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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Kate Crane Gartz Collection
    Creator: Crane-Gartz, Kate
    Creator: Weatherwax, John M. (John Martin), 1900-1984
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2018.004
    Physical Description: 2 boxes
    Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1954
    Abstract: The Kate Crane Gartz Collection contains a wide array of personal papers including correspondence, poems, clippings, activism ephemera, drafts and information related to her published travel diary "Around the World with Kate Crane Gartz," and photographs. The materials were collected by her friend and colleague, John Weatherwax. This collection is now part of the John M. Weatherwax Collection  and can be found under Series V: Kate Crane Gartz 
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    This collection contains correspondence, poems, clippings and other documents related to communism and political activism, photographs, and a rough draft of Crane Gartz's travel diary.

    Biographical / Historical

    Kate Crane Gartz was born Katherine Elizabeth Crane in 1865 to the wealthy Crane family, who made their fortune in ironworks. Crane Gartz grew up in Chicago, where she became familiar with Jane Addams' Hull House, to which her father donated money. Early exposure to the contrast of her own affluence with the poverty of those in Chicago's tenement district led Crane Gartz to dedicate much of her life to philanthropy and communism. She moved to Altadena, California, in 1907, where she lived until her death in 1949. Crane Gartz hosted weekly salons for leftist and intellectual discussions in her Altadena home, The Cloisters. She wrote extensively and published several books.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Sharon MacNett, 2018.

    Related Materials

    The CSU Dominguez Hills Department of Archives and Special Collections also contains several published works by Kate Crane Gartz: The Parlor Provocateur or From Salon to Soap-Box: The Letters of Kate Crane Gartz (1923), A Woman and War (1928), Around the World with Kate Crane Gartz (1929), Seventh Book (circa 1930s), Realistic Rhythms (1942), Letters of Protest (no date), and More Letters (no date).

    Related Materials

    For other materials related to John M. Weatherwax please consult the Anti-New Deal Collection . This collection is now part of the John M. Weatherwax Collection  and can be found under Series V: Kate Crane Gartz 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Communism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
    Labor unions -- United States
    Labor movement
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Altadena (Calif.)