Bruce E. Bradbury Papers Coll2008-022

Michael C. Oliveira
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
(213) 821-2771

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Title: Bruce E. Bradbury papers
creator: Bradbury, Bruce Edgar
Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008-022
Physical Description: 2.8 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1942-1991
Abstract: 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 his novel Who Are You, Billy Bingleman?), and his interest in motorcycles and tattoos.
Physical Description: 2 archive cartons, 2 archives half-carton, 1 oversize box.


The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Preferred Citation

Box #, Folder #, Bruce E. Bradbury Papers, Coll2008-022, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

Acquisition Information

Date and method of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, January 7, 2008.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Additional materials added by Kyle Morgan, 2015.


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.

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of Bradbury's service with the United States Merchant Marine, outings with the Saddleback Motorcycle Club of Orange County, and images of himself and family. The collection also includes 7 reels of 8-mm home movies dating from the mid-1950s, and a typescript of his novel, Who are You, Billy Bingleman? Bradbury's personal papers include identity, membership, and business cards, along with documents relating to his Merchant Marine service, and his interest in tattoos. Other papers include correspondence and personal papers of his mother, father and brother.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Merchant marine
Tattooed people
Gay motorcycle clubs -- California -- Los Angeles
Bradbury, Bruce Edgar


Personal 1923-1991

Box 5, Folder 1

Columbia Pictures grievance records 1972

Box 5, Folder 2

Contacts and memorial material 1953-1985

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence 1964-1985

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence and documents 1939-1991

Box 1, Folder 2

Identity, membership, and business cards 1954-1985

Box 5, Folder 4

Motorcycle club and leather subject files 1964-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes Saddleback MC materials.
Box 1, Folder 6

Motorcycle club program, Coronation of Oedipus Rex LVII 1990

Box 5, Folder 5

Personal papers 1957-1987

Scope and Contents

Includes identity cards, resume, and employment materials.
Box 3, Folder 1-2

Photographs circa 1923-circa 1990

Box 5, Folder 6

Photographs circa 1930-1980

Scope and Contents

Photographic prints and negatives of family, World War II service, travel in Europe, and motorcycle club involvements.

Tattoos and piercings 1974-1991

Box 1, Folder 5

Business cards, flyers, miscellaneous 1974-1982

Box 1, Folder 5

PFI Quarterly magazine October 1977

Box 1, Folder 5

Illustrated Men newsletter May 1990-November 1991

Box 1, Folder 7

Who Are You, Billy Bingleman? (novel, 1 of 2)) circa 1960

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 2, Folder 1-3

Who Are You, Billy Bingleman? (novel, 2 of 2) circa 1960

Physical Description: Typescript
Box 5, Folder 9

Writings 1970, undated

Box 5, Folder 7-8

Who Are You, Billy Bingleman? (novel) circa 1960


Family 1929-1976

Box 4, Folder 1

Edgar J. Bradbury's certificates as Freemason 1929-1966

Box 4, Folder 1

Family cemetery map no date

Box 1, Folder 3

Family correspondence and documents 1929-1966


Home Movies circa 1958-1960

Physical Description: 8-mm film;1 x 7-inch reel ; 1 x 5 1/2-inch reel ; 5 x 2 3/4-inch reels.
Box 3, Folder 3

"Family, Neighbors, Steam Engines" 1956-1959

Physical Description: 1 x 7-inch reel
Physical Description: 8 mm film;.
Box 3, Folder 4

Films addressed to Edgar J. Bradbury circa 1958

Physical Description: 8 mm films;3 x 2 3/4-inch reels ; 1 empty reel.
Box 3, Folder 5

Films found with Edgar J. Bradbury films circa 1958

Physical Description: 8 mm films;1 x 5 1/2-inch reel ; 2 x 2 3/4-inch reels.
Box 1, Folder 4

Memorial cards of family and friends, family cemetery map, petition for probate 1930-1976