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William Bradford papers, 1860-1893

William Bradford papers, 1860-1893

Bradford, William, 1823-1892


Collection Information

Size: 7 v. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Summary: Sketchbooks and a scrapbook. REEL 2674: Five sketchbooks, primarily seascapes from Canada, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. REEL 3605: One annotated sketchbook, undated, containing mostly pencil sketches of seascapes; and a scrapbook, containing a letter, a program, a photograph, and clippings of stories, poetry, articles about Bradford's work and obituaries of family members.

Biographical/Historical Note

Marine and arctic painter, photographer, and lecturer; Fairhaven, Mass. Studied under Van Beest. Made annual trips to Labrador to paint. Was an associate of the National Academy.


Materials on reel 2674 lent 1982 by Mrs. William Hovey, a distant relative of Bradford. Materials on reel 3605 lent by the Kendall Whaling Museum, 1985.

Location of Originals

  • Originals returned to lenders after microfilming.

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reels 2674 and 3605 available at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

Reel 3605: Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from: Director, Kendall Whaling Museum, 27 Everett Street, P.O. Box 297, Sharon, Massachusetts 02067

How to Cite This Collection

William Bradford papers, 1860-1893. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.