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Judson T. Bradford papers

Identifier: RHC-41

Collection Description

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).


  • 1960-2013


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


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.


0.52 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Judson Bradford in 2009. Interview acquired from President's Office in 2011.
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States