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W. Bradley Tyrrell papers

 Collection
Identifier: MC 109

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents relating to W. Bradley Tyrrell's personal and extracurricular professional life, including photographs, programs for speeches he gave, and a diary and scrapbook documenting his African expedition to the Sahara Desert in Algeria in 1925. It does not include materials created or received while Tyrrell was performing duties as Beloit College Vice President and interim President.

Dates

  • 1902-1964

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether.

Biographical / Historical

Excerpt from: The Beloit Daily News (Tuesday, March 10, 1964)

W. Bradley Tyrell will be remembered as a man of many talents and great capacity for the needs of people. He was a college administrator and educator, an industrial executive, a devoted churchman, a civic leader and booster for a number of organizations, a citizen with a deep concern for the less fortunate, and a man with an expansive personality and unlimited friendships. Bradley Tyrell got things done, and he came one of a kind.

Mr. Tyrell had several careers by ordinary standards. He was vice president and production manager of the Delavan Bradley Knitting Co., a Chicago advertising executive, a Beloit College trustee, vice president and interim president during the difficult war years; he participated in the Logan Museum Sahara desert expedition and was decorated by the French government; he headed a California land development company and operated an insurance company.

And in addition, Mr. Tyrell found the time, the energy, and the interest to head numerous organizations for civic betterment. He had a deep interest in young people, and assisted them in many ways. And his interest in the welfare of others was demonstrated in his work and on behalf of the old Community Chest, the United Givers fund, and biracial groups. People were important to him, and he always had time to listen to their programs and projects, and to lend a hand.

He was a facile writer of citations, the articulate author of the tenets of Beloit College, a man of ready smile and quick wit, and deep attachments. The college, and its alumni body, were especially important to him, and he did much to bring about a happy understanding between "town and gown" ... the city and the college.

Every community is saddened by the loss of a citizen of the stature of W. Bradley Tyrell. Beloiters are appreciative of what he has done and what he has meant to all of us, and we must be thankful that he lived and served among us. He was indeed a man of many talents, and an exemplary citizen.

Extent

1 Linear Foot (2 boxes)

Overview

W. Bradley Tyrrell was a Beloit College graduate, class of 1906, as well as the vice president of the college under Irving Maurer. Upon President Maurer's death in 1942, Tyrrell assumed the role of interim president of the college. This collection contains documents relating to Tyrrell's personal and extracurricular professional life, including photographs, programs for speeches he gave, and a diary and scrapbook documenting his African expedition to the Sahara Desert in Algeria in 1925. It does not include materials created or received while Tyrrell was performing duties as Beloit College Vice President and interim President, which are included in the Vice Presidents collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

W. Bradley Tyrrell donated the materials related to his expedition to Africa on July 27, 1960.
Title
W. Bradley Tyrrell papers
Status
Completed
Author
Michelle Tom
Date
February, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Beloit WI 53511 USA
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