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Don Bryant, Broadcast Records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RG-39-00-08

Scope and Contents

The Don Bryant, Broadcast Records, contain the professional papers of Don Bryant. The papers cover his work teaching in the College of Journalism, his role as information officer for UNL athletics, and his work with the NCAA and US Olympic Committee. Some other professional organizations are also represented.

Materials include syllabi, exams, course materials and readings, lecture notes, press packets, correspondence, media contracts, articles, event planning documents, recordings of events, newsletters, meeting minutes, press credentials, photographs, and memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1947 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Don "Fox" Bryant was the sports information officer at University of Nebraska-Lincoln for 31 years. He was the assistant athletic director for 18 years, director of the Bob Devaney Sports Center, and an Associate Professor for the College of Journalism teaching sports public relations.

Bryant was born in Lincoln, NE July 21, 1929 to Harold and Harriet Bryant. He attanded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln but his education was interupted when he was called into the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for the base newspaper at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Bryant returned to UNL and completed his degree in 1952. He worked as a sports editor for the Lincoln Star from 1954 to 1963.

Bryant returned to UNL in the 1960s to become the sports information officer, where he negotiated media contracts and managed PR. Bryant was responsible for comissioning the redesign of the UNL football mascot to Herbie Husker in 1977.

Bryant also participated in the field of sports journalism outside UNL throughout his career. He was a media liaison for the 1980, 1984, and 1988 US Olympic Committees, and was a media liaison fo the 1987 Pan-American Games. Bryant spent 20 years on the NCAA's Final Four Basketball tournaments' media services staff. He was the Chief U.S. Press officer to the World Cup Games in 1979. In 1982-2013, Bryant wrote a column, "Like It Was", for his son's newspaper, the Voice News in Hickman.

Bryant retired from UNL in 1997, but he continued to serve the college by creating a Hall of Fame and sports museum. He was a prolific collector of Cornhuskers memorabilia in his retirement. He wrote two books about the history of football at UNL: Tales from the Nebraska Sidelines and Devaney and friends.

Bryant died on December 5, 2014 in Lincoln, NE.


4 Linear Feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The Dean's office of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications donated the collection in 2016.

Processing Information

In 2023, Madison White processed the collection. Bryant's papers had been donated with number of boxes about the Journalism College's Alumni Association, so these boxes were split to create two seperate collections. Much of Bryant's files were not in folders and were disorganized, so files were arranged alphabetically and all papers were placed into folders. During this process, student grades and duplicates were weeded from the collection. A new finding aid was then created to reflect the new arrangement.

Don Bryant, Broadcast Records
Madison White and Ross Schroeder
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
P.O. Box 884100
Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States