Bradbury Family Papers

A Mexican-American Family's Story, 1876-1965

Previously on exhibit in the Peter J. Shields Lobby — Special Collections Display Cases
Now available as a Web Exhibit

This exhibit of the Bradbury Family Papers provides a view of activities in Mexico and California during the 19th and 20th centuries. Showcased are photographs and manuscripts, both personal and business-related, illustrating this Mexican-American family's history as well as elements of Mexico's colonial and revolutionary periods.

Portrait of Lewis Leonard Bradbury, Sr.

Lewis Leonard Bradbury, Sr.
c. 1823-1892

Portrait of Simona Martinex Bradbury

Simona Martinez Bradbury
c. 1845-1902

Lewis Leonard Bradbury, Senior (c. 1823-1892), originally from Bangor, Maine, moved to Rosario, (Sinaloa) Mexico in the early 1860s and amassed an incredible fortune in the "Tajo" silver mines. He married Simona Martinez (c. 1845-1902) in Mazatlan, Mexico around 1867 but later moved his family to California. Around 1883, Bradbury acquired Rancho Azusa de Duarte in southern California which is now part of the present-day cities of Duarte and Bradbury in Los Angeles County, California.

Lewis Bradbury, Junior (c. 1881-1948) assumed control of the family business in 1902, and the Bradbury Estate Company was incorporated in 1904. Later, the business and mining success of the Bradbury Estate Company declined and the company was dissolved in 1965. The Bradbury family's days of being mining barons are over, but their legacy remains, providing an interesting glimpse of one family's experience in Mexico and California.

The Bradbury Family papers were donated to Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis, in December 2006 by Marion "Mimi" Jenkins, great-great-granddaughter of Lewis Leonard Bradbury, Senior.

The exhibit was prepared by Erin Duane, a student from the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Ms. Duane was an intern in Special Collections and prepared the finding aid for the Bradbury Family Papers.

For additional information, please contact Daryl Morrison, Head of Special Collections, (530) 752-2112,