The James J. Bradley Distinguished Service Award is presented by The Society of Automotive Historians to museums, archives, and libraries for exemplary efforts in preserving motor vehicle resource materials.
Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2023.
Questions regarding the Bradley Award should be emailed to Bradley Award Panel Chair David A. Schmidt, Ph.D.
Mr. Bradley, for whom the award is named, graduated from St. Norbert’s College in Wisconsin and received his M.S. in Library Science degree from the Carnegie Library School in Pittsburgh. During World War II he served on General Eisenhower’s staff in London, Paris, Berlin and Algiers. He spent more than 25 years with the Detroit Public Library; he joined the Library In 1953, began working in the the Library’s Automotive History Collection in 1955 and became the head of that collection in 1958. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Automotive Historians, a former president of Car Care Council, a member of the Special Libraries Association, the Antique Auto Club of America and the Friends of the Detroit Public Library, as well as an honorary member of the Ferrari Club of America and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club. Mr. Bradley passed away on November 27, 1980.
Mercedes-Benz Classic Archives & Collection, Stuttgart, Germany
AACA Library and Research Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Repeat Award)
The Canada Museum of Science and Technology at Ottawa, Ontario
The Digital Scholarship Program, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, Indiana
The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection), Reno, Nevada
The Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware
The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, Michigan
International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen, New York
Revs Institute for Automotive Research, Naples, Florida.
Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, Coventry, UK
The Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation in La Mesa, California.
Gilmore Car Museum, Hickory Corners, Michigan.
Benson Ford Research Center at The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan
National Auto History Collection of the Detroit Public Library
SAE International, Warrendale, Pennsylvania
Stanley Museum, Inc. Kingfield, Maine, and Estes Park, Colorado
Citizens Motorcar Company – America’s Packard Museum, Dayton, Ohio
Nash Heritage Preservation Project, Nash Car Club of America
Museum of Transportation, St. Louis, Missouri.
American Truck Historical Society, Kansas City, Missouri.
The Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, California.
Reynolds-Alberta Museum, Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada.
Frederick C. Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, Cleveland, Ohio.
National Motor Museum of Australia, Birdwood, South Australia.
Automotive Hall of Fame, Inc., Dearborn, Michigan.
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn, Indiana.
Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.
Studebaker National Museum, South Bend, Indiana.
National Automotive History Collection, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan.
AACA Library and Research Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Museo dell’Automobile Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, Turin, Italy.
GMI Alumni Foundation Industrial History Collection, Flint, Michigan.
Fondation de L’Automobile Marius Berliet, Lyons, France.
Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan.
Daimler-Benz Archiv-Geschichte-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany.
National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, England.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Helen Jones Earley, Archivist and Executive Secretary for Public Relations, Oldsmobile Division of General Motors, Lansing, Michigan.
Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association of the United States