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Florence R. Crane Papers: 1949-1989
Summary Information
Title: Florence R. Crane Papers
Creator: Crane, Florence R., 1911-
Dates: 1949-1989
Extent: 1 linear foot, 1 oversize folder
Republican member of the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council, 1957-1961; active participant in civic and political affairs on the state and local level. Subject files relating to her involvement with various civic and community organizations.
Call number: 90168 Aa 2 Ac
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
Home Page:
Finding aid created by Anita L. Morse, January, 1990.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was donated by Florence R. Crane (Donor No. 7622) in November 1988 and March 1989.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Florence R. Crane papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Florence R. Crane was born in 1911. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Crane and her husband, Dr. H. R. Crane, University of Michigan Professor of Physics, moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1935.

Crane was active in civic and political affairs on the state and local levels. She served as Publicity Chair and Executive Committee Chair of the Ann Arbor Citizens' Council and as Chair of the Citizen's Housing Committee, 1953-1955. She served on the Ann Arbor City Republican Committee (Chair, 1954-55). She was Ann Arbor City Councilwoman, 1957-1961. She was appointed to the Michigan State Corrections Commission and served from 1964 to 1981. A curriculum vita and newspaper biography are noted in the folder inventory.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Florence R. Crane papers document her activities as a civic leader in Ann Arbor and in Michigan and reflect her civic and political involvements. The papers cover the years 1949-1989 and include materials on Ann Arbor charter revision, housing, and zoning and planning activities; the Republican Party; the Michigan Corrections Commission; the University of Michigan; and other civic activities.

The Crane papers have been retained in their original order and arranged in five series: Ann Arbor Citizens' Council, Ann Arbor Citizen's Housing Committee, Ann Arbor City Council, Michigan Corrections Commission, Republican Party and Topical.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Politics and government.
  • Municipal government -- Michigan.
  • Women in politics -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Women civic leaders -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Civic leaders -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Photographs.
  • Ann Arbor Citizens' Council.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Common Council.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Housing Commission.
  • Crane, Florence R., 1911-
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • Crane, Florence R., 1911-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Ann Arbor Citizens' Council [series]

The Ann Arbor Citizens' Council materials contain reports, citizens' petitions, pamphlets, newspaper clippings from 1949 to 1954, a 1962 "Report of Citizens' Council Municipal Charter Revision Committee," and a 1963 report on activities written by Florence Crane, Executive Committee Chair.

Box   1  
Charter Revision
Box   1  
Report 1962-1963
Ann Arbor Citizen's Housing Committee [series]

The Ann Arbor Citizen's Housing Committee folders include correspondence, minutes and agendas, c.1953-1954 and "Report of the Housing Survey of Ann Arbor," 1954.

Box   1  
Agendas,correspondence, minutes circa 1953-1954
Box   1  
Report of the Housing Survey 1954
Ann Arbor City Council [series]

The Ann Arbor City Council materials covers the years 1957 to 1959. A newspaper biography of Crane can be found in the 1957 folder and a curriculum vita in the 1958-59 folder.

Box   1  
Campaign, clippings, correspondence, pamphlets circa 1957
Box   1  
Campaign, clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, curriculum vita circa 1958
Michigan Corrections Commission [series]

The Michigan Corrections Commission materials include materials from 1964 to 1979. Correspondence has been placed in one folder, and reports and other materials have been placed in a second folder. Of special interest in the "Petitions and Reports" folder is a court action brought by feminist groups against the University of Michigan for discriminatory action in excluding women from a sociology course in penology co-offered with the Department of Correction and reports on conditions in Michigan prisons, particularly women's prisons. Information concerning inmate parole requests or medical and behavioral problems has been removed.

Box   1  
Box   1  
Petitions, reports
Republican Party [series]

The Republican Party materials include Republican special events from 1951 to 1956 and Ann Arbor Republican City Committee correspondence, budgets and meetings, 1953-1955.

Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Republican Committee, Correspondence circa 1953
Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Republican Committee, Correspondence circa 1954
Box   1  
Ann Arbor City Republican Committee, Agendas, Activities circa 1955
Box   1  
Special Events, GOP circa 1951-1956
Topical [series]

The Topical materials include various civic activities of Crane.

Box   1  
Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce-Report on Agency Space and Capital Needs 1963
Box   1  
Friends of the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum, Financial Reports, Membership, Minutes 1984-1988
Box   1  
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Box   1  
No Name Reading and Elbow Bending Club of Ann Arbor
Box   1  
Photoprints -- a snapshot of Crane and her husband
Box   1  
University of Michigan. Faculty Women's Club