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Bradley, M. 1929-2002

Papers, ca. 1929-2002, of Morton Clark Bradley at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Maya Lerman.

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143

Bradley, Morton C. (Morton Clark), 1912-

Bradley, M. 1929-2002 

Collection number
LMC 3009

ca. 825 items

Materials are in English

Consists of the papers of sculptor, art restorer, Morton Clark Bradley, 1912-2004.

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Bradley, Morton C. (Morton Clark), 1912-
    • Topics
    • Art--Conservation and restoration.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
Acquisition Information
Gift. 2007
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item] Bradley, M. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: I. Art

Arranged alphabetically by subject following the correspondence. For the most part subject headings were assigned by Bradley. One folder per subject unless otherwise indicated.

Box 1 Correspondence, 1947-2002 

(2 folders)

Collection. Materials concerning Bradley's private art collection:


Deeds of gift


Photographic reproductions

Miscellaneous. Mostly lists and descriptions of various art works

Color charts

Color harmonies and stripes

Color harmonies 2

[Color harmonies?] "Series D"

"Family of 3 sets of 3 domes"

Human form. Heads: calculations of individual features

(3 folders)

Human form. Heads: sketches of full faces, profiles, individual features

(7 folders)

Human form. Heads: photographs of children

Human form. Figure: sketches of various body parts

Linear pattern 1 - 4.

Sketches (5 folders)

Box 2 Linear pattern 5 - 10.

Sketches (7 folders)

Printing experiment.

Sketches and notes

Reproductions of artwork.

8x10 glossy photographs, transparencies and slides (4 folders)


Notes, photocopies of articles, photographic reproductions and clippings concerning various artists and paintings (4 folders)

Restoration. Materials concerning Bradley's work

The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

List of members, 1965 and 1973

Ledger. 1950-1959


Various weights of paper and cloth used for restoration


(3 folders)

Outlines of techniques

Research projects

Transfer of canvas paintings.

Letter and article from conservator James Roth, sketches, photographic reproductions

Miscellaneous printed articles, etc.

Rosenblum, [Louis].

"Obsolete" Drawings, calculations, printed materials, etc.

Box 3 Scrapbooks:

The Development of the Locomotive


Style 2-4, pp. 1-275

(3 folders)

Time--It's Measurement

Water Transportation


Miscellaneous reproductions of artworks

Sketch blocks.

Pads of blank sketch paper (3 folders)

Yin Yang jewelry.

Materials concerning applying for trademark of Bradley's design of Yin Yang jewelry

Miscellaneous notes and index cards

(2 folders)

Miscellaneous printed items

Box 9 "Plexiglas™ Glazing Colors"

"Nickerson Color Fan"

Series: II. Writings

Writings by Bradley, are followed by writings by others.

Subseries: Writings by Bradley.

Includes notes, typescripts, and related materials for articles and books.

Arranged alphabetically by title or subject of work.

Box 3 Analysis of the representation of space in medieval painting

Anthropometric technic and instruction

Bach chorales - analysis


Elements and principles of visual art - introduction

Elements of music

(3 folders)

Box 4 Elements of music, cont.

(3 folders)

Melody - theory

A method of language study:



(2 folders)


(3 folders)


(4 folders)


(4 folders)

Language exercises

(4 folders)

Box 5 A method of language study (cont.):

Language exercises

Word lists, translated into various languages

(4 folders)

The modes of projection and their use in painting

"A New Form for Prose"

The New Testament in Cadenced Form

(3 folders)

A Newer Form for Prose

The Old Testament in Cadenced Form: Genesis through Deuteronomy

(7 folders)

Principles of Education

Proposal for a new cultural magazine

The rhythm of phrases

Sentence structure and sentence form

A study of color relations in painting

(6 folders)

Box 6 A study of drawing and painting

A theory of style and its application to the study of drawing

The Treatment of Pictures

(4 folders)

Triads in music

Works of art

Miscellaneous notes on art, music and language

(4 folders)

Subseries: Writings by Others.

Arranged alphabetically by author

Box 6 Jones, Elizabeth H. The Solubility of Aged Varnish Coatings on Paintings

Kranz, Stewart D. A Study of Equal Color Intervals. Honors thesis, Harvard University [1949]

[E.M.] Tile Ceiling Patterns. Jan. 24, 1962

Series: III. Memorabilia

Arranged alphabetically by topic after the Biographical file.

Box 6 Biographical

Appraisal and related materials concerning print collection offered to Arlington Public Library by Winfield Robbins

Arlington Allied War Relief. Ledger, June 1944 - Jan. 1947

Diaries: 1946-1949

(4 volumes)

Education. Arlington High School.

Mathematics and language notebook; yearbook, 1929; graduation program, 1929

Education. Harvard University.

Art classes - notes (7 folders)

Box 7 Education. Harvard University (cont.).

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)

Education. Miscellaneous.

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

Miscellaneous (see also: Box 8)

Series: IV. Financial

Box 7 Insurance.

Policies covering commercial property and liability, fine arts stock in trade, general liability, and home owners (4 folders)

Real estate.

Appraisals, mostly 1990s


Mostly receipts for Bradley's private art collection and materials purchased for restoration projects (3 folders)

Tax returns, 1966-2000

(14 folders)

Box 8 Oversize ledger, 1989-1993