Guide to the John Bradley Papers,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bradley, John
Title: John Bradley Papers
Dates: 1846-1869 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 container. (.5 linear feet of shelf space.) (41 items.)
Collection Number: Cage 153
Summary: Correspondence, financial and legal papers of the owner and commander of the steamer Lawrence.
Repository: Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Contact Information: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
100 Dairy Road
Terrell Library 5610
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Languages: Collection materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Cyrus Bradley's autobiography, prepared in 1893 for Hawthorne's History of Washington gives this account of John Bradley: "His father, the late Captain John Bradley, was the owner and commander of the steamer Lawrence, which did active service during the war of the Rebellion, on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and other Southern waters. At the age of twelve years, young Cyrus removed with his parents to their home near Dayton, Ohio, and remained there until the death of his father, four years later [i.e. 1868]." [Typescript account, folder 48, Cyrus Bradley Papers]

Content Description

The papers of John Bradley are primarily concerned with legal and financial matters of his steamboat and real estate investments. They include a collection ledger, a cargo manifest, insurance policies, articles of agreement, bills of sale, and 1865 federal income tax receipt, four unidentified tintypes, and letters including one by young Cyrus to Mrs. John Bradley.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

[Item Description]. Cage 153, John Bradley Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

The Bradley papers were received by Washington State University Library sometime prior to 1955.

Processing Note :  

The papers of Captain John Bradley (d. ca. 1868) were separated from the papers of his son, Cyrus Bradley (b. 1852), when that accession was reprocessed by Lawrence Stark in 1974.

Separated Materials :  

The Cyrus Bradley papers are maintained as Cage 243.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

1 Collection ledger, Steamer Lawrence. Also miscellaneous notes, accounts and recipes probably by Cyrus Bradley., 1846-1867
1 volume.
2 Manifest of Steamer Lawrence, Cincinnati to Little Rock, March 22, 1867
1 item.
3 Cargo, steamboat and flatboat insurance policies, 1861-1867
14 items.
4 Articles of agreement, bills of sale, and other legal papers re: steamer and real estate purchases, 1853-1869
5 Income tax receipt, 1865
1 item.
6 Correspondence, primarily to Mrs. John Bradley, 1861-1867
4 items.
7 Photographs: unidentified tintypes.
4 items.


This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Bradley, John, d. ca. 1868. --Archives  ( creator)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Lawrence (Steamer)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Steamboats -- Mississippi River--History
  • Steamboats -- Ohio River--History
  • United States --History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives

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