The Bryson Club in the 1924 Horned Frog yearbook.
Professor Walter Bryson, 1922
The records of the Bryson Club are now available in TCU Special Collections. The English department formed the Bryson Club in 1923 in memory of Walter Buxton Bryson, who chaired the department from 1917 until his death in 1922. Professors Mabel Major and Rebecca Smith Lee became the club’s first faculty advisors. In 1933, Lorraine Sherley took over as advisor, guiding the club for over 50 years until her death in 1984. In 1981, Ernest Allen became co-advisor, and donated the club’s records to TCU prior to his death in 2007. The club invited juniors and seniors with a 3.0 G.P.A or higher to join, and hosted bi-monthly meetings in which students submitted and read manuscripts, plays, poems, essays, or short stories. Beginning in 1935, the club extended invitations to upperclassmen other than English majors. In 1938, the club established a scholarship fund to assist qualified members.
The club crest was the Bryson Buxton shield. It bore a Horned Frog and three stars signifying social and physical health, scholarship, and leadership. The club colors were white, blue, and gold. The club’s motto was “Do it with thy might.”
The records include documentation on club membership, meetings, finances, and the organizational constitution. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, artifacts, guest books and photographs of meetings, initiations, and parties are also in the collection.
The club still exists today as the Bryson Literary Society.
Lorraine Sherley sponsored the club for over 50 years.
This membership certificate shows the club crest.