Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
James S. Bradshaw Papers

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: James S. Bradshaw Papers
Creator: Bradshaw, James S., 1921-
Inclusive dates: 1904-1990, and Undated
Extent: .25 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Papers include mainly articles, books, and papers he wrote, as an author, journalist, and CMU professor. One of the books he wrote is about George W. Wisner.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# many

Access Restrictions:

James S. Bradshaw Papers are open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

James S. Bradshaw Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetically then chronologically.



James Stanford “Stan” Bradshaw was born on December 6, 1921 in Campbell, Missouri, the son of Clarence and Stella (Cashdallar) Bradshaw. .He married Joan A. Rouquette on December 18, 1953. Together they had three daughters, Nancy Hemmington, Gillian Bradshaw (1956-), a popular author, and Laura Vickers, and a son, Alan Bradshaw.

Bradshaw earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1969. He wrote many articles that were published and three books.

In 1969, Bradshaw was hired as a professor of Journalism at Central Michigan University (CMU). He was granted Emeritus status in 1984.

At other times in his career, Bradshaw worked as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press covering the Cuban revolution, the funeral of Eva Peron, and trips to Latin America with then President Eisenhower and Vice-President Nixon. In the 1960s, he served as a press adviser at the Organization of American States and later for an A.I.D. program in Chile.

On August 2, 1990, Bradshaw died in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He was survived by his wife, four children, seven grand-children, a brother and two sisters. (This information is from his obituary in the Morning Sun, p. 2, August 3, 1990.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists mainly of articles, books and papers Bradshaw wrote throughout his career. One of the papers, which was later published as a book, is about George W. Wisner, (1812-1849), an early Michigan journalist who was the nation’s first police reporter for the New York Sun.

A copy of Bradshaw’s 1972 Ph.D. thesis from Michigan State University is separately cataloged in the CMU libraries.

Subject Terms

    • Bradshaw, James S., 1921-
    • Wisner, George, 1812-1849.
    • Central Michigan University--Faculty.
    • Central Michigan University. Dept. of Journalism.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Journalists--Michigan.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    James S. Bradshaw Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Biographical Materials (obituary), August 3, 1990
    Box   1 F   2
    Address by President Richard M. Nixon before the National Press, (Bradshaw was present as a reporter), May 21, 1958
    Box   1 F   3
    Articles, essays, 1973-1977, 1983, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Barr, Robert, Information, Article, Correspondence and Photograph, 1904, 1913, 1988
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, 1973-1975, 1984
    Box   1 F   6
    (The) Cobblestone House of Central Michigan, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    (The) “Detroit” in England, undated
    Box   1 F   8
    George Henry Evans, Radical Printer, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    (A) Failure of Demo-Socialism, Manley’s Mistakes in Jamaica, 1978
    Box   1 F   9
    (The) First Comic Detective, 1988
    Box   1 F   10
    (The) Journalist as Pariah: three Muckraking Novels by Samuel Hopkins Adams, 1983
    Box   1 F   11
    Miscellaneous, 1966, 1973, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    Mrs. Ryane’s School of Journalism, 1983
    Box   1 F   13
    “My Dearest Friend”…..The Romance of Woodrow Wilson and Mary Allen of Grand Rapids, 1985
    Box   1 F   14
    Proposal: Paper: The Grand Rapids Days of Frank I. Cobb, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    (The) Use of Newspapers in Historical Research, 1983
    Box   1 F   16
    “Rumbellion” In Iron River, 1985
    Box   1 F   17
    (The) Speech That Shaped The Post-War World, 1975
    Box   1 F   18
    Student Paper, A Burning Cloud By Day, by Lynne J. Masel, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    George W. Wisner, A New Appraisal, Related Materials, 1975-1976, undated