Guide to the Herbert Clarence Bradshaw Papers, 1922-1976
Bradshaw's papers show detailed involvement as a member of the N.C. State Commission for the Blind for 18 years; member, Advisory Board, Mary Duke Biddle Art Gallery for the Blind in the N C Museum of Art, Raleigh; and President of the N. C Society for the Prevention of Blindness.
Many printed items - rosters, programs, clippings, and photographs - are scattered throughout the files where they are integral parts of personal or organizational files. Papers on Durham include histories and correspondence on city and county government (1853-1973), Chamber of Commerce, Civitan and Optimist Clubs, Merchants Association, Public Library, and the School Board. The latter includes a substantial sequence of folders on Durham, N.C. race relations issues and school integration. There are printed programs of cultural events held in Richmond, Durham, and Raleigh, 1929-1972. The papers include programs, rosters, histories, minutes and correspondence on Lions Club activities in Durham and throughout N.C., 1922-1974.
Material prepared for the Durham (N.C.) Morning Herald centennial edition includes the histories of local organizations, 1805-1953. Bradshaw kept detailed diaries and correspondence on his Book Page and his editorials, 1949-1973. Important in Civil War histories is Bradshaw's account of historic events in the Appomattox area which he wrote for the Centennial Edition of the Farmville (Va.) Herald, 1965. A longer local history account appears in that newspaper's Sesquicentennial Edition of 1948.
Duke University Professor Mason Crum's unpublished manuscript, Washington Duke, is included in the Duke University section (Box 31) along with Bradshaw's 1949-1973 correspondence with Duke faculty. Dr. J. B. Rhine's correspondence shows the development at Duke of his Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, 1963-1972.
The collection contains voluminous correspondence from 1922 to 1976 (Boxes 19-27), including 44 years of farm business papers on the 900-acre farm in Virginia he and his brother managed. The correspondence also includes the writing of the history of the Baptist Church in N.C., 1805-1973. There is correspondence also on the Yates Baptist Association and the Watts Street Baptist Church, 1950-1971. Other files of correspondence relate to his forty-four year involvement with Hampden-Sydney College (Box 42). Bradshaw's interest in genealogy led to lengthy correspondence on genealogies of the Armistead, Bradshaw, Cunningham, Chambliss, Few, Fuqua, Lockett, McGehee, Marshall, Nash, Scarborough, Venable, and Walton families. Included is a morgue of hundreds of glossy photographs of contemporary writers. There are letters signed by William O. Douglas; Dean Acheson; Dean Rusk; William P. Rogers; J. William Fulbright; Governors Luther Hodges, Terry Sanford and Robert Scott; Senators Henry Jackson and B. Everett Jordan; Norman Mailer; J. B. Rhine; and Douglas M. Knight. There is correspondence with Myrta Lockett Avary, author of A Virginia Girl in the Civil War, and her memoirs are included.
Addition (87-94) contains correspondence, notes and printed material for the development of Durham and its commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial, 1976. Also contains information concerning health care in N.C., and notes from various conferences held by the U.S. State department for news editors.
Other parts of Bradshaw's papers are also held by the Virginia Baptist Historical Society at the University of Richmond and the Virginia State Library.
- Collection Number
- Herbert Clarence Bradshaw papers
- Bradshaw, Herbert Clarence, 1908-1976
- 35 Linear Feet, Approximately 39,585 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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[Identification of item], Herbert Clarence Bradshaw Papers, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.
This information is filed in the first box of the collection. It includes a vita, letters, articles, awards, clippings, a formal photograph, and other items. Box 1 also contains an inventory of the collection and the Virginia State Library inventory.
Contains correspondence, notes and printed material for the development of Durham and its commemoration of the U.S. Bicentennial, 1976. Also contains information concerning health care in N.C., and notes from various conferences held by the U.S. State department for news editors.
Herbert Clarence Bradshaw (1908-1976), a Democrat, Baptist, author-historian, journalist, churchman, educator and civic leader in both Virginia and North Carolina, was born Nov. 7, 1908, in Rice, Prince Edward County, Va. He attended Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., 1930), and the University of Virginia (M.A., 1933 in classical languages), and was awarded a Litt.D. degree from Hampden-Sydney in 1967. For twenty years he taught and served as a principal in Virginia schools. He began a full-time journalism career as Sunday Feature Editor of the Durham Morning Herald and became editor of the editorial page from 1964 until retirement in 1974.
Bradshaw is author of The History of Prince Edward County, Virginia (1955), History of Hampden-Sydney College, Vol. I (1976), History of Farmville, Va. (1948), Toward the Dawn: History of the First Quarter-Century of the N.C. State Association for the Blind, 1934-1960 (1961), and fifty articles from 1935 to 1976 on the histories of the Baptist Church, the Lions organization, the blind organizations in N.C., and historical pieces on such topics as Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and historic houses.
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The papers of Herbert Clarence Bradshaw were acquired by Duke University as gifts, 1977-1987.
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