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W. C. Crandall Collection

Identifier: CrandallWC

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.


  • 1911-1930


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research. Contact the archives for more information. Boxes 1 and 2 are currently not available in the archives due to offsite digitization project (03/2020).


2.63 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 half size archival box, 2 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Condition

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.

Processing Information

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.

  • Kelps Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Potash Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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.

Repository Details

Part of the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections Repository

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