Source Materials

We want to be as accurate as possible as we attempt to summarize more than 150 years of Bryan history into a format that is easily accessible and, hopefully, entertaining as well.

We’ve done extensive research in all of the usual places such as the Carnegie History Center, the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University and the numerous books that have previously been written about the history of Bryan and Brazos County.

We’ve also done new fact-finding and interviews to try to unearth tidbits of the past that may not have seen the light of day in decades, or perhaps ever.

Here’s a list of our sources for this project, so far…

Government, libraries, universities, museums

  • Carnegie History Center
  • City of Bryan, City Secretary’s Office
  • Texas General Land Office
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Brazos County Deed Records
  • Brazos Valley African American Museum
  • Office of the Texas State Climatologist, Texas A&M University
  • Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
  • The Portal to Texas History, University of North Texas Libraries
  • Cushing Library, Texas A&M University
  • DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University
  • Bryan Independent School District
  • John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library, Fisk University

Books, newspapers, periodicals, research documents, historical video footage

  • Images of America Bryan, Wendy W. Patzewitsch (2011)
  • Brazos County History – Rich Past, Bright Future, Brazos County Heritage and History Council (1986)
  • African American Bryan Texas: Celebrating the Past, Dr. Oswell Person (2012)
  • Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, John Henry Brown (1896)
  • A Guide to Historic Brazos County (2003)
  • Those Were the Days – Bryan Brazos County 1821-1921
  • Property In Freedman Town, also Known As Hall’s Addition, Bryan, Texas, Bill Page
  • The Queen Theater: Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, Henry P. Mayo (2011)
  • The Story of Temple Freda: A Hidden Bryan Treasure
  • The American Annual Golf Guide 1920
  • Bryan, College Station, A&M: An Architectural Tour by Stephen Fox for the Rice Design Alliance publication Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston, (Spring 1998)
  • A Case Study of the Voice of African American Teachers in Two Texas Communities Before and After Desegregation, 1954-1975: A Dissertation, Hilary Standish, (Dec. 2006)
  • Texas A&M Today, March 1, 2018. (Article originally published in The Conversation), Christine Crudo Blackburn, Gerald W. Parker of Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service; Morten Wendelbo of American University in Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2018)
  • BTU Annual Report (2019)
  • The Eagle archives
  • KBTX archives


  • Randy Haynes
  • Henry Mayo
  • Wayne Sadberry 
  • Anne Boykin
  • Helen and Oscar Chavarria
  • Ernie Wentrcek
  • Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz
  • Dr. Sylvia Grider
  • Kenneth W. Smith Jr.
  • Rachael Altman
  • Anne Preston
  • Lindsey Guindi
  • Elizabeth Buckley
  • Martha Ray Jones

Oral histories

  • Marjorie Saculla (posthumous)
  • Norris Jay Pritchard Sr. (posthumous)
  • Joe Ramirez (posthumous)
  • Linda Andersson Hoch
  • Sunny Nash
  • Dr. Oswell Person
  • Roland M. Searcy
  • Kate Oliver Thomas and William Oliver III 
  • Bill Watkins
  • Joe Ferreri (and his daughters Susan and Gayle)
  • Louise Marsh Reeves

Other websites or outside sources

  • Texas A&M Foundation website
  • Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS Recollections project website
  • George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex at RELLIS website
  • Texas A&M University Bonfire Memorial website
  • Blinn College website
  • Officer Down Memorial Page website
  • Brazos County WW1 Centennial Committee website
  • Texas A&M Today website
  • Santa Teresa Catholic Church website
  • The Varisco Building website
  • Messina Hof website
  • Howard University Law Library website
  • The Locomobile Society of America website
  • Wikimedia Commons

The City of Bryan’s 150th Anniversary website is produced by the City of Bryan Communications and Marketing Department.
Story, content curation and website:
Kenneth W. Smith Jr.

Brian Jones

Kenneth W. Smith Jr., Brian Jones
and Kristen Waggener

150 logo / project branding:
Brian Gardner

Special research assistance:
Cheleen McQuaide