The Bradbury Family Papers collection contains the personal and legal materials
of the Bradbury family as well as business documents and records pertaining to the family's estate and
subsidiary companies in both California and in Mexico. Also found in the collection are documents
related to various properties prior to their acquisition by the Bradbury Estate Company.
Lewis Leonard Bradbury (circa 1823-1892), originally from Bangor, Maine, moved to Rosario, (Sinaloa)
Mexico in the early 1860s. He began accumulating shares in the "Tajo" mines, eventually gaining
controlling interests in 1873. He married Simona Martinez in Mazatlan, Mexico around 1867. In 1880, L.L.
Bradbury moved his family to California, first settling in Oakland and then Los Angeles, where he began
investing in California real estate. Around 1883, he acquired Rancho Azusa de Duarte in southern
California which is now part of the present-day cities of Duarte and Bradbury (both incorporated in
1957) in Los Angeles County, California. Lewis Leonard Bradbury died in 1892.
Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to
publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library,
University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or
imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Collection is open for research.