Dwight J. Bradley (1889-1957), clergyman, author, and social commentator, was born in Yankton, South Dakota, December 16, 1889. He was ordained in the Congregational Church in 1915. Bradley had Doctor of Divinity degrees from the Pacific School of Religion as well as from Colby and Oberlin Colleges. Throughout his career as an ordained minister, he held various positions, such as the executive director of the Council for Social Action of the Congregational and Christian Churches of the United States. He was also the general director of religious activities for the Army and Navy, and a professor at Andover-Newton Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dwight J. Bradley served in the following churches:
El Paso, Texas
Webster Grove, Missouri
New York, New York
Scope of Collection
This collection consists of materials pertaining to the life of Dwight J. Bradley from 1938-1942. There are daily journals, several published books, three unpublished works, in addition to miscellaneous correspondences. His journals contain personal opinions on major world events, such as World War II, as well as personal issues like the passing of Bradley's father. The journals also include the dates and locations when Bradley traveled across the United States. The books and unpublished works reflect Bradley's beliefs in his faith, the ideal marriage, and how to treat our fellow man. The miscellaneous materials shed light on issues and events described in the journals, such as newspaper clippings of Bradley's writings.
This series contains the personal journal of Dwight J. Bradley from 1938-1942. The journal lists the dates and locations of Bradley as he traveled across the United States. The journal also chronicles the events, professional conferences, and religious services Bradley attended or participated in including his personal opinions about major world events, such as World War II. There is also mention made of notable individuals like Franz Schoenberer.
Series II: Miscellaneous
Scope of Series:
This series contains letters addressed to Mr. Bradley. There are programs from a 1958 memorial service, church letters with news articles, as well as personal correspondence by Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley regarding the donation of her late husband's papers.
Letters addressed to Rev. Bradley
Memorial service program and address
1958 May 5
News articles and church newsletter
Western Union telegrams
Church meeting schedules
Elizabeth Bradley correspondence
Series III: Books
Scope of Series:
Included here are two published works by Dwight J. Bradley: Highway of the Spirit (1936) and By Faith: A Book of Modern Devotion (1938). Highway talks about leading a better religious life through Bible study, personal meditation as well as religious growth through social action. By Faith talks about people seeking devotion in God as well as hope and evidence of good things still unseen to the reader.
Highway of the Spirit
By Faith: A Book of Modern Devotion
Series IV: Unpublished Works
1 document case
Scope of Series:
This series contains unpublished manuscripts by Dwight J. Bradley. The first one is titled Hope is Our Heritage, which is about how our own compassion, faith, hope, and love have been applied to our own culture and heritage. The second manuscript is called Three Squares and a Rose, a first-person narrative on the ideal meaning of marriage. The third manuscript, The Malady of Man, explains how the issue of intolerance has clearly changed the course of human civilization. In particular, how it could impact many of the general social problems ordinary people face.
Three Square Meals and a Rose Chapters 1-3
Three Square Meals and a Rose Chapters 4-6
Three Square Meals and a Rose Chapters 7-9
The Malady of Man, criticism on manuscript, pages 1-47