Guide to the Carol Georgette Lake Bradley Collection, 1922-1968
Carol Georgette Lake Bradley was a distinguished graduate of Duke University, Class of 1943. Collection will eventually consist of 45 handwritten spiral-bound volumes, containing the autobiography and memoirs of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley (1922-2006). Also includes transcriptions, printed digital scans of the pages and other inserted items, and electronic files which have been migrated to Duke's electronic records server.
- Carol Georgette Lake Bradley collection
- Bradley, Carol Georgette Lake
- 9.0 Linear Feet, 500 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
This collection will eventually consist of 45 handwritten spiral-bound volumes, containing the autobiography and memoirs of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley (1922-2006). The volumes include photographs, letters, news clippings, and other scrapbook-like materials that have been tipped in or loosely inserted between the pages. Carol's family has transcribed, scanned, and indexed all of the memoirs; these additional resources are also part of the collection. DVDs with digital files have been migrated to Duke's electronic records server.
The volumes will arrive at Duke University over the next few years, so please use the detailed descriptions below to determine which volumes are available for research.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
Use & Permissions
The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Carol Georgette Lake Bradley Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Includes narrative and photographs from Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's childhood in New Jersey, including family life; her grandmother; dancing school; her homes on Washington Ave., Woodside Ave., and Ridge Street, in Newark; and her time at Barringer High School. Notebook includes inserted photographs and other memorabilia. Bradley frequently recorded song lyrics, movies she attended, and favorite outings in Newark.
Includes narrative and materials from Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's years in high school at Barringer High School in New Jersey, as well as her first through third years as a college student at Duke University. Materials inserted include photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, postcards, brochures, programs, and other ephemera. Bradley discusses her family, social life and schoolwork, and other extracurricular activities such as her dancing, travels, friends, and dates.
Bradley's memoirs about Duke University from 1939-1942 include her impressions of the campus, including the East and West Campuses, the women's dormitories Aycock and Bassett, and the rules and regulations of the Women's College; her classes and her professors; Duke's fraternities and sororities; her dating and social life, including her attendance at dances, church, and football games; the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941; food rationing, air raid drills, and train travel during World War II; and other stories about her time at Duke. Notable descriptions include details about her work at the Women's College Library (now Lilly Library); her course schedules and homework assignments; her membership in the Modern Dance Group, the Varsity Club, and Hoof 'n' Horn; and the Cotton Pickers Ball fire of 1941.
This volume includes narrative and photographs of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's final years at Duke, particularly her courtship, engagement, and marriage to Floyd H. Bradley Jr., nicknamed "Pete." She writes about dating Pete at Duke, his entering the U.S. Army Air Corps, their long-distance relationship, and their secret elopement in Wyoming in 1944. The memoir includes inserted correspondence, photographs, and clippings. Among the topics discussed are her election to the Kappa Delta Pi honor society, her classes and teaching exercises, popular songs and movies from the period, dances she attended, and other social activities she participated in while enrolled at Duke. Also included are photographs and descriptions of her friends, Pete, and her graduation from Duke in May 1943.
The volume also includes details on Bradley's search for a teaching position following graduation, her visits with Pete and his family while he was in training, and her work as a teacher in Wharton and Bernardsville, New Jersey. Unbound materials consist largely of letters and clippings.
This volume includes Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memoir and narrative of the years 1944-1948, focusing on her teaching and work experiences; her formal wedding to Pete Bradley; being stationed in Texas; the birth of their first child, Steven Harold; and the conclusion of World War II and the couple's return to New Jersey. She writes about finding housing in the post-war period, Steven's health problems, Pete's finishing his B.A. at Rutgers, and his work at Prudential Insurance company. The volume concludes with anecdotes about their life in Ocean Grove, including Steven's favorite songs, games, and activities.
Volume 5 of the memiors of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley continues her account of the early years of the Bradley family. She describes buying their first house in the suburb of Livingston, NJ and details the process of decorating and furnishing it. Bradley writes about settling into the new community. This volume also describes the birth of Floyd Bradley III, though it does not detail much about his early life. Most of the volume is dedicated to anecdotes about the last few years of Steven's life, the details of his death at age seven, and his funeral. Bradley writes extensively about the open casket ceremony hosted in her home and the cherry tree memorial that friends and family planted in Steve's honor. Many of the notebook's later pages are made up of correspondence and newpaper clippings about the funeral and the memorial.
In Volume 6 of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memiors, she recounts the birth of her third child, Lynette, and describes the early childhood of Floyd and Lynette. She writes about her children's love of dancing and Floyd's interest in westerns, playing guitar, and the Boy Scouts. Bradley also describes family vacations in Cape Cod and Miami. She writes about obtaining her master's degree and getting her first post, teaching second grade at the brand new Collins School, where she wrote and directed the first school play (script included). Bradley remembers deciding to move to a bigger house in Short Hills. This volume contains photographs of birthday parties, vacations, and holidays as well as class photos of her children and a few of Floyd's report cards.
In Volume 7 of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memiors, she describes the family's new house on Hickory Rd., in Short Hills, N.J., provides information for nearby Sweets Restaurant, notes the transfer of her teaching position to Hartshorn School and the children's school assignments, and reports on Lynette and Floyd's schoolwork and pastitmes, including painting, ice skating, dancing, piano lessons, and scouting. She also outlines plans for a trip to Hawaii, and details treatments used following Lynette's diagnosis with epilepsy. There are photographs of the new house and parties held there, and report cards and notes of appreciation are pasted in..
Volume 8 of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memoirs provides an account of their family vacation to Hawaii, Sequoia National Park, Disneyland, and Las Vegas. In addition, she oultines Lynette's ongoing treatment for epilepsy, continues to follow the school careers and other accomplishments of her children, and describes parties held and attended, as well as the family's purchase of a dog. The volume includes extensive photographs of the family vacation, parties held and attended, and the dog, Sybil. Also pasted in are letters written by Carol and by the children.
In Volume 9 of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memoirs, she outlines the family's continuing attempts to get Lynette's epilepsy under control. She also reports on her teaching, including the producing and writing of school plays (scripts included) as well as her supervising a student teacher. She also describes the family's vacations at Ocean Grove, N.J., their participation in religious activity, and the purchase of a new house. Letters, notes, and clippings are pasted in, along with color photographs, primarily featuring family members.
Volume 10 of Carol Georgette Lake Bradley's memoirs, she recounts a tranquil, happy chapter in her family history. She and her husband are able to buy a new home in Short Hills, NJ, as well as a summer home in Ocean Grove. There are photographs documenting Carol's remodeling and decorating of these new homes, as well as local newspaper clippings highlighting her work on their beach house. Her teenage daughter is healthy and enjoying school. Her son excells academically and is accepted to Yale University, where he matriculates in 1969. Family photographs are tipped in.
Carol Georgette Lake Bradley (1922-2006) was raised in New Jersey and was a distinguished graduate of Duke University (1943).
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Bradley, Carol Georgette Lake
- Barringer High School (N.J.) -- History
- Duke University -- Students -- Social life and customs
- Duke University -- History -- 20th century
- Duke University. Library -- History
- Duke University -- Alumni and alumnae
The Carol Georgette Lake Bradley Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2010, with yearly additions since.
Processed by Meghan Lyon, September 2010
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2010
Updated to include new accessions by Alice Poffinberger, January 2016
Updated by include new accession by Megan Lewis, February 2018
Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.
Accessions included in this collection: 2010-0171, 2012-0222, 2015-0109, 2015-0207, 2016-0002, 2017-0145.