The Anita Crawford papers date from 1939 to 1998 and measure 2.3 linear feet. The papers are arranged in four series: Family, Farm Bureau Activities, Scrapbooks, and Photographs. The bulk of the papers pertain to Crawford's activites with the Westburg Township Women's Club and the Buchanan County Farm Bureau Women's Committee from the 1960s to 1974. As such, this collection records the experiences of many women at the grass roots level of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation.
The Family series (1998) contains one item, a sixtieth anniversary album compiled by Joyce Crawford Doepke and Beverly Crawford King in 1987 and completed in 1998 after the death of Anita Crawford. It gives a biographical sketch of Anita and Theodore Crawford and contains color photocopies of the family.
The Farm Bureau Activities series contains handwritten notes and papers from various meetings of the Westburg Township Farm Bureau Women's Club, the Buchanan County Farm Bureau Women's Committee, various state events, and other areas of special interest. The series dates from 1956 to 1981 with the bulk of the papers dating from 1970 to 1973. This series includes papers regarding farm-related legislation, health insurance, the women's chorus, and women's issues. It also includes scattered issues of The Countrywoman, a publication of the Associated Country Women of the World and loose newspaper clippings, mostly concerning activities of Farm Bureau women.
The Scrapbook series (1939-1976) consists of an early Westburg Township Women's Club scrapbook and four looseleaf scrapbooks that contain items dating from 1964 to 1974. Each of the scrapbooks contains photographs and newspaper clippings concerning the activities of Buchanan County Farm Bureau women. Each looseleaf scrapbook has been disbound and placed in folders in its original order. . Only the 1972 and 1973 scrapbooks follow a chronological order. The 1972 scrapbook includes two short sections that mention Theodore Crawford's work with the Farm Service board and the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee.
The Photographs series contains primarily unidentified and undated snapshot photographs of Farm Bureau events, including a trip to Washington, D. C., in 1973 and the Buchanan County Women's Chorus. It also contains a 1952 photograph of Theodore and Anita Crawford.