Guide to the Frederic B. Crossley (1872-1938) Papers

Collection Title: Frederic B. Crossley (1872-1938) Papers
Dates: 1905-1930
Identification: 17/12
Creator: Crossley, Frederic B. (Frederic Beers), 1872-
Extent: 15 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The original materials of the Frederic B. Crossley Papers occupy three boxes and span the period 1910 to 1938. An addition seven boxes of correspondence, spanning the years 1905-1930 was later added to the collection.
With the exception of five folders of biographical materials (mostly financial records) the Papers consist almost exclusively of correspondence.
The general correspondence pertains primarily to Crossley's legal practice and to his interests in real estate. A substantial amount is with his brothers regarding commercial and family matters. Other letters deal with the upkeep of Crossley's home in Wilmette and his life insurance policies. Little relates to Crossley's work at Northwestern.
The subject correspondence deals mostly with Crossley's work as a Justice of the Peace in Wilmette and his efforts to promote the Order of the Coif at Northwestern and nationally.
Acquisition Information: The Frederic B. Crossley Papers were transferred from the Law School to the University Archives in 1989 by Kevin Leonard. They were formally entered by the Archives on October 29, 1993, as Accession # 93-170.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty; December 1993.
Separated Materials: A small amount of material was transferred to other Archives files. Small amounts of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Frederic Beers Crossley was born in Glen Eyre, Pennsylvania on December 2, 1872. After attending Harvard College for two years (1895-1897), he entered the Northwestern University Law School, receiving his LL.B. in 1899. Crossley was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1899 and practiced in Chicago for over 20 years. In 1901 he joined the faculty of the Northwestern University Law School as Secretary and Librarian and held those positions until his retirement in 1934. In 1922 he was appointed Professor of Professional Ethics and Legal Bibliography. Crossley also served as Secretary of the Northwestern University Press.

A three-volume work, Courts and Lawyers in Illinois, edited by Crossley, was published in 1916. From 1917 to 1921 he was Justice of the Peace in Wilmette, and he then became the village attorney. Northwestern awarded Crossley an honorary M.A. in 1921.

Crossley married Susan E. Jenkins on August 2, 1904. The couple had three children. Crossley died in San Francisco on August 9, 1938.

Scope and Content

The original materials of the Frederic B. Crossley Papers occupy three boxes and span the period 1910 to 1938. An addition seven boxes of correspondence, spanning the years 1905-1930 was later added to the collection.

With the exception of five folders of biographical materials (mostly financial records) the Papers consist almost exclusively of correspondence.

The general correspondence pertains primarily to Crossley's legal practice and to his interests in real estate. A substantial amount is with his brothers regarding commercial and family matters. Other letters deal with the upkeep of Crossley's home in Wilmette and his life insurance policies. Little relates to Crossley's work at Northwestern.

The subject correspondence deals mostly with Crossley's work as a Justice of the Peace in Wilmette and his efforts to promote the Order of the Coif at Northwestern and nationally.

Addition, Boxes 4-16

This addition consists of correspondence reflecting the variety of duties performed and positions held by Crossley at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he acted as Librarian, Secretary, Professor, and assistant to Dean Wigmore. The arrangement of the correspondence follows Crossley's original order, which included both general and subject categories and chronological and alphabetical orders. Seven boxes contain general correspondence, arranged alphabetically, spanning the years 1906 through 1912. The correspondence in Box 11 is arranged alphabetically and then, within each folder, chronologically. Letters D-K, N, and X-Z are missing from this box. The final four boxes contain subject correspondence, spanning the years 1905 through 1930, which is arranged chronologically within the respective subject titles.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law--Faculty

Personal Name

Crossley, Frederic B. (Frederic Beers), 1872-

Subjects

Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--Biography

Lawyers--Training of--Illinois--Chicago


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • Personal Data, 1921 - 1938Box 1, Folder 1
    • Financial Records, 1910 - 1917Box 1, Folder 2
    • Financial Records, 1918 - 1919Box 1, Folder 3
    • Financial Records, 1920 - 1922Box 1, Folder 4
    • Financial Records, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
    • Holiday Greeting, 1909Box 1, Folder 6
        Scope and Contents: A 1909 Christmas and New Year's greeting from Crossley and collaborator Johan Einar Fabian Soderwall has been added to the series. Designed as a series or library catalog cards, the greeting is hand-lettered on six pieces of card stock and bound with green ribbon. It has been placed in Box 1, Folder 6 of the Crossley Papers.
  • Correspondence
    • General Correspondence, 1911 - 1912Box 1, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1913Box 1, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1914Box 1, Folder 8
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1914Box 1, Folder 9
    • General Correspondence, Jan-June, 1915Box 1, Folder 10
    • General Correspondence, July-Dec, 1915Box 1, Folder 11
    • General Correspondence, Oct-Dec, 1915Box 1, Folder 12
    • General Correspondence, 1916Box 2, Folder 1
    • General Correspondence, 1917Box 2, Folder 2
    • General Correspondence, 1918Box 2, Folder 3
    • General Correspondence, 1919Box 2, Folder 4
    • General Correspondence, 1920Box 2, Folder 5
    • General Correspondence, 1921Box 2, Folder 6
    • General Correspondence, 1922Box 2, Folder 7
    • General Correspondence, n.d.Box 2, Folder 8
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1913Box 2, Folder 9
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1914Box 2, Folder 10
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1915Box 2, Folder 11
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1916Box 2, Folder 12
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1917Box 2, Folder 13
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1918Box 3, Folder 1
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1919Box 3, Folder 2
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1920Box 3, Folder 3
    • Subject - Justice of the Peace, 1921 - 1924Box 3, Folder 4
    • Law School Library, 1912 - 1917Box 3, Folder 5
    • Order of the Coif, 1912 - 1913Box 3, Folder 6
    • Order of the Coif, 1914Box 3, Folder 7
    • Order of the Coif, 1915Box 3, Folder 8
    • Order of the Coif, 1916-1926Box 3, Folder 9
  • Addition
      Separated materials:  Six linear feet of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded. Scope and Contents: This addition consists of correspondence reflecting the variety of duties performed and positions held by Crossley at the Northwestern University School of Law, where he acted as Librarian, Secretary, Professor, and assistant to Dean Wigmore. The arrangement of the correspondence follows Crossley's original order, which included both general and subject categories and chronological and alphabetical orders. Seven boxes contain general correspondence, arranged alphabetically, spanning the years 1906 through 1912. The correspondence in Box 11 is arranged alphabetically and then, within each folder, chronologically. Letters D-K, N, and X-Z are missing from this box. The final four boxes contain subject correspondence, spanning the years 1905 through 1930, which is arranged chronologically within the respective subject titles.
    • General Correspondence
      • February 1906-August 1906
        • A-BBox 4, Folder 1
        • C-DBox 4, Folder 2
        • E-IBox 4, Folder 3
        • J-LBox 4, Folder 4
        • M-RBox 4, Folder 5
        • S-TBox 4, Folder 6
        • U-ZBox 4, Folder 7
      • April 1906-February 1907
        • A-DBox 4, Folder 8
        • E-HBox 4, Folder 9
        • I-PBox 5, Folder 1
        • Q-ZBox 5, Folder 2
      • July 1907-December 1907
        • A-CBox 5, Folder 3
        • D-GBox 5, Folder 4
        • H-OBox 5, Folder 5
        • P-ZBox 5, Folder 6
      • December 1907-June 1908
        • A-CBox 5, Folder 7
        • D-GBox 6, Folder 1
        • H-KBox 6, Folder 2
        • L-MBox 6, Folder 3
        • N-SBox 6, Folder 4
        • T-ZBox 6, Folder 5
      • March 1908-ca. October 1908
        • A-DBox 6, Folder 6
        • E-HBox 6, Folder 7
        • I-LBox 6, Folder 8
        • M-QBox 7, Folder 1
        • R-SBox 7, Folder 2
        • T-ZBox 7, Folder 3
      • ca. January 1909-October 1910
        • ABox 7, Folder 4
        • Ba-BnBox 7, Folder 5
        • Bo-BzBox 7, Folder 6
        • CBox 7, Folder 7
        • D-EBox 7, Folder 8
        • F-GBox 7, Folder 9
        • HBox 7, Folder 10
        • I-KBox 8, Folder 1
        • LBox 8, Folder 2
        • MBox 8, Folder 3
        • N-PBox 8, Folder 4
        • Q-RBox 8, Folder 5
        • SBox 8, Folder 6
        • T-VBox 8, Folder 7
        • W-ZBox 8, Folder 8
      • ca. May 1910-March 1912
        • ABox 8, Folder 9
        • Ba-BqBox 9, Folder 1
        • Br-BzBox 9, Folder 2
        • CBox 9, Folder 3
        • D-EBox 9, Folder 4
        • F-GBox 9, Folder 5
        • Ha-HdBox 9, Folder 6
      • ca. May 1910-March 1912
        • He-HzBox 9, Folder 7
        • I-KBox 9, Folder 8
        • LBox 10, Folder 1
        • MBox 10, Folder 2
        • N-OBox 10, Folder 3
        • P-QBox 10, Folder 4
        • RBox 10, Folder 5
        • SBox 10, Folder 6
        • T-VBox 10, Folder 7
        • W-ZBox 10, Folder 8
        • A-C, Nov. 1917-Apr. 1922Box 11, Folder 1
        • L-M, O-Q, Sept. 1916-June 1922Box 11, Folder 2
        • R, Jan. 1916-Dec. 1921Box 11, Folder 3
        • S, June 1916-Mar. 1922Box 11, Folder 4
        • T, May 1916-Feb. 1922Box 11, Folder 5
        • U-V, Nov. 1915-Sept. 1921Box 11, Folder 6
        • W, Aug. 1916-Dec. 1918Box 11, Folder 7
        • W, Jan. 1919-Nov. 1921Box 11, Folder 8
    • Subject Correspondence
      • Aben, Fidel, June 1914-June 1920Box 12, Folder 1
      • Alumni Association, June 1922-May 1927Box 12, Folder 2
      • American Bar Association, Oct. 1922-Aug. 1930, n.d.Box 12, Folder 3
      • American Law Review, 1916, n.d.Box 12, Folder 4
      • Art Metal Construction Company, Aug. 1927-Sept. 1927Box 12, Folder 5
      • Budget, ca. 1914-1919Box 12, Folder 6
      • Bureau of Criminal Analysis, Mar. 1921-Aug. 1923, n.d.Box 12, Folder 7
      • Business Office, Feb. 1915-Dec. 1920Box 12, Folder 8
      • Business Office, Aug. 1922-Oct. 1927Box 12, Folder 9
      • Chicago Bar Association, May 1915Box 12, Folder 10
      • Dummer, Ethel P., Sept. 1922-Aug. 1924Box 12, Folder 11
      • Department of Labor, Jan. 1920-Mar. 1920Box 12, Folder 12
      • Endowment-Building Plans, Dec. 1916-Sept. 1925, n.d.Box 12, Folder 13
      • Faculty Reports & Meetings, 1910-Apr. 1919, n.d.Box 12, Folder 14
      • Holgate, Thomas F., Aug. 1916-Aug. 1919, n.d.Box 12, Folder 15
      • Hoyt King Syndicate, May 1914-July 1926Box 12, Folder 16
      • Illinois State Bar Association, Apr. 1916Box 12, Folder 17
      • Law Alumni Trustees, Feb. 1924-June 1926Box 12, Folder 18
      • Law Courses-Lecture Schedules, 1914-1915, n.d.Box 12, Folder 19
      • Lawrence, George, Jan. 1918-May 1925Box 13, Folder 1
      • Lawyer, Oct. 1912-May 1926Box 13, Folder 2
      • McKinlock Campus Building, Oct. 1923-June 1927Box 13, Folder 3
      • Monitor Reports, Jan. 1917-Mar. 1918Box 13, Folder 4
      • Order of the Coif, Feb. 1916-Apr. 1918Box 13, Folder 5
      • Orders Outstanding, May 1920-Dec. 1921Box 13, Folder 6
      • Personal, June 1910-Dec. 1923Box 13, Folder 7
      • Personal, Jan. 1924-Sept. 1926, n.d.Box 13, Folder 8
      • Perspective Students, Oct. 1920-Apr. 1921Box 13, Folder 9
      • Petitions, June 1916-Dec. 1921, 1925Box 13, Folder 10
      • Police School, Dec. 1916-Mar. 1917Box 13, Folder 11
      • Pre-Legal, Nov. 1916-Mar. 1918Box 13, Folder 12
      • Professor, Feb. 1912-June 1927Box 13, Folder 13
      • Public Speaking, Nov. 1920Box 13, Folder 14
      • School of Commerce, Sept. 1916-July 1919Box 13, Folder 15
      • Scott, Walter, 1917-Feb. 1928Box 14, Folder 1
      • Secretary, Sept. 1908-June 1928Box 14, Folder 2
      • Student Affairs, May 1917-Apr. 1918Box 14, Folder 3
      • Student Army Training Corps, June 1917-Aug. 1918Box 14, Folder 4
      • Student Army Training Corps, Sept. 1918Box 14, Folder 5
      • Student Army Training Corps-Guard Roster, Oct. 1918-Dec. 1918Box 14, Folder 6
      • Student Army Training Corps, Oct. 1918-Feb. 1919, n.d.Box 14, Folder 7
      • Students—Military, Apr.-Dec. 1917, Jan. 1919Box 14, Folder 8
      • Summer School, Apr. 1911-Dec. 1919Box 14, Folder 9
      • Summer School, Jan. 1920-Dec. 1920Box 14, Folder 10
      • Summer School, Jan. 1921-Nov. 1921Box 14, Folder 11
      • Survey, June 1924Box 14, Folder 12
      • University Council, Oct. 1916-Jan. 1922Box 14, Folder 13
      • War Recommendations, Apr. 1917-Feb. 1919Box 15, Folder 1
      • Wigmore, John H., Nov. 1905-Feb. 1926Box 15, Folder 2
      • Wilmette Syndicate, July 1916-Mar. 1917Box 15, Folder 3
      • Young Men's Christian Association, Jan. 1919-Feb. 1928Box 15, Folder 4