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Lester Bradner papers

Call Number: MS 951
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of approximately five hundred letters written by Lester Bradner to his future wife, Edith Mitchell Murray, of Flushing, New York. The correspondence commences shortly after their first meeting in 1888 while Bradner was a Yale College student, and continues through the remainder of his Yale career (he received his Ph.D. in 1889) and the two years which he spent at the University of Berlin (1891-1893) studying Biblical history and exegesis, and Hebrew, Assyrian, and Arabic.

Through the letters the growth of their friendship and later engagement can be observed, although unfortunately none of Edith Murray's letters have been preserved. Bradner's letters describe his academic and social life in New Haven, Dansville (New York), and Berlin, as well as his summer travels in America and Europe. He dwells in some detail on his religious beliefs and his view of theology and the ministry.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Leicester Bradner, 1964.
0.5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Bradner, Lester, 1867-1929
Language of Materials