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Ernest S. Bradford diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ax 613

Scope and Contents

The early volumes of Bradford's diaries, beginning with his junior year at the University of Wisconsin, are detailed accounts of his schooling, travels, teaching experiences, business ventures, and social life. Later diaries are less informative, except as they indicate that a busy and successful man may lead a normal, dull life. One volume in the collection is the 1915 diary of Florence Mott Bradford.


  • 1895-1931


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Ernest S. Bradford was an American economist who authored several books on marketing research and municipal government in the early twentieth century, including Bradford's Directory of Marketing Research Agencies.

He was born Ernest Bradford Smith in Moorehead, Minnesota. As a young man, he was active in Christian Endeavor work, and collected for Youth's Companion.

Bradford was forced to leave the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he was enrolled as a student, due to illness in 1899, and began to travel to warmer climates to improve his health. Between 1900 and 1902, he went to Biloxi, Mississippi, Phoenix, Arizona, and Los Angeles, California. He returned Madison in September 1902, and worked as a bookkeeper in his father's real estate business.

In 1904, he returned to the University of Wisconsin, where he finished a degree in political science. In 1906, he took an assistantship in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. He changed his name from Smith to Bradford at this time.

In 1907 he joined the US Department of Commerce as an economist and statistician. He was trade survey director of the Tanners' Council (1923-1927), and director of the Bureau of Business Research, City College of New York (1930-1947).

Ernest S. Bradford died in 1965.


3 linear feet (2 containers) : 2 record storage boxes

Language of Materials



Ernest S. Bradford was an American economist and statistician who authored several books on marketing research and municipal government in the early twentieth century. The Ernest S. Bradford diaries contains handwritten notebooks and ledgers detailing Bradford’s education, travel, and work between 1895 and 1931.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Anne B. Cadman Walker, 1971.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by staff in 1971.

Guide to the Ernest S. Bradford Diaries
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by University of Oregon Libraries, Archivists' Toolkit Project Team
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA