Josephine Boardman Crane papers relating to the Dalton School
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notes, photographs and printed material relating to Josephine Boardman Crane, Helen Parkhurst, the Dalton School, the Dalton Laboratory Plan, and to progressive education in the United States during the 1920s.
- Majority of material found within 1915 - 1930
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Josephine Boardman Crane Papers Relating to the Dalton School is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Josie Green, 1994.
1.92 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of correspondence, reports, notes, photographs and printed material relating to Josephine Boardman Crane, Helen Parkhurst, the Dalton School, and to progressive education in the United States during the 1920s.
Josephine Boardman Crane (1873-1972)
Josephine Porter Boardman Crane was born in Cleveland, Ohio, November 1, 1873, daughter of William Jarvis and Florence Sheffield Boardman. In 1906 she married U.S. Senator Winthrop Murray Crane, and they lived in Washington, D.C., until his retirement from the Senate in 1913. Crane took an active role in furthering children's welfare, establishing a School for Crippled Children in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the Dalton Visiting Nurse Service, and working to improve conditions for children in the Crane paper mills at Dalton, Massachusetts. Through her collaboration with educator Helen Parkhurst, Crane became a leading figure in promoting progressive education methods, founding the Dalton School in New York City in 1920. Crane served as a trustee of the Dalton School, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the American Opera Society, and the China Institute in America, among many other institutions. In 1971 she authored a memoir of her childhood, A Middle-West Child (New York: Spiral Press). Crane died in Falmouth, Massachusetts on July 8, 1972.
This collection received a basic level of processing in 2015, including rehousing and minimal organization.
The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.
Descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Crane, Josephine Boardman, 1873-1972
- Dalton School (New York, N.Y.)
- Dalton laboratory plan
- Educators -- United States -- 20th Century
- Educators -- United States -- Archives
- Parkhurst, Helen, 1887-1973
- Philanthropists -- United States
- Photographs -- United States -- 20th Century
- Progressive education -- United States
- Women philanthropists -- United States
- Guide to the Josephine Boardman Crane Papers Relating to the Dalton School
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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