Fanny Crosby

24 March 1820–12 February 1915

Fanny Crosby’s Life Story, by Herself (1903)

Featured Hymns:

Blessed assurance
To God be the glory

Collections of Poems & Hymns:

The Blind Girl and Other Poems (1844): PDF
Monterey and Other Poems (1851): PDF
A Wreath of Columbia’s Flowers (1858): PDF
Bells at Evening (with a biographical sketch by Robert Lowry, 1897): PDF

Fanny Crosby Speaks Again: 120 Hymns, ed. Donald Hustad (1977): Amazon

Blessed Assurance: Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby with Familiar and New Musical Settings from Africa, Asia, Caribbean region, Europe, North America, South America, ed. S.T. Kimbrough & Carlton Young (Singapore: Global Music and Media Productions, 2008): WorldCat


Papers of Fanny Crosby, Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College:

Papers of William H. Doane, Billy Graham Center Archives, Wheaton College:

Musical Collaborators:

William Bradbury
William H. Doane
William Kirkpatrick
Phoebe Knapp
Robert Lowry
Hubert P. Main
Theodore Perkins
Philip Phillips
George Root
Ira Sankey
George Stebbins
John Sweney

Life & Works:

John Julian, “Frances Jane Van Alstyne,” A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892), pp. 1203-1205: Google Books

Fanny Crosby’s Life Story, by Herself (assisted by Will Carleton, 1903): PDF

Fanny Crosby, Memories of Eighty Years (1906): PDF

J.H. Hall, “Miss Fanny J. Crosby,” Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (New York: Fleming H. Revell, 1914), pp. 36-42:

Fanny Crosby’s Story of Ninety-Four Years (retold by S. Trevena Jackson, 1915): PDF

George C. Stebbins, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories (NY: George H. Doran, 1924): WorldCat

Basil Miller, Fanny Crosby: Singing I Go (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1950): WorldCat

Bernard Ruffin, Fanny Crosby (Westwood, N.J.: Barbour & Co., 1976; reprinted 2013): Amazon

John Loveland, Blessed Assurance: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1978): Amazon

Melvin Wilhoit, “Frances Jane Crosby,” A Guide to the Principal Authors and Composers of Gospel Song of the Nineteenth Century, dissertation (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982), pp. 58-76: SBTS

John Howard Danner, The Hymns of Fanny Crosby and the Search for Assurance: Theology in a Different Key, dissertation (Boston University, 1989): WorldCat

Wayne Frederick Albertson, Narcissism and Destiny: A Study of the Life and Work of Fanny J. Crosby, dissertation (Princeton Theological Seminary, 1992): WorldCat

Bonnie Harvey, Fanny Crosby (Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1999): Amazon

Patricia A. Tomasetti, Deep, Wide, and Personal: The Legacy of Fanny Crosby and Her Hymns, dissertation (George Mason University, 2000): WorldCat

Robyn L. Edwards, “They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait”: Resignation in the Lives of Charlotte Elliott, Frances Harvergal, and Fanny Crosby, dissertation (Briercrest Biblical Seminary, 2001): WorldCat

Edith Blumhofer, Her Heart Can See: The Life and Hymns of Fanny J. Crosby (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005): Amazon

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Recordings of Fanny Crosby hymns, UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive, University of California Santa Barbara:

The Hymn Makers: Fanny Crosby, Jackie Williams, The Celebration Choir (Integrity Music, 2007): Amazon

Tenderly Calling: The Songs of Fanny Crosby, The Captain’s Crew (2007): Amazon

Songs of Fanny J. Crosby: This Is My Story, Harding University Concert Choir (Dallas Christian Sound, 2008): Amazon

Hymns of Fanny Crosby, Matchless Grace (Saved by Grace Music, 2009): Amazon

The Hymn Writers: Fanny Crosby, Scottish Festival Singers (Mission Worship, 2012): Amazon

Fanny J. Crosby: Unknown Hymns for the Church Festivals, Steven Kimbrough (2012): Amazon

Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby (Integrity Music, 2015): Amazon

Fanny Crosby: Safe in the Arms of Jesus (Elevation, 2015): Amazon

Songs of Fanny J. Crosby, Hugh Kinsey (2016): Amazon

The Favorite Hymns of Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haas & Signature Sound (StowTown Records, 2016): Amazon

Fanny Crosby: Newly Discovered Hymns and Songs (Stowtown Records, 2018): Amazon

Related Links:

Fanny Crosby at

Bert Polman, J.R. Watson, & Carlton Young, “Fanny Crosby,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Fanny Crosby, Disability History Museum:

Fanny Crosby, New York Institute for Special Education: