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David Bradley (1920-1997) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 55/16
The David Bradley Papers, filling two boxes, span the period 1936 to 1980. The papers include newspaper and magazine clippings, posters, press material, scripts, and programs illuminating Bradley's career as a filmmaker. The papers are arranged in two categories: biographical materials and materials relating to Bradley's films.

The biographical materials, largely clippings, document broad aspects of Bradley's career. Arranged chronologically within two folders, the biographical materials relate most strongly to Bradley's early years at M.G.M. and his later career as an independent filmmaker in Hollywood.

Materials relating to Bradley's films form the bulk of the collection; they include primarily clippings but also press and publicity materials, programs, and full-color posters. Materials are arranged in folders alphabetically according to film title and thereafter according to format, i.e., clippings, programs, etc. When dated, materials within folders are arranged chronologically. “Julius Caesar” and “Macbeth” are the most strongly represented of Bradley's films. Not surprisingly, they received the most critical acclaim. They were reviewed by local, national, and international press and shown at several film festivals in the United States and abroad.

One folder of articles authored by Bradley and published in a variety of film magazines is included in the collection. Most of the articles reflect generally Bradley's career as a filmmaker while several focus on his work on a single film. A folder of course syllabi pertaining to Bradley's teaching at Santa Monica College is also included. Both folders are filed after the biographical materials.

Dates

  • 1936-1980

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

2.00 Boxes

Abstract

The David Bradley Papers, filling two boxes, span the period 1936 to 1980. The papers include newspaper and magazine clippings, posters, press material, scripts, and programs illuminating Bradley's career as a filmmaker.

Arrangement Note

The papers are arranged in two categories: biographical materials and materials relating to Bradley's films.

Method of Acquisition

David Bradley donated these papers to the Northwestern University Archives on August 4, 1986 (Accession #86-137).

Processing Information

Lauren Bufferd; November, 1986.
Title
Guide to the David Bradley (1920-1997) Papers
Author
Lauren Bufferd
Date
01/11/1986
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635