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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
CROWE, (George Edward) Wilson (1891-1955)
Level of description
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes


Name of creator(s)

Crowe | (George Edward) Wilson | company director

Administrative / Biographical history

Born, Toronto, Canada, 1891; served as Lieutenant, Canadian Army Service Corps, Western Front, World War One; agent for British Canadian Export Company, Ltd, London, 1921; founded Easiwork, 1922, importing kitchen cabinets and labour saving domestic equipment from Canada; wrote articles on household appliances for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1928; supplied pressure cookers and kitchen fittings to Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) mobile canteens, London, World War Two; died, London, 1955.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in the Archives, 2014, by Mrs Georgina Willey (daughter), a former student at King's College of Household and Social Science.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Pamphlets, leaflets and books on cookery and nutrition, 1911-1975, collected by Wilson Crowe, managing director of Easiwork kitchen cabinet and appliance manufacturers, and subsequently by his wife, Maud ('Molly') Crowe.  The collection includes promotional material from chiefly UK food and kitchen appliance manufacturers and World War Two pamphlets, and also includes collections of American recipes from the Culinary Arts Institute, Chicago, USA, 1942-1943, 'A cook's tour of the Soviet Union', produced by Russia Today magazine, 1944, and '100 Jamaica recipes', published by the Gleaner Company Ltd, Kingston, Jamaica, 1946.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for consultation in the Archives Reading Room only, subject to signature of a Reader Undertaking form and appropriate provision of two forms of identification.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only.  Requests to publish original material should be referred to the Senior Archives Manager.

Language/scripts of material


Physical characteristics and technical requirements

A few items have detached covers, most are in good condition.

Finding aids

This summary guide and an item list available in the Archives Reading Room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Related units of description

KCL Archives: the Queen Elizabeth College collection includes similar publications relating to cookery and nutrition, 1915-1960 (ref: QAL/PUB4)

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

February 2015

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