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This collection is arranged into 10 series.
Letters addressed to the Cranes from various members of the Crane and Howorth families, and from prominent literary figures such as Joseph Conrad, Henry James, H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Hamlin Garland, Elbert Hubbard, and Rider Haggard. A number of these letters relate to Cora Crane's activities after Stephen Crane's death, but the majority have to do with life at Brede Place in Sussex. Also present are a number of holograph manuscripts of Stephen Crane's literary works and manuscripts and typescripts of other material which he dictated. There is a group of stories and articles by Cora Crane, some pictures, photographs, art, and memorabilia. Also, seventy-four books from Crane's library, many of them signed.
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This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Stephen Crane papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Alternate Form Available
Boxes 1-9 (except for Crane cataloged documents), 12, and 20 are on: microfilm. 6 reels.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--1952. Accession number--M-52.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.
Processed by various staff members: HR; BRC; KL, etc.
2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey on 1 November 1871. He attended Syracuse University for one semester and then began work as a freelance reporter in the slums of New York City. Maggie a Girl of the Streets 1893 grew out of this experience. Crane is best known for his realistic novel The Red Badge of Courage 1895 detailing the experiences of a soldier during the Civil War. During the Spanish-American War 1898 Crane served as a correspondent. In 1897 he moved to England and met fellow writers Joseph Conrad and Henry James. Crane died of tuberculosis on 5 June 1900 which he caught accompanying an expedition from the United States to Cuba.