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Accession 487

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

4500 pieces, 2.25 linear feet



Historical Note

Ida Crawford Stewart (1922-2023) served as Director of Alumni Affairs at Winthrop College and as Vice President and later Acting President for Estee Lauder Inc., New York beginning in 1961.

For more information, please consult the attached biographies.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of personal, professional, genealogical and reference files of art-educator, beautician and business woman Ida Crawford Stewart (1922-2023). The collection contains correspondence, newspaper articles, citations, photographs, and church bulletins. Also included are family business papers from the time of Ida’s Irish immigrant great-great-grandfather, John Crawford (1750-1826) to the time of her father James Roy Crawford (1891-1980). The papers and correspondence which includes original deeds, wills, and other primary documents that reference the sale of slaves, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction of the South. There are many records that genealogists interested in the Crawford Family, Stewart Family, Nilson Family, and Wade Family will find useful.


The Ida Crawford Stewart Papers were deposited with the Winthrop University Archives and Special Collections by Mrs. Ida Crawford Stewart, via Mrs. Watson A. Lynn, on December 2, 1982.


Women's History, Women in Business, American Civil War, Genealogy, Crawford Family, Slavery, Winthrop, Estee Lauder


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Ida Crawford Stewart Papers - Accession 487

LC Subject Headings

Crawford, Ida B. (Ida Barksdale)--Archives; Crawford, Ida B. (Ida Barksdale)--Family; Crawford family; Winthrop College, the South Carolina College for Women--Alumni and alumnae; Estée Lauder, Inc.; Estée Lauder, Inc.--Officials and employees; Businesswomen