Photographs, correspondence, and other materials
relating to the life and family of Bruce Bradbury (1923-1992). The documents
include family correspondence, photographs, and 8-mm home movies. Other
photographs, correspondence, and materials document Bradbury's service in the
United States Merchant Marine, his creative writing (including a typescript of
Who Are You, Billy Bingleman?), and his
interest in motorcycles and tattoos.
Bruce Edgar Bradbury was born in Indiana (possibly Albion) on May 15,
1923, to Edgar J. and Lucille Enger Chappelle Bradbury. A member of the
National Honor Society, he graduated from high school in 1940 and went on to
attend Northwestern University. He later graduated from the United States
Merchant Marine Academy and served as a deck officer on the
Mesh Knot. In the mid 1950s, he relocated to Los
Angeles, where he pursued his interests in creative writing, motorcycles (he
appears to have been a member of the Saddleback Motorcycle Club of Orange
County), and tattoos. He died in Los Angeles on April 13, 1992.
2 archive cartons, 1 archives
half-carton, 1 oversize box. 2.4 linear feet.
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