Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Bradford Club Records, 1859-1868

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: Bradford Club records
Creator: Moreau, John B. (John Bostwick), 1812-1886
Inclusive dates: 1859-1868
Extent: 3 volumes
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of three volumes holding the correspondence and meeting minutes of the Bradford Club, a mid-19th century bibliophilic society that published books about various topics related to American history.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1934. M-229.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Bradford Club records, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The Bradford Club held its inaugural meeting in New York City on October 24, 1859, for the purpose of publishing informative volumes on topics related to American history. Its members included William Menzies, J. Carson Brevoort, Charles Congdon, Charles C. Moreau, and John B. Moreau. Menzies served as the club's president and John Moreau as its secretary. The club met periodically and published 8 books, each printed in a limited quantity and distributed among members and the club's subscribers. The Bradford Club dissolved on November 10, 1867.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of three volumes holding the correspondence and meeting minutes of the Bradford Club, a mid-19th century bibliophilic society that published books about various topics related to American history. The first two volumes consist of 550 letters addressed to the club's secretary, John B. Moreau, often thanking the club for sending copies of its publications and requesting further volumes. Additionally, letters from printers and other collaborators document the contemporary publishing process, including issues related to copyright. The third volume contains the group's meeting minutes, compiled by Moreau throughout the entirety of the Bradford Club's history. Club members often met to discuss the publication of a new historical volume, and their meetings most frequently concerned distribution of the books. A printed circular advertisement for the club's latest publication accompanies each set of minutes. One circular, attributed to "A few Gentlemen in the City, interested in the study of American History and Literature," predates the Bradford Club (April 1859). Additionally, Moreau recorded an inventory for each publication, including a list of the recipients of each individual copy. This volume also holds a printed list of the Bradford Club's subscribers, as well as a manuscript copy of its constitution. Loose documents laid into the volume include financial records related to printing costs and an engraving showing a rock labeled "Washington" in a stormy sea.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bradford Club series.
    • Copyright--United States.
    • History--Sources--Publishing.
    • Publishers and publishing--United States--History.
    • United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Minute books.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Bradford Club records [series]:
    Volume   1  
    Correspondence,   November 2, 1859-June 27, 1865
    Volume   2  
    Correspondence,   July 3, 1865-October 23, 1868
    Volume   3  
    Meeting minutes,   October 24, 1859-November 10, 1867
    Additional Descriptive Data

    A complete list of contributors is available in the following volume: Peckham, Howard H. Guide to the Manuscript Collections in the William L. Clements Library. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1942.

    Related Materials

    The Clements Library has a copy of each of the Bradford Club's publications: