Bray Family Collection

Finding aid created by Contra Costa County Historical Society staff using RecordEXPRESS
Contra Costa County Historical Society
724 Escobar Street
Martinez, California 94553
(925) 229-1042

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

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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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