Summary Information

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
James Ware Bradbury Papers, 1817-1891, undated
Date [inclusive]
2.0 linear feet.

Preferred Citation

James Ware Bradbury Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Biographical/Historical Note

James Ware Bradbury (1802-1901), a member of Bowdoin's Class of 1825, practiced law in Augusta, Maine (1830-1876), at different times partnering with Horatio Bridge, Lot M. Morrill, James W. Bradbury, Jr., (Bowdoin 1861) and others. He edited the Maine Patriot (1830-1831) and was Kennebec County's prosecuting attorney (1834-1838). He served in the U.S. Senate from 1847 to 1853, was a member of the judiciary committee throughout his tenure and chair of a select committee on French spoliations (1852). He declined a second term, preferring to return to private practice.

Appointed corresponding secretary of the Maine Historical Society, he became its president in 1874 and served in that office until 1890. He also served as Bowdoin Overseer (1850-1860) and Trustee (1860-1901).

Bradbury married Eliza A. Smith of Augusta in 1834; they had four sons.

Scope and Content

Correspondence (1836-1890) makes up the bulk of the collection. Also included are accounts and other financial records (1854-1891); documents, drafts and other material relating to Bradbury's law firm's business (1817-1885); and documents, broadsides, notes, newsclippings, obituaries, and other miscellaneous personal records (1847-1890).

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Collection Inventory

M16.1: Correspondence, 1836-1890, undated   1.0 linear foot.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains professional and family correspondence. Of note are a few letters to or from James G. Blaine, Samuel Cony, John A. Dix, Millard Fillmore, William P. Frye, William DeWitt Hyde, Andrew Johnson, William P. Preble, and Samuel Wells; the most extensive exchanges were with Bangor, Maine, lawyer Lewis Barker and resident Mark Barker, Saco, Maine, lawyer George A. Emery, Captain John W. Gregorie of South Carolina, John W. Hodgdon of Dubuque, Iowa, and Portland, Maine, lawyer George E.B. Jackson. Also includes an invitation from President Millard Fillmore dated December 7, 1850.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically; a small portion at the end is arranged alphabetically.

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1-129


1 130-134


1 135-136


M16.2: Financial Materials, 1854-1891, undated   0.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

Contains financial records and documents related to Bradbury's law practice. Material includes a lease, a bond, a summons, deeds, memoranda, account information, insurance, promissory notes, receipts, and tax information.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
2 1-5


1 6


2 7


2 8


2 9


2 10-11

Notes and memoranda 

2 12

Paper re: case Lint v. Smith 

2 13

Promissory notes 

2 14

Quit claim deeds 

2 15-16


2 17


2 18


M16.3: Legal and Business Records, 1817-1885, undated   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Personal documents relating to state appointments, real estate transactions, Bradbury's law partnership, deeds, and taxes.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
2 19


2 20-23

Misc. notes and documents 

2 24

Notes and correspondence 

2 25

Taxes and Deeds 

M16.4: Miscellaneous Material, 1847-1890, undated   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

Bowdoin catalogue from 1851 (with James C. Bradbury listed as an instructor and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain listed as a junior sophister). College bills, a ticket of merit, clippings, school registers, obituaries, court-related documents, and documents related to Bangor Theological Seminary.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
2 26

Bangor Theological Seminary 

2 27

Bowdoin catalogue 

2 28

Bowdoin material misc. 

2 29


2 30

Obituaries, etc. 

2 31

Printed material 

2 32-34

School registers