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This collection is a 50-page folio journal with the first entry on January 1, 1865 and the last entry on July 2, 1865. There are scattered math equations throughout the journal. The first four pages are instruction based about compass corrections, other navigational tasks, and deck work related to sails. In almost every entry, the day of the week is written, the time, the weather, the location of the ship Bradbury was aboard that day (mostly the U.S.S. Rhode Island), his duties for that day, leisure activities, and his personal health for that day (ex. good, fair, starving). On the inside of the back cover is a laundry list and an address for the laundress. The folio was entirely handwritten in script using both pen and pencil. The ink pen writing is dark and neat. The pencil writing is a little faint but also clear.

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Collection Size

1 box, .8 cubic feet

Publication Date

July 2019


US Navy, Abraham Lincoln, journal, Edward Emerson Bradbury


Mathematics | Other Physical Sciences and Mathematics | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS – 245: Papers of Edward E. Bradbury