The Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library was named in honor of a prominent Union College graduate who was active in the field of librarianship.
Ella Johnson was one of 17 children of the Johnson family of Elm Creek, Nebraska. She graduated from Shelton Academy (later Platte Valley Academy) in 1925 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in commerce with a minor in education from Union College in 1930. She served as librarian of Southwestern Union College in Keene, Texas from 1930-1934, during which time she married Carl Moyers, a 1932 Union College graduate. They moved to Loma Linda, California where Carl entered medical school. He died there in 1937 during his third year of medical training.
Ella remained in southern California where she was very active as a medical librarian working at White Memorial Hospital (1935-1949) and Los Angeles County General Hospital (1949-1967). She also completed work for the Bachelor of Library Science degree at the University of Southern California in 1940. While at the White Memorial Hospital, she served as librarian for the Los Angeles campus of the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University).
The author of numerous articles on librarianship, she was also the founder and original editor of what became CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature), an index that is a major reference tool for hospitals and nursing schools. Ella was a Seventh-day Adventist and a deaconess at the White Memorial Church in Los Angeles. In 1949 she married Judge Howard E. Crandall, a distinguished graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Phi Beta Kappan. In early 1967, she retired as a highly celebrated medical librarian. On September 18, 1970 her retirement was cut short when she died of cancer.
In her honor, Judge Crandall established the Ella Johnson Crandall Scholarship and subsequently donated a large sum of money and personally solicited additional funds from friends to have the library at Union College renamed the Ella Johnson Crandall Memorial Library. A portrait of Ella Johnson Crandall is prominently displayed near the entrance of the library.