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Ida Craddock Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

Detailed Description

Correspondence

Manuscripts

Printed Material and Miscellaneous


Ida Craddock Papers, 1877-1936 | Manuscripts

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Collection Overview

Title: Ida Craddock Papers, 1877-1936Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1877-1902

ID: 1/5/MSS 018

Primary Creator: Craddock, Ida, (1857-1902.)

Other Creators: Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953.

Extent: 6.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection is organized into three series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Manuscripts, and 3) Printed Material and Miscellaneous.

Subjects: Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902--Correspondence., Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902--Manuscripts., Sex--Moral and ethical aspects., Sex in marriage., Sex instruction--History., Sex instruction--Religious aspects., Sex instruction literature.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Diaries., Writings.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collections consists of the papers of Ida Craddock from 1877 to 1936.  The papers include correspondence, manuscripts and printed materials.  The collection documents Craddock's work on instructional tracts on human sexuality and sexual relations between married couples. Among her works were "Heavenly Bridegrooms", "Psychic Wedlock", "Spiritual Joys", "The Wedding Night" and "Right Marital Living". These sex manuals were all considered obscene by the standards of her day.

Biographical Note

Miss Ida C. Craddock was born in Philadelphia on August 1, 1857, of Quaker parents.  Her life was wholly dedicated to "preventing sexual evils and sufferings" by educating adults.  Her publications and lectures were condemned as obscenities by some and praised for their educational value by others.

            Miss Craddock was a Priestess and Pastor of the Church of Yoga, though also a member of the Unitarian faith, and was a student of religious eroticism.

            Although she was a patient for three months at the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane (1898, June 16-Sept. 7), Miss Craddock was never adjudged legally insane by a court, according to Dr. Owen Copp [TLS, 1 p.; 1913, Sept. 20].  Dr. Copp said she suffered from a chronic form of mental trouble which had existed six years prior to her admission.  Her puritan upbringing and intense moralistic conflicts, said A. Theodore Schroeder, brought her ultimately into mental hospitals and five jails.

            Criticism and persecution followed her from the time of her three-month imprisonment in Chicago-through visits to Denver, Washington, and Philadelphia-to New York City and her final imprisonment.  Her right to free speech had been suspended almost everywhere, and Anthony Comstock was effective in persecuting her for "disseminating obscene literature" and "wrongful use of the mails."

            The rough and inhumane treatment received by Miss Craddock in previous imprisonments [Juliet H. Severance, N.D.; The Truth Seeker, ca. 1902, Oct.] may have been on her mind October 16, 1902; she committed suicide on that day.  She was to have begun a five-year sentence on the following day.

            The Ida Craddock collection came to this repository as a part of the A. Theodore Schroeder Papers.  Mr. Schroeder, though never having met her personally, became interested in Miss Craddock and her teachings.  He collected her papers from various mutual friends after her death, and edited and published some of her works.

Subject/Index Terms

Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902--Correspondence.
Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902--Manuscripts.
Sex--Moral and ethical aspects.
Sex in marriage.
Sex instruction--History.
Sex instruction--Religious aspects.
Sex instruction literature.

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Unrestriced access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use photocopies of the collection.

Acquisition Source: A. Theodore Schroeder

Acquisition Method: The Ida Craddock collection came to this repository as a part of the A. Theodore Schroeder Papers.  Mr. Schroeder, though never having met her personally, became interested in Miss Craddock and her teachings.  He collected her papers from various mutual friends after her death, and edited and published some of her works.

Preferred Citation: Ida Craddock Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence, 1877-1923],
[Series 2: Manuscripts, 1890-1930],
[Series 3: Printed Material and Miscellaneous, 1890-1936],
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Series 2: Manuscripts, 1890-1930Add to your cart.
This series contains legal documents and typed manuscripts by Craddock and Theodore Schroeder.  Included in this series "The Marriage Relation," "Heavenly Bridegrooms," and "Record of Cases in Oral Instruction".
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Legal Documents, U.S. vs. Ida Craddock, 1890-1896Add to your cart.
22pp
Folder 6: Lunar and Sex Worship, by Ida Craddock, 1902 September 25Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript signed, 102pp
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: The Rights of Plant Life, [1894]Add to your cart.
Autographed manuscript signed, 9pp
Folder 2: [Diary of Psychical Experiences], 1894 April 7 - 1895 March 8Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript signed (corrected), 156pp
Folder 3: [Diary of Psychical Experiences], 1895 April 17 - 1902 August 26Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 110pp
Folder 4: Lunar and Sex Worship, [1902]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 103pp., 2 copies
Folder 5: Sex Worship (continued)Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 207pp.
Folder 6: Sex Worship (continued)Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 207pp.
Folder 7: Love Cameos, 1901Add to your cart.
Autographed manuscript, 3pp.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Stockings and Their Numerous Holes, 1900Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 3pp.
Folder 2: Sun and Dawn Myths, [1893]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 42pp.
Folder 3: [The Marriage Relation], [1900]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 245pp.
Folder 4: [The Marriage Relation], [1900]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected fragment), 66pp.
Folder 5: [The Marriage Relation], [1900]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected fragment), 66pp.
Folder 6: [The Marriage Relation], [1900]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected carbon), 437pp.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Heavenly Bridegrooms, [1894]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 147 pp.
Folder 2: Heavenly Bridegrooms, [1894]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected fragment), 64 pp.
Folder 3: Heavenly Bridegrooms, [1894]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected fragment), 19 pp.
Folder 4: Heavenly Bridegrooms, [1893]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript and Autographed manuscript (corrected and annotated), approximately 100pp.
Folder 5: Regeneration and Rejuvenation of Men and Women Through the Right Use of the Sex FunctionAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon), 5pp., 2 copies
Folder 6: On Nature WorshipAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 3pp., 3 copies
Folder 7: Human Traits in AnimalsAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 137pp
Folder 8: Record of Cases in Oral Instruction by Mrs. Ida C. Craddock, 1901Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 35pp
Folder 9: Record of Cases in Oral Instruction by Mrs. Ida C. Craddock, 1901Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 35pp
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Telepathy Between the Sexes, 1900Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript signed (corrected), 18pp
Folder 2: The Psychology of Sex, 1900Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript signed (corrected), 5pp
Folder 3: Sexual Starvation of the Young, [circa 1899]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 4pp
Folder 4: Psychic Wedlock, [circa 1895]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 22pp.
Folder 5: The Dream Wife: A Young Man's RomanceAdd to your cart.
Autographed manuscript (corrected), 4pp.
Folder 6: Magnetation, [circa 1895]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 22pp
Folder 7: A Woman's View of the Sex Question, [circa 1899]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript and Autographed manuscript, 3pp
Folder 8: The Danse du Ventre, 1893Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 13pp., 2 copies
Folder 9: The Old Maid, 1900Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 11pp
Folder 10: [Male Continence], 1895Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 2pp., 2 copies
Folder 11: [Communism in Respect to Marriage], [ciraca 1896]Add to your cart.
3pp.
Folder 12: Records of Cases in Marital Reform Work, 1900Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 41pp.
Folder 13: John's Penny on Its Travels, [circa 1891]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript signed, 5pp
Folder 14: Notes on "Horrors of Modern Matrimony" by Dr. Robert GreerAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 1p.
Folder 15: Holograph notes on "Male Continence"Add to your cart.
Autographed manuscript signed, 1p.
Folder 16: [Commentary on "Heavenly Bridegrooms"], [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 5pp.
Folder 17: [Notes on "Diary of Psychical Experiences"], [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, np.
Folder 18: [Sex Ecstacy], [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (fragment), 3pp.
Folder 19: Some Metaphysics of Sex, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 50pp.
Folder 20: Some Metaphysics of Sex, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 13pp.
Folder 21: Some Metaphysics of Sex, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 63pp.
Folder 22: Metaphysics of Sex: The Philosophy of and Erotomaniac, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 45pp.
Folder 23: Some Metaphysics of Sex, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 50pp
Folder 24: Spiritual Joys: An Attempted Description by Cadi (Ida Craddock), [1930]Add to your cart.
Edited by Theodore Schroeder; Typed manuscript (corrected), 4pp., 3 copies
Folder 25: Christ and Sex, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon, corrected), 2pp., 2 copies
Folder 26: [Notes and Quotes from Craddock's works]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 12pp.
Folder 27: [Autosuggestion], [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (carbon), 1p., 2 copies
Folder 28: [Ida's Need], [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 4pp., 2 copies
Folder 29: Ida's Theomania, [1930?]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 6pp.
Folder 30: Puritanism through Erotomania to Nymphomania, [1930?]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 4pp.
Folder 31: Ida's Philosophy, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 2 pp
Folder 32: Philosophy and Moral Theology of an Erotomaniac, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 50pp.
Folder 33: Philosophy and Moral Theology of an Erotomaniac, [1930]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript and Autographed manuscript (corrected), pp. 9-65
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: [Psychology of Sex]Add to your cart.
Autographed manuscript (holograph working notes), approximately 50pp.
Folder 2: Spiritualizing Sexual Insanity: Diary of Ida CraddockAdd to your cart.
Typed manuscript, 34pp.
Folder 3: The Religious Erotism of Ida, and the Physical Side of Marriage, [1930?]Add to your cart.
Typed manuscript (corrected), 24pp. and Typed manuscript (corrected) 2pp., respectively

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