William Czar Bradley II (W.C. Bradley II)- Author & first Director, Brooks Memorial Library

  • <p>William Czar Bradley II, photo located in the Bradley family papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Approx 1851</p> <p>William Czar Bradley II, photo located in the Bradley family papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Approx 1851</p>

Pictured Above: William Czar Bradley II, photo located in the Bradley family papers, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University. Approx 1851

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  • Hear about Bradley's family, the tragic loss of a dear friend/ companion, and his long service as the first director of Brooks Memorial Library

About

William Czar Bradley II, grandson of the famous jurist and poet from Westminster, was the first library director of Brook Memorial Library, serving from 1884 until about 1904. He was class poet at Harvard University, and he published two books in his time.

The Brooks Memorial Library still stands today, but in Bradley’s time it looked very different. The “beautiful and commodious” Victorian-style library Bradley knew stood until the 1960s, when it was demolished and the current structure was built in its place.

Tour Stop Location: Brooks Memorial Library - Downtown Brattleboro

Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301, United States

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  • Research & Narration: Jerry Carbone, former Brooks Memorial Library Director for 22 years

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Brooks Memorial Library & Other Related Photos

  • <p>Brooks Memorial Library, circa 1880's. Original Library located in what is now the post office parking lot</p> <p>Brooks Memorial Library, circa 1880's. Original Library located in what is now the post office parking lot</p>
  • <p>Jerry Carbone</p> <p>Jerry Carbone</p>