Collection documents the involvement of Judson Bradford and other residents of Holland, Michigan in the founding of Grand Valley State University. Materials include Citizen Advisory Council records, correspondence with L. William Seidman and others, GVSC publications and promotional materials, notices and invitations, and newspaper articles. Also includes interview conducted in 2011 by President's Office for Grand Valley's 50th Anniversary and an employee stock ownership advocacy notebook compiled by Bradford (1961-2013).
Judson T. Bradford, entrepreneur and resident of Holland, Michigan, served as the Vice President of the Holland Jaycees and the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce. He was on the Board of Directors of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and was involved in other small business organizations. Mr. Bradford was selected by L. William Seidman to organize the residents of Holland, Michigan to support the plans for Grand Valley State College. He helped organize the Holland area Citizens Advisory Council, was instrumental in the selection of Allendale as the site for the campus, and was active in fundraising. He served on the Executive Committee of the Citizens Council for Grand Valley State College in the early 1960s.
Source of Acquisition
Acquired from Judson Bradford in 2009. Interview acquired from President's Office in 2011.
Seidman House 1 Campus Drive
[Identification of item], Judson T. Bradford Papers (RHC-41). Special Collections & University Archives, Grand Valley State University Libraries. https://gvsu.lyrasistechnology.org/repositories/2/resources/468 Accessed November 17, 2017.