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This collection contains records from the John T. Bryant Basket Company. This company underwent several name changes while under different ownership throughout the years. It appears that John T. Bryant joined with W.B. Donaldson to purchase the Urbana Broom Company in approximately 1890. Mr. Donaldson had previously owned a business in Circleville, Ohio as recorded in the book found in Series V. After purchasing the Urbana Broom Company the company was moved to Sidney, Ohio and became known as the Donaldson & Bryant Company. There are records (1891 & 1898) from this company found in Series V. It appears that around 1898 the company became known as the John T. Bryant Co. According to John T. Bryant’s obituary he moved to Springfield in 1906 and formed the Bryant Manufacturing Co. along with his brother, W. H. Bryant. Mr. Bryant died in 1947 at which time is son, Albert, took over the business and it became known as the Bryant Basket Company. When Albert died in 1971 the business was sold to Roger Hart & family in Yellow Springs. It was located there for 6 years. Then it was moved back to Springfield. It was listed as a business in the Springfield City Directory through the year 1996.

There are 7 series in this collection. Series I contains 3 subseries. The other series do not have subseries. The collection fills 20 boxes. There are 18 record size boxes, 1 oversized box, and 1 small record box.

SPECIAL NOTE: Alphabetizing of the folders has been done by the first name of the person or company rather than the last. The decision was made to do this because business names would be alphabetized by the first word of the business and some of the correspondence to individuals was also business related, (i.e. orders, etc.) just not under an official business name. Therefore, to alleviate some business letters from being alphabetized one way and some another, all were filed according to the first name of the company or the individual.

Also, note that when there were postcards for companies or individuals that also had letter correspondence, the postcards were filed in the letter file. When the postcards for a company were the only type of correspondence, the postcards were filed in Series I Subseries 2 Postcards.

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