The Richard H. Bryant Collection consists of letters written to Major Richard H. Bryant while he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The majority of letters are authored by his sisters Beverly and Wava, schoolteachers living in South Carolina during the war. He also exchanges letters with his brother James, referred to as "J.O.B.," friends Millie and Scott, girlfriend Eleanor "Norsey" Grant, and others both at home and overseas. The collection is divided into two series: Correspondence (1943-1945) and Personal Files (1943-1945).
Series I, Correspondence, consists of original V-mail, or Victory Mail, and Airmail correspondence sent to Bryant by family, friends, fellow military members, and his girlfriend, Eleanor "Norsey" Grant, while he was stationed in the Pacific. The V-Mail letters include news from South Carolina, concerning subjects such as the local church, gasoline rations, women in the workforce, media coverage of the war, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth presidential campaign. In letters exchanged with his brother and friends in other branches of the service he heard about conditions in the European theater, especially in Italy, and Clemson University's 1944 football season. Bryant and his friends also gossip about friends being promoted, getting married, and one who was arrested after arranging a botched abortion for his girlfriend. The v-mail, having been reproduced from microfilm, is around 60% of the original letters' size.
Series II, Personal Files, consists of items saved by Bryant related to his service in the military, including medical clearances, financial documents regarding bonds and claimed property, moving orders for Bryant while in the Pacific, addresses, and newspaper clippings.