This collection consists of personal papers he collected over the years about local history. Also in the collection are papers
of R.R. Veale, Leila Veale Bray, and his son, Frank Bray. Other Bray information may be found in the society’s Veale Collection.
A.F. Bray (Absalom Francis Bray, Sr.), born 1 January 1987 in Montana and died 1 January 1987 in Martinez. He married Leila
V. Bray, the daughter of Richard Raines (R. R.) Veale. They had a son, Absalom Francis Bray, III, known as Frank or Junior.
A.F. Bray became assistant district attorney in Contra Costa County in 1914 and was later a city attorney for Concord. In
1936, he became a Superior Court judge, and in 1946, he was named to the state appellate court, becoming the presiding judge
in 1959. He retired
Bray was a founding member of the Contra Costa County Historical Society and served as its president. He was also active with
Boy Scouting, Martinez Historical Society, and other local organizations.