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Crawford and Eastwood Families Papers

Identifier: MsC0836

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Scope and Contents

In the interest of rapid accessibility, the letters were not sorted by writer or date, but foldered as they were sent to us, roughly broken out into Crawford family correspondence, Eastwood family correspondence, and Eastwood/Crawford correspondence. The items obtained from David Crawford are originals; the two folders of materials from the Eastwood family are typewritten transcriptions of letters in the possession of various family members, with the bulk of them being from the David Crawford collection. Clippings are gathered into one folder in addition to one homemade scrapbook. Farm records of the Eugene Crawford farm are kept in ledgers in a nearly unbroken stream from 1942 to 1980.

A folder is also included of letters from Beverly Boyd to Anna Mary Crawford regarding the canonization of Phillipine Duchesne, with photographs of stained glass windows devoted to Sister Phillipine.


  • Creation: 1910-2004


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

The Crawford and Eastwood families settled in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas in the latter half of the nineteenth century. James Abram Eastwood traveled on the Chautauqua Circuit and was away from home quite often. He kept in touch with the family by sending an almost constant flow of letters. He had five children, one of whom, Sarah "Anna Mary," married Eugene Crawford. This couple farmed near Prescott, Kansas and kept extensive records of their business. Their son David became a music professor and wrote home often. These letters comprise the larger part of this collection.


7.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Correspondence, photographs, clippings, and genealogical records of these families, including materials relating to operating a farm near Prescott, Kansas; letters home from a worker on the Chautauqua circuit; and letters home from a professor of music.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by David Crawford in 2005, with the exception of the two folders of transcribed Eastwood letters in Box 2: those were the earlier gift of ZoeAnn Holmes.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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