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COLLECTION Identifier: A/B3675

Baby book of William Bradford Bearce, 1905-ca.1909


Baby book filled out by Nellie Bradford Bearce for her son, William Bradford Bearce, as well as cards, letters, and death notice for Bradford Bearce, who died at age 4.


  • 1905-1909

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Nellie Bradford Bearce as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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Collection consists of a published baby book, "A History of the Doings and Sayings of our Baby," filled out by Nellie Bradford Bearce for her son, William Bradford Bearce (called Bradford). Bearce's notes describe the baby's weight, first words, smile, and gifts received following his birth. There are also notes regarding events like his first outing, Christmas, and birthday. The baby book contains a few loose items, including a letter from Bradford Bearce's grandmother for his first birthday and a child's birthday party invitation. In addition, there is a clipping and death notice for Bradford Bearce.


Ellen Mary "Nellie" Bradford Bearce was born on February 11, 1876, in Turner, Maine, the daughter of Ceilia E. Hodsdon and William Birchard Bradford. She married Ralph King Bearce on July 9, 1902, in Maine. Ralph Bearce was a graduate of Colby College and served as principal of the Connecticut Literary Society (later Suffield Academy). They lived in Suffield when their son, William Bradford Bearce, was born on September 25, 1905. William Bradford Bearce died at age four. Ralph Bearce later became Head Master of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Ralph K. Bearce died July 9, 1935. Nellie Bradford Bearce died June 15, 1972, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M104

The baby book of William Bradford Bearce was acquired from DeWolfe and Wood, in June 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Radcliffe College Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Gerard Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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