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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:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-25
  • location_under_review: Box 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

Scope and Contents

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


Gifts of Edward M. Crane Jr. '45: AM 2004-26, AM 1996-107, and AM 1992-130. Gift of Jean Crane: AM 2013-33.


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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • This is stored in multiple locations.
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-25
  • location_under_review: Box GA B—Icon./H3