Crapsey Family Papers

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Crapsey family papers
Creator: Crapsey (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.272
Dates: 1839-1991
Physical Description: 12 boxes, 14 scrapbooks
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Adelaide Crapsey
Series II: Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey
Series III: Trowbridge family, Catskill, NY
Series IV: Algernon S. Crapsey
Series V: Crapsey family
Series VI: Miscellaneous individuals and locations
Series VII: Book collection
Collection Overview
Title: Crapsey family papers
Creator: Crapsey (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.272
Dates: 1839-1991
Physical Description: 12 boxes, 14 scrapbooks
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Algernon S. Crapsey (1847-1927) came to Rochester from New York City's Trinity Church to become the rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Averill Avenue. Dr. Crapsey was known throughout the nation for his eloquence and his inspiring social ideals. Through his efforts, St. Andrew's became one of the most well attended churches in Rochester. His progressive yet controversial views of the church led him to be brought to trial for heresy in 1906, following a lecture in which he related Jesus' life to the physical one of the common man. Despite considerable local and national support for Dr. Crapsey, the Episcopal Church convicted him of heresy and he was defrocked. Although he lacked credentials, Dr. Crapsey continued to lecture, write, and foster important social work projects until his death in 1927.

Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey (1855-1950) was also well known in the Rochester community. She devoted much of her time organizing aid for young mothers, widows, and children, and founded the Adelaide T. Crapsey Co., manufacturers of children's frocks. The factory was well known as a unique family-type work setting for its employees.

Algernon S. and Adelaide T. Crapsey had nine children: Philip, Emily, Adelaide, Paul, Rachel, Algernon Jr., Ruth, Marie, and Arthur. The most famous of their children was Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914). Adelaide became a recognized poet with the publication of her only volume of poetry, Verse, a year after her death.

Scope and Content
The collection contains materials relating to the Algernon S. and Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey family of Rochester, NY, one of the city's most prominent families of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Crapsey Family Papers consist of 12 boxes and 14 scrapbooks. The collection includes correspondence, family memorabilia, photographs, printed materials, ephemera, and books identified with the family. A significant portion of the family material is focused on Algernon S. Crapsey and Adelaide Crapsey. There are also materials related to the Crapsey family home at 678 Averill Avenue, St. Andrew's Church, Adelaide T. Crapsey Co., the Trowbridge family of Catskill, NY, and several non-family members.

Notable Correspondents

Below is a list of notable letter writers whose correspondence is housed in the collection. After each name is listed the box and folder number where their letter(s) can be found.

Adler, Isaac. Box 3, folder 1.

Bragdon, Claude. Box 1, folders 5 and 7; Box 2, folder 2.

Crapsey, Adelaide. Box 1, folders 1 and 2.

Crapsey, Adelaide Trowbridge. Box 1, folders 7 and 15; Box 2, folders 1 and 2.

Crapsey, Algernon S. Box 1, folder 5; Box 3, folder 5; Box 4, folder 9; Scrapbook 5.

Crothers, Samuel. Box 3, folder 1.

Darrow, Clarence. Box 3, folder 1.

Dix, Morgan. Box 3, folder 1.

Fels, Samuel S. Box 3, folder 1.

Frankfurter, Felix. Box 3, folder 1.

Gannett, Lewis S. Box 3, folder 1.

Grosvenor, William Mason. Box 3, folder 1.

Higginson, Thomas W. Scrapbook 2.

Hill, David Jayne. Box 3, folder 1.

Huntington, Frederic. Box 3, folder 1.

Huntington, William Reed. Box 3, folder 1.

Lowenthal, Esther. Box 1, folders 13 and 15; Box 2, folder 2; Box 3, folder 1; Box 4, folder 2; Box 5, folder 1.

Peabody, Francis Greenwood. Box 3, folder 1.

Peabody, George Foster. Box 1, folder 5; Box 2, folder 2.

Pershing, John J. Scrapbook 7.

Schmidt, Nathaniel. Box 2, folder 2.

Smith, Alfred E. Box 3, folder 1.

Tyler, Samuel. Box 3, folder 1.

Villard, Oswald Garrison. Box 3, folder 1.

Weston, Samuel Burns. Box 2, folder 2; Box 3, folder 1.

White, Andrew D. Box 3, folder 1.

Wiley, Louis. Box 3, folder 1.

Wise, Stephen S. Box 2, folder 2; Box 3, folder 1.

Arrangement
The first 5 boxes and folders contain manuscript and printed material arranged alphabetically by individual family and non-family members, followed by 4 boxes of photographs, 2 boxes of ephemera, 1 box of books, and 14 scrapbooks.

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Photographs
Albums (Books)
Crapsey, Algernon Sidney, 1847-1927
Crapsey, Adelaide Trowbridge, 1855-1950
Crapsey, Adelaide, 1878-1914
Crapsey (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Leslie de Haseth, Robin C. Romero, and Arthur H. Crapsey III, August 1998.Access
The Crapsey family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Crapsey family papers, D.272, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
In addition to the Crapsey Family Papers, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections also houses the Adelaide Crapsey Papers (see A.C89 for more information).


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Series I: Adelaide Crapsey
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence: miscellaneous letters to and from Adelaide, 1893-1912
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence to Adelaide T. Crapsey, 1893-1909
Contains typed transcriptions of letters from Adelaide to her mother

Box 1, Folder 3;
Box 10
Signatures of Adelaide Crapsey, clipped from personal checks
Also includes her last signature on a document, October 5, 1914

Box 1, Folder 4"War songs," essay for Kemper Hall Kodak, January 1896
Typescript, 2 pages

Box 1, Folder 5Verse. Correspondence re: publication, including publisher's contract with Claude Bragdon, November 20, 1915
Box 1, Folder 6Verse. Printed materials re publication
Box 1, Folder 7Appreciations of Adelaide Crapsey sent to Adelaide T. Crapsey, 1928-1945
Box 1, Folder 8Printed material about Adelaide Crapsey, 1934-1988
Box 1, Folder 9Newspaper clippings, 1934-1986
Box 1, Folder 10Research: Karen Alkalay-Gut
Correspondence with Arthur H. Crapsey, Jr. and Jean Crapsey, 1985-1991, re research for biography on Adelaide Crapsey (see Alone in the Dawn: The Life of Adelaide Crapsey, call no. PS3505 .C89Za).

Box 1, Folder 11Research: Karen Alkalay-Gut
Printed material about Adelaide Crapsey, 1985-1990

Box 1, Folder 12Research: Sister M. Edwardine
"Adelaide Crapsey: A Biographical Study." Thesis [1929] for Saint Francis Xavier School, bound typescript, 41 pages

Box 1, Folder 13Research: Hideo Kawanami
Correspondence with Arthur H. Crapsey, Jr., 1958-1959

Box 1, Folder 14Research: Hideo Kawanami
Newspaper clippings re: his research on Adelaide Crapsey, 1959-1966

Box 1, Folder 15Research: Mary Elizabeth Osborn
Correspondence and reviews re: her biography of Adelaide Crapsey, 1927-1933

Box 1, Folder 16Research: Nathaniel Schmidt, Cornell University
"Adelaide Crapsey." Bound typescript, 5 pages, no date. 2 copies

Box 1, Folder 17Research: Susan Sutton Smith
Correspondence with Arthur H. Crapsey, Jr. and Jean Crapsey, 1970-1978

Box 1, Folder 18Research: Susan Sutton Smith
Printed material about Adelaide Crapsey, 1970-1978

Box 1, Folder 19Miscellaneous research notes, unidentified
Box 6, Folder 1Adelaide Crapsey photographs
Includes framed passport photograph, 1908

Box 9Adelaide Crapsey, passport photo, 1908
Box 9Photograph of Adelaide Crapsey with John Burroughs, 1901?
Box 10Personal calling cards of Adelaide Crapsey
40 cards

Box 10Memorial plaque for Adelaide Crapsey, dedicated in 1960 at former site of 678 Averill Avenue
The plaque was removed from site in 1999

Box 11Adelaide Crapsey: Diploma, Vassar College, June 12, 1901
Series II: Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey
Box 2, Folder 1Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1930-1939
Box 2, Folder 2Correspondence: letters of condolence at death of Algernon S. Crapsey, 1927-1928
Box 2, Folder 3Poem written by Algernon S. Crapsey for Adelaide T. Crapsey's 37th birthday, March 7, 1892
9 printed copies

Box 2, Folder 4"My garden" booklet re: Averill Avenue garden at Crapsey family home, circa 1938
Includes photographs, early and printed layouts

Box 2, Folder 5Adelaide T. Crapsey Co.: printed material and ephemera, 1922 and undated
Box 2, Folder 6Newspaper clippings, including obituaries, 1935-1950
Box 6, Folder 2Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey photographs
Includes photo of Harriet Gunn Trowbridge
See also Box 8, drawer 1

Box 8, Drawer 1Adelaide Trowbridge Crapsey (as a child), ambrotype
See also Box 6, folder 2

Box 6, Folder 3Adelaide T. Crapsey Co. staff photographs
Box 7Photograph of Adelaide T. Crapsey Co. factory, exterior
Oversize photograph

Volume 7Scrapbook kept by Adelaide T. Crapsey of newspaper articles, photographs, and printed ephemera, circa 1921-1931
Includes TLS from General John J. Pershing

Volume 9Photograph album of pictures of Adelaide T. Crapsey Co., including photographs of workers and others, circa 1915
Volume 10Scrapbook of photographs, clippings, and letters re: Adelaide T. Crapsey Co., circa 1917-1932
Series III: Trowbridge family, Catskill, NY
Box 2, Folder 7Family historical information
Box 2, Folder 8Journal written by Harriet Trowbridge when Adelaide, Philip, and Emily Crapsey visited Catskill, NY, 1888
Box 2, Folder 9Velvet folder made by Harriet Trowbridge, containing service used for Crapsey family funeral sermons, including Adelaide Crapsey (1914) and Algernon S. Crapsey (1928)
Box 2, Folder 10Newspaper clippings, 1933
Box 2, Folder 11Catskill, NY: printed material and engraving of village of Catskill, 1839
Box 8, Drawer 1Harriet Gunn Trowbridge (as a child), ambrotype
See also Box 6, folder 2

Box 9Harriet Gunn Trowbridge, daguerreotype
Box 8, Drawer 2Arthur Hunt Trowbridge (as a child), ambrotype, 1859
Box 9Marcus H. Trowbridge, daguerreotype
Series IV: Algernon S. Crapsey
Box 3, Folder 1Correspondence to Algernon S. Crapsey, 1895-1927
Includes several letters from notable individuals (see Appendix)
Arranged alphabetically

Box 3, Folder 2Printed appreciations, commemorations, and essays about Algernon S. Crapsey
Box 3, Folder 3Newspaper clippings: obituaries, 1928
Box 3, Folder 4Newspaper clippings: miscellaneous, 1894-1967
Includes clippings of Bishop James A. Pike's heresy trial (1965) and memorial tribute to Algernon S. Crapsey (1967)

Box 3, Folder 5The Brotherhood: printed materials, annual reports, histories, and fiftieth anniversary tributes, 1908-1930
Box 3, Folder 6Printed material by Algernon S. Crapsey, 1899-1923
Box 3, Folder 7The Last of the Heretics: Book reviews, 1924
Box 3, Folder 8The Last of the Heretics: Manuscript of material not included in book
Typescript, 135 pages

Box 6, Folder 4Algernon S. Crapsey photographs
Box 11Algernon S. Crapsey: Diploma, Doctor of Theology, November 11, 1900
Volume 2Scrapbook of clippings re: the heresy case against Algernon S. Crapsey, 1906
Also contains photographs and letters, including ALS from Thomas W. Higginson

Volume 3Scrapbook of clippings re: Algernon S. Crapsey, including book reviews and obituaries, circa 1921-1928
Volume 5Scrapbook of clippings and photographs re: Algernon S. Crapsey, St. Andrew's Church, family members, etc., circa 1900-1907
Series V: Crapsey family
Box 4, Folder 1Algernon S. Crapsey, Jr.
Baptism certificate, November 1, 1884
Record of transfer of book (identity unknown) from Algernon S. Crapsey, December 18, 1922
Box 6, Folder 5Algernon S. Crapsey, Jr. photographs
See also Box 8, drawers 2 and 3

Box 8, Drawer 2Algernon S. Crapsey, Jr. (as a child), bowed glass, removed from frame
See also Box 6, folder 5

Box 8, Drawer 3Algernon S. Crapsey, Jr. (as a child), bowed glass, framed
See also Box 6, folder 5

Box 4, Folder 2Arthur H. Crapsey, Sr.
Correspondence from Esther Lowenthal, 1951
Newspaper clipping, 1955
Box 4, Folder 3Arthur H. Crapsey, Jr., correspondence from Philip Clark, 1970
See also Box 1, folders 10, 13, and 17; Box 4, folder 6

Box 6, Folder 6Arthur H. Crapsey, Sr. photographs
Volume 4Photograph album of Carmen W. Crapsey that includes photographs of Crapsey family members, etc., circa 1919
Box 4, Folder 4Emily Margaret Crapsey: Kemper Hall Kodak, valedictory, 1896
Box 6, Folder 7Emily Crapsey photographs
See also Box 8, drawer 5 and Box 7

Box 8, Drawer 5Emily Crapsey, milk glass photograph and glass negative
See also Box 6, folder 7 and Box 7

Box 11Ferne Blanche Hincher (Ferne Hincher Crapsey): Certificate from Homeopathic Training School for Nurses, Rochester Homeopathic Hospital, January 24, 1914
Box 11Ferne Blanche Hincher (Ferne Hincher Crapsey): Certificate of Licensed Registered Nurse, University of the State of New York, April 7, 1914
Box 11Ferne Blanche Hincher (Ferne Hincher Crapsey): Certificate of Registered Nurse, State of New York, January 26, 1916
Box 11Ferne Hincher Crapsey: Certificate of Registration, Registered Nurse, April 29, 1930
Box 4, Folder 5Marie Louise Crapsey: "The Flag Tree," short story, no date.
Box 4, Folder 6Paul Crapsey: Correspondence to Arthur H. Crapsey, Jr. and Jean Crapsey, 1958-1961
Includes reminiscences of Adelaide Crapsey and Crapsey family history

Box 4, Folder 7Paul Crapsey: Miscellaneous manuscript materials, including note to Adelaide T. Crapsey and poem for Carmen Crapsey, no date
Box 4, Folder 8Paul Crapsey: Printed material and newspaper clippings, including obituaries, 1909-1961
Box 4, Folder 9Paul and Carmen Crapsey: Correspondence from Algernon S. Crapsey, 1918-1927; Miscellaneous correspondence, 1928.
Box 6, Folder 8Paul and Carmen Crapsey photographs
See also Box 8, drawer 4

Box 4, Folder 10Philip Crapsey: Military medals (his?)
Five medals pinned on velvet backboard

Box 6, Folder 9Philip T. Crapsey photographs
See also Box 8, drawer 4

Box 8, Drawer 4Philip T. Crapsey and Paul B. Crapsey (as children), tintype
See also Box 6, folders 8 and 9

Box 11Philip T. Crapsey: Certificate of Commission, Second Lieutenant, National Guard of New York State, February 14, 1900
Signed by Theodore Roosevelt, Governor of NY

Box 11Philip T. Crapsey: Certificate of Full and Honorable Discharge from the National Guard of New York State, Second Lieutenant, March 6, 1903
Volume 12Scrapbook of photographs and printed ephemera re: NY Infantry, Company A
Includes their participation in the Spanish-American War (1898), training in Hawaii, and the Albany Street Railway Strike (1901). Also includes Company A ephemera, 7 unused Hawaiian stamps, Adirondack photographs, Albany Railway strike photographs, and ephemera

Volume 13Scrapbook of Philip Crapsey re: NY Infantry Company A, including newspaper clippings, printed ephemera, and letters, 1900-1901
Volume 14Scrapbook of Philip Crapsey re: NY Infantry Company A, including newspaper clippings, printed ephemera, and letters, 1902-?
Box 4, Folder 11Ruth Crapsey
Printed memorial, June 23, 1898
Printed book of poems, undated
Box 7Photograph of Ruth and Emily Crapsey's gravesite, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rochester, NY, 1901
Oversize photograph

Box 4, Folder 12Record of Crapsey family birth and death dates
Box 6, Folder 10Crapsey family group photographs
See also Box 7

Box 6, Folder 14Photographic negatives of Crapsey family members and Averill Avenue garden
Box 6, Folder 15Photocopies of Crapsey family photographs
Box 7Photograph of Crapsey family group
See also Box 6, folder 10
Oversize photograph

Volume 1Photograph album of Crapsey family, Rochester, NY and other locales, circa late 1890's
Volume 8Photograph album of Crapsey family, 1926
Volume 6Scrapbook of photographs, letters, clippings, and printed ephemera re: Crapsey family, St. Andrew's Church, deaths of Emily Crapsey (1901) and Philip T. Crapsey (1907)
Includes 3 manuscripts of Adelaide Crapsey

Series VI: Miscellaneous individuals and locations
Box 5, Folder 1Esther Lowenthal
"Labor Policy of Oneida Community Ltd.," reprint of essay, 1927
Newspaper clipping, 1946
Photographs of home in Northampton, MA, undated
Box 5, Folder 2John R. Slater: Poetry verses and correspondence memorializing Adelaide Crapsey
Includes photograph of memorial plaque placed at 678 Averill Avenue, site of Crapsey family home (see Box 10 for actual plaque)

Box 5, Folder 3Averill Avenue
"The builders of the house," poem, March 3, 1908
9 printed copies

Printed essays about the history of the Crapsey family home at 678 Averill Avenue, 1967
Box 6, Folder 12Photographs of Averill Avenue, Crapsey family home
Includes interior and exterior photographs of the house and garden).
See also Box 7 and Box 9

Box 7Photograph of Averill Avenue, Crapsey family home, exterior, 1911-1912
See also Box 6, folder 12 and Box 9
Oversize photograph

Box 7Photograph of Averill Avenue, garden rose walk, 1911-1912
See also Box 6, folder 12 and Box 9
Oversize photograph

Box 7Photograph of Averill Avenue, garden cedar walk, 1911-1912
See also Box 6, folder 12 and Box 9
Oversize photograph

Box 7Photograph of Averill Avenue, garden enclosure, 1911-1912
See also Box 6, folder 12 and Box 9
Oversize photograph

Box 9Averill Avenue garden: 6 glass negatives, 1936
Box 5, Folder 4St. Andrew's Church, Rochester, NY
St. Andrew's record, 1886, 1889-1890 (bound), 1892, 1897-1898
Newspaper clipping, undated
Box 6, Folder 13Photograph of St. Andrew's Church, interior
Box 5, Folder 5Trinity Church, New York, NY: Manuscript essays and printed material about the parish, 1840-1932
Box 6, Folder 11Photographs of non-family members and unidentified individuals
Includes portraits of Andrew Carnegie and George Foster Peabody

Box 7Photograph of St. Luke's Church, Catskill, NY, interior
Oversize photograph

Box 7Photograph of Mamie Kingel
Oversize photograph

Box 7Photograph of Spencer Trask
Oversize photograph

Volume 11Scrapbook of newspaper clippings re: Street Railway strike in Albany, NY, May 1901
Philip Crapsey participated as a member of the NY Infantry, Company A. Also includes clippings and other printed items re Albany Zouave Cadets, 1901

Series VII: Book collection
Box 12Botsford, George Willis. An Ancient History for Beginners. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905
Personal copy of Adelaide Crapsey, with her signature and notes in margins

Box 12Drinkwater, John. Victorian Poetry. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1924
Box 12Hearn, Lafcadio. Letters from the Raven: Being the Correspondence of Lafcadio Hearn and Henry Watkin. New York: Brentano's, 1907
Personal copy of Adelaide Crapsey, with her initials and date

Box 12The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1901
Full morocco, containing entries of Crapsey family births and deaths

Box 12Jones, Llewellyn. First Impressions: Essays on Poetry, Criticism, and Prosody. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925
Contains a chapter on Adelaide Crapsey and inscribed by author to Algernon S. Crapsey, "To 'the last of the heretics'; to whom one chapter at least will appeal" New York, Oct. 1, [19]25"

Box 12Proceedings of the New York State Conference of Religion, Volume 1, November, 1900. New York; Rahway, NJ: Thomas Whittaker; The Mershon Company Press
Contains address by Algernon Crapsey, page 157.

Box 12Rogers, Rochester H. Nathaniel. Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1950
Contains a chapter on Algernon S. Crapsey

Box 12Wordsworth, William. The Complete Poetical Works. London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
Contains signatures of Emily Crapsey, Adelaide Crapsey, and Jean Webster



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