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Crane, Edward M. (Edward Matthews), 1922- .
D. Van Nostrand Company Collection of Edward M. Crane
Manuscripts Division
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26 boxes and 15.1 linear feet
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-25; GA B—Icon./H3


The D. Van Nostrand Company Collection of Edward M. Crane consists of correspondence, financial papers, documents, diaries, photographs, artwork, printed matter, and other papers of the American publishing consultant and former president of D. Van Nostrand Company Edward Matthews Crane (1922- ).

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of records compiled by Edward M. Crane, Jr., relating to the D. Van Nostrand Company. Included are letters by family and friends to David Van Nostrand (1811-1866), the founder of the company (1848); correspondence and documents of the Crane family, mainly concerning investments in the Van Nostrand Company; letters of congratulations for Edward M. Crane, Jr., on becoming president of the company in 1964; financial statements and ledgers; budget records; profit and loss statements; departmental breakdowns; director's and general meeting minutes; stock and bond certificates; personal and business photographs; catalogs of Edward M. Crane's rare book collection; D. Van Nostrand book catalogs; miscellaneous printed matter; a large framed architect's drawing (1955) for the D. Van Nostrand Company office building in Princeton, N.J.; publication budget files (1957-1962); business transactions with Elsevier Publishing Company; financial statements; Committee to Defend America files (1940s); information about Edward M. Crane's book collection; information about the Princeton University Library fund in memory of Edward M. Crane; speeches by Edward M. Crane, Jr.; and miscellaneous materials.


The collection is currently unprocessed, but materials have been roughly sorted into boxes by form and genre.

Collection Creator Biography:

Crane, Edward M. (Edward Matthews), 1922- .

Edward M. Crane, Jr. (Princeton University Class of 1945), was president of the D. Van Nostrand Company, publishers of trade, technical, and scientific books. Originally based in New York City, the company relocated to Princeton, New Jersey, in 1955. Crane was the fourth member of his family to head the company since 1888.

Collection History


Gift of Edward M. Crane Jr. '1945.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Barbara Volz and Karla J. Vecchia in 1996 and in 2004. Finding aid written by Barbara Volz and Karla J. Vecchia in 1996 and in 2004.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

D. Van Nostrand Company Collection of Edward M. Crane; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Boxes 1-25; GA B—Icon./H3