Dr. Bradley Blake Collection


Dr. Bradley Blake


Seven cubic feet


Photos: India, Ireland, American Southwest; Elliott family photographs

Papers: Professional papers relating to anthropology; India, Ireland, American Southwest and New Mexico State University; Personal papers and essays: Elliott family papers; diaries, ledgers, and letters from the Elliott family of Sac Bay (a.k.a. Sack Bay), Michigan. Third cousins of Bradley Blake, the Elliott family homesteaded in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the late 1800s and lived in the area until 1962. These papers reflect the lifestyle, social organization, and the compelling demands of the daily routine of farming at that time. Papers include: Samuel Elliott, 1826-1889; Martha (Edwards) Elliott, 1843-1932; Henry Schullen Elliott, 1868-1876; Lucy Elliott, 1869-1960; Martha (Mattie) Elliott, 1878-1962; and Adele (Babe) Elliott, 1882-1962.


Bradley Blake was born and raised in Wisconsin where he later received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the Wisconsin State University, Stevens Point, and two Master’s degrees (one in India Area Studies; the other in Anthropology) as well as a Ph.D in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He joined the faculty of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (formerly the Department of History and Social Sciences) at New Mexico State University in 1965. As the university’s first anthropologist, his task was to develop a concentration in anthropology which would eventually lead to both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs. He served as the Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for five years and, later, as the Director of the NMSU Museum. Brad was the recipient of the NMSU Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching and two Donald C., Roush teaching awards. He retired from NMSU in 1996. In addition to Brad Blake’s teaching career, he was an Air Force jet fighter pilot trainee and later a flight instructor and commercial pilot. Dr. Blake passed away in March of 2012.


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