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MS Am 1184-1184.4

Bradford family. Bradford family diaries and letters, 1809-1866: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 1184-1184.4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bradford family.
Title: Bradford family diaries and letters,
Date(s): 1809-1866.
Quantity: 1 collection (.64 linear feet (9 volumes)
Abstract: Diaries and letters of the Bradford family of Massachusetts, detailing their travels and current events, including the Civil War.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

48M-318 - 48M-321 and 47M-365. Gift of Mrs. Gamaliel Bradford, Wellesley, Mass; received: 1942 May 27.

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Bradford Family Diaries and Letters, 1809-1866 (MS Am 1184-1184.4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The Bradfords represented in this collection include the father, grandfather, and aunts of the author Gamaliel Bradford (1863-1932). Gamaliel Bradford (1795-1839) was a superintendant of Massachusetts General Hospital. Gamaliel Bradford (1831-1911) was a banker and advocate of political reforms. Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley (1793-1867) ran a small boarding school for boys with her husband, a minister in Waltham, Mass.

Scope and Contents

Consists of diaries, 1833-1839, of Gamaliel Bradford (1795-1839). Includes reflections and notes of his son Gamaliel Bradford (1831-1911) while on a voyage to Europe, 1851-1852, and on a journey to Detroit, Mich., 1854, as well as his diaries, 1854-1856.
Also contains a diary and an herbarium, 1856, kept by Sarah Hickling Bradford on a trip abroad. Typed transcripts of letters that Sarah Ripley wrote to childhood friends discuss her intellectual interests; later letters to her daughter contain news of family, friends, and public events, including the Civil War.

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