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

Collection Overview

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

ID: RHC/RC/046

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/19/1978

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

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.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection are held by the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Charles W. Bradt

Acquisition Method: Mr. Charles W. Bradt donated the Bertha Glidden Bradt Collection to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 19, 1978.

Original/Copies Note: 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.


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Bertha Bradt's personal items and letters, 1902-1953
Folder 2-8: Bertha Bradt's correspondences, 1923-1953
Folder 9-16: Bradt family genealogy research (non-specific), 1923-1954
Folder 17-23: Bradt family genealogy research (specific), Dunmore, Frazier, Ling, Luckhurst, New Jersey families, Dutch line, 1923-1954
Volume 1: Genealogy Album
Box 2
Folder 1: Bertha Glidden Bradt correspondence with Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and other Genealogical groups, 1923-1949
Folder 2-3: Printed genealogical materials, 1898, 1940-1952
Folder 4-5: Printed histories, 1912-1953
Folder 6: Book catalogs, 1951-1953
Folder 7: Royalty pictures, no date
Folder 8-10: Heraldry, no date
Folder 11-12: Bertha Bradt's birthday guest books, 1936-1946
Folder 13-14: J.W. Glidden's correspondence, 1849-1904
Folder 15a,b-17a,: J.W. Glidden's poetry, 1859-1880
Folder 18: Willard & J.W. Glidden, 1841-1900
Folder 19: Carlos Glidden, typewriter patent, 1892
Folder 20: Samuel Sweetland deeds, Oneida City, New York, 1830-1859
Oversize Drawer 2
Folder 10: Photographs (14)
Item 1: Charles Bradt, no date
Item 2: Andrew Bradt Family, no date
Item 3: Samuel Bradt (2), no date
Item 4: J.F. Glidden (2), no date
Item 5: J.F. Glidden's 90th Birthday Party (2), 1903
Item 6: Elva Bush (2), no date
Item 7: Herbert Fay, no date
Item 8: T. Hopkins, no date
Item 9: William Ellwood House, no date
Item 10: Unidentified Group Shot, no date
Oversize Drawer 3
Folder 1
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (27), no date
Item 2: Shafford Church printed negative, no date
Folder 2
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (25), no date
Folder 3
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (25), no date
Folder 4
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (25), no date
Folder 5
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (25), no date
Folder 6
Item 1: Antique Coat of Arms, genealogies, and quarterings (30), no date
Box 3
Volume 1: J.W. Glidden's  published poetry scrapbook (1 volume), 1837-1875
Box 4
Folder 1-4: J.W. Glidden's personal journals, poetry and daily entries, 1845-1865
Folder 5: Nora A. Smith, Friendship Book, 1877-1883
Folder 6: Valentines- includes 2 photos, no date
Folder 7: Bertha Glidden Bradt (1 Glass Plate Negative), no date
Folder 8: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Annie McEvery, Frank Howard Leana Peake, Bertha and John Glidden, Thos. Metcalf, Jesse Pritchard, Lizzie and Willie Glidden, Lizzie and Cora Glidden, Edna Glidden, Robinson, Tracy Robinson, Warren Robbins, Mrs. John Warne, Abbigail Glidden, Samuel Bradt, Mary Glidden, Williard Glidden (27 photos), no date
Folder 9: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Elva Glidden, L.M. Prince Carrie Goode, Alexander Canion, Jas McConnell, Miss Fell, John McConnell (8 photos), no date
Folder 10: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Ellwood Sanborn, Orville Shipman, Louise Shipman, Andrea Shipman, Amy Bradt and Jennie and Louise and Grandma Sweet, Jennie Bradt Shipman, Jessie Wright, Josie Roberts, Juliet Wallace, Dr. Willis Glidden, Mrs. Richard Robbins (11 photos), no date
Folder 11: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Glidden Hinman, group photoof women, Marian Bradt and Newell Dunlop and John Ayer, Cora Switzer (6 photos), 1898
Folder 12: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Annie Glidden, S.F. Parson, Carrie and Helen Swift, J. L. Curls, Mrs. J. L. Curls, Jacob, Buhrer Ryburn and John Scott and Walter Green and Prof. Cunningham, Mrs. S.W. Rankin, Emily Coon, J. A. Switzer, Bertha Glidden, group photo, Cora Glidden. (11 photos), 1886, 1892, no date
Box 5
Folder 1: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Bertha Glidden, John Warne, Sara Rankikn, Jas McConnell, Rhonda Pritchard, Miss A. Glidden, S. P. Glidden, Mrs. Sanborn, Allie Adams, Libbie Pritchard, Ellwood Sanborn, Minnie Glidden, Mrs. Jacob Haish Elva Glidden, Mrs. J. L. Ellwood, Annie Glidden (20 photos), 1885, 1923, no date
Folder 2: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: John Glidden, Robert Effinger, Florence Clark, Theda Gildemeister, group of men including Mrs. J. W. Glidden and Dr. Griswold and Ruby, George Gurler Amy Morris, Mary Glidden, Mrs. Thos. Metcalf, Rouse Sweet, Bertha Glidden, Joseph Glidden (16 photos), 1886, no date
Folder 3: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Annie Glidden, Charles Bradt S.E. Bradt, Elva Glidden Bush, Samuel Ellsworth Bradth, Lulu Bradt Parson, Mrs. B. Gurler, Bradt house, Madison Shipman, Mrs. Bardt and Maude McCulson?, John McConnell, Bertha Glidden, Hannah Glenn-Bright-Robbins and John Robbins, Margaret Duffey (22 photos), 1892, 1925, 1938-1939, no date
Folder 4: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Mrs. Lucinda Glidden, P. Vaughan, Minnie Glidden, Cora Glidden, Walter H. Green, Libbie Pritchard, Carrie Hester, Mrs. Jacob Haish, Ellwood Sanborn, Dr. Hinman, Bee and Chas. Gurler (11 photos), 1887, no date
Folder 5: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Marian Bradt, Glidden Hinman Andrew Shipman, Gail Hinman, Louise Shipman, Mrs. Lucida Glidden (7 photos), no date
Folder 6: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Annie Glidden, J. A. Switzer, Hinman family and Cora and Annie Glidden, Walker Hinman, Glidden Hinman, Francis and John and Zenana? Sweet, Mrs. Sara Sweet, 1895, no date
Folder 7: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Mrs. W. H. Bush, Mrs. Harriet Glidden, Rachel Robinson, Mrs. Lizzie Hinman, Smith, Dr. Thomas, Mrs. P. Vaughan, Maria Anderson, L.M. Prince, Mrs. Jas. Glidden, Jas. Glidden, Glidden and Gail Hinman, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Sweet, Harmon and Elouise Peake (16 photos), no date
Folder 8: Bradt/Glidden Family and Friends: Mrs. Elva G. Bush, Glidden School- Kindergarden class, Bertha G. Bradt wedding dress (3), Lulu Parson, group photo of kids, Marian Bradt, DonaldSwitzer, Leonard Parson (10 photos), no date
Folder 9: J.W. Glidden (1 Negative plate), no date
Folder 10: Glidden/ Bradt family and friends (3 tintypes), no date
Folder 11: J. F. Glidden (2 photos), no date
Folder 12: S.E. Bradt's personal items, 1916-1935
Folder 13: S.E. Bradt,  "Good Roads Movement", 1930-1938
Folder 14: Bradt and Shipman partnership agreement, 1892
Box 6
Volume 1-2: S.E. Bradt, Illinois Highway Improvement materials (2 volumes), 1904-1952
Volume 3: Black and white photographic prints of Illinois road construction (1 volume), 1913-1921
Volume 4: S.E. Bradt's affiliations (1 volume), 1899-1953
Box 7
Item 1: White Genealogy (roll), no date
Item 2: “A Study of Brick Pavement Construction of County Highways”  by Engineers and Members, 11th Annual Meeting, National Paving Brick Manufacturers Association (1 panoramic photo), September 9-11, 1914
Item 3: Lake Shore Brick Road? (1 panoramic photo), September 12, 1915
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