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COLLECTION Identifier: 2019-M41

Family papers of Linda Crichlow White, 1929-2014


Family papers primarily documenting the family life of African American seamstress and boarding house matron Goldie Glover Bruce and her three children.


  • 1929-2014

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is closed while being processed.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Linda Crichlow White is held by Linda Crichlow White during her lifetime. After her death, copyright will transfer to the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


4.83 linear feet ((4 cartons, 2 file boxes) plus 1 folio folder, 1 archived web site)

Collection contains material of Linda Crichlow White's family members Constance Glover Bruce, Goldie Glover Bruce, and Martha Archer Crichlow Grant. Goldie Glover Bruce material in the collection includes 25 years of diaries; financial information and work documents; ration books; correspondence, including from women's clubs and civic associations; and photographs. Extensive letters from Bruce's three children, Charles (1911-1989), Constance (1915-2012), and Althea (1917-1987), are also included. Charles H. Bruce, Jr., a Harvard-educated engineer, became a commander in the Merchant Marine. His letters to his mother are from ports around the world, and describe life at sea, conditions in various countries (including Japan post World War II), and his family at home in New York. Constance Bruce wrote often to her mother from her home in the Bronx in the 1940s to 1960s, and described her social life, enclosing programs, tickets, and flyers from performances and events she attended. Also included is Martha Archer Crichlow Grant's scrapbook from J.K. Brick Junior College in North Carolina, which she attended from 1929-1933. The scrapbook includes photographs and ephemera from those years, and from Brick alumni functions until 1962.


Linda Crichlow White was born in 1949 in Washington, DC, to Marietta Stevens Crichlow and Martin A. Crichlow. She attended the University of Cincinnati, West Virginia State College (BA, Home Economics, 1972), and Howard University (MS, 1979). In 1976 she married Eric White; they have two children. A gifted seamstress, Crichlow White taught home economics in Brooklyn, New York and Washington, DC, public schools. After 20 years of teaching home economics, White received an MLS from Catholic University, and worked as a school librarian from 2004 to 2013.


Goldie Glover Bruce (1888-1977) was born in Virginia, raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and lived in Somerville, Massachusetts; Tennessee; and Washington, DC, where she held various jobs including seamstress, nurse, and boarding house matron. Her marriage to Charles Bruce ended in divorce in 1933. Bruce moved to Washington, DC, during World War II and bought a house there in 1945.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2019-M41

The family papers of Linda Crichlow White were acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Linda Crichlow White in February 2019.

Processing Information

Container list created: May 2019

By: Jenny Gotwals.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

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Repository Details

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