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Cyrus Bradley Papers, 1882-1915
- Bradley, Cyrus, 1852-
- Cyrus Bradley Papers
- 1882-1915 (inclusive)18821915
- 4.5 Linear feet of shelf space, (9 Boxes)
- Collection Number
- Cage 243 (collection)
- The Cyrus Bradley papers consist of correspondence, business records, legal documents and a few personal items of the Spokane, Washington businessman. The correspondence from Bradley's later years predominates and is mainly concerned with financing and trading real estate and mining properties.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
The son of a riverboat operator of moderate wealth from Dayton, Ohio, Cyrus Bradley spent his young adulthood moving about the American West in various capacities until he located in Spokane Falls in 1883. There he founded a newspaper, the Spokane Miner, with his brother-in-law, Graham B. Dennis. Shortly, however, they abandoned the paper to concentrate on a venture in urban real estate development which largely centered on "Dennis and Bradley's Addition." A highly successful venture in the late 1880's and early 1890's, the addition became involved in financial difficulties in the mid-1890's, as did Bradley's investments in Spokane's Second Railroad Addition and in the Ross Park Street Railroad and the Washington Water Power Company. Narrowly escaping failure, Bradley emerged from the depression of the 1890's as a modest trader and investor in real estate, mining properties and irrigation projects. His investments were no longer concentrated in Spokane, but scattered throughout the West, and even included some as far away as Florida. One of Spokane's leading figures in his days as town boomer, Bradley spent his later years simply trying to earn a modest income. He remained active in philanthropic and social work organizations, but he never again became one of the powerful leaders of the city. Instead his main concern seems to have been the welfare of the family of his brother-in-law and ex-partner, Graham B. Dennis, who did not manage even a modest recovery from the financial turmoil of the 1890's.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of correspondence, business records, legal documents, and other materials regarding Cyrus Bradley's investments in urban real estate, irrigation projects and mining properties in the Spokane, Washington area. The majority consists of business correspondence during the years Bradley was attempting to recover from financial reverses incurred in real estate operations in the 1890s, during Spokane's formative years. In addition, the papers reflect Bradley's personal affairs, primarily his involvement in philanthropic and social work organizations.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Cyrus Bradley Papers, 1882-1915 (Cage 243)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The papers are arranged in three series: correspondence, business records, and personal items. Within each series, items are organized chronologically.
This collection was acquired by Washington State University Library sometime prior to a 1955 inventory of manuscript collections.
This collection was reprocessed by Lawrence Stark in 1974. At that time the papers of his father, John Bradley, were seperated into their own collection.
John Bradley Papers, 1846-1869 (Cage 153)
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: CorrespondenceReturn to Top
Correspondence of persons other than Bradley
William Dennis, 1896-1906.
Graham B. Dennis, 1885-1891.
Series 2: Business Records and Legal DocumentsReturn to Top
Agreements, permits and notices
Assays and price lists.
Bills and notes
Bills of lading and invoices
Deeds and mortgages
Mining agreements, claims and reports
Receipts and payment notices
Statements and accounts
Series 3: PersonalReturn to Top
Preliminary register and notes.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Charities -- Washington (State) -- Spokane.
- Irrigation -- Washington (State) -- Finances.
- Mineral industries -- Washington (State) -- Finances.
- Real estate business -- Washington (State) -- Spokane.
- Bradley, Cyrus, 1852- -- Archives.
- Dennis, Graham Barclay, 1855-1926.
- Bradley family