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Guide to the Cranston family papers and photographs 1994.013

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Lenge Hong and Leilani Dawson

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cranston family
Creator: Cranston, Alfred
Creator: Cranston, Elizabeth Hollington Petford
Creator: Cranston, Ella
Creator: Morehouse family
Title: Cranston family papers and photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1846-1923
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1860-1915
Abstract: The Cranston family papers and photographs comprise 2.5 linear feet of letters, clippings, books, certificates, ephemera, and photographs. The material originates from three generations of the Cranston and Morehouse families of Brooklyn, N.Y., who witnessed--among other events--the Civil War and Brooklyn's transition from an independent city to a borough of New York City. The majority of the collection relates to the lives of Alfred Cranston and his wife Elizabeth Petford Cranston, covering the period from 1846 to 1923 (bulk dates 1860 to 1915). The collection also contains items relating to their daughter Ella Cranston, the Morehouse family (from which family a daughter, Emma Louise, married the Cranstons' son, Alfred Petford Cranston), and the Oliver and Bellows families.
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet in two manuscript boxes, one half manuscript box, and one oversize box.
Graphic materials [Box]: Tintypes
Text [Box]: 3
Graphic materials [Box]: Cabinet cards
Text [Box]: 2
Graphic materials [Box]: Glass plate negatives
Text [Box]: 4
Text [Box]: 1
Graphic materials [Box]: Cartes-des-Visites
Call Phrase: 1994.013
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.