Louise Crane and Victoria Kent papers
Scope and Contents
Louise Crane lived with and cared for her aging mother -- not only providing company but also serving as a secretary -- and for this reason the papers of Louise and Josephine Boardman Crane are intermingled. The Cranes hosted literary and musical events at their home on Fifth Avenue; these events are captured in their correspondence and subject files (such as "Monday afternoon literary class") that trace guests and topics of conversation. Their home was full of decorative arts and artwork; its decor is recorded in subject files and photographs. The Cranes' friends included a number of authors and artists. Correspondents include: Elizabeth Bishop, Loren MacIver, and Virgil Thomson. The Cranes' financial support for a number of artists and cultural institutions is represented in their financial documents. The papers also include documents pertaining to Cranes family members, such as correspondence and photographs of Josephine Boardman Crane's sister, Mabel Thorp Boardman (1860-1946), who was Secretary of the American National Red Cross.
Victoria Kent's involvement in politics and her work with Louise Crane to publish Ibérica are documented in her correspondence and subject files (which include several copies of the publication). Kent's legal work and interest in prison reform are also represented in various documents. A native of Spain, Kent worked tirelessly on projects relating to her mother country as well as the wellfare of Spaniards displaced by the civil war and World War II, as her files on Comité Popular de Ayuda los Refugiados Españoles and Spanish Refugee Aid demonstrate.
Conditions Governing Access
Box 39: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
31.17 Linear Feet ((39 boxes) + 1 roll)
Language of Materials
Louise Crane (1913-1997)
Among the circle of writers whom the Cranes befriended were Djuna Barnes, Elizabeth Bishop, Bryher, Loren MacIver, Somerset Maugham, Marianne Moore, Edith and Osbert Sitwell, Virgil Thomson, Glenway Wescott, and Tennessee Williams.
Bishop and Crane traveled extensively together, including trips to Europe, Morocco, and the Atlas Mountains (1935-1936), Florida (1936-1937), and Ireland, France, and Italy (1937). In 1938 they bought a home in Key West, Florida. Crane commuted between New York, where she took care of her mother, and Key West. Crane and Bishop stopped traveling together after 1940.
Crane died in 1997 after suffering from Alzheimer's for a number of years.
Crane's mother, Josephine Boardman Crane, was a prominent philanthropist; she developed the "Dalton Plan," a progressive method of education, which led to the founding of the Dalton School, and was one of the founders of the Museum of Modern Art. A member of the family who owned the Crane Paper Company, in Dalton, Massachusetts, W. Murray Crane entered politics and served as governor of Massachusetts (1900-1902) and as state senator for Massachusetts (1904-1914). Louise Crane was one of the couple's three children; her two brothers were Bruce Crane (who became President of the Crane Paper Company) and Stephen Crane.
Victoria Kent (1892-1987)
Kent died of a heart attack in September 1987.
The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further organization and description were carried out in 2011.
As a rule, 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. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat ZA MS 637.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Art patrons -- United States
- Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979
- China Institute in America
- Crane, Josephine Boardman, 1873-1972
- Crane, Louise
- Harpsichord Music Society
- Ibérica (New York, N.Y. : 1953)
- Kent, Victoria, 1892-1987
- LGBTQ resource
- MacIver, Loren, 1909-1998
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
- Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
- Music patrons -- United States
- Philanthropists -- United States
- Spain -- History -- 1939-1975
- Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939
- Spain -- History Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Personal narratives, Spanish
- Spain -- History Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Women
- Women lawyers -- Spain
- Women philanthropists -- United States
- Women politicians -- Spain
- Guide to the Louise Crane and Victoria Kent Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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