Bertha G. Bradt Collection (DeKalb), 1830-1954
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Brief Description:

The Bertha Glidden Bradt Collection contains textual and pictorial records relating to Bradt family genealogy and history dating 1830-1954, the Glidden family manuscripts, and materials from S.E. Bradt’s role in the development of Illinois highways.  More than 1,000 volumes are included with the collection and are located in the reading room.  A complete listing of the volumes can be found in the Shelflist.

The Bradt family records contain personal items belonging to Mrs. S.E. Bradt and the  correspondence and notes documenting her genealogical research project.  Included among these materials are research correspondences, research notes and materials tracing specific family names such as the Dunmore, Frazier, Ling, and Luckhurst lines as well as the Dutch lines and a small group of related families from Cumberland County, New Jersey.  Also included in the collection are  book catalogs and printed genealogical materials, two guest books from Mrs. S.E. Bradt’s birthday celebrations, and European heraldry prints and oversized prints and black and white photographs.

Contained in the Glidden family manuscripts is correspondence from various members of the Glidden family, approximately two hundred poems written by J.W. Glidden,  and Carlos Glidden’s 1892 typewriter patent.  In addition, the collection contains five journals of poetry and daily entries by J.W. Glidden, a scrapbook of his published poems, and the original plate of his well known portrait. The collection also holds 183 photographs, 3 tintypes, 1 glass plate negatives, and a negative plate of the Bradt and Glidden families.

The collection also holds 3 scrapbooks, 3 folders, and 1 photo album of records documenting S.E. Bradt’s affiliation with various business associations and his participation in the Good Roads Movement in Illinois. A copy of the original legal agreement forming the Bradt-Shipman business partnership is also contained in this series.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/046
Volume: 5.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/19/1978.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.  Copies of original poetry (Box 2, Folders 14-16) will be made from photocopies filed with the collection.
Subject Index
Bradt Family
DeKalb (Ill.)
Diaries-- 1840-1869
Diaries-- 1870-1909
Glidden Family
Good Roads Movement
Heraldry
Roads
Genres/Forms of Material
Poetry
Tintype
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Mr. Charles W. Bradt  Mr. Charles W. Bradt donated the Bertha Glidden Bradt Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 19, 1978.
Other Formats: Copies of original poetry (Box 2, Folders 14-16) will be made from photocopies filed with the collection.
Related Materials: More than 1,000 volumes are included with the collection and are located in the reading room.  A complete listing of the volumes can be found in the Shelflist.