George Cranston correspondence, 1860-1883

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George Cranston correspondence, 1860-1883

MS 273


Collection Summary

Creator: Cranston, George, b. 1848?
Collection Name:George Cranston correspondence,
Inclusive Dates: 1860-1883
Physical Description:.2 linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains one series, correspondence. It is comprised of 57 letters, 34 of which were written by George Cranston, primarily to his sister, Gertrude. 14 of these letters relate Cranston's experiences as a soldier in the Arizona Territory, from 1866 to 1870. Cranston was stationed at Fort Yuma, Camp Lowell, Fort Grant, Camp Tubac and Camp Crittenden, and his letters reveal the privations of a soldier's life, the uncertainties of living on the frontier, and the fear of Indian attacks. Leaving the army and Arizona in 1870, the letters continue with Cranston's travels in New Mexico, Kansas and Texas. The remaining letters, the bulk of which are addressed to Gertrude, are correspondence from other Cranston siblings, and letters from James Cranston, their father. Many of these are accounts of family activities and events, others reveal some of the emotional undercurrents in family life.
Collection Number:MS 273
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

George Cranston was born in 1848, probably in New York state. Following an argument with his father, George was ordered to leave the family farm, and in 1866 he joined the army. Cranston's first post was Fort Yuma, Arizona Territory. In the ensuing years, Cranston was stationed at a number of sites in southern Arizona, until 1870 when he left the army's service.

Cranston went on to become a cowboy, farmer, rancher, and saloon keeper, trying his luck in Kansas, Texas, and finally Deming, New Mexico. The last letter, written in 1883, is the birth announcement of Cranston's second child written from Deming. It is unknown what became of George Cranston following 1883.


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one series, correspondence. It is comprised of 57 letters, 34 of which were written by George Cranston, primarily to his sister, Gertrude. 14 of these letters relate Cranston's experiences as a soldier in the Arizona Territory, from 1866 to 1870. Cranston was stationed at Fort Yuma, Camp Lowell, Fort Grant, Camp Tubac and Camp Crittenden, and his letters reveal the privations of a soldier's life, the uncertainties of living on the frontier, and the fear of Indian attacks. Leaving the army and Arizona in 1870, the letters continue with Cranston's travels in New Mexico, Kansas and Texas. The remaining letters, the bulk of which are addressed to Gertrude, are correspondence from other Cranston siblings, and letters from James Cranston, their father. Many of these are accounts of family activities and events, others reveal some of the emotional undercurrents in family life.

Included are letters from Gertrude's fiancee, Brunson Dunning. Finally, there are a few letters in which the connection with the Cranston family cannot be determined.

Also included is a typescript of a short biography of George Cranston and a summary of many of the letters.


Organization

This collection is organized into one series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Cranston, George, b. 1848?

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- History
Camp Crittenden (Ariz.) -- History
Camp Tubac (Ariz.) -- History
Fort Grant (Ariz.) -- History
Fort Lowell (Ariz.) -- History
Fort Yuma (Ariz.) -- History
New Mexico -- History
Texas -- History

Subject(s)
Apache Indians -- Wars
Frontier and pioneer life -- Arizona

Genre Form(s)
Correspondence


Administrative Information

Credit Line

George Cranston correspondence (MS 273).Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1860-1883
The first folder contains a summary of the information content of George Cranston's letters, along with a biographical sketch, written by Douglas Calhoun, a New York state book dealer. The following two folders contain the 34 letters from George Cranston, the bulk of which were written to his sister in the East. It is these letters that provide some illustration of frontier life.
The remaining correspondence contain letters primarily from family members to Gertrude, and are accounts of relatives, friends and family events. Also included is a collection of letters written by Gertrude's fiancee, Brunson Dunning, a letter from George Cranston's fellow soldier and friend, Myron Annis, and a few letters written by P. Morton. It is uncertain as to whom this latter correspondence is addressed, and what Morton's connection is with the Cranston family.
boxfolder
11 Summary and biographical sketch. , 1982
12 Letters from George Cranston. , 1866-1869
13 Letters from George Cranston. , 1870-1883
14 Letter from Myron Annis. , 1869
15 Letters from James Cranston. , 1860-1868
16 Letters from Brunson Dunning. , 1867-1871
17 Letters from other family members. , 1871-1880
18 Letters from P. Morton. , 1862-1873