Collection ID: 2014.003.0001

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Louise Bradley and Elizabeth Bishop
Abstract:
Louise Bradley was the great-granddaughter of Rebecca and Theophilus A. Wylie. She was born and lived her whole life in Arlington, Massachusetts. Louise met future poet Elizabeth Bishop in the mid-1920s at Camp Chequesset on Cape Cod. The two exchanged letters for several years.
Extent:
.5 cubic feet (1 small box)
Language:
Materials are in English
Preferred citation:

[item], Louise Bradley and Elizabeth Bishop Correspondence Collection, Wylie House Museum, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

Background

Scope and Content:

This collection of personal correspondence was bequeathed to Wylie House Museum, Indiana University by Morton C. Bradley, Jr., a great-grandson of Theophilus A. and Rebecca D. Wylie, upon his death in September 2004. The collection is arranged chronologically. There are thirty-one letters written by Elizabeth Bishop to Louise Bradley. A portion of the letters are dated 1925-1933 while others are undated fragments. In the letters, Bishop writes about her schoolwork, summer camp, books, shared interests, and shares a few piece of her early poetry.

Biographical / Historical:

Louise Bradley (1908 – 1979) was the only daughter of Morton C. and Marie Bradley. She attended Indiana University for one year, then transferred to and graduated from Radcliff College. She worked for Raytheon Corporation and travelled widely. She never married and lived her whole life in her parents' home. Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was a poet and author of short stories. Due to her father's early death and her mother's mental illness, Bishop was raised by a succession of family members. In 1930 she entered Vassar College where her poetry writing was fostered. Over the course of her career, she served as the Poet Laureate of the United States (1949-1950) and was the recipient of several awards including the Pulitzer Prize of Poetry (1956), National Book Winner (1970), the Neustadt International Prize for Literature (1976), and two Guggenheim Fellowships (1947 and 1978). Louise Bradley and Elizabeth Bishop met at Camp Chequesset on Cape Cod during the mid-1920s and continued to exchange letters for several years.

Acquisition information:
Bequeathed to Wylie House Museum by Morton C. Bradley, Jr., great-grandson of Theophilus Adam Wylie.
Processing information:

Processed by Jo Burgess.

Completed in 2014

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Access

RESTRICTIONS:

This collection is open for research. Advance notice is required.

TERMS OF ACCESS:

For reproduction and use policy, contact Wylie House Museum Director.

PREFERRED CITATION:

[item], Louise Bradley and Elizabeth Bishop Correspondence Collection, Wylie House Museum, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington.

CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
317 East 2nd Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47401, United States
CAMPUS:
Indiana University Bloomington
CONTACT:
812-855-6224
libwylie@indiana.edu