Guide to the Brad Bogart Collection, 1911-1927

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History 2011

Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright held by the Smithsonian Institution. Collection items available for reproducution, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives: fees for commercial use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Collection donated by Brad J. Bogart on November 12, 1984. Bogart acquired the scrapbook at a flea market in Montague, Michigan and the owner purchased it in Sturgis, Michigan. The immediate source of the court proceedings is unknown.

Processing Information note

Processed by Amber Covington (intern), March, 2011; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.

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Summary Information

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Bogart, Brad J.
Lark, Frank E.
Brad J. Bogart Collection
1.0 cu. ft. , includes court proceedings, diary, and photographs (2 boxes)
Yuma County, Arizona court proceedings relating to the remains of W.C. Gilbert and other court charges against Rex Dalgish, Manuel Leobo, R. W. Wilson, and Andrew Chavez. There is also a scrapbook of Frank E. Lark documenting a trip along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers.

Preferred Citation note

Title and date of title, Brad J. Bogart Collection, 1911-1927, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, box number X, folder number XX, digital file number XXXXXXX

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Biographical/Historical note

Brad Bogart accquired the items in this collection with intentions to create a novel and erect a monument from the snapshots in the scrapbook. Brad Bogart a writer from Michigan was inspired by the scrapbook to write a novel and pursue the possibility of his work becoming a movie. He was also intrigued by the scenes of stevedores working along the docks in different cities along the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers. Bogart researched and planned to build a monument dedicated to these workers in St. Louis, but there is no further evidence of his plans.

Frank E. Lark created the scrapobook by placing 60 photgraphs inside of a 1913 Crane and Company desk diary with his name written on the front. Bogart reported that Frank E. Lark died in the 1960s and is buried in Sturgis, Michigan along with his wife Bertha Lark.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection has two series with the content not being related.

Series 1, Court Proceedings, 1911-1927, consists of three pages (1911, 1912, 1927) of court record proceedings from the territory of Arizona, Justice's Court of Swansea, Yuma County. One page concerns an inquest over the remains of W. C. Gilbert, found dead on the Colorado River Indian Reservation, 15 miles from Parker, Arizona. The other court proceedings have detailed information about a felony charge against Rex Dalgish and misdemeanor charges against Manuel Leobo, R. W. Wilson, and Andrew Chavez. The court proceedings are hand written in ink.

Series 2, Frank E. Lark Scrapbook, 1914, consists of a 1913 Crane Company desk diary containing 61 photographs by Frank E. Lark documenting a trip on the Mississippi, Ohio, and Tennessee Rivers, June 1914. The snapshots include people traveling with Bogart, scenes of the rivers, workers along boats and docks, and several have captions with names and locations within cities. The scrapbook photographs varies in sizes that range from 2.5 by 4.5 inches to 3.5 by 5.5 inches.

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Arrangement note

Collection is divided into two series.

Series 1, Court Proceedings, 1911-1927

Series 2, Frank E. Lark scrapbook, 1914

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Diaries--20th century.
  • Photographs--Black-and-white photoprints--1910-1930
  • Scrapbooks--1900-1950

Geographic Name(s)

  • Arizona--1910-1930
  • Mississippi River--1910-1920
  • Ohio River--1910-1920
  • Tennessee River--1910-1920

Personal Name(s)

  • Chavez, Andrew
  • Dalgish, Rex
  • Gilbert, W. C.
  • Leobo, Manuel
  • Wilson, R.W.


  • Colorado River Indian Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)--1910-1930
  • Coronors--1910-1930
  • Court records--1910-1930
  • Death--Causes--1910-1930.
  • Travel photography--1900-1950
  • Travel--1910-1920

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1, Frank E. Lark scrapbook, 1914 


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Series 2, Court Proceedings, 1911-1927 


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