Partner Sarah Aldridge
Muriel Inez Crawford (April 21, 1914 – June 7, 2006) was the co-founder of Naiad Press, with her long time partner Sarah Aldridge.
Born on April 21, 1914 in Washington, DC, Crawford served as an executive secretary at the Washington law firm of Covington and Burling, followed by a position as executive secretary to the president of the Southern Railroad, now Amtrak.
Crawford, along with her partner of 57 years, Anyda Marchant, owned a weekend home in Rehoboth and then, upon retirement in 1972, moved to a downtown beach home. The home became the site of legendary Saturday evening salons, where cocktails, conversation and an amazingly diverse crowd would gatherneighbors, clergy, writers, musiciansyoung and old, gay and straight filled the large front porch. In the winter, the cocktails and conversation would relocate to the couple's home in Pompano Beach, FL.
In 1972, the couple founded Naiad Press, an independent feminist publishing house, and then founded A&M Books of Rehoboth Beach in 1995. At the time of her death, Crawford was Publisher Emeritus with A&M Books.