Guide to MS291 Conrey Bryson Papers
El Paso newscaster, author, and historian, Conrey Bryson was born in Cleveland, Utah, October 13, 1905, the son of Samuel C. Bryson, a farmer and miner, and Clara E.(Davis) Bryson. He came to El Paso in 1929 and worked for a theater company that went bankrupt leaving him stranded. He then worked as a courier for Western Union until 1936 when he was hired by KTSM radio and television. Bryson worked for KTSM until 1964. In 1965 he went to Washington, D.C. to work as an administrative assistant for Congressman Richard C. White. Bryson retired in 1972. He received his BA and MA from the Texas Western College (now the University of Texas El Paso) in 1954 and 1959, respectively. He was a member of Western Writers of America, the Mormon History Association, The El Paso County Historical Society (where he was the president in 1963-1964 and 1974), the Heritage Commission of UTEP, and the El Paso Westerners Corral. Bryson’s papers contain manuscripts and research for his two books, Down Went McGinty and Winter Quarters, several unpublished manuscripts, radio scripts from KTSM, and personal papers which include speeches from Easter services and Christmas letters.