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.
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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.