Alfred Leland Crabb Papers, 1916-1975

Descriptive Summary

Alfred Leland Crabb Papers, 1916-1975
Crabb, Alfred Leland, 1884-1979
1 box, 14 folders, 112 items
Authors, American - Kentucky
Cherry, Thomas Crittenden, 1862-1947
Crabb, Alfred Leland, 1884-1979
Educators - Kentucky
Western Kentucky State Normal School - Faculty
Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College - Faculty
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Department of Library Special Collections; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Western Kentucky University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Alfred Leland Crabb was born in Plum Springs, Warren County, Kentucky on January 22, 1884. He attended Bethel College and the Southern Normal School, and received a Life Certificate in 1910 from the Western Kentucky State Normal School. He received a B.S. from George Peabody College, an M.A. from Columbia, and a Ph.D. from Peabody. He served as principal of schools in Louisiana and Kentucky before joining the faculty of Western in 1916 and serving as dean. He left in 1927 to join the faculty at Peabody College. Crabb was editor of the Peabody Journal of Education from 1932-1967, and wrote numerous historical novels set in Nashville. For more information, see the University Archives vertical file.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of some early correspondence and writings of Crabb, including a 1916 letter to H.H. Cherry's secretary, Mattie McLean, outlining qualities required of young women teachers coming to Louisville, and criticizing Western's publication The Elevator. The text of his 1942 Founders Day address is included, which contains numerous reminiscences about Western faculty. In 1922, Crabb sent a letter to alumni inviting them to write "a long, plethoric letter" relating their activities since leaving school. He received numerous replies which are included in the collection.

Contents of the Collection

Inventory and separation sheet.

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letter to Mattie McLean re: Normal graduates teaching in Louisville, and criticisms of The Elevator, and her reply. 1916.

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Correspondence between H. H. Cherry and S.M. Burbank re Crabb's accepting a position in Anchorage, Ky. 1918.

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Replies from alumni to Crabb's request for "a plethoric letter" describing their activities; list of names included (A - Gre). 1922.

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Replies from alumni, continued (Gri - Moo). 1922.

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Replies from alumni, continued (Mor - Wor). 1922.

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Writing and poem. 1925, 1930, n.d.

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Correspondence 1923, 1975.

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"The Teachers College President: A Case Study of Western Kentucky State Teachers College at Bowling Green," report of Education class at Peabody College. [1928].

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1910 class list and partial copy of remarks given at 25 year reunion. [1935]

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Writing in connection with George Peabody College history and Founders Day. 1935-41.

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Founders Day Address at Western. 1942.

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Napkin souvenir from 1955 Kentucky Building Open House. 1955.

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"The Sixth of Nine Strong Sons" [monograph on Thomas Crittenden Cherry] n.d.

  • Box 1, folder 14
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