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Cora Crane papers, 1886-1910

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0303
Bib ID 4078663 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Crane, Cora, 1865 or 1866-1910
Title Cora Crane papers, 1886-1910
Physical Description 2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Correspondence, documents, and financial records relating almost entirely to the last ten years of Cora Crane's life, dealing largely with the operation of her brothel, The Court, and touching on her last marriage to Hammond P. McNeil and to her work on the invention of a new army canteen. Much of the collection consists of bills, receipts, insurance policies, cancelled checks, and other fairly routine financial papers. Also, a Harold Frederic manuscript and the last known signature of Stephen Crane.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Cora Crane papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

These papers comprise the total contents of Cora Crane's abandoned and unclaimed safety deposit box at the Barnett National Bank of Jacksonville, which were turned over to the Abandoned Properties Department of the State of Florida, and then presented to Columbia University in 1974.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

2020-04-02 EAD finding aid created by CCR.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Autographs (manuscripts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Indentures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mortgages Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Passports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deeds Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frederic, Harold, 1856-1898 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McNeil, Hammond P Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prostitution Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Common-law wife of Stephen Crane.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Bowen, Frederick L.

Box 1 Crane, Cora Howorth

Box 1 De Friese, Lafayette H.

Box 1 Marbury, Elisabeth (agent: Ada Wooldridge)

Series II: Cataloged Manuscripts and Documents

This series contains manuscripts and documents by or about the persons listed in the container list.

Box 1 Bowen, Frederick L.

Box 1 Crane, Cora Howorth

Box 1 Crane, Stephen

Box Oversized Crane, Stephen--Passport, 1900

Passport of Stephen Crane, bearing his last known signature, 1900.

Box 1 Frederic, Harold

Box 1 Holder, Botholphe

Box 1 McNeil, Hammond P.

Series III: Correspondence--Miscellaneous

Correspondents are not cataloged.

Box 1 Correspondence--Miscellaneous

Series IV: Subject File

Box 1 Canteen - miscellaneous correspondence

Box 1 Canteen - miscellaneous documents

Box 1 The Court - Architect's plans and building contracts

Box 1 Crane, Stephen - copies of will and codicil

Box 1 Sponge (or Spongie; Cranes' dog)--Death certificate and related item

Box 1 Items relating to the presentation of papers by State of Florida to Columbia

Series V: Legal and Financial Files

Box 2 Bills, receipts and notes, 1890-1910

Box 2 Furniture leases, 1903

Box 2 Mortgages, deeds, indentures and titles, 1996-1909

Legal and Financial Documents

Box 3 Bank books

Box 3 Cancelled Checks, 1893-1903 May

Box 3 Cancelled Checks, 1903 June-1910

Box 3 Envelopes and miscellaneous items

Box 3 Legal documents--miscellanous

Box 3 Insurance policies, 1901-1906

Box 3 Insurance policies, 1907-1910

Series VI: Memorabilia

Box 3 Riding Stick

Box 3 Woman's sterling watch on black gross-grain band

Box 3 Sterling stick-pin engraved "EBW"

Box 3 Gold (14K wash) ring (no set)

Box 3 Baroque pearl

Box 3 Mexican five-centavo piece

Box 3 Mother of pearl crescent and star pin

Box 3 Toy binocular charm with photographs

Box 3 Elk head stud (broken)

Box 4 Safe deposit box (empty)