-1984
Folder: Box 19  
Frank Stick Memorial Art Show
1992-1993
Folder: Box 19  
Pond Island Gallery
1979
Folder: Box 19  
Gallery 19 Washington, D.C.
1975-1976
Folder: Box 19  
Morales Art Gallery
1982-1986
Folder: Box 19  
Customers' Correspondence
1973-1988
Folder: Box 19  
Olde Alexandria Gallery, Inc.
1976
Folder: Box 19  
In Town Gallery, Georgetown
1976-1977
Folder: Box 19  
Court Square Antiques, Edenton, N.C.
1976
Folder: Box 19  
The Colony Post Card Shop, Wanchese, N.C.
1976-1981
Folder: Box 19  
Carolista Jewelry, Nags Head
1977-1979
Folder: Box 19  
Art Exhibit Newspaper Articles
1977 and undated
Folder: Box 19  
Chicamacomico Historical Association
1978-1998
Folder: Box 19  
Dare County Library
1975-1990
Folder: Box 19  
Duck Blind Limited
1978-1993
Folder: Box 19  
Anchorage Motel and Ditty Bag Gift Shop
1980
Folder: Box 19  
Lost Colony Craft and Gift Shop
1981-1982
Folder: Box 19  
Eastern National Park and Monument Association
1979
Folder: Box 19  
Blacks Furniture, Inc.
1981
Folder: Box 19  
Ocean City Lifesaving Service Museum
1986
Folder: Box 19  
Studio Plans
1982-1987
Folder: Box 19  
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
1987
Folder: Box 19  
Beaufort County Arts Council
1987
Folder: Box 19  
North Carolina Aquarium Society
1987

PC.5215  
Public Service
1951-2012 and undated

Scope and Content

The Public Service subseries contains materials relating to the various committees, commissions, boards, and public offices with which Donald Bryan was affiliated. Most of the materials in this subseries date from the time when Bryan lived in Nags Head after his retirement from the military in 1972. Included in this series are papers related to Bryan's work with the Dare County Tourism Board, his service as Mayor of Nags Head, and his involvement with numerous organizations concerned with conservation and environmental issues on the Outer Banks. Also included are a number of research files containing photographs and historical information on various stations of the United States Life-Saving Service and United States Coast Guard, which Bryan researched heavily.

Folder: Box 5  
Coastal Resource Commission Outer Banks Task Force Report
July 1984
Folder: Box 5  
Coastal States Organization America's coasts Progress and Promise
1985
Folder: Box 5  
State Goals and Policy Board North Carolina Tomorrow: One State's Approach to Citizen Involvement in Planning for its Future
May 1978
Folder: Box 5  
North Carolina Department of Natural and Economic Resources Jockey's Ridge Master Plan
1976
Folder: Box 5  
North Carolina and the Sea: An Ocean Policy Analysis
November 1984
Folder: Box 5  
Report of the 1986 Commission on the Future of the South, Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go
1986
Folder: Box 5  
1986 Commission on the Future of the South Report of the committee on Government Structure and Fiscal Capacity
1986
Folder: Box 5  
Value of Recreational Fishing on the Albemarle and Pamlico Estuaries
September 1989
Folder: Box 5  
Characterization of Baseline Demographic Trends in the Year-round and Recreational Populations in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Area
May 1989
Folder: Box 5  
Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Study Blueprint for Action
December 1990
Folder: Box 5  
Evaluation of State Environmental Management and Resource Protection Programs in the Albemarle-Pamlico Region
April 1990
Folder: Box 5  
Public Attitudes Toward Water Quality and Management Alternatives in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System
August 1990
Folder: Box 5  
The Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds Where the Rivers Meet the Sea
1989
Folder: Box 5  
Progress in the National Estuary Program Report to Congress
1990
Folder: Box 5  
The Outer Banks of North Carolina U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper
1986
Folder: Box 6  
Water Quality Management Plan for Onsite Waste Water Disposal
1979
Folder: Box 6  
Town of Nags Head Land Development Nags Head, North Carolina
1972
Folder: Box 6  
Fringe Wetlands in Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds
1989
Folder: Box 6  
Dare County Tourism Board Financial Statements
1993-1995
Folder: Box 6  
Dare County Tourism Board and OBX Vacation Guide Management Letters
1993-1995
Folder: Box 6  
Dare County Tourism Board Orientation and New Board Member Orientation
1995
Folder: Box 6  
Dare County Tourism Board Outer Banks Multi-Use Center
1994
Folder: Box 6  
Dare County Tourism Board Classification and Pay Study and Personnel Policies and Procedures Manuel
1993-1994
Folder: Box 7  
Dare County Tourism Board Accounting Policies and Procedures Manual
undated
Folder: Box 7  
Dare County Tourism Board Financial Statements
1992-1993
Folder: Box 7  
Dare County Tourism Board
1980-1990
Folder: Box 7  
Community of Caring Photograph
1991
Folder: Box 7  
Town of Nags Head Board of Commissioners and Employees
1986-1989
Folder: Box 7  
Eastern Carolina Health System Agency
1978
Folder: Box 7  
Letters Opposed to Adult Stores in Outer Banks
1996
Folder: Box 7  
Albemarle Regional Planning and Development Commission
1978-1979
Folder: Box 7  
League of Municipalities
1979-1987
Folder: Box 7  
North Carolina Department of Justice Attorney General's Office
1983
Folder: Box 7  
North Carolina Congressional Delegation
1984
Folder: Box 7  
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
1986
Folder: Box 7  
North Carolina Department of Insurance (Eastern Region)
1986-1988
Folder: Box 7  
Directories: Dare County and Towns Newsletters
1978-1990
Folder: Box 7  
Code of Ordinances: Town of Nags Head
1992
Folder: Box 7  
Affiliate and Other Group Meetings: Schedule
undated
Folder: Box 7  
North Carolina Resort Towns Association
1987
Folder: Box 7  
North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development
undated
Folder: Box 8  
Donald Bryan Personal Notes as Mayor and Burning Building Photograph
1978
Folder: Box 8  
North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Directory
undated
Folder: Box 8  
First Flight Society Programs
1979
Folder: Box 8  
Northeastern North Carolina Tomorrow Tourism
1988
Folder: Box 8  
North Carolina Public Transportation Advisory Council
1978-1980
Folder: Box 8  
Roanoke Island Historical Association
1978-1997
Folder: Box 8  
Chicamacomico Historical Association
1974-1998
Folder: Box 9  
Donald Bryan Mayoral Campaign Promotional Materials and Bumper Stickers
undated
Folder: Box 9  
Dare County Tourism Board Policies and Procedures
1951-1996
Folder: Box 9  
Rotary Club Publications
1973-2012
Folder: Box 9  
Manteo Rotary Club
1975-2001
Folder: Box 9  
Nags Head Ordinances
1972-1973
Folder: Box 9  
Town Council Newspaper Clippings (Nags Head)
1979-1982
Folder: Box 9  
Coastal Resources Commission
1980-1991
Folder: Box 9  
Chicamacomico Historical Association
1975-1997
Folder: Box 10  
Dare County Tourism Board Papers
1995-2008
Folder: Box 10  
North Carolina Community Action Association
undated
Folder: Box 10  
Dare County Tourism
1974-1989
Folder: Box 10  
Monument to a Century of Flight Dedication Booklet
2003
Folder: Box 10  
Check Stubs
1978-1979
Folder: Box 10  
David Stick Planning Seminar
1961
Folder: Box 10  
Bank Building Plan
1993
Folder: Box 10  
Fish and Wildlife Service
1991
Folder: Box 10  
Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan
1991-1993
Folder: Box 10  
Certificate of Resale
undated
Folder: Box 10  
Letter to Donald Bryan Regarding Erosion Near Home
1987
Folder: Box 10  
Chesapeake Bay Preservation
1985-1991
Folder: Box 10  
Albemarle/Pamlico Sound Estuarine Study
1987-1991
Folder: Box 11  
Albemarle-Pamlico Sound Estuarine Study
1989-1992
Folder: Box 11  
Hurricane Frederic Damage Correspondence
1979
Folder: Box 11  
Albemarle/Pamlico Sound Estuarine Study
1987-1992
Folder: Box 11  
Off Road Vehicles Newspaper Articles
1979
Folder: Box 11  
Conservation Newspaper Articles
1985-1989 and undated
Folder: Box 11  
First Flight Society
1986-2010
Folder: Box 11  
Eure Outer Banks Arts Center Inc.
1999-2008
Folder: Box 11  
Icarus International
1999-2009
Folder: Box 11  
Outer Banks Community Foundation
1982-2010
Folder: Box 11  
EPA Booklet Marine and Estuarine Protection
1989
Folder: Box 11  
Coastal Workshop
2001
Folder: Box 11  
Call Policy Committee Meeting
1991
Folder: Box 11  
Land Use Planning Seminar
1991-1992
Folder: Box 12  
Chicamacomico Restoration Committee
1975-1982
Folder: Box 12  
Beach Erosion
1982-1988
Folder: Box 12  
Donald Bryan Speeches
1976-1991
Folder: Box 12  
Nags Head Government Long-Range Planning Speeches
1985-2000
Folder: Box 12  
Offshore Drilling
1975-2002
Folder: Box 13  
Conservation
1977-1991
Folder: Box 13  
Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan
1991
Folder: Box 13  
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
1991
Folder: Box 13  
Southeastern Virginia Planning District Commission
1990
Folder: Box 13  
Draft Article on Public Participation for F.R.I.
1991
Folder: Box 13  
North Carolina Board of Alcoholic Control Mixed Beverages Regulations
1980
Folder: Box 13  
Town of Nags Head Land Subdivision Regulations
1971-1977
Folder: Box 13  
Fire Hazard Inspection Complaint
1979
Folder: Box 13  
Desalination Project: Dare County KDH and Nags Head
1987
Folder: Box 13  
Donald Bryan Letter to Constituents
1991
Folder: Box 13  
Beach Bus Inaugural Ceremony
1980
Folder: Box 13  
North Carolina League of Municipalities
1978-1979
Folder: Box 13  
Political Newspaper Articles
1985-1991
Folder: Box 13  
Resolution Adopting the Washington Metro Area
1983
Folder: Box 13  
Donald Bryan Voting Flyers
undated
Folder: Box 13  
400th Anniversary Celebration
1982-1984
Folder: Box 13  
Letters of Thanks for Mayoral Service
1991-1992
Folder: Box 13  
1997 Election
1997
Folder: Box 13  
2001 Election
2001
Folder: Box 13  
Invitation: Annexation of the City of Pittsburgh
1981
Folder: Box 13  
Charles Evans Resignation
1978
Folder: Box 13  
J. Webb Fuller Resume
undated
PC.5215  
Life Saving Station Research Files
1976-2003 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Kitty Hawk Station
1977-1992
Folder: Box 14  
Currituck Beach Coast Guard Station
2001 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Ocean City Life Saving Station
undated
Folder: Box 14  
Cobb Island VA. Life Saving Station
1998 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Kill Devil Hills Station
1986 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Unidentified Life Saving Stations
1977-1997
Folder: Box 14  
Hetcher's Neck Life Saving Station
undated
Folder: Box 14  
Pea Island Life Saving Station
1988-2003
Folder: Box 14  
Little Kinnakeet Life Saving Station
1984-1993 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Nags Head Station
1981 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Oregon Inlet Station
1979-1996
Folder: Box 14  
False Cape to Oregon Inlet Coast Guard Station
1980-1993 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Wash Woods Life Saving Station Corona, North Carolina
1976-1990
Folder: Box 14  
Caffey's Inlet Life Saving Station
1977 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Durants Station
1977-1980 and undated
Folder: Box 14  
Portsmouth Island Station
undated
Folder: Box 15  
Chicamacomico Life Saving Station
1978-2002
Folder: Box 15  
Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce
1981-1990
Folder: Box 15  
Lions Club Speech
1981
Folder: Box 15  
Mayoral-related Newspaper Clippings
1975-1984
Folder: Box 22  
Scrapbook on the Environmental Effects of Off-Road Vehicles on Beaches, Presented by the Nags Head Civic Association
1979
Item: AV Box 1  
Town Hall Forum: A Visit with the Mayor [VHS]
10 January 1989
Item: AV Box 1  
1989 Storm: Dare County [VHS]
1989

PC.5215  
Photographs
circa 1924-2007 and undated

Scope and Content

This subseries contains photographs, most of which are believed to have been taken by Donald Bryan. Included in this series are portraits of Donald and Catharine Bryan, photographs of Donald during his time in the military, photographs of family and friends, snapshots of various buildings and landscapes, travel photographs, and images of numerous lighthouses and lifesaving stations on the Outer Banks. Also included are several hundred color slides of Donald's artwork, apparently produced to assist in managing inventory for his art business and labeled according to his original numbering scheme. Formats include prints, 35mm slides, and negatives. Additional photographs of Donald Bryan's World War II service can be found in the scrapbooks in the Military Service subseries, and early photographs of Catharine Bryan can be found in the Catharine Bryan Papers series.

Folder: Box 23  
Military Photographs
circa 1950s-1960s
Folder: Oversize Box 1  
Air Force Group Photograph
circa 1950s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Donald Bryan
circa 1950s-1990s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Donald and Catharine Bryan
1946-2000s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Family and Friends
circa 1930s-1970s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Lake Mattamuskeet Lodge
circa 1980s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Buildings, Nature, Boats, and Monuments
circa 1950s-1973
Folder: Image Box 1  
Art Photographs
1968-1987
Folder: Image Box 1  
Hatteras Lighthouse
1975
Folder: Image Box 1  
Bodie Island Lighthouse
1974
Folder: Image Box 1  
Swan Lake Club
circa 1980s-1990s
Folder: Image Box 1  
Bryan House Under Construction
circa 2000s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Taos Pueblo
May 1975
Folder: Image Box 2  
Offshore Drilling
1980s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Military Service Graduation Ceremonies
circa 1970s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Military Service Photographs
1940s-1970s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Animals
1950s-circa 1970s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Children
1950-1967
Folder: Image Box 2  
Various Wedding Photographs
circa 1950s-1970s
Folder: Image Box 2  
Young Donald Bryan
circa 1924-1967
Folder: Image Box 3  
School at Walnut Island
1976
Folder: Image Box 3  
Portsmouth Island and Coast Guard
1981
Folder: Image Box 3  
Inland, Williamsburg, Hertford Plantation
1975-1979
Folder: Image Box 3  
Durant's, Caffey's Inlet, Buxton Coast Guard Station, Creedshill Coast Guard Station, Wanchese
1974-1978
Folder: Image Box 3  
X McMannes Operation, Whalebone Boat Rental, C-130 and Aclocopter
1976
Folder: Image Box 3  
Old Library, Hatteras Lightkeeper's House, Elizabeth City Black Church
1992
Folder: Image Box 3  
Boatyard Elizabeth City
1976-1985
Folder: Image Box 3  
Eastern North Carolina
1975-1991
Folder: Image Box 4  
Kitty Hawk Lifesaving Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Currituck Beach Coast Guard Station
cica 1960s
Folder: Image Box 4  
Kill Devil Hills Lifesaving Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Unidentified Lifesaving Stations
circa 1950s-1970s and undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Creeds Hill Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Bethany Beach, Delaware
circa 1980s
Folder: Image Box 4  
Pea Island Lifesaving Station
1977 and undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Little Kinnakeet Station
circa 1950s
Folder: Image Box 4  
Nags Head Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Oregon Inlet Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
False Cape to Oregon Inlet
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
Durant Lifesaving Station
1976
Folder: Image Box 4  
Portsmouth Island Station
undated
Folder: Image Box 4  
400th Anniversary Celebration
1993
Folder: Image Box 4  
Don Bryan as Mayor
circa 1978
Folder: Image Box 4  
Boats
1973-1978
Folder: Image Box 4  
Houses, Landscapes, and Cars
circa 1940s-1989
Folder: Image Box 4  
St. Andrew's By-The-Sea
1974
Folder: Image Box 4  
Aerial Photograph of the Outer Banks
undated
Folder: Image Box 5  
"By the Water"
1975-1978
Folder: Image Box 5  
Local Photographs
1973-1985
Folder: Image Box 5  
Landscape-Style Photographs
1970s
Folder: Image Box 5  
Menhaden
1970s
Folder: Image Box 5  
Ocracoke
1970s
Folder: Image Box 5  
Our House, Spain
undated
Folder: Image Box 5  
Personal
1973-1990
Folder: Image Box 6  
Dare County and Inland
1974-1997
Folder: Image Box 6  
Places
1993-1995
Folder: Image Box 6  
Capes (includes Cape Hatteras Lighthouse)
1995-1999
Folder: Image Box 6  
Personal and Ship Construction
1994
Folder: Image Box 6  
Copies of Finished Work
1987 and undated
Folder: Image Box 6  
Paintings and Inspiration
1988-2007
Folder: Image Box 7  
Nags Head Commons Groundbreaking
undated
Folder: Image Box 7  
U.S.O. Play
circa 1940s
Folder: Image Box 7  
Donald Bryan Photographs
1972-1993 and undated
Folder: Image Box 7  
Donald Bryan Photographs
circa 1960s-1990s
Folder: Image Box 7  
Catharine Bryan Photographs
circa 1940s-1960s
Folder: Image Box 7  
Wanchese (Linda Gayle, etc.)
1981
Folder: Image Box 7  
Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee
circa 1980
Folder: Image Box 7  
Art Gallery Photographs
1977 and undated
Folder: Image Box 7  
Donald Bryan Posing with Artwork
1977 and undated
Folder: Image Box 7  
Donald Bryan Professional Photographs
1977 and undated
Folder: Image Box 7  
Art Negatives
undated
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 7041-7738
1975-1978
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 7821-8102
1979-1983
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 7901-8203
1978-1983
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 8301-8901
1985-1990
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 9001-9624
1990-1997
Folder: Image Box 8  
Paintings 0004, 0006, 0009, and unlabeled
2000 and undated
Folder: Image Box 9  
Paintings 9700s
1997-1998
Folder: Image Box 9  
Paintings 9800s
1998-1999
Folder: Image Box 9  
Paintings: Rejects
1975-2000 and undated
Folder: Image Box 10  
Taos
1991
Folder: Image Box 10  
Sedona, Grand Canyon
1975
Folder: Image Box 10  
Santa Fe
1991
Folder: Image Box 10  
Jerome
1990
Folder: Image Box 10  
Aztec Dancers and Pole Jumpers
1991
Folder: Image Box 10  
Arizona
1975-1990
Folder: Image Box 10  
Gallop Parade
1990
Folder: Image Box 10  
Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)
1988 and undated
Folder: Image Box 10  
Old Town Albuquerque
1990
Folder: Image Box 10  
Wilmington Tugs, Morehead City, State Port Docks
1977-1983
Folder: Image Box 11  
Photograph of Edith Black
1925
Folder: Image Box 11  
Donald Bryan Photograph
undated
Folder: Image Box 11  
Negatives [2 folders]
circa 1960s-2000 and undated
Folder: Image Box 11  
Art Negatives
1977
Folder: Image Box 11  
Artwork Contact Sheets
1990

The Catharine L. Bryan Papers primarily include the personal papers of Catharine Bryan, especially relating to her early life prior to moving to Nags Head in 1972. Included are family papers, information on her service in the military, the guestbook from her wedding to Donald Bryan, and early photographs of her and her family and friends.

Folder: Box 2  
Last Will and Testament of Charles T. Nafey (Catharine's Uncle)
1981

Folder: Box 2  
Catharine Nafey Engagement Announcement
1946

Folder: Box 2  
Catharine Bryan Military Service
1946-1963

Folder: Box 2  
Donald and Catharine Bryan Wedding Guestbook
1946

Folder: Box 2  
Passports
1954-1962

Folder: Box 7  
Catharine Bryan Hurricane Certificate
1993

Folder: Box 7  
Hurricane-related Newspaper Clippings
1977-1982

Folder: Box 23  
Certificates
1933-1954

Folder: Box 23  
Photographs
circa 1925-1950