MsC 54

Collection Dates: 1865 -- 1925
.25 linear ft.

Shares a box with MsC53

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

The Crosby Family Papers include documents concerning Leonard Ezra Crosby (1836 -- 1917), Abbie (Lake) Crosby (? -- 1903), and their son Frederic C. Crosby (1862 -- ?). Leonard lived in Painesville, Ohio, for one year as a child and moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he lived for much of his young adult life. He was married to Abbie L. Lake in 1857 and the couple had two children, a daughter and a son, Frederic. Frederic, also a resident of Janesville, was adopted by the Crosbys in 1869 at the age of seven. In 1864, one year before the end of the Civil War, Leonard enlisted in the 42nd Wisconsin Volunteer Army and received an Honorable Discharge when the fighting ended. The Crosbys moved to Iowa in 1875, living in Austinville, Aplington, and Cedar Falls. As an adult, Frederic eventually settled in Coggon, Iowa, and invented The Crosby Sliding Door Jack, a device for opening and closing the sliding doors of railroad cars, securing a patent in 1925.

A. Neville, September 2005

Scope and Contents

Photographs: Box 1

The Crosby Family Papers contain a certificate of adoption, a United States patent, and a certificate of honorable discharge from the volunteer army. Also included are photographs and advertisements for The Crosby Sliding Door Jack, an obituary for Leonard Crosby, a small American flag, and miscellany.

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were collected for the University of Iowa Libraries by George Sheets in the late 1950s.

Guide posted to Internet: November 2005

Box Contents List

Certificate of adoption for Frederic(k) J. Coste (?) with letter from Rock County, Wisconsin judge, July 12,1869

The Crosby Sliding Car Door Jack materials, including two photographs


Small silk American flag

Card with political song (Goodbye, Grover, Goodbye) and mathematical figures on the reverse

Obituary for Leonard Crosby, The Parkersburg Eclipse, November 1, 1917

Patent certificate for door jacks with patent application, Frederic C. Crosby, March 17, 1925

Soldiers discharge certificate for Leonard E. Crosby, June 29, 1865

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