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Bruce E. Bradbury Papers

Finding aid prepared by Michael C. Oliveira, © 2008

Summary Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Bradbury, Bruce Edgar, 1923-1992
Bruce E. Bradbury papers
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
2.4 linear feet.
General Physical Description note
2 archive cartons, 1 archives half-carton, 1 oversize box.
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.

Preferred Citation

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

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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.

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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.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2008
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771


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).

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.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Photographs


  • Bradbury, Bruce Edgar, 1923-1992
  • Gay motorcycle clubs--Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Merchant marine
  • Tattooed people

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Collection Inventory

 Personal 1923-1991 

Box Folder

 Personal correspondence and documents 1939-1991 

1 1

 Identity, membership, and business cards 1954-1985 

1 2

 Motorcycle club program, Coronation of Oedipus Rex LVII 1990 

1 6

 Photographs circa 1923-circa 1990 

3 1-2

 Tattoos and piercings 1974-1991 

Box Folder

 Business cards, flyers, miscellaneous 1974-1982 

1 5

 PFI Quarterly magazine October 1977 

1 5

 Illustrated Men newsletter May 1990-November 1991 

1 5
Box Folder

 Who Are You, Billy Bingleman? (novel, 1 of 2)) circa 1960   Typescript

1 7

 Who Are You, Billy Bingleman? (novel, 2 of 2) circa 1960   Typescript

2 1-3

 Family 1929-1976 

Box Folder

 Edgar J. Bradbury's certificates as Freemason 1929-1966 

4 1

 Family cemetery map no date 

4 1

 Family correspondence and documents 1929-1966 

1 3

 Home Movies circa 1958-1960   8-mm film; 1 x 7-inch reel ; 1 x 5 1/2-inch reel ; 5 x 2 3/4-inch reels.

Box Folder

 "Family, Neighbors, Steam Engines" 1956-1959   1.0 x 7-inch reel 8 mm film;.

3 3

 Films addressed to Edgar J. Bradbury circa 1958   8 mm films; 3 x 2 3/4-inch reels ; 1 empty reel.

3 4

 Films found with Edgar J. Bradbury films circa 1958   8 mm films; 1 x 5 1/2-inch reel ; 2 x 2 3/4-inch reels.

3 5
Box Folder

 Memorial cards of family and friends, family cemetery map, petition for probate 1930-1976 

1 4

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