Josephine B. Crump Papers

MC 845

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Shana Zarnowski, 2017.

Finding aid is written in English.

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Descriptive Summary

Crump, Josephine B., 1840-1920
Josephine B. Crump Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 845
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

Vance H. Trimble of Kenton Hills, Kentucky, donated the papers and journal of his grandmother, Josephine B. Crump on June 12, 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Lynn Parks, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, July 1988.

Preferred Form of Citation

Josephine B. Crump Papers (MC 845), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Josephine B. Wright Greenlee Crump (1840-1920) spent the first few years of the Civil War living near Harrison (Boone County) with her infant daughter. Mrs. Crump's first husband, T.J. [?] Greenlee, a private in Company D, 27 Arkansas Infantry [?], worked as an attendant at St. John's Hospital in Little Rock (Pulaski County). In 1863 he brought his family to the state capitol by horseback where Mrs. Crump helped attend the wounded at St. John's. After Union forces occupied the city, T.J. Greenlee was imprisoned at the Little Rock penitentiary and eventually Johnson's Island near Cincinnati, Ohio. Approximately twenty years later, Mrs. Crump recorded her activities and adventures during the city's occupation, which were typed by Mr. Crump's secretary.

Many years after the war, Mrs. Crump began a journal which she kept intermittently from 1894-1920. It includes discussions of her work in the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Mrs. Crump also mentions her sons Archie and George, and daughter Josie. During 1894, Mrs. Crump recorded a description of a journey she took with her second husband, George Crump, a United States Marshal in Fort Smith (Sebastian County), who was transporting prisoners to Kings County Prison in New York City. Mrs. Crump also describes a visit to U.S. Representative from Arkansas, Colonel Samuel W. Peel, and his wife in Washington, D.C.

Scope and Content Note

The personal reminiscences are comprised of Mrs. Crump's accounts of her Civil War years which include incomplete remembrances of a battle, and Joe Wright Crump's unfinished story of a Mr. Fancher's successful escape from Union troops near Harrison. Completing this collection are two short stories, one sheet of correspondence and a poem from Lamar Fontaine.

Located in the back of the journal are short stories and lectures Mrs. Crump presented to members of the Woman's Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Also recorded are short stories written by Mrs. Crump, and names of those who contributed and purchased cook books or items for the Methodist Church bazaars. Mrs. Crump's daughter Josie Crump Trimble wrote the short stories on pages 87-94 and 236-237.

Arrangement of the Papers

Mrs. Crump divided her reminiscences into series, which are comparable to chapters.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Journal kept by Josephine B. Crump- Personal reminiscences, first series through seventh series, 1894-1920

Box 1 Folder 2

Journal kept by Josephine B. Crump- Personal reminiscences, eighth series through fifteenth series, 1894-1920

Box 1 Folder 3

Journal kept by Josephine B. Crump- Personal reminiscences, series no. sixteen through no. twenty-one. [Series 19 is lacking], 1894-1920

Box 1 Folder 4

Incomplete reminiscence by Josephine B. Crump[?] and Joe Wright Crump

Box 1 Folder 5

Correspondence, Lamar Fontaine to Josephine B. Crump, 1920

Box 1 Folder 6

Poem, "Parading with the boys of 'The Sixties'" by Lamar Fontaine, 1899

Box 1 Folder 7

Short story, "Ghosts I Have Seen" and "Mollie's Mess, or a Reminiscence of the Early Days," by Josephine B. Crump


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