Bruce E. Bradbury Papers

Michael C. Oliveira
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007
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ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.

Bruce E. Bradbury Papers

Collection number: Coll2008-022

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Michael C. Oliveira
Date Completed:
January 7, 2008
Encoded by:
Michael C. Oliveira
© 2008 ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. All rights reserved.
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Descriptive Summary

Title: Bruce E. Bradbury papers
Dates: 1942-1991
Collection number: Coll2008-022
Creator: Bradbury, Bruce Edgar, 1923-1992
Collection Size: 2 archive cartons, 1 archives half-carton, 1 oversize box. 2.4 linear feet.
Repository: ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.
Los Angeles, California 90007
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.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

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.

Biography

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.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bradbury, Bruce Edgar, 1923-1992
Gay motorcycle clubs--Los Angeles, Calif.
Merchant marine
Photographs
Tattooed people


Collection Contents

Box 1 : 1-2, 5-9 ; 2 : 1-3 ; 3 : 1-2

Personal 1923-1991

Box 1 : 1

Personal correspondence and documents 1939-1991

Box 1 : 2

Identity, membership, and business cards 1954-1985

Box 1 : 6

Motorcycle club program, Coronation of Oedipus Rex LVII 1990

Box 3 : 1-2

Photographs circa 1923-circa 1990

 

Tattoos and piercings 1974-1991

Box 1 : 5

Business cards, flyers, miscellaneous 1974-1982

Box 1 : 5

PFI Quarterly magazine October 1977

Box 1 : 5

Illustrated Men newsletter May 1990-November 1991

Box 1 : 7 - 2 : 3

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

Physical Description: Typescript; 6 folders.
Box 1 : 3-4; 3 : 3-5 ; 4 : 1(Oversize)

Family 1929-1976

Box 4 : 1(Oversize)

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

Box 4 : 1(Oversize)

Family cemetery map no date

Box 1 : 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 : 3

"Family, Neighbors, Steam Engines" 1956-1959

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

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