Guide to the Bruce Crawford Papers, 1972

Summary Information

Title: Bruce Crawford Papers, 1972
Collection: AC.530
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This collection is a letter from Bruce Crawford to Earl [last name unknown], October 5, 1972. Also included is a "List of Magazines and Books Containing Articles by Bruce Crawford."

Creator: Crawford, Bruce

Biographical/Historical Note

Journalist Bruce Crawford (December 5, 1893-August 15, 1993) was born in Norton, Virginia. He spent his boyhood in Fayette County, before his family moved back to Norton for his high school years. After a brief stay at West Virginia University and service in the army during World War I, he became owner and editor of a Norton newspaper, Crawford’s Weekly.

In 1931, Crawford traveled to Harlan County, Kentucky, with a committee of celebrities including authors Theodore Dreiser and John Dos Passos, to investigate the bloody miners’ strike there. He received a gunshot wound and returned home to write editorials sympathetic to the striking miners. This earned him a reputation as a radical among the business leaders in Norton upon whose advertising his newspaper depended. Forced to sell his weekly because of declining revenues, he returned to West Virginia to edit the Bluefield Sunset News for several years.

From 1938 to 1941, Crawford directed the West Virginia Writers Project, a Works Progress Administration program that provided work for unemployed writers. The project’s most enduring work was the classic book, West Virginia: A Guide to the Mountain State, initially blocked as too radical by Governor Homer Holt and published only after Holt left office in 1941.

Crawford later served as secretary of the West Virginia Publicity Commission, directed the Highway Safety Bureau of the West Virginia State Police, and in about 1946 founded the West Virginia Advertising Company, which, until his retirement in 1961 handled campaign publicity for many state Democratic candidates.

Crawford died in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Written by Jerry Bruce Thomas (The West Viriginia Encyclopedia,

Scope and Contents

A letter typewritten by Bruce Crawford to Earl [last name unknown] was dated October 5, 1972. In it Bruce speaks of looking for some of his old article clippings for Earl. He didn't find what he wanted so he typed up a list of articles and the publications in which they appeared, telling Earl at the end he could get copies of the articles from the Clinch Valley College Library.


The collection is in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Donor or origin of this collection is unknown. Accession number is AC.2001.038

Processing Information

Processed by Anita Elliott, March 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.530: Bruce Crawford Papers, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Papers, 1972 ACSC_Box 15.27