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RG1750.AM:  Harry Love Crawford, 1879-1959

Papers:  1863-1958; mostly 1934-1958

Kearney, Buffalo County, Neb.:  Furniture dealer, mortician

Size:  1 box; 0.5 cu.ft.


Harry Love Crawford was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania in 1879. In 1884 he moved with his family to a farm in Cedar Township, Nebraska. He received his early education in Platte and Buffalo Counties and graduated from the Barnes School of Embalming in Chicago, Illinois in 1908. He was a mortician in Ravenna, Nebraska until 1926, when he moved to Kearney, Nebraska. There he owned a furniture store and mortuary until his retirement in 1956. Mr. Crawford died at Kearney in 1959.


This collection is arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1939-1957; 2) Manuscripts and notes; 3) Civil War letters, 1863-1864; 4) Printed material, 1934-1958; and 5) Miscellany. The bulk of this collection relates to the pioneers and historical events of Buffalo County, Nebraska, 1872-1958. There are manuscripts and notes relating the stories of early pioneers including biographical sketches of Lucy Sizer Hull, 1872; the Henry Luce family, 1873-1886; Miss Cordelia M. Waite; and Mrs. John Davis. There are also manuscripts relating to the diary of Mrs. Emil Carpenter from 1872-1903; recollections of Howard L. Hull, 1880; and notes on the history of Buffalo County. Printed material consists of the story of Eva Abigail Smith and background descriptions of famous musical compositions compiled by Mrs. Howard J. Hull. There is a scrapbook consisting of newspaper articles, 1939-1940 and numerous clippings pertaining to events and happenings in Nebraska from 1936-1958.

See the photo component [RG1750.PH] for related photographs.


Series 1 – Correspondence, 1939-1957

Box 1


  1. Correspondence, 1939-1957

Series 2 – Manuscripts and Notes

  1. Manuscripts and notes

  2. Manuscripts and notes

  3. Manuscripts and notes

Series 3 – Civil War Letters, 1863-1864

  1. Civil War letters, 1863-1864

Series 4 – Printed Material, 1934-1958

  1. Printed Material, 1934-1958

  2. Printed Material, 1934-1958

Series 5 – Miscellany

  1. Miscellany


Subject headings:

Buffalo County (Neb.) — History

Carpenter, Emily M.

Cedar Creek (Buffalo County, Neb.)

Cedar Precinct (Buffalo County, Neb.)

Crawford, Harry Love, 1879-1959

Davis, John

Hull, Howard L.

Hull, Lucy Sizer

Kearney (Neb.) — History

Luce, Henry

Majors Precinct (Buffalo County, Neb.)

Mother Hull Home (Kearney, Neb.)

United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865

Waite, Cordelia M.


DAB/DJR/sw   07-23-1966

Revised kfk   02-2001

Encoded TMM   03-16-2010