John Bradley Papers, 1846-1869  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Bradley, John
John Bradley Papers
1846-1869 (inclusive)
1 container., (.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (41 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 153
Correspondence, financial and legal papers of the owner and commander of the steamer Lawrence.
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

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 DescriptionReturn to Top

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 CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Collection ledger, Steamer Lawrence. Also miscellaneous notes, accounts and recipes probably by Cyrus Bradley.
1 volume.
2 Manifest of Steamer Lawrence, Cincinnati to Little Rock
1 item.
March 22, 1867
3 Cargo, steamboat and flatboat insurance policies
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
1 item.
6 Correspondence, primarily to Mrs. John Bradley
4 items.
7 Photographs: unidentified tintypes.
4 items.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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