W. C. Crandall Collection
Scope and Contents/Arrangement
This collection consists of correspondence written to and from W. C. Crandall regarding his government sponsored work along the Pacific coast, specifically the Southern California kelp beds and kelp harvesting for potash. Also includes the maps from Potash from Kelp Beds by Frank K. Cameron. The correspondence are arranged in chronological order.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research. Researchers must apply for access in writing and by creating an Aeon account. Boxes 1 and 2 are currently not available in the archives due to offsite digitization project. Contact the archives for more information.
2.63 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 half size archival box, 2 oversize boxes)
Language of Materials
The majority of the papers in this collection are in poor condition. The paper is highly acidic and has become brittle. There are also multiple pages that have unidentified stains, possibly from previous vermin contamination.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The W. C. Crandall Collection was acquired through the donation of the Wheeler J. North Papers. The collection was removed and processed separately from the North papers. According to North's oral history, the papers were given to him by Ken Norris, curator at Marineland of the Pacific.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digitzed copies of the maps from Potash from Kelp by Frank K. Cameron can be accessed through the University of Chicago Library.
This collection was separated from the Wheeler J. North papers. The collection was processed by Penelope Neder-Muro and Andy Gaston. The papers were removed from acidic folders and replaced with acid-free folders. Most rusted metal fasteners were removed, though some have remained in order to protect the fragile paper. Acid-free bond paper has been placed in between some pages to help prevent further staining. The oversize kelp bed maps were carefully removed from their original box, which they were originally bound to, and placed into oversize archival boxes.
- Guide to the W. C. Crandall Collection, 1911-1930
- Penelope Neder-Muro
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- California Revealed's 2019 Processing Assistance Grant funded a portion of collection processing.