Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bradley, M. mss., ca. 1929-2002, consist of the papers of sculptor, art restorer, Morton Clark Bradley, 1912-2004. Bradley was born in Arlington, Massachusetts. 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. 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. The Memorabilia series contains several diaries from the 1940s and materials relating to Bradley's education. Insurance papers, real estate appraisals, receipts and tax papers make up the Financial series.

An inventory is available.

Gift. 2007

Collection size: 825 items

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