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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Cray, Lorin. 1844 - 1927. Papers, 1900 - 1927.
MSU Archives Collection 1283



Cray, Lorin. 1844 - 1927. Papers, 1900 - 1927. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1283. 1/2 hollinger.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items pertaining to Lorin Cray of Mankato, Minnesota. Cray was a Civil War veteran, a lawyer, and a supporter of the YMCA and YWCA in Mankato. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, photographs of the Crays and their home, a memorial card for Nellie Cray, a niece of Lorin Cray, and a volume of a letter-copying book. This book contains copies of letters written by Cray on legal and financial matters.

Biographical Note:

Lorin Cray was born in New York on October 19, 1844. In 1859, he and his family moved to Shelby Township in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Cray served in the Civil War until he was discharged after being wounded. In 1875, he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Mankato, Minnesota. He married Sarah Trimble in 1869. She died in 1890. He remarried in 1892, to Lulu Murphy. Cray and his second wife were instrumental in the advancement of the YMCA and YWCA in Mankato. Lorin Cray died on March 3, 1927. The Cray home was left to the YWCA in Mankato.

Biographical information obtained from the collection.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items that belonged to Lorin Cray, of Mankato, Minnesota. The collection contains newspaper clippings of the death announcements and memorials to Lorin and Lulu Cray, photographs of the Crays and their home in Lake Crystal, Minnesota, a memorial program from Nellie Cray, a niece of Lorin Cray, and a volume of a letter copying book which belonged to Lorin Cray. This volume contains copies of letters written by Lorin Cray from his law office, which deal with financial and legal matters, and date from 1900 to 1909.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Cray, Lorin, 1844 - 1927. Papers, 1900 - 1927. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1283, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Patricia Bengston donated this collection in October 1977.

Processed By:

Karyn Nester processed this collection in February 1989. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Lorin Cray available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Cray, Lorin. 1844 - 1927.
Y.M.C.A.-Mankato (Minn.).
Y.W.C.A.-Mankato (Minn.).

Related Collections at MSUM:

Young Men's Christian Association, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1875 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1294, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mankato, Minnesota Young Women's Christian Association. Papers, 1922 - 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1284, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1283

Box

Folder

Memorial Service program, Ms. Nellie Cray, 1927

1

5

Newspaper Clippings, 1927

1

1

Photograph of Lorin Cray, 1924

1

2

Photograph of Lorin Cray’s home, undated

1

4

Photographs of Lorin Cray, undated

1

3

Photographs of Lulu Cray, undated

1

6

Volume of letter copying book, 1900 – 1909

1

7