Other Collections

Prudence Crandall Museum, Canterbury CT

The Museum includes a small in-house research library, which consists of publications on Prudence Crandall, black history, women’s history and local Connecticut history. Highlights from the library’s research materials include:

  • Copies of letters written by Crandall throughout her life. A volume of letters dealing with her later years in Kansas has been transcribed.
  • The Museum has a portrait of Crandall done in 1978 by Carl Henry, based on the 1833 original portrait owned by Cornell University.
  • The Museum has original portraits of Andrew Thompson Judson and his wife, Rebecca Warren Judson. Attorney Judson was instrumental in passing the infamous “Black Law” which was used against the Crandall Academy, and was later involved in the Amistad Court Case.
  • Canterbury Pilgrims – a 37 page unpublished manuscript written by Rena Keith Clisby, Crandall’s grandniece describing her memories of life with her aunt. (1947)
  • David O. White’s unpublished manuscript, “Prudence Crandall”, 1971.
  • June Gates Collection: this collection includes photographs that belonged to Prudence Crandall Philleo while she was living in Elk Falls, Kansas. The collection includes original photographs of Sarah Harris Fayerweather, Mark Twain, along with other lesser known individuals.

Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford CT

The historical society library contains the following collections:

  • Ms 70048 - Baldwin Collection includes correspondence including observations of the events in Canterbury during 1833.
  • Hoadley Collection – 1869 letter from PC Philleo to unnamed woman.
  • Ms 70046 – Petition to the General Assembly about Crandall’s school and residents’ comments trying to dissuade her from bringing in black students.
  • Ms 73551- Letters from Crandall, Garrison, to Simeon Jocelyn.
  • Ms 76853 – Francis Gillette Papers of Abolitionist comments on the Canterbury Law, etc.
  • John Hooker Letters – 1858 Letter making comments on Calvin Philleo, Crandall’s husband.
  • Ms 80217 – Edward Jenks account book, showing that Crandall was sold goods from his store while she was educating the African American students. This disproves the legend that no one in Canterbury would sell to her.
  • Emma Philleo Goodwin Whipple correspondence. Emma Whipple was a step-daughter of Prudence Crandall’s.
  • Ms 74017 – David O. White “A Checklist of Correspondence relating to Prudence Crandall Philleo for 1841-1856.”
  • CHS general African American Resources collection includes materials relating to individuals involved in the event in Canterbury….i.e. Arnold Buffum, William Lloyd Garrison, etc.

Connecticut State Library, Hartford CT

The State Library is a repository of many original documents that are relevant to the Crandall Academy, primarily legal documents relating to her trials.

Kent Memorial Library, Suffield CT

Sheldon Collection includes correspondence and manuscripts relating to Calvin Philleo’s (Prudence Crandall’s husband) tenure as minister in the Suffield area.

University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI

The library’s Special Collections has a collection of Fayerweather Family Papers. The scope of materials spans 1836 to 1962, and includes account books, deeds, marriage and death certificates, address books, autograph books, mortgage notes, photographs and correspondence. Of interest are letters to Sarah from Prudence Crandall Philleo; and a letter to Sarah from Helen Benson Garrison, wife of William Lloyd Garrison.

Document Package for Connecticut's Prudence Crandall Affair, online

The Gilder Lehrman Resource Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University has put together a collection of primary resources on Prudence Crandall and her school. It includes contemporary reporting as well as retrospective accounts and essays from the later 19th century and early 20th century.