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

Collection Information
Title:

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

Creator(s):

Bradley, Raymond Henry, Jr.

United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns.

Rhode Island Council of Churches.

Dates:

1977-2013, bulk 1991-1995

Extent:

1 document case (0.32 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

MS5066

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in Raymond H. Bradley, Jr.'s collection on marriage equality in Rhode Island, MS5066. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, December 2014, using DACS Second Edition.

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.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Raymond H. Bradley, Jr. in August 2013.

Description

Historical 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.

 

Scope of Collection

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.

 

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Subject Headings

Bradley, Raymond H., Jr.

United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns

Rhode Island State Council of Churches.

Gay rights-- Rhode Island.

Marriage--Government policy--United States.

Marriage--History--20th century.

Marriage--History--21st century.

Same-sex marriage--Law and legislation -- Rhode Island.

AIDS activists--United States

AIDS & society.

 

Related Materials

Robert Wood papers, 1920-2011 (MS4709)

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

 

Arrangement

Folders are arranged in alphabetical order. Whenever possible, the original order was kept, however, letters to legislators; essays and statement papers; and news clippings were consolidated.

 

Contents

  Date Box/Folder
Early materials on AIDS ministry circa 1980s-1990s B1/F1
Essays and statement papers 1979-1991, undated B1/F2
Letters to legislators 1994-1995 B1/F3
Letters to Raymond Bradley 1994-1995 B1/F4
Newsletters and essays 1993-2003 B1/F5
Newspaper clippings 1988-2013, undated B1/F6
Resource material 1986 B1/F7
Rhode Island religious leaders supporting marriage equality 2006 B1/F8
Rhode Island Council of Churches 1995 B1/F9
United Church of Christ Open and Affirming 1977, 1991-1995 B1/F10

 

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