Guide to the The Misselwitz and Crawford family papers, 1870-1968

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Guide to the The Misselwitz and Crawford family papers, 1870-1968

Collection number: M0276

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1998
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Misselwitz and Crawford family papers,
Date (inclusive): 1870-1968
Collection number: Special Collections M0276
Creator: Crawford family Misselwitz family
Extent: 3 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of Carolyn Misselwitz, 1975.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] The Misselwitz and Crawford family papers, M0276, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

This collection concerns two American families, related by marriage, who chose not to remain in their native Kansas, but sought opportunity wherever it took them. Their individual perambulations are reflected chiefly in their collection of photographs; very little correspondence is contained in their papers.
Levi R. [K.?] Crawford lived in Warren, Maine, until around 1862, when he moved to Ottawa, Kansas, near Topeka, bringing his skills as a carpenter and cabinet maker with him. He became a successful businessman in Ottawa, reportedly serving as contractor for several buildings on the Ottawa College [now University] campus. Inez J. Crawford, Levi's wife, cared for their three [?] children, Ralph K. Crawford, Inez Mabel, and C.B. Crawford, and was very active in the Ottawa Baptist Sunday School.
Ralph K. Crawford graduated from Ottawa College as a civil engineer in 1901, a career he followed from that time to around 1915. His ventures took him to California in 1906-1907, where he was an engineer on the Los Angeles Aqueduct. He also traveled to Idaho and to Fairbanks, Alaska, pursuing mining enterprises. In 1913, in Riverside, California, near Los Angeles, he married Dorothy Maude Frink, a professional photographer from Ottawa, Kansas. In 1915, they moved to Burlingame, California, south of San Francisco, where they made their home and operated a photographic studio and gift shop. Later they made their home in San Carlos, California, a few miles south of Burlingame. Ralph and Dorothy Maude Crawford were childless, but enjoyed close relationships with their families in Ottawa.
The Crawford portion of the collection contains many photographs of Ottawa, Kansas, Los Angeles and other parts of California, Idaho, Alaska, and Japan and China. Among the photographs are many of residents of Ottawa, Kansas, in the early 1900s.
Inez J. Crawford (Mrs. Levi R. Crawford), and her daughter, Inez Mabel, came to Burlingame to live at some point. Miss Mabel Crawford became the first librarian for the City of San Mateo (California).
Sometime in the mid-1920s, Dorothy Maude Crawford's niece, Carolyn Converse, came to live with the Crawfords in Burlingame. She attended Stanford University and graduated with an A.B. in English in 1928. Shortly thereafter she went to China to accept a teaching post. By 1931, she was a representative for Far Eastern Commerce Advertising in China and Japan, working in their office in Shanghai, dealing with commercial and credit information.
Henry Francis Misselwitz, newspaperman, foreign correspondent, commentator, and author, was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on July 24, 1900. He was involved with journalism before and after graduation from the University of Missouri with a degree in Journalism in 1922. He worked first on the Kansas City Star and then on the St Louis Post-Dispatch. During this period, one of his stories, about a lynching, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was later on the staff of the Japan Advertiser, an American newspaper in Tokyo. Following this position, he became correspondent for the New York Times and the United Press in Japan and China from 1923 to 1936. As New York Times correspondent in the 1920s, he covered Chiang Kai-Shek's Koumingtang Rebellion against the warlords of Peking. After returning to New York to work with the United Press, he was assigned to be the White House correspondent during President Herbert Hoover's administration. Henry was also the author of The Dragon Stirs, an account of his experiences in China. He then moved to Los Angeles, becoming a radio commentator and screenwriter.
Heney Misselwitz first met Carolyn Converse in the late 1920s in Shanghai. They became reacquainted some twelve years later, following his divorce from Ted Constance Lowrance in 1931, and his return to the U. S. mainland. Henry and Carolyn were married in 1941. Two years after their marriage the couple move to San Carlos, California, from Los Angeles, where Henry resumed his news commentary and became editor of a local newspaper. In San Carlos, Carolyn continued her Aunt Dorothy's gift and frame shop in the building she inherited from her Uncle Ralph Crawford. Both Henry and Carolyn were active in civic affairs and traveled widely in the United States and abroad. (See also, H. F. Misselwitz Collection at the University of Oregon, and H. F. Misselwitz, Who's Who, 1951.)
Both Henry and Carolyn recorded urban and rural scenes in China and Japan before World War II. Their photographs of China and Japan are supplemented by those of Barney Allen Cogsdell, U. S. Marine Corps (Fourth (Regiment), a friend of the Misselwitz's, stationed in China in 1935-1936.

Scope and Content

Primarily photographs, some correspondence, ephemera, and rock samples.

Container List

 

Misselwitz Correspondence and Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence to Misselwitz Family Homer Lea, Sgt. Ansel E. O'Banion 1941-1968

Physical Description: (22 letters and cards)
Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence between Carolyn Misselwitz and Hope Converse (Aunt). 1967-1968

Physical Description: (14 letters and cards)
Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence to Carolyn Misselwitz from Elizabeth. 1968

Physical Description: (5 letters and notes, 2 enclosures)
Box 1, Folder 4

World War II Ration Books (Misselwitz and Crawford). [1941, 1942?]

Physical Description: (5 booklets)
Box 1, Folder 5

Miscellaneous blank postcards and cards. Japan, Steamships. [1920s-1930s?]

Physical Description: (9 items)
Box 1, Folder 6

News clippings relating to Homer Lea, Ansel E. O'Banion. 1945

Physical Description: (2 clips)
 

Crawford Family Correspondence and Papers

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence to Ralph K. Crawford from [Dorothy] Maude Crawford. 1907-[1920s?]

Physical Description: (11 letters and cards)
Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence to Ralph K. Crawford from Miscellaneous. 1902-1929

Physical Description: (13 letters and cards)
Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence to Dorothy Maude Crawford (Mrs. Ralph K.) from Miscellaneous. Gertrude Oldroyd, Secretary Methodist Missions, China, 1930s. 1914-1944

Physical Description: (7 letters and cards)
Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence to [Inez] Mabel Crawford. (R. K. sister) 1913-1921

Physical Description: (1 postcard, 1 telegram)
Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence to Inez J. Crawford (Mrs. Levi R. Crawford, R. K. mother). 1914-1926

Physical Description: (7 postcards)
Box 1, Folder 12

Typescript (unbound) Baptist Sunday School (Ottawa, Kansas) by Mrs. Levi R. Crawford. 1898

Physical Description: (7 pages)
Box 1, Folder 13

Scientific notebook, R. K. Crawford. [1900?]

Box 1, Folder 14

Small notebook, R. K. Crawford. [1920s?]

Box 1, Folder 15

Appointment book, Dorothy Maude Crawford. 1925

Box 1, Folder 16

U.S. stamps (3 cents). n.d.

Physical Description: (3 stamps)
Box 1, Folder 17

Miscellaneous pamphlets and leaflets, n.d.

Physical Description: (10 items)
Box 1, Folder 18

News clips. Ralph Landon. 1906-1936

Physical Description: (5 clips)
Box 1, Folder 19

Souvenir booklets, Maine and Massachusetts. [1900s]

Physical Description: (2 booklets)
Box 1, Folder 20

Menu, Camp Curry, Yosemite, CA. 1944

Box 1, Folder 21

Travel brochures. s.s., Normandie. 1917-1937

Physical Description: (3 brochures)
Box 1, Folder 22

Railroad timetables. 1937-1944

Physical Description: (2 timetables)
Box 1, Folder 23

Lithographed booklet of drawings by Kenneth Conant. [1950?]

Box 1, Folder 24

Miscellaneous cards, clippings, maps, etc.

Physical Description: (8 items)
 

Photographs

Box 2, Folder 1

Photographs (of Henry Francis & Carolyn Misselwitz), Japan and U.S. 1924-1984

Box 2, Folder 2

Photographs (by H. F. and C. C. Misselwitz). China, Japan. 1924-1929

Box 2, Folder 3

Photographs (by Barney A. Cogsdell, Misselwitz friend). China. 1934-1936

Scope and Content Note

[See also Box 5, Folder 5]
Box 2, Folder 4

Photographs (Misselwitz and Crawford Homes)

Box 2, Folder 5

Photographs, building Los Angeles (CA) Aqueduct (R. K. Crawford). [1906-1907]

Box 2, Folder 6

Photographs, Southern California and Mexico (R. K. Crawford). n.d.

Box 2, Folder 7

Photographs, Southern California (R. K. Crawford), U.S. Battle Fleet. [1900s?]

Box 2, Folder 8

Photographs, Mining, Fairbanks, Alaska and environs (R. K. Crawford). 1911

Box 2, Folder 9

Photographs, California (Tahoe, San Francisco, peninsula) (R. K. Crawford). [1900-1930?]

Box 2, Folder 10

Photograph of Levi R. Crawford Glass frame. [1900?]

Box 2, Folder 11

Photographs of Ralph K. Crawford, 1880-1907

Box 2, Folder 12

Photographs of Dorothy Maude Crawford (Mrs. R. K. Crawford). [[UNK]1910-1931?]

Box 2, Folder 13

Photographs (misc.) of Crawford Family

Box 2, Folder 14

Souvenir photographs, Ottawa, Kansas. [1900s?]

Box 2, Folder 15

Photographs, environs of Ottawa, Kansas. [1900s?]

Box 2, Folder 16

Photographs, Ottawa College, Kansas. [1870-1900?]

Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs, students and faculty, Ottawa College, Kansas. 1901

Box 3, Folder 2

Photographs, students, Ottawa College, Kansas. 1901

Box 3, Folder 3

Photographs, students, Ottawa College, Kansas. 1901

Box 3, Folder 4

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. A-B. [1880s-1900s?]

Note

[Note: Box 3, Folders 4 through 11 contain portraits filed by R. K. Crawford according to first initial of subject's last name. Most photos are labeled.]
Box 3, Folder 5

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. C. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 6

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. D-H. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 7

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. I-J. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 8

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. K-N. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 9

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. O-R. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 10

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. S. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 11

Photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. T-Z. [1880s-1900s?]

Box 3, Folder 12

Miscellaneous photo portraits, Ottawa, Kansas. [1880s-1900s]

 

Photos and Photo Albums

Box 4, Folder 1

Miscellaneous views

Box 4, Folder 2

Photo album, Levi R. Crawford relatives and friends. 1882-1900

Box 4, Folder 3

Photo album, Idaho and Los Angeles (R. K. Crawford). [1900s?]

Box 4, Folder 4

Photo negatives - removed to negative nitrate file photo 192.

 

Photos and Miscellaneous Papers

Box 5, Folder 1

Scrapbook, R. K. Crawford. 1890s-1900s

Box 5, Folder 2

Photo album, R. K. Crawford, mining activities. n.d.

Box 5, Folder 3

Panorama photos, Los Angeles area (Crawford). n.d.

Box 5, Folder 4

Programs and Announcements, Engineer's Dances. 1906

Box 5, Folder 5

Mounted photos, China and Japan (Dorothy Maude Crawford). 1935-1936

Box 5, Folder 6

Mounted photos, China and Japan (Barney A. Cogsdell). 1935-1936

Box 6

Rock and Mineral Samples, Alaska and Southern California. 1901-1915