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MS Am 1183-1183.36

Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Gamaliel Bradford papers, 1796-1933: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f, b
Call No.: MS Am 1183-1183.36
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932.
Title: Gamaliel Bradford papers,
Date(s): 1796-1933 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1878-1932 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (24 linear feet (27 boxes, 139 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, compositions, scrapbook, and other materials by and about Wellesley, Massachusetts author Gamaliel Bradford. Also includes Bradford family papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Recataloged from MS Am 34. Gift of Gamaliel Bradford, Wellesley, Massachusetts; received: 1931 Nov. 14.
*42M-1940, *48M-304-322, *43M-830, *45M-614-615, 618-637. Gift of Helen Hubbard Ford Bradford [Mrs. Gamaliel Bradford IV], Wellesley, Massachusetts; received: 1942 May.
*58M-241. Bequest of Helen Hubbard Ford Bradford, through Mary Eleanore Prentiss, 3 Hallowell House, Wellesley 81; received: 1959 June 4.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Gamaliel Bradford Papers, 1796-1933 (MS Am 1183-1183.36). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Separated Materials

Bradford's autobiography was once among his papers, but Mrs. Bradford, who thought it did not do him justice, withdrew it. According to his biographer, Edward Wagenknecht, the whereabouts of this manuscript is not known.

Biographical / Historical

Gamaliel Bradford (1863-1932) was an American biographical essayist, poet, dramatist, and critic of Wellesley, Mass. He was the sixth of seven Gamaliel Bradfords in unbroken succession, of whom the first was a great-grandson of Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He entered Harvard College with the Class of 1886, but withdrew after a few weeks due to fragile health, a problem that was to plague him his entire life. He married Helen Hubbard Ford. Bradford attempted virtually every type of creative writing known in his time though his published writings were mostly unsuccessful until the publication of Lee the American (1912). He is best known for his development of the "psychograph," a type of biography that focuses on analyzing personality rather than providing a chronological account of a subject's life. He produced 13 biographical-sketch volumes between 1917 and 1932, as well as numerous single-person biographies. In his later years, Bradford had a habit of typing one page per day of about 350 words in a personal journal. About one-seventh of these journal entries and much of his correspondence was published in the volumes: The journal of Gamaliel Bradford, 1883-1932, edited by Van Wyck Brooks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933; and The letters of Gamaliel Bradford, 1918-1931, edited by Van Wyck Brooks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin company, 1934.

Bibliography

For complete biographical and bibliographical information on Bradford see: Wagenknecht, Edward, 1900-. Gamaliel Bradford in Twayne's United States authors series. (Boston, Mass. : Twayne, 1982.

Arrangement

Organized in the following series:

Scope and Contents

Contains letterbooks of professional correspondence and some personal correspondence; daily journals; autograph manuscripts of plays, poems, novels, short stories, and essays; translations; transcriptions of various original works; editorials; reviews; notebooks, notes, and notecards for various works; a scrapbook of clippings by and about Bradford; a recordbook, 1889-1916, for the Octopus Club, Wellesley, Mass.; and one, 1906-1930, for the Drama Reading Circle, also of Wellesley. Bradford's biographical essays are on Jones Very, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Walt Whitman, among many others. Also includes correspondence of previous generations of the Bradford family especially his great-grandfather, Gamaliel Bradford (1763-1824) to his grandfather, Gamaliel Bradford (1795-1839; superintendent of the Massachusetts General Hospital).
A number of these volumes have an index inserted into them. Most of these indexes are included in this electronic document and can be found at the end of the finding aid.

Container List

Index for MS Am 1183 (1): Oct 1918-Aug 1919

Index for MS Am 1183 (2): Aug 1919-Jan 1920

Index for MS Am 1183 (3): Jan 1920-May 1920

Index for MS Am 1183 (4): 6 May 1920-Aug 1920

Index for MS Am 1183 (5): Aug-Nov 1920

Index for MS Am 1183 (6): Nov 1920-Feb 1921

Index for MS Am 1183 (7): Feb 1921-June 1921

Index for MS Am 1183 (8): June-Sept 1921

Index for MS Am 1183 (9): Sept-Dec 1921

Index for MS Am 1183 (10): Jan-Mar 1922

Index for MS Am 1183 (11): 22 Mar 1922-2 June 1922

Index for MS Am 1183 (12): 3 June 1922-20 Aug 1922

Index for MS Am 1183 (13): 19 Aug 1922-Nov 1922

Index for MS Am 1183 (14): Nov 1922-Jan 1923

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Index for MS Am 1183 (29): Oct-Dec 1925

Index for MS Am 1183 (30): Dec 1925-Apr 1926

Index for MS Am 1183 (31): Apr-July 1926

Index for MS Am 1183 (32): June-Sept 1926

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Index for MS Am 1183 (34): Dec 1926-Mar 1927

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Index for MS Am 1183 (46): Dec 1929-Feb 1930

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Index for MS Am 1183 (48): Apr-Aug 1930

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Index for MS Am 1183 (50): Oct 1930-Jan 1931

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Index for MS Am 1183 (53): July-Oct 1931

Index for MS Am 1183 (54): Oct 1931-Feb 1932

Index for MS Am 1183 (55): Nov 1931-Feb 1933

Index for MS Am 1183.10 (1) 1921-1923

Index for MS Am 1183.10 (2): 1923-1924

Index for MS Am 1183.10 (3): Dec. 1924-Dec. 1927

Index for MS Am 1183.10 (4): 1928-1929

Index for MS Am 1183.10 (5): 1929-1930


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