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RG0796.AM:  Cornelia Williams Crittenden, 1895-1959

Papers:  1827-1933, bulk 1894-1920

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Professor

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box + oversize


Born in Duluth, Minnesota on May 14, 1895, Cornelia Williams Crittenden was the only child of Charles Gifford Crittenden and Marian Elizabeth Brown. The Crittenden family moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1895 and then to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1900. Charles Crittenden was the president of Crittenden Granary Company in Lincoln. Cornelia attended Lincoln High School from 1907 to 1910 and Abbott Academy in Andover, Massachusetts from 1910 to 1913. In 1913 she entered the University of Nebraska and graduated with a bachelors degree in 1918. From 1918 to 1926 she worked as an assistant professor of modern languages at the University of Nebraska. During this time she took additional classes at the University of Nebraska and received her masters degree in 1926. From 1926 to 1947, Cornelia Crittenden taught Spanish in the modern languages department at Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas. After she retired, she returned to Lincoln, Nebraska. Cornelia Williams Crittenden died on September 15, 1959 and is buried at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.


The materials in this collection relate to Cornelia Williams Crittenden and various family members. Of particular interest are Cornelia Crittenden’s reminiscences of her University days. Other items include a few pieces of family correspondence, genealogical materials, legal papers, and newspaper articles. Negatives of family photographs have been transferred to the Photograph collections.

The items in this collection came from the estate of Cornelia Williams Crittenden.


Box 1


  1. Family correspondence, 1842, 1900, 1915

  2. Genealogy (see also OB019)

  3. Crittenden, Charles Gifford

  4. Crittenden, Cornelia Williams, baby book, 1895-1908

  5. Crittenden, Cornelia Williams, newspaper photo

  6. Crittenden, Cornelia Williams, college reminiscence, ca. 1933.

  7. Loomis, Charlotte B., estate papers, 1894-1920

  8. Loomis, William N.

  9. Williams, Cornelia, autograph book, 1827-1828

  10. Newspapers (see oversize)

  11. Miscellaneous


Subject headings:

Crittenden, Charles Gifford,

Crittenden, Cornelia Williams, 1895-1959

Crittenden family

Loomis, Charlotte B.

Loomis, William N.

Nebraska, University of

Williams, Cornelia


01-23-1965   WFS/RB/js

08-04-2003   revised kfk

01-06-2006   revised tmm