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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Bruce E. Bradbury papers
    creator: Bradbury, Bruce Edgar
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2008-022
    Physical Description: 2.8 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1991
    Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, and other materials relating to the life and family of Bruce Bradbury (1923-1992). The documents include family correspondence, photographs, and 8-mm home movies. Other photographs, correspondence, and materials document Bradbury's service in the United States Merchant Marine, his creative writing (including a typescript of his novel Who Are You, Billy Bingleman?), and his interest in motorcycles and tattoos.
    Physical Description: 2 archive cartons, 2 archives half-carton, 1 oversize box.


    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

    Preferred Citation

    Box #, Folder #, Bruce E. Bradbury Papers, Coll2008-022, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Date and method of acquisition unknown.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, January 7, 2008.
    Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
    Additional materials added by Kyle Morgan, 2015.


    Bruce Edgar Bradbury was born in Indiana (possibly Albion) on May 15, 1923, to Edgar J. and Lucille Enger Chappelle Bradbury. A member of the National Honor Society, he graduated from high school in 1940 and went on to attend Northwestern University. He later graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and served as a deck officer on the Mesh Knot. In the mid 1950s, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he pursued his interests in creative writing, motorcycles (he appears to have been a member of the Saddleback Motorcycle Club of Orange County), and tattoos. He died in Los Angeles on April 13, 1992.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of Bradbury's service with the United States Merchant Marine, outings with the Saddleback Motorcycle Club of Orange County, and images of himself and family. The collection also includes 7 reels of 8-mm home movies dating from the mid-1950s, and a typescript of his novel, Who are You, Billy Bingleman? Bradbury's personal papers include identity, membership, and business cards, along with documents relating to his Merchant Marine service, and his interest in tattoos. Other papers include correspondence and personal papers of his mother, father and brother.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Merchant marine
    Tattooed people
    Gay motorcycle clubs -- California -- Los Angeles
    Bradbury, Bruce Edgar