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Raymond H. Bradley, Jr.'s Collection on marriage equality in Rhode Island, 1977-2013.

 Collection
Identifier: MS5066

Scope and Contents

Materials include educational and resource material; essays and statement papers; news clippings; letters to legislators; and documents created by the religious community. Much of the collection constitutes resources, rather than material created by Bradley. Because of the grass-roots nature of gaining equal rights and marriage equality for the LGBT community, collections like these are left intact despite Bradley acting as collector rather than creator.

Dates

  • 1977-2013

Creator

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to the public and unrestricted.

Restrictions on Use

Items in this collection are subject to U. S. Copyright Law. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of collection items and to secure any permissions necessary for their reproduction and publication. Requests for permission to publish material must be discussed with the archivist or librarian.

Biographical Note

Raymond H. Bradley Jr. (1929-2014) was born in Connecticut and grew up in the American Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army and attended Bangor Theological Seminary. He was ordained in July of 1958. He served West Bethel Congregational Church in Maine; Rangeley, Maine; Phillips, Maine; Andover Connecticut; and The Riverside Congregational Church in Rhode Island. After his retirement in 1997, he served as interim minister for Park Place Church UCC, Pawtucket RI; Barrington Congregational Church, Barrington RI; Woodridge Congregational Church, Cranston RI; The United Congregational Church of Westerly, Pawcatuck CT; and The First Congregational Church of Warwick, Oakland Beach RI. Bradley advocated and working towards human rights campaigns: mental health, racial equality and civil rights for the LGBT community. He wrote the first resolution for the United Church of Christ, inspired by the Presbyterian statement called “More Light.” Bradley borrowed that title, which was eventually renamed Open and Affirming. He married Virginia Sally Brown and together they had two sons, Raymond H. Bradley III and Richard H. Bradley.

Extent

0.35 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Raymond Bradley advocated and working towards human rights campaigns: mental health, racial equality and civil rights for the LGBT community. Materials include educational and resource material; essays and statement papers; news clippings; letters to legislators; and documents created by the religious community.

Arrangement

This collection has been arranged in chronological order by start date. Whenever possible, the original order of materials within folders was maintained, however, letters to legislators, essays and statement papers, and news clippings were consolidated.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated to the Congregational Library & Archives, August 2013, by Raymond Bradley Jr.

Related Materials

Robert Wood papers, 1920-2011 (MS4709)

United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns records, 1980s-2009 (RG4924)

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Steytler, December 2014, using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Raymond H. Bradley, Jr.'s Collection on marriage equality in Rhode Island, 1977-2013.
Status
Completed
Author
Jessica Steytler
Date
2014
Description rules
3
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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