University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edward Crane Papers, 1883-1963

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Crane, Edward, 1883-1959.
Title: Crane (Edward) Papers
Dates: 1883-1959
Abstract: Correspondence, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous certificates, legal documents, and financial records comprise the Edward E. Crane Papers, 1883-1963, documenting Crane’s personal life and career.
Accession No.: 80-51
OCLC No.: 29884535
Extent: 6 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Attorney, law professor, and university regent Edward E. Crane (1883–1959) was born to Eula Olatia (Taylor) and Martin McNulty Crane in Cleburne, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas with B.Litt. and L.L.B. degrees in 1906. The After practicing law with his father in Dallas, Crane fought in World War I in France from 1917 to 1919. In 1927, he was appointed to the University of Texas board of regents and served as chairman of the Board for Lease of University Lands until joining the law faculty in 1933. Crane married Donna (Roberts) Fitzgerald, widow of Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald, in 1937 and became regional attorney for the Office of Price Administration in 1942.


Smyrl, Vivian Elizabeth, “Crane, Edward E.,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed September 16, 2011.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous certificates, legal documents, and financial records comprise the Edward E. Crane Papers, 1883-1963, documenting Crane’s personal life and career. The bulk of the material is personal and family correspondence, much of it reflecting his association with the University of Texas. Correspondents include Winnie Allen, Eugene C. Barker, William James Battle, Roy Bedichek, H. Y. Benedict, Tom Connally, J. Frank Dobie, J. Evetts Haley, John A. Lomax, and Dan Moody.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Crane, Edward, 1883-1959 -- Archives.
Allen, Winnie.
Barker, Eugene Campbell, 1874-1956.
Battle, William James, 1870.
Bedichek, Roy, 1878-1959.
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963.
Crane, Martin McNulty, 1855-1943.
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964.
Haley, J. Evetts (James Evetts), 1901-
Lomax, John Avery, 1867-1948.
Moody, Daniel James, 1893-1966.
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
University of Texas -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
University of Texas. Board of Regents -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
University of Texas. School of Law -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Law teachers -- Texas.
Lawyers -- Texas.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France.
Germany -- History -- Allied occupation, 1918-1930 -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Crane Papers, 1883-1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff. Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, September 2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3R123 University of Texas affairs:
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1905-1962, undated
Rainey controversy, 1944-1947, undated
UT Law School correspondence, 1905-1948
Board of Regents:
General correspondence, 1927-1929
3R124 General correspondence, 1930-June 1954
Board for Lease of University Lands:
Correspondence, 1920-1931
3R125 Correspondence, 1932-1963
Landreth Corporation litigation, 1929-1931, undated
Regents Committee to Investigate Athletics at UT, 1927-1931
Business correspondence:
3R126 1941-1959, undated
Torch Club correspondence, 1925-1927
Legal affairs:
General correspondence, 1907-1949, undated
Letters of congratulation on return to the practice of law, 1941
Political correspondence, 1913-1959, undated
Office of Price Administration correspondence, 1942, undated
Tax Relief Commission correspondence, 1939
Classified personal correspondence:
S. M. Adams, 1936, 1949-1950
Winnie Allen, 1949-1952
Suzanne Ashford, 1942
3R127 Eugene Campbell Barker, 1944-1952
William James Battle, 1945-1951, undated
Roy Bedichek, 1931-1956, undated
Harry Yandell Benedict 1927-1936, undated
William B. Blocker and family, 1936-1959
Albert Boggess, 1957
Hal Browne, 1937-1943
Henry P. Burney, 1932, 1950
George L. Charlton, 1950-1956
John J. D. Cobb, 1948-1956, undated
Tom Connally, 1927-1950
George B. Dealey, 1930-1941
J. Frank Dobie, 1942-1950
Bess Ferguson, 1946-1948, undated
Mrs. Carter Fisher, 1938-1941
Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald, 1926-1935
Bruce Frazier and family, 1948-1956
J. Evetts Haley, 1950-1956
3R128 Marcelle L. Hamer, 1940-1945
Dexter Hamilton, 1928-1949
Joseph B. Hatchitt, 1927-1953, undated
F. L. Hawkins, 1939-1949
Robert L. Holliday, 1927-1952
G. Drummond Hunt, 1935-1952
Ardon B. Judd, 1950
John Avery Lomax, 1919-1948, undated
3R129 James W. McClendon, 1932-1950
Edward F. McGlachlin and family, 1940-1954
T. H. McGregor, 1923, 1938, 1941, undated
Dan Moody, 1925-1950
Robert T. Neill, 1933-1952
Thomas Edward and Rebecca Nelson, 1937-1950
Patrick I. Nixon, 1942-1950
Will E. Orgain, 1906-1907, 1921-1956
Charles S. Potts, 1928, 1945-1951
William Doniphan and Ann Robinson, 1904-1906, 1934-1954, undated
William B. Ruggles, 1948-1954
Dallas Scarborough, 1932, 1955, 1957
James Shaw, 1931-1950, undated
Maurice Wolf, 1950, 1953
Miscellaneous personal correspondence, 1903-1908, 1922-1959
Eula Olatia Crane:
3R99 1918-1919, 1936-1939, undated
Martin McNulty Crane:
3R100 1938-1941, undated
Erin Crane, 1906, 1917-1918, 1935-1938
Martin McNulty Crane, Jr., and family, 1905, 1918, 1934-1957, undated
Nora Crane, 1918
Abigail Crane, 1918-1919
Olatia Crane, 1918-1921, 1935-1940, 1958
Carrie Crane Kearney and family, 1906, 1919-1957, undated
Donna Roberts Fitzgerald Crane, 1916-1938, undated
Miscellaneous and unidentified, 1948, undated
Estate administration:
Raymond W. Kearney estate, 1932-1933
Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald estate, 1936-1937
Donna Roberts Fitzgerald Crane estate:
General correspondence, 1937-1942
3R101 Land correspondence, 1937-1941, undated
M. M. Crane estate:
General correspondence 1940-1948, undated
Oil and gas lands 1939-1956, undated
Military affairs:
World War I official correspondence 1917-1919, undated
3R102 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1925-1943
First Officers Training Camp Association correspondence, 1936-1958, undated
Reminiscences, 1937-1972, undated
Invitations and greeting cards, 1907-1908, 1933-1953, undated
Historical research and correspondence, 1943-1950, undated
Miscellaneous clippings, notes and excerpts, 1928-1959, undated
Letter drafts, 1948-1957, undated
3R103 Miscellaneous notes on envelopes, undated
Ed Crane obituaries and condolences, 1959
Miscellany, 1920, 1936, 1942, 1959, undated
Hugh Nugent Fitzgerald papers:
Letters to HNF, 1913-1935, undated
Classified letters:
Gutzon Borglum, 1932-1933, undated
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1931-1936, undated
Tom Connally, 1928-1934
Newspaper clippings, 1916-1934, undated
Printed material:
Masonic magazines, 1952, 1955
Public affairs publications, 1943, 1948, 1950
Miscellaneous, 1943-1959
2.325/V41 Oversize documents
2.325/OD17 Maps
3S20 Photographs and postcards
3S49.1 Photographs