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Josie B. Crandon Nash Papers

Identifier: 31/6/147

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Scope and Contents

The Josie Crandon Nash Papers fill one box and date between 1888 and 1901. This series, consisting almost entirely of incoming correspondence, provides insight into the life of a college-educated young married woman at the turn of the century.

The letters have not been removed from their envelopes, so as to preserve the postmarks and other identifying information. All correspondence is incoming.

The letters from Anna L. Crandon, daughter of Frank P. Crandon, span 1889 to 1891.  The letters from Caroline [H.], postmarked Minneapolis MN, span the years 1889 to 1892.  The letters from Margaret Watson, probably a former Northwestern classmate who lived in Evanston, span the years 1889 to 1898, with most of the letters dating from 1891.

The remainder of the correspondence is comprised primarily of letters received from friends and family recounting daily occurrences. Much of it consists of professionally printed wedding invitations, marriage announcements, and birth announcements. There is at least one letter from Josie’s children to her, and one from the children’s caregiver to them.

Other general documents include bills and statements for purchases of clothing (or fabric for clothing), along with a few advertisements.


  • 1888 - 1901
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1891


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


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Language of Materials



The Josie B. Crandon Nash Papers consist of correspondence received by Nash (Northwestern University College of Liberal Arts, 1887), between 1888 and 1901, and illuminate the social life of a young college-educated, married woman at the turn of the century.


The arrangement of the collection follows the original order received from the donors. Three groups of correspondence were arranged separately from the rest of the letters, presumably because each was extensive; these are arranged by name--Anna L. Crandon ("Nannie"), Caroline H.], and Margaret Watson--and arranged chronologically within the category. The remainder of the correspondence is organized chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

The Josie B. Crandon Nash Papers were donated to Northwestern University Archives by Kay Tyler and Ruth Crandon Nash Tyler on December 12, 2012, as Accession #12-264 (oversize photo) and on March 2, 2015 as Accession #15-35.

Separated Materials

Josie Crandon's diploma from Northwestern was transferred to the Archives' Certificate Collection, Series 76/11/2. A photo of Josie and four other women, undated, was added to the Photograph Collection. An oversize photo of a group (Delta Gamma sorority or Ossoli Literary Society members, circa 1887) was separated and added to the Archives' Oversized Photo Collection. Two copies of the Syllabus (1885 and 1887) were separated and transferred to the Duplicate Collection off-site.

Guide to the Josie B. Crandon Nash Papers
Margaret Hill
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US