This collection contains materials related to the life and work of Katherine ‘Kay’ Bradway, a Jungian analyst and leading
scholar and practitioner of Sandplay therapy. Materials include pamphlets, remembrance material, travel and daily diaries,
correspondence, clippings, reviews, published works, slides, photographs, a scrapbook, and internal documents from the C.G.
Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California. The bulk of the materials date
from the mid-1930s to the mid-2000s.
Katherine Bradway (nee Preston) was born on November 17, 1910 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to parents Charles Herbert Preston,
an accounting professor, and Ruth Louise Pierce Preston, a homemaker. Soon after Kay’s birth, the family, including Kay’s
sister Lucile, moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kay entered Milwaukee-Downer College at the young age of fifteen, but transferred
to the University of Minnesota after one year. She earned both her bachelors and masters degrees in psychology, with honors.
Kay’s first job after graduation was in a research laboratory at the Training School for the Mentally Deficient in Vineland,
NJ in 1933. It was here that she met Firman ‘Brad’ Bradway, who was employed teaching printing at the school. Kay and Brad
were married in New Jersey on September 18, 1935. Several years later, after Brad finished his studies at the Philadelphia
Art Institute, the couple moved to California so Kay could enroll at Stanford University to pursue her doctoral degree in
psychology. She was awarded her Ph.D. in psychology in 1942.
During this period, Kay entered into analysis with Jo Wheelwright, after two unsuccessful sessions of Freudian psychoanalysis.
Her sessions with Jo were pivotal and she decided to become a Jungian analyst herself, a process she completed in 1954. Her
mentors during this period included Clare Thompson, Elizabeth Whitney, and Joseph Henderson.
She was one of the founding members of the Society for Jungian Analysts of Northern California and the C.G. Jung Institute
of San Francisco. She also established her private practice during this time, with offices in San Francisco and Mill Valley.
In the early 1960s, she became interested in Sandplay therapy and travelled to Zurich to study with Dora Kalff. In the mid-1970s
she helped found the International Society for Sandplay Therapy. She was one of five founding members of the Sandplay Therapists
of America in 1986.
Kay was a prolific author. Her research interests ranged from gender and typology to Sandplay and IQ testing. She contributed
to and co-edited Sandplay Studies: Origins, Theory, and Practice (1981), and co-authored Sandplay: Silent Workshop of the
Psyche (1997), Sandplay in Three Voices: Images, Relationships, the Numinous (2005). She wrote Sandplay Bridges and the Transcendent
Function in 1985 and contributed many articles to the Journal of Sandplay Therapy. Kay and Brad traveled extensively, often
to attend international Jungian and Sandplay conferences.
Kay passed away peacefully in her home in Sausalito on May 7, 2013. She was 102 years old.
5 linear feet (3 document boxes, 3 slide carousels, 1 media box, 1 oversize box, 2 portfolio boxes, 4 digital files)
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