Administrative History:  The Bradley Institute for Democracy and Public Values began in July 1986 with a grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Its mission was the study, promotion, and improvement of political democracy. The Institute provided grants to Marquette University faculty, brought distinguished visiting scholars to campus, provided postdoctoral fellowships for promising young scholars, sponsored seminars, and engaged in a variety of civic education and outreach activities. The Institute closed in August 2000.

The most visible of the Institute's activities was the sponsorship of visiting scholars. Professors from around the world came to Marquette, where they continued their research while also teaching classes and giving lectures to the larger community. The Institute also sponsored conferences and seminars related to the mission of promoting political democracy. Topics ranged from community service to the fall of Leninism in Eastern Europe. In the 1990s, the Institute began to work more closely with Milwaukee-area institutions, such as the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee and local political watchdog groups, to promote political and governmental skills in local schools. Much of this work was taken up by Norman Gill, the McBeath Senior Researcher for the Institute and a local government advocate for over sixty years.

Dr. Thomas E. Hachey, 1989-2000
Dr. John R. Johannes, 1986-1989

Restrictions: Access to these records is unrestricted. However, the researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of these records. Consult an archivist for further information.

Scope and Content: The bulk of the records consist of correspondence regarding the Institute's funding, visiting scholars, and conferences. Also included are an incomplete set of the Institute's newsletters, clippings about Institute events, vitaes of visiting scholars, annual reports submitted to the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and audio tapes of Institute seminars and other events.

Arrangement: These records are arranged into two unrestricted series. Series 1 consists of administrative subject files of the Institute's correspondence, conferences and seminars, visiting scholars, and funding. Series 2 consists of cassette tapes, arranged chronologically.

Separation Note: Videotapes produced by the Institute were separated from this record group and arranged in the University Archives' general Videotape Collection.

Series 1 Administrative Subject Files, 1986-2000
Series 2 Sound Recordings, 1989-1991