William Ivey Cranford papers, circa 1889-1945

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Cranford, William Ivey
William Ivey Cranford was Dean of Trinity College. He resigned as Dean on June 4, 1917 and was succeeded by William H. Wannamaker. Collection contains notebooks, correspondence, notes, transcripts and manuscripts. Material ranges in date from circa circa 1889-1945, with many of the materials undated.
3.75 Linear Feet
3,250 Items
Material in English
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University Archives Record Group:
05 -- Office of the Provost
05 -- Office of the Provost > 51 -- William I. Cranford


Scope and content:

Collection contains correspondence, Cranford's notebooks from graduate courses at Yale University, transcripts and notes from articles on, mentioning, or by Cranford (with notes taken by H. E. Kolbe), transcripts and notes from papers and lectures by Cranford (notes by Kolbe), manuscripts, miscellaneous notes and drafts for articles and lectures, material collected by Kolbe on Cranford, and a school notebook (circa 1790s) which is believed to have been from the Edwards family. A bulk of the correspondence (primarily from 1893-1895 and 1905), is personal and includes letters written by and to William Cranford, including many to and from Nellie Edwards, who later became his wife. Also included are numerous letters from Mrs. Mary Jane Edwards (M.J.Edwards), Nellie's mother, to William Cranford while he was attending Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and letters to Nellie Edwards from a variety of close friends and former students. The correspondence is arranged chronologically. One folder consists of miscellaneous materials such as receipts, miniature sheet music, and samples of steel pens from Perry & Co's Steel Pens.

Much of the correspondence, loose sheets, and notebooks are fragile and should be handled with care. The material ranges in date from circa 1889-1934, with many of the materials undated.

Biographical / historical:

William Ivey (W.I.) Cranford was born November 10, 1867 in Ophir, North Carolina. His parents were Joshua A. Cranford and Mary E. Davis. He entered Trinity College (Randolph County) in 1887 and graduated with an A. B. degree in 1891. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1895 and was soon thereafter married to Nellie Edwards. They were the first Trinity graduates to marry each other. He returned to Trinity in 1898 and was professor philosophy and Greek. He held the Carr Professor of Philosophy until his death. In 1910, Professor Cranford was appointed Dean of Trinity College and served in that position until 1917. He died in Durham on August 29, 1936.

Acquisition information:
The William Ivey Cranford Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973, 1977, and 2007.
Processing information:

Processed by Archives Staff, September 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, October 2006

Updated by Mary Samouelian and Sally Sullivan, May 2008

Accessions A77-42, A73-141, UA2007-0032 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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Manuscripts, American -- North Carolina -- Durham
Lectures and lecturing
School notebooks
Yale University -- Students


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[Identification of item], William Ivey Cranford Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.