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Virginia Beresford Fox Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 1997-12

Collection Scope

The materials in this collection belonged to Virginia Fox’s grandmother, Ellen Scripps Booth. There are Ellen’s, (also called Nellie), childhood spelling and penmanship books, a sketchbook, showing that she shared her mother’s interest in botanical miniature painting (1874-1878). There are also books given to her by her father, James Edmund Scripps (1860-1879). The few pages of botanical notes, in Box 1, were stuck among the pages of Object Lessons in Botany.

Dates

  • 1874 - 1878

Creator

Access

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Use

Published works may be under copyright protection. Copyright to the unpublished sketchbook is held by the Cranbrook Educational Community. Permission to use collection materials must be requested in writing.

History

Virginia Beresford Fox is the granddaughter of George and Ellen Booth, daughter of Florence Booth and James Beresford. She was born in 1935 in Detroit. Growing up at Cranbrook, she attended Kingswood School during the seventh through tenth grades, and graduated from Chatham Hall in Virginia. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1956, majoring in French. She returned to Michigan to study at Wayne State University where she earned a master’s degree in French and teacher certification. She taught French at Kingswood during 1967/57. She married James Fox in 1958, at Christ Church Cranbrook and the couple had two children, Kathy and Steve. She has been an active and avid volunteer at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for many years, in addition to serving on numerous Cranbrook committees, boards and the Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary. In 1991 she received the President’s Award for Excellence, and in 1996 the Founder’s Medal.

Extent

1.2 Linear Feet (1 MS, 1OS)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Virginia Beresford Fox, granddaughter of Cranbrook founders, George and Ellen Booth, was born in 1935 in Detroit. Growing up at Cranbrook, she attended Kingswood School during the seventh through tenth grades, and graduated from Chatham Hall in Virginia. She obtained a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in 1956, majoring in French. She returned to Michigan to study at Wayne State University where she earned a master’s degree in French and teacher certification. She taught French at Kingswood during 1967/57. She married James Fox in 1958, at Christ Church Cranbrook and the couple had two children, Kathy and Steve. She has been an active and avid volunteer at the Cranbrook Institute of Science for many years, in addition to serving on numerous Cranbrook committees, boards and the Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary. In 1991 she received the President’s Award for Excellence, and in 1996 the Founder’s Medal. The materials in this collection belonged to Virginia Fox’s grandmother, Ellen Scripps Booth. There are Ellen’s (Nellie's) childhood spelling and penmanship books, and a sketchbook, showing that she shared her mother’s interest in botanical miniature painting. There are also books given to her by her father, James Edmund Scripps. The few pages of botanical notes, in Box 1, were stuck among the pages of Object Lessons in Botany.

Arrangement

The manuscript materials are arranged in chronological order (Box 1). The books are housed by size (Box 2).

Acquisition

Gift of Virginia Fox on February 5, 1999.

Related Materials

Ellen Warren Scripps Booth Papers (1981-03)

Processing History

Processed by Cheri Y. Gay, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Virginia Beresford Fox Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by Cheri Y. Gay.
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Edition statement
Resource record created by Laura MacNewman.

Repository Details

Part of the Cranbrook Archives, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Repository

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