Billy Graham Center

Ephemera of William Jennings Bryan - Collection 97

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of William Jennings Bryan

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description

Audio tape of portions of two of Bryan's speeches and a recitation. The two speeches are the "Cross of Gold" speech to the 1896 Presidential Convention and an election talk from 1900. The recitation is of the 23rd Psalm, made in 1924.

Collection 97
[April 30, 2001]
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925
Ephemera; 1896-1924
Audio Tape


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Born in 1860, Bryan ran for president of the United States three times (1896, 1900 and 1908). He also served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. Bryan was also known as a spokesman for Fundamentalist causes, including his support of prohibition and opposition to the theory of evolution (illiustrated by his well-known prosecution in the 1925 Scopes Trial). Five days after the trial ended, Bryan died.

Scope and Content

For information about the contents of the audio tape in this collection, see the Location Record in this guide.


The materials for this collection were received by the Center in December 1979 from Richard H. Ayers, a manuscript dealer.

Accession 79-143

Accession 79-143
Type of Material: Audio Tape
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 ips speed, approximately 6 minutes. One side. Includes portions of the Cross of Gold speech to the 1896 Presidential Convention and an election talk from 1908, along with a recitation of the 23rd Psalm made in 1924.

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