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Bradfield Family Scrapbooks
MSS 0161  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Bradfield Family
    Title: Bradfield Family Scrapbooks,
    Date (inclusive): 1932 - 1938
    Extent: 1.00 linear feet (2 archives boxes and 2 oversize folders)
    Abstract: Four scrapbooks, probably kept by Mr. and Mrs. Vergil F. Bradfield, parents of Robert Bradfield. Vergil Bradfield lived in China from 1919 to 1938. He was associated with the Peking Union Medical College. Robert Bradfield was born in China. The scrapbooks date from ca. 1932 to 1938. Two of the volumes contain photographs of China, including many images of Peking and environs. One of the scrapbooks contains memorabilia, probably collected by Mrs. Vergil Bradfield, including newspaper accounts of Japanese military activities, invitations, and Chinese ephemera. The remaining scrapbook contains photostatic copies of illustrated Chinese medical texts dealing primarily with unusual or abnormal conditions. The texts include English translations.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0161
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Bradfield Family Scrapbooks, MSS 0161. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


    The family of Vergil F. Bradfield lived in China (probably in Peking) during the 1920s and 1930s. Bradfield went to China in 1919 and was associated with the Peking Union Medical College. He left the country in 1938. Vergil's son Robert was born in China around 1926.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Two of the scrapbooks contain photographs, probably taken in the late 1930s. Most of the images appear to be snapshots, probably taken by the Bradfield family. Included are images of Peking and its environs, including street scenes, the Foreign Compound, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. Also included are images of the Bradfield residences in China, family friends, family servants, and Japanese military activities.
    One scrapbook contains memorabilia, probably collected by Mrs. Vergil Bradfield. Included are invitations, calling cards, advertisements, and newspaper clippings relating to the Japanese advance into China.
    The last scrapbook contains photostatic copies of illustrated Chinese medical texts. Most of the texts deal with abnormal or unusual medical conditions. Some of the texts are provided with English translations in typescript.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Bradfield family -- Archives
    Medicine, Chinese -- Manuscripts
    China -- Description and travel -- Photographs
    Beijing (China) -- Description and travel -- Photographs
    China -- History -- 1928-1937 -- Manuscripts


    Bradfield, Vergil F
    Bradfield, Robert