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I. F. Bradley, Sr. family papers

Call Number: RH MS P838


The I. F. Bradley, Sr. family papers are those of a long time Kansas family, the head of which was a Kansas City, Kansas Justice of the Peace and active in civil rights and politics.


  • Creation: 1976


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Biography of I. F. Bradley, Sr.

Isaac F. Bradley graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1887, one of the first African Americans to do so. He had a private practice in Kansas City, Kansas and also served as a City Justice of the Peace there from 1889 to 1891, becoming one of the state's first African American judges. From 1894 to 1898, Bradley served as First Assistant County Attorney in Wyandotte County. Besides law, he was active in both civil rights and politics, being a charter member in the NAACPs forerunner the Niagra Movement in 1905. In 1930, Bradley became both owner and editor of the Wyandotte Echo newspaper.

Bradley married Mamie Johnson. The couple had two children, I. F. Jr. and Ruth. I. F. Bradley, Sr. died in 1938.

Isaac F. Bradley, Jr. was born Feb 13 1895 in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Kansas Law School in 1917; he was admitted to the Bar the same year. From 1937 to 1939, Bradley served as Special Assistant Attorney General. During World War II, he served as Captain in the Kansas State Guard. Bradley was active in a variety of organizations, including First AME Church, Alpha Phi Alpha's Beta Lambda chapter, and the Trouveur Men's Social Club.

Bradley, Jr. married Gladys, with whom he had a daughter Frances. I. F. Bradley, Jr. died in 1975.


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Scope and Contents

The I. F. Bradley, Sr. family papers dates from 1978 and consists of a memorial service program and several photographs. The collection's photographs are located at RH MS-P P838.

Physical Location

RH MS P838

Physical Location

RH MS-P P838

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Frances E. Robinson, 1988.

Separated Materials

Bradley, Isaac F., 1862-1938., The lion and the lamb / by I.F. Bradley. Kansas City, Kan. : Press of the Gray Printing Company, 1921, at RH C8765, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Bradley, Isaac F., 1862-1938., The reign of reason : a treatise on political economy / by I.F. Bradley. [Kansas City, Kan. : Gazette Publishing and Printing Company, 1915], at RH C8766, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection) and UA C953, Spencer Library (University Archives)

Bradley, Isaac F., 1862-1938., The truth as to social equality : reason and common sense / by I.F. Bradley. [Kansas City, Kan.? : Gray Printing Company?, 192-?], at RH C8764, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection)

Guide to the I. F. Bradley, Sr. Family Collection
I. F. Bradley, Sr. family papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008; revised by mrm, 2010.
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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I. F. Bradley, Sr. Family Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P838, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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