Ida Craddock Papers, 1877-1936
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Brief Description: 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.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at] lib.siu.edu
Record Series Number: 1/5/MSS 018
Created by: Craddock, Ida, (1857-1902.), Schroeder, Theodore, 1864-1953.
Volume: 6.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is organized into three series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Manuscripts, and 3) Printed Material and Miscellaneous.
Biographical Note for Craddock, Ida, (1857-1902.) :

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.

Access Restrictions: Unrestriced access.
Subject Index
Sex in marriage.
Sex instruction - History
Sex instruction - Religious aspects
Sex instruction literature.
Sexual ethics
Genres/Forms of Material
Correspondence.
Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902. - Correspondence
Craddock, Ida, 1857-1902. - Manuscripts
Diaries.
Writings.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/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 Notes: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use photocopies of the collection.
Acquisition Notes: A. Theodore Schroeder  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.
PreferredCitation: Ida Craddock Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.