Guide to the Crookston family papers,
1857-1976

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Crookston, Nicholas Welch, 1857-1932
Title: Crookston family papers
Dates: 1857-1976 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 9 boxes (4.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 71
Summary: The Crookston collection spans four generations, beginning with Robert Crookston and ending with Burns Ballantyne Crookston, his great-grandson. The majority of the collection consists of the records of Nicholas Welch Crookston, including correspondence (1917-1927); personal papers (1886-1932); scrapbooks, diaries and memoranda (1857-1930); an autobiography concerning his activities as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bishop of the Greenville Ward; Crookston family genealogy; and papers concerning a business deal with the Boston Land Company and Frederick Steigmeyer (1917-1918) to develop the desert in the San Joaquin Valley. Also includes Alice Melvina Rice Crookston correspondence (1897-1918) and personal papers (1892-1925); Nicholas Oscar Crookston correspondence (1917-1927), personal papers, and diaries (1905-1919), including one recording his daily activities as a soldier in WWI (1918); Spencer Cleveland Crookston correspondence (1917-1918); Newell James Crookston writings (1890-1976) including his autobiography and North Logan community history; Burns Ballantyne Crookston writings (1960-1976); and Robert Crookston autobiography (ca. 1910).
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Robert Crookston was born on September 21, 1821, in Anstruther, Fifeshire, Scotland. After converting to Mormonism, Robert moved to the United States where he married Anne Welch June 20, 1847, in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. The couple had twelve children, including Nicholas Welch Crookston, their seventh child, born October 22, 1857, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nicholas married Alice Melvina Rice on November 8, 1883, in Salt Lake City, before moving north to Cache Valley. There he served as sheriff of Cache County from 1883-1890 and 1908-1913, and bishop of the Greenville (North Logan) LDS ward from 1891 to 1911. Nicholas died in North Logan on June 7, 1932. Nicholas' seventh child, Robert Burns Crookston was born in Logan on February 4, 1892. Before his death on September 23, 1965, Robert and his wife Glenda Marie Ballantyne gave birth to Burns Ballantyne Crookston on December 6, 1922. This collection spans these four generations, beginning with Robert Crookston's birth in 1821 to Burns Crookston's death on April 28, 1975.

Content Description

The Crookston collection spans four generations, beginning with Robert Crookston and ending with Burns Ballantyne Crookston, his great-grandson. The majority of the collection consists of the records of Nicholas Welch Crookston, including correspondence (1917-1927); personal papers (1886-1932); scrapbooks, diaries and memoranda (1857-1930); an autobiography concerning his activities as Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Bishop of the Greenville Ward; Crookston family genealogy; and papers concerning a business deal with the Boston Land Company and Frederick Steigmeyer in Huron, Calif. (1917-1918) to develop the desert in the San Joaquin Valley.

Also includes Alice Melvina Rice Crookston correspondence (1897-1918) and personal papers (1892-1925); Nicholas Oscar Crookston correspondence (1917-1927), personal papers, and diaries (1905-1919), including one recording his daily activities as a soldier in WWI (1918); Spencer Cleveland Crookston correspondence (1917-1918); Newell James Crookston writings (1890-1976) including his autobiography and North Logan community history; Burns Ballantyne Crookton writings (1960-1976); and Robert Crookston autobiography (ca. 1910).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Crookston family papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Crookston family papers, 1857-1976. (COLL MSS 71). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged in numeric sequence according to box and folder.

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Dean F. Peterson..


Detailed Description of the Collection

Nicholas Welch Crookston
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Letters to miscellaneous
Henrietta Rice Crookston (?) 1917 May 28
Lucille Crookston Peterson 1921 September 7
Lucille Crookston Peterson 1924 March 20
1 2 Letters to Alice Melvina Rice Crookston
Letter 1905 August 20
Letter 1917 March 15
Letter 1918 March 4
Letter 1917 October 7
1 3 Letters to Nicholas Oscar Crookston
Letter 1917 February 2
Letter 1917 September 11
Letter 1917 September 16
Letter 1926 September 6
Letter 1926 September 10
Letter 1927 April 11
Letter 1927 April 11
Letter 1927 April 16
Letter 1927 April 28
Letter 1927 May 28
1 4-5 Letters from miscellaneous
George L. Graehl 1897 May 1
Ralph Smith 1905 May 6
Lucille Crookston Peterson 1917 March 23
Rob (?) 1917 April 14
Mary Crookston Farmer 1917 June 10
Mary Crookston Farmer 1917 June 28
Mary Crookston Farmer 1917 August 19
Newell James Crookston 1917 September 11
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1917 September 17
Jean Crookston Caine
(Envelope date)
1917 October 1
Anna Anderson 1917 October 10
Spencer Cleveland Crookston 1917 October 15
Alice Crookston Rust 1917 November 11
Alice Rust (Jr.) 1917 November
Harry Hicks 1917 November 17
Anna Anderson 1917 November 20
Lottie Crookston (?) 1917 December 2
Robert Burns Crookston 1917 December 16
Glenna Marie Ballantyne Crookston 1917 December 20
Charles F. Martineau
(Envelope date)
1917 December 21
Eva Rosetta Rice Martineau 1917 December 21
Peter C. Larsen 1917 December 22
Robert Burns Crookston 1917 December 30
J.C. Walters 1918 January 3
John H. Kemp 1918 January 16
Eva Rosetta Rice Martineau 1918 January 16
Charles F. Martineau 1918 January 16
Margaret Larson 1918 January 28
Newell James Crookston 1918 February 4
Ethel Smith Crookston 1918 February 5
Alice Crookston Rust 1918 May 14
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 August 13
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 November 17
Edna Hilda Crookston Terry 1926 September 15
Edna Hilda Crookston Terry 1927 April 18

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Alice Melvina Rice Crookston
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 6 Letters to Nicholas Welch Crookston
Letter 1917 March 28
Letter 1917 April 8
Letter 1917 May 13
Letter
(Envelope date)
1917 May 18
Letter 1917 June 15
Letter 1917 June 28
Letter 1917 August 13
Letter 1917 August 19
Letter 1917 August 21
Letter 1917 August 21
Letter 1917 August 30
Letter 1917 September 2
Letter 1917 September 8
Letter 1917 September 14
Letter
(Envelope date)
1917 September 26
Letter 1917 September 28
Letter 1917 October 6
Letter 1917 October 9
Letter 1917 October 13
Letter 1917 October 15
Letter (?) - 1920
1 7-9 Letters from miscellaneous
Clara Rice Benson 1897 October
Clara Rice Benson
(Feb. 18, 1898 -Date on envelope)
1897 December
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1917 October 12
Edna Hilda Crookston
(Envelope date)
1917 November 6
Lucille Crookston Peterson
Nov. 23, 1917 -Date on envelope)
1917 November 6
Newell James Crookston 1917 November 6
Jean Crookston Caine & Laurn Edgar Crookston 1917 November 12
Ethel Smith Crookston 1917 November 13
Edna Hilda Crookston 1917 November 14
Laura Merrill 1917 November 18
Eva Rosetta Rice Martineau 1917 December 4
Alice Crookston Rust 1917 December 4
Anna L. Nelson 1917 December 5
Jean Crookston Caine 1917 December 7
Edna Hilda Crookston 1917 December 12
Lucille Crookston Peterson 1917 December 18
Glenna Marie Ballantyne Crookston - 1917 December 20
Laurn Edgar Crookston
(Envelope date)
1917 December 24
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 January 2
Mary Ann Crookston Farmer
(envelope date)
1918 January 17
Alice Crookston Rust 1918 January 23
Margaret T. Allen
(envelope date)
1918 January 28
Sara Ann Rice Benson 1918 January 31
Jean Crookston Caine 1918 February 3
Robert Burns Crookston 1918 February 3
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 February 4
Ellen J. Allen 1918 February 4
Mary Ann Crookston Farmer 1918 February 5
Newell James Crookston 1918 February 21
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 March 26
Margaret Caine & Jean Crookston Caine 1918 May (?)
Alice Rust (Jr.) 1918 May 5
Alice Rust (Jr.) 1918 May 5 (?)
Jean Crookston 1918 May 19
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 May 21
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 May 29
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 November 23

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Nicholas Oscar Crookston
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 10 Letters to miscellaneous
Spencer Cleveland Crookston 1917 December 11
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 April 24
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 April 25
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 October 18
1 11 Letters to Nicholas Welch Crookston
Letter
(year estimated)
1917 February 4
Letter
(year estimated)
1917 May 22
Letter 1917 May 31
Letter 1917 August 26
Letter 1917 November 4
Letter 1917 December 2
Letter 1917 December 9
Letter
(photos attached)
1918 January 23
Letter 1918 March 20
Letter 1918 April 28
Letter 1918 May 5
Letter 1918 June 13
Letter 1918 June 16
Letter 1918 July 6
Letter 1918 August (5?)
Letter 1918 October 26
1 12 Letters to Alice Melvina Rice Crookston
Letter 1918 January 15
Letter 1918 January 28
Letter 1918 February 10
Letter 1918 March 11
Letter 1918 March 26
Letter 1918 April 7
Letter 1918 May 24
Letter 1918 June 26
Letter 1918 July 16
Letter 1918 August 10
Letter 1918 August (?)
Letter 1918 August (?)
Letter 1918 September 3
Letter 1918 September 10
Letter 1918 September 16
Letter 1918 September 18
Letter 1918 September 22
Letter 1918 October 5
Letter 1918 October 18
Letter 1918 October 24
Letter
(Envelope date) (envelope dated Nov. 4, 1918)
1918 November 6(?)
Letter
(Envelope date)
1918 November 26
Letter 1918 November 28
1 13 Letters from miscellaneous
Alice Melvina Rice Crookston 1917 July 7
Alice Melvina Rice Crookston 1917 August 25
Newell James Crookston 1920 September 23
Edna Hilda Crookston Terry 1927 May 23

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Spencer Cleveland Crookston
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 14 Letters to miscellaneous
Alice Melvian Rice Crookston 1917 August 15
Draft Board of Cache County 1917 December 31
1 15 Letters to miscellaneous
Laurn Edgar Crookston 1918 January 27
Edna Hilda Crookston 1918 February 4

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Boston Land Company
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 16 Letters to Frederick Steigmeyer from N.W.C.
Letter 1917 June 26
Letter 1917 June 27
Letter 1917 July 9
Description of Project
1 17 Letters from Frederick Steigmeyer to N.W.C.
Letter 1917 May 3
Letter 1917 May 12
Letter 1917 May 14
Letter 1917 June 2
Letter 1917 June 5
Letter 1917 June 22
Letter 1917 June 30
Letter 1917 July 10
Letter 1917 September 28
Letter 1917 October 15
Letter 1917 October 15
Letter 1917 November 12
Letter 1917 December 5
Letter 1917 December 7
Letter 1918 January 2
Letter 1918 January 30
Letter 1918 February 18
Letter 1918 July 3
Letter 1918 December 28
Letter 1919 September 30

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NICHOLAS WELCH CROOKSTON - PERSONAL PAPERS
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 The autobiography of Nicholas Welch Crookston --compiled by Lucille C. Peterson
2 2 Writings on family history
2 3 The hanging of Charley Benson --compiled by Lucille C. Peterson
2 4 The attempt to burn the Presbyterian Church
2 5 Meeting House Accounts - Greenville Ward 1903-1904
2 6 Tithing list - 1904, Greenville Ward Misc. disbursements and memoranda 1910
2 7 Presiding Bishop's office to N.W.C. as Bishop of Greenville Ward
2 8 Legal papers of Greenville Ward; Directives from first presidency
2 9 Attendance data and leadership positions, Greenvillle Ward 1904-1907
2 10 Bishop accounts, etc. for construction of Greenville Ward meeting-house 1904-1906
2 11 Receiptsand invoices, reconstruction of Greenville Ward meeting-house
2 12 Receipts for contributions to build Greenville Ward meeting-house 1904-1906
2 13 Land records and grazing permits
2 14 Personal memorabilia and membership cards
2 15 Receipts, N.W.C. -personal 1888-1931
2 16 Personal financial records 1902-1924
2 17 Receipts, N.W.C. - tithing and church 1892-1930
2 18 Receipts, Crookston family- tithing 1901-1914
2 19 Temple Ordinance work 1903-1904
2 20 Crookston family geneaology includes autobiography of Robert Crookston
2 21 Fish and game commissioner
2 22 Miscellaneous sheriff's papers Telegrams, orders, correspondence, seized papers
2 23 Commissions as sheriff
2 24 J.J. Fry vs John C. Greaves and T.W. R. Nelson
2 25 John Nelson vs John C. Greaves and T.W.R. Nelson
2 26 Scowcroft vs Isabella Peacock
2 27 Burial of Louisa Delmar Robinson 1886 October 10
2 28 Flower cards from N.W.C. Funeral 1932 June 7
2 29 Probate of estate, N.W.C.
2 26 Scowcroft vs Isabella Peacock
2 27 Burial of Louisa Delmar Robinson 1886 October 10
2 28 Flower cards from N.W.C. Funeral 1932 June 7
2 29 Probate of estate, N.W.C.

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SCRAPBOOK AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS OF N.W.C.
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Scrapbook of N.W.C. 1906-1930
3 2 Assorted newspaper clippings 1906-1930

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DIARIES AND MEMORANDA OF N.W. CROOKSTON
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 Personal history 1857-1912
4 2 Memoranda 1885 January 7 - June 20
4 3 Memoranda 1888 - 1889 0ctober
4 4 Memoranda 1892; 1894 March 4 - 1895 February 21
4 5 Memoranda 1895 February 22 - 1896 January 1
4 6 Memoranda 1896-1897
4 7 Memoranda 1897 July 25 - 1898 August
4 8 Memoranda 1903 July 10 - 1906
4 9 Memoranda 1905
4 10 Memoranda 1906
4 11 Daybook 1906
4 12 Diary 1912
4 13 Diary 1913
4 14 Memoranda 1914 - 1915 August
4 15 Diary 1916
4 16 Diary
(Boston Land Company - Huron, CA.)
1917
4 17 Daybook 1918 January 1- July 6
4 18 Financial accounts 1925-1929
4 19 Diary 1929
4 20 Diary 1930

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ALICE MELVINA RICE CROOKSTON - PERSONAL PAPERS
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Receipts, A.R.C. - miscellaneous 1892-1920
5 2 A.R.C. - miscellaneous personal papers
5 3 Probate of Oscar North Rice estate
5 4 Flower cards from A.R.C. Funeral 1925 February 7
5 5 Probate of A.R.C. estate

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NICHOLAS OSCAR CROOKSTON -- PERSONAL PAPERS & DIARIES
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
6 Book 1: Diary 1901 January 27 - 1905 October 14
6 Book 2: Diary
(Daily activities as soldier-WWI)
1918
6 Book 3: Memorandum 1917- 1918
6 Book 4 : Memorandum 1927
Folder
6 1 N.O.C. as Sergeant, U.S. Army - Passenger & Equipment lists
6 2 Membership and identification cards
6 3 Discharge and appreciation papers 1919

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NEWELL JAMES CROOKSTON - WRITINGS
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
7 Autobiographical sketches and writings of Newell James Crookston - 1 copy
7 Old Ephraim, by Newell James Crookston (Located in stacks: 979.2524 C882)
7 Oral history: Farm life in North Logan 1890-1976
Folder
7 1 Notes on Nicholas W. Crookston, by N.J.C
7 2 Oral history transcription: From life in North Logan 1890-1976
7 3 Incidents & Events in the lives of the citizens of North Logan
7 4 This is my. life, by N.J.C.
1890-1976

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BURNS BALLANTYNE CROOKSTON - PERSONAL PAPERS
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 Burns B. Crookston memorial
8 2 Biographical information
8 3 Correspondence 1965 April; 1976 April
8 4 Evaluation the pre-school orientation program, Academic performance of fraternity pledges 1960 April; June
8 5 Developing physical facilities for student personnel services, April 4, 1961; Face in the crowd 1961
8 5 Selectivity as a factor in Fraternity Scholastic Achievement December 1961; National vs. Local Autonomy: problems for administration 1964
8 7 A study of attitudes concerning university relationships with students 1966 October
8 8 Implications of drug usage for higher education 1968 July
8 9 Coping with campus disruption 1969 June
8 10 An organizational model for student development, Oct. 1970; third party mediation in campus disputes 1970 December
8 11 Professionalism and professional style in student personnel work, Nov. 1971; A developmental view of academic advising as teaching 1972 January
8 12 Education for human development 1973 January
8 13 The higher callings of democracy: An essay on changing American values, Jan. 1973; the nomendature dilemma: titles of senior student officers at NASPA Institutions 1973
8 14 Administration of student affairs at community colleges as compared with urban--commuter institutions 1974 February
8 15 Student development and involvement in governance
1974 March
8 16 A study of student affairs: the principal student affairs officer, the functions, the organization at American colleges and universities 1967-1972 1974 April
8 17 Human development and the democratic community 1974 November
8 18 The intentional democratic community: an early appraisal, Mar. 1975; Milieu management: an emerging key role of the principal student affairs officer 1975 April
8 19 Student personnel--all hail and farewell!, Feb. 1975; the student franchise: economy as an ally of student development 1975 February

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ROBERT CROOKSTON, 1821-1916, AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Container(s)
Description
Box
Folder
9 1 Autobiography of Robert Crookston
9 2 Autobiography of Robert Crookston
9 3 Autobiography of Robert Crookston

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Crookston, Alice Melvina Rice, 1860-1925.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Alice Melvina Rice, 1860-1925.
    • Crookston, Burns B. (Burns Ballantyne), 1922-1975.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Burns B. (Burns Ballantyne), 1922-1975.
    • Crookston, Newell J., 1890-1976.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Newell J., 1890-1976.
    • Crookston, Nicholas Oscar, 1885-1944.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Nicholas Oscar, 1885-1944.
    • Crookston, Nicholas Welch, 1857-1932.
    • Crookston, Robert, 1821-1916.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Robert, 1821-1916.
    • Crookston, Spencer Cleveland, 1893-1983.  ( contributor)
    • Crookston, Spencer Cleveland, 1893-1983.
    • Steigmeyer, Frederick, correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Family Names :
    • Crookston family.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Boston Land Company.
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Greenville Ward--History.
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Bishops--Archives.
    • United States. Army--Military life--Diaries.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Mormons--Utah--Cache County--Archives.
    • Real estate development--California--San Joaquin Valley.
    • Sheriffs--Utah--Cache County--Archives.
    • Soldiers--Diaries.
    • World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, American.
    • Geographical Names :
    • North Logan (Utah)--History.

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