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Clarkson A. Cranmer (1895-1954) Papers

Clarkson A. Cranmer (1895-1954) Papers

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CLARKSON A. CRANMER (1895-1954) PAPERS, 1852, 1926-1941





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Cranmer, Clarkson A., 1895-1954
Title:Clarkson A. Cranmer (1895-1954) Papers
Dates:1852, 1926/1941
Quantity:0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Clarkson A. Cranmer Papers are a collection of papers associated with Cranmer's attempts to build a model of the schooner Enterprise (1799), which includes material on the maritime history of New Jersey and other miscellaneous papers.
Collection Number:MH 65

Series List

SERIES I. Maritime History of New Jersey
SERIES II. Model of the Schooner Enterprise (1799)
SERIES III. Model Building and Related Material
SERIES IV. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Clarkson A. Cranmer Papers are a collection of papers associated with Cranmer's attempts to build a model of the schooner Enterprise (1799) which includes material on the maritime history of New Jersey and other miscellaneous papers.


Series I. Maritime History of New Jersey is a collection of correspondence, newspaper articles, essays, vessel lists, etc., related to the maritime history of New Jersey.


Series II. Model of the Schooner Enterprise (1799) is associated with Mr. Cranmer's attempts to build a model of the vessel. Included is a postcard picture of the Ashley model of the Enterprise; a typescript history of the vessel; correspondence with Howard I. Chapelle, Marion V. Brewington, and Charles G. Davis regarding Enterprise; and a set of blueprints of the schooner drawn by Charles G. Davis.


Series III. Model Building and Related Material includes diagrams of an English first-rate man-of-war; sheets torn from Ships and Ship Models; and instructions for taking lines off a half model and a full-size boat.


Series IV. Miscellaneous Papers contains a typescript of 1801 correspondence between William Eaton, consul to Tunis and Captain George C. Coffin; tabulations of rigging sizes for a ship and schooner; a 1926 reprint; a sheet torn out of the July 1852 Harper's New Monthly Magazine; and a collection of cryptic newspaper references.


Biographical Sketches


Clarkson Atwood Cranmer was born on February 7, 1895 in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Rev. William S. Cranmer and Abbie Atwood. He received his early education in the public schools and in 1916 graduated from Rutgers College with a Bachelor of Arts. He enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1917. After a period of instruction, he was assigned to duty at Queenstown, England, where he saw active service with the American subchaser flotilla. He mustered out of active service on January 2, 1919 and out of the United States Naval Reserve on May 8, 1921.


Cranmer studied law at the Newark Law School and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in February 1920. He formed a partnership with H. K. Gaston under the firm name Gaston & Cranmer and they practiced law in Somerville, New Jersey. He was a member of the Somerset County Bar Association and the New Jersey State Bar Association.


On March 30, 1921, he married Margaret Lord (1894-1948) and they had a daughter, Sarah Abigail (born 1923). He died in Somerville, New Jersey on December 14, 1954.


Harold I. Chapelle was a well-known maritime historian and author, as was Marion Vernon Brewington. Mr. Brewington once served as Curator of Maritime History at the Peabody Museum of Salem, and published several books on maritime art and history. Charles G. Davis was a maritime historian, naval architect, author, and ship model builder.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Brewington, M. V., (Marion Vernon), 1902-1975
Chapelle, Howard Irving
Davis, Charles G. (Charles Gerard), 1870-195
Enterprise (Schooner)
Navigation--History
Ship models
New Jersey--History, maritime
New Jersey--History--Revolution, 1775-1783

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Clarkson A. Cranmer (1895-1954) Papers, MH 65, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Mrs. Clarkson A. Cranmer on October 13, 1955 (acc #13,588).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Robert F. Craig, July 2001. Updated by: Tamara Gaydos, May 2014.


Related Material

Ancestry.com. Northwestern New Jersey : a history of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Northwestern New Jersey : a history of Somerset, Morris, Hunterdon, Warren and Sussex counties. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1927, Vol. III, p. 211.


Clarkson A. Cranmer Maritime Photograph Collection, 1935-1939, SCR 26


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