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Bray Family Collection
2002.28, 2000.45, 2013.21, 2003.32, 2015.38  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bray Family Collection
    Dates: 1850s-1960s, bulk in mid-1900s
    Collection Number: 2002.28, 2000.45, 2013.21, 2003.32, 2015.38
    Extent: 14 boxes, various sizes
    Repository: Contra Costa County Historical Society
    Martinez, California 94553
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Contact the Contra Costa County Historical Society for publication permission.

    Preferred Citation

    Bray Family Collection. Contra Costa County Historical Society

    Biography/Administrative History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    See Guide to Collection for details. See also the Veale Collection.

    Indexing Terms

    Script, radio
    Court, California Supreme
    History, California
    Scouts, Boy
    Veale, R.R.
    Bray, A.F.
    Bray, Leila
    Herman, H.M.
    Donovan, Hugh H.
    Veale, W.H.
    Schroder, Robert
    Dent, James
    Reinecke, Ed
    Castro, Ken
    Burton, Grant
    Stein, Louis L
    Head, Walter W.
    Ellis, George E.
    Brennerman, J.H.
    DeMartini, John
    American Women's Voluntary Service
    Boy Scouts
    Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART)
    brochures, campaign
    newspaper clippings

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