Alan Crockwell collection, 1873-1996

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Collection Overview

Title: Alan Crockwell collection, 1873-1996

Predominant Dates:1900-1972

ID: ASM0447

Creator: Crockwell, Alan

Extent: 10.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The Alan Crockwell Collection is arranged into four series: I. Assorted materials, II. Scrapbooks, III. Photograph albums, and IV. Sheriff receipt books. The content of the series are further described in the inventory below.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Alan Crockwell Collection contains a variety of materials from different sources that document the history of Miami, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and greater Miami-Dade County. Much of the content is related to Ralph Middleton Munroe and his family. Topically, the papers also address criminal history in Miami-Dade County, historic buildings in Coconut Grove including the Barnacle and the Coconut Grove Library, the history of the University of Miami, and the early settling of Miami-Dade County. The dates of items range from 1873 into the 1970s.

Biographical Note

Alan Crockwell, a biology teacher at The Carollton School in Coconut Grove, moved from Buffalo to Miami in 1977. Crockwell co-founded the Miami Memorabilia Collector's Club in 1991. He has published numerous articles on Miami history and its collectibles.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Alan Crockwell Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to asc.library@miami.edu.

Related Materials: See also Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers (ASM0015). For more information please see http://proust.library.miami.edu/findingaids/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=572.

Preferred Citation: Alan Crockwell Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Container list by Marcia Evanson.


Box and Folder Listing


Series 1: Assorted materialsAdd to your cart.

This series contain a variety of different items, most of which are photographs, photographic negatives, and correspondence.

The photographs and the photographic negatives, most of which originate from the early 20th century, predominantly depict Miami, Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables, and greater Miami Dade County. The Barnacle and other Coconut Grove residences are particularly represented.

Much of the correspondence is between members of the Munroe family, including Ralph Middleton Munroe, his wife Jessie Munroe, his daughter Patty Munroe, his son Wirth Munroe, Martha Munroe, as well as close family friends Vincent Gilpin (who also helped Ralph Munroe write his autobiography), John Gilpin, and Captain Nathaniel Herreshoff. Some of this correspondence, dated 1968 to 1972, is regarding the sale of the Barnacle. These letters are written between Thos. McE. Johnston, lawyer, and Mary Munroe, Patty Munroe, Charles Munroe, William Munroe, and W. R. Catlow, Jr.. Several official documents are included in this as well.

Another particularly notable piece of correspondence is a letter from Eveline Wagner, wife of the Miami Dade County pioneer William Wagner, to Mrs. Charles Baron, dated March 6th, 1873.

Other items of interest are as follows:

An 11-page manuscript dated March 5, 1887, written at Cocoanut Grove, Biscayne Bay, Florida, wherein the anonymous author describes his or her experience of Biscayne Bay and how he or she moved there from New York.

Four land survey plat maps of the Miami area around Biscayne Bay, indicating “wet prairie” where Coconut Grove is now located. On two of the maps, an area is designated as “donation to the heirs of Dr. Perrine.” All are undated, but on the reverse of one it is written: “1848?”

Two hand-drawn architectural plans on tracing paper of revisions to the Coconut Grove Library and Assembly Hall, dated February 27, 1929 and March 4, 1929, signed by F. H. B., architect.

A menu for My Brother’s Place Steak House in Coral Gables, the front of which includes an illustration of historic Coral Gables on Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

Two Miami High School Diplomas: one from Walter H. Combs Jr. in 1918, and one from Edwin Clare Wilson in 1922.

A copy of Coconut Grove Magazine volume 11, number 1, 1996, containing an article by Alan Crockwell titled “History in the Making: Miami’s Centennial Brings a History Packed, Insightful Lecture Series.”

Box 1Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Loose photographs, 1916-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Assorted photographic negativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Assorted photographic negativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Assorted photographic negativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Assorted correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Assorted correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Assorted correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence between Thos. McE. Johnston, lawyer, and Mary Munroe, Patty Munroe, Charles Munroe, and W. R. Catlow, Jr., and William Munroe, 1968-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter from Evelin Wagner to Charles Baron, Miami Dade County, March 6, 1873Add to your cart.
Includes postmarked envelope: received in Key West on March 15, 1873.
Folder 10: 11 page manuscript, Cocoanut Grove Biscayne Bay Fl., March 5th, 1889Add to your cart.
Includes typed transcript.
Folder 11: 3 loose pages, "Description of land purchased...[from] Joseph Frow", n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Tintype in gold encasing, from Hattie Carpenter estate, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Two stencils, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 1: John Nix & Co, New York, from C. O. RichardsonAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Musaisle Fruit Farm, Miami, Fla., Guava JellyAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Coconut Grove Magazine, volume 11, number 1, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 10: Oversized materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Two Miami High School diplomas, 1918, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Burdine & Quarterman, Inc. Miami Florida shopping bag, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Four land survey plat maps of the Miami area around Biscayne Bay, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 1828 map, "Map of the United States to Illustrate Olner's School Geography", 1828Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Print of the Lord's Prayer from M. Brower, Miami, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Two hand-drawn architectural plans on tracing paper of revisions to the Coconut Grove Library and Assembly Hall, February 27, 1929 and March 4, 1929Add to your cart.
Signed by F. H. B., architect.
Folder 7: Menu for My Brother’s Place Steak House in Coral Gables, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letterhead for Myers Electric Company, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida, n.d.Add to your cart.
Series 2: ScrapbooksAdd to your cart.

This series contains four scrapbooks with materials related to Commodore Ralph M. Munroe and his family, including letters to and from Munroe family members; family photographs; documents from the Barnacle, the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, and the Biscayne Bay Manufacturing Company; photographs of and documents pertaining to Munroe’s yacht constructions;  typescripts by Ralph Munroe; clippings about Munroe and Coconut Grove at large; documents relating to the publishing of Munroe’s Commodore’s Story;  documents about Munroe’s Estate; plat maps; and other items.

Also included are two University of Miami scrapbooks with materials from the 1930s into the 1960s.

Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Coconut Grove Scrapbook, unidentified ownership, n.d.Add to your cart.
Contains historic photographs of Coconut Grove, court documents, several copies of an essay titled "Objections to the Helm Plan for Islands off Coconut Grove by Owners of Adjacent Lands and Other Citizens Interested," an essay by Wirth Munroe titled "A Very Brief Sketch of Ralph Munroe and His First Days in Coconut Grove, Fla.", and clippings about Coconut Grove.
Item 2: Munroe scrapbook, 1912-1970Add to your cart.
Contains photographs, clippings, legal documents, biographies, letters, and negatives. Content is regarding a number of topics related to Munroe family members, including the publishing of Munroe's Commodore's Story, and ownership of the Barnacle.
Item 3: Munroe scrapbook, 1930-1979Add to your cart.
Contains photographs, clippings, letters, typescripts, telegrams, and postcards. Content is regarding a number of topics related to Munroe family members, including the publishing of Munroe's Commodore's Story, and Munroe's yacht design. Includes a typescript of the preface of Munroe's Commodore's Story.
Item 4: Munroe scrapbook, 1926-1957Add to your cart.
Contains maps, plat maps, photographs, clippings, letters, typescripts, manuscripts, and brochures. Content is regarding a number of topics related to Munroe family members, including the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, and the Barnacle. Includes a typescript by Munroe titled "A narrative concerning the early days of Coconut Grove, Florida, the arrival of some of its first people of note and in particular that of Miss Florida McFarlane whose memory we honor today."
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: University of Miami Scrapbook, 1938-1968Add to your cart.
Contains photographs, invitations, programs, periodicals, newspapers, bulletins, and clippings.
Item 2: University of Miami Scrapbook, 1929-1963Add to your cart.
Contains periodicals, brochures, postcards, checks, clippings, pamphlets, patches, letters, bulletins, photographs
Series 3: Photograph albumsAdd to your cart.
This series consists of historic early 20th century photograph albums of Miami, Coconut Grove, the Coral Gables, greater Miami Dade County, Jacksonville, Orlando, Havana (Cuba), Daytona Beach, and other areas. Among the photograph albums are a 1926 album of photographs of houses in Daytona with accompanying prices from the H.B. Schulty Realty Company; three albums from the estate of William George Coates, owner of the Miami Transfer Company, and his family, with content ranging from the late 19th century until the mid-20th century; a family album from the estate of Richard Carney; a family album from the Peggy Myers Estate, of the Myers Electric Coral Gables Company; three family albums from the Anna Wilson Estate; a family album from the Annie Fordham Estate; and a photograph album from Leo Hauser, depicting early 20th century Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph album, unidentified ownership, 1920-1946Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph album from Coates estate, 1916-1949Add to your cart.
Several clippings included as well
Item 3: Photograph album, unidentified ownership, 1920sAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Photograph album from Coates estate, 1890-1976Add to your cart.
Includes clippings, notes, and documents from William George Coates's Miami Transfer Company.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph album from Leo Hauser, n.d.Add to your cart.
Photographs of early 20th century Miami, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables.
Item 2: Photograph album from Coates estate, 1911-1916Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph album from Richard Carney estate, 1913-1917Add to your cart.
Item 4: Photograph album from Anna Wilson estate, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Photograph album from Peggy Myers estate, 1925Add to your cart.
Item 6: Photograph album from Annie Fordham estate, 1920-1936Add to your cart.
Item 7: Photograph album from Anna Wilson estate, 1917-1920Add to your cart.
Item 8: Photograph album from Anna Wilson estate, 1915-1929Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph album of houses in Daytona with accompanying prices from H.B. Schulty Realty Company, 1926Add to your cart.
Series 4: Sheriff receipt booksAdd to your cart.
This series contains sheriff docket books from Miami Dade County containing arrest receipts, detailing the reasons for arrest as well as fines and bail costs.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sheriff receipt book, 1909-1903Add to your cart.
Item 2: Sheriff receipt book, 1920-1921Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sheriff receipt book, 1907-1909Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sheriff receipt book, 1905-1906Add to your cart.