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Crandall (W. C.) Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • Physical Condition
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Scope and Contents/Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections
    Title: W. C. Crandall Collection
    Creator: Crandall, W. C. (Wesley Clarence), 1878-1947
    Identifier/Call Number: CrandallWC
    Physical Description: 2.63 linear feet (1 archival box, 1 half size archival box, 2 oversize boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1930
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research. Researchers must apply for access in writing and by creating an Aeon   account. Contact the archives for more information.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Scripps Institution of Oceanography