By Rudo Kemper
Title: Alan Crockwell collection, 1873-1996
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”
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.