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Series 2: Edith Crutchfield, 2020-10 - 2020-12


Content Description

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Creating and Teaching Real World History is a companion project to the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. This project includes interviews with Cosby Hunt, creator of the Real World History program, Caitlin Wolf, co-teacher of Real World History from 2015-2017, and Ms. Edith Crutchfield, a long-time D.C. resident who moved to Washington, D.C., from Culpeper, Virginia, in 1953. Ms. Crutchfield first became involved with Real World History when she collaborated on an oral history project with a student in the fall of 2018. Ms. Edith’s interview from Real World History can be found in the Center for Inspired Teaching 'Real World History' Oral History Project. The interviews in this collection take a life history approach in which the interviewees discuss some of their life experiences beginning with their early life. Over the course of several interviews, Mr. Hunt discusses his upbringing in Washington, his career as a high school history teacher, and the development of the Real World History program; Ms. Wolf discusses her upbringing and education in New England, how she came to work for Center for Inspired Teaching in May of 2015, and the two years she spent co-teaching Real World History with Mr. Hunt; Ms. Edith discusses her upbringing in Culpeper, her move to Washington in 1953, and her life and career in the District.


  • Creation: 2020-10 - 2020-12


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Biographical / Historical

Ms. Edith Amanda Crutchfield, born August 28, 1936, is a retired librarian and native of Culpeper, Virginia. Ms. Edith is the daughter of John Duff Grasty and Sarah George Ross Grasty and is one of 10 sisters. She migrated to Washington, D.C. at the age of 17 after finishing high school in Culpeper and has remained in D.C. for the rest of her life. All 10 of Ms. Edith's sisters migrated north after high school and none of them returned to live in Virginia. Ms. Edith initially lived with sisters and other family upon arriving in Washington and attended Howard University for a semester before transferring to Miner Teachers College just as Miner's and Wilson Teachers College were being integrated and combined into DC Teachers College. Ms. Edith had a 30-year career as a librarian in government libraries (FDA and DOJ) and spent the last fifteen years of her career in private libraries of law firms. Ms. Edith married and had one daughter, Debra, who passed away in 2015.


From the Collection: 54.7 Gigabytes (DIG_00029)

From the Collection: 94 Files (DIG_00029)

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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