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Papers, ca. 1929-2002, of Morton Clark Bradley at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Electronic finding aid encoded by Maya Lerman.
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Bradley, Morton C. (Morton Clark), 1912-
ca. 825 items
Materials are in English
Consists of the papers of sculptor, art restorer, Morton Clark Bradley, 1912-2004.
Morton Clark Bradley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts in 1912. He attended Arlington High School and went on to Harvard University where he graduated with a degree in fine arts in 1933. After graduation he won a scholarship to study piano in Europe. He was an accomplished pianist and a respected artist noted for his metal sculptures. Once the head conservator at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum, Bradley was recognized as the premier American art restorer in the 1940s and 1950s. He was a published author and his 1950 The Treatment of Paintings is today considered an historic reference work. He also published The New Testament in Cadenced Form in which he changed the structure of the Gospels into a more easily readable form.
The collection is organized into the following series: I. Art; II. Writings; III. Memorabilia; IV. Financial.
Consists of the papers, art and memorabilia of sculptor, art restorer, Morton Clark Bradley, 1912-2004. The Art series includes information about Bradley's personal art collection; sketches, color charts and other papers concerning Bradley's own works of art; files concerning his work as a restorer of paintings and other artwork. Includes also several diaries from the 1940s and materials relating to Bradley's education. Insurance papers, real estate appraisals, receipts and tax papers.
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Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.
Arranged alphabetically by subject following the correspondence. For the most part subject headings were assigned by Bradley. One folder per subject unless otherwise indicated.
Sketches (5 folders)
Sketches (7 folders)
Sketches and notes
8x10 glossy photographs, transparencies and slides (4 folders)
Notes, photocopies of articles, photographic reproductions and clippings concerning various artists and paintings (4 folders)
List of members, 1965 and 1973
Various weights of paper and cloth used for restoration
Letter and article from conservator James Roth, sketches, photographic reproductions
"Obsolete" Drawings, calculations, printed materials, etc.
Miscellaneous reproductions of artworks
Pads of blank sketch paper (3 folders)
Materials concerning applying for trademark of Bradley's design of Yin Yang jewelry
Writings by Bradley, are followed by writings by others.
Includes notes, typescripts, and related materials for articles and books.
Arranged alphabetically by title or subject of work.
Arranged alphabetically by author
Arranged alphabetically by topic after the Biographical file.
Mathematics and language notebook; yearbook, 1929; graduation program, 1929
Art classes - notes (7 folders)
Art classes - notes; art thesis: "The Development of Landscape in Prints: A Study of General Tendencies," May 28, 1932; music classes - notes; psychology class - notes; Edward R. Bacon Art Scholarship; miscellaneous materials (12 folders)
Includes proposals and plan of study; correspondence, including an offer of an instructorship position at Cornell University, Jan. 19, 1938 and a rejection letter for a Guggenheim fellowship, Mar. 9, 1941
Articles about Bradley
Policies covering commercial property and liability, fine arts stock in trade, general liability, and home owners (4 folders)
Appraisals, mostly 1990s
Mostly receipts for Bradley's private art collection and materials purchased for restoration projects (3 folders)