Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932

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Gamaliel Bradford (1863-1932) was an American biographical essayist, poet, dramatist, and critic of Wellesley, Mass. He was the sixth of seven Gamaliel Bradfords in unbroken succession, of whom the first was a great-grandson of Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. He entered Harvard College with the Class of 1886, but withdrew after a few weeks due to fragile health, a problem that was to plague him his entire life. He married Helen Hubbard Ford. Bradford attempted virtually every type of creative writing known in his time though his published writings were mostly unsuccessful until the publication of Lee the American (1912). He is best known for his development of the "psychograph," a type of biography that focuses on analyzing personality rather than providing a chronological account of a subject's life. He produced 13 biographical-sketch volumes between 1917 and 1932, as well as numerous single-person biographies. In his later years, Bradford had a habit of typing one page per day of about 350 words in a personal journal. About one-seventh of these journal entries and much of his correspondence was published in the volumes: The journal of Gamaliel Bradford, 1883-1932, edited by Van Wyck Brooks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933; and The letters of Gamaliel Bradford, 1918-1931, edited by Van Wyck Brooks. Boston: Houghton Mifflin company, 1934.

From the guide to the Papers, 1796-1933 (inclusive), 1878-1932 (bulk), (Houghton Library, Harvard University)

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referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
referencedIn Literary autograph collection [manuscript], 1852-1937. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to Miss Bates March 24, 1918. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates July 24, 1925. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Linda Frobisher Wildman memorial scrapbook, 1930. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Autograph letter signed Gamaliel Bradford Jr. to: Miss Bates May 31, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G.B. to: Miss Bates November 21, 1923. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates April 22, 1922. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates May 6, 1925. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Letter [manuscript] : Wellesley Hills, Mass., to Mr. Langfeld, 1928 April 11. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G.B. to: Miss Bates October 19, 1921. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Miss Bates December 16, 1926. Wellesley College
referencedIn Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963. Autograph letter signed Van Wyck Brooks to: "Sirs" September 2, 1933. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Miss Bates January 12, 1917. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Mrs. Guild March 29, 1930. Wellesley College
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referencedIn Branch, Anna Hempstead, 1875-1937. Autograph letter signed Ann Branch to: Miss Bates October 15, 1922. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Miss Bates June 5, 1920. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Miss Bates October 30, 1920. Wellesley College
referencedIn Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963. Autograph letters signed (4) : Westport, Connecticut, to Edward Wagenknecht, 1933 and 1936. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Miss Bates April 29, 1921. Wellesley College
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referencedIn Davidson Sommers autograph collection, 1904-1921. Houghton Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Letter, 1924 Sept. 13, Wellesley, to Mr. Moorhead. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921 Houghton Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Correspondence with Van Wyck Brooks, 1922-1933. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924,. Papers of Marvin Banks Perry [manuscript] 1920-59. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Autograph letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G.B. to: Miss Bates April 19, 1924. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G.B. to: Miss Bates January 12, 1922. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letters signed (140) : Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Edward Wagenknecht, 1923-1932. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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referencedIn Papers, 1796-1933 (inclusive), 1878-1932 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Autograph letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates January 6, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford to: Hugh Fullerton August 12, 1925. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates. May 17,1917. Wellesley College
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creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G.B. to: Miss Bates May 28, 1928. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed Gamaliel Bradford Jr. to: Miss Bates July 26, 1911. Wellesley College
creatorOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1863-1932. Typed letter signed G. Bradford to: Miss Bates November 22, 1917. Wellesley College
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associatedWith Bianchi, Martha Dickinson, 1866-1943 person
associatedWith Bradford family. family
descendantOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1763-1824. person
grandchildOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1795-1839. person
childOf Bradford, Gamaliel, 1831-1911, person
spouseOf Bradford, Helen F. (Helen Ford), 1865-1954 person
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associatedWith Fullerton, Hugh S. (Hugh Stuart), 1873-1945. person
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associatedWith Gershom Bradford person
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associatedWith Giles Fletcher. person
associatedWith Glasgow, Ellen Anderson Gholson, 1873-1945 person
associatedWith Gorman, Herbert Sherman, 1893-1954 person
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
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associatedWith Woodward?, Fred Eugene, 1850-1930, person
associatedWith W. T. Price person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Wellesley (Mass.)
Subject
American literature
American literature
Publishers and publishing
Poets, American
Authors and publishers
Books
Voyages and travels
Occupation
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Person

Birth 1863-10-09

Death 1932-04-11

Male

Americans

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