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Alan Crockwell collection, 1873-1996 | University of Miami Special Collections

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Title: Alan Crockwell collection, 1873-1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

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.

Formats/Genres: Advertisements, Bags (generic containers), Biscayne Bay (Fla.) - Maps, Blueprints (reprographic copies), Brochures, Clippings, Coconut Grove (Miami, Fla.) - Pictorial works, Coral Gables (Fla.) - Pictorial works, Diplomas, Dockets, Envelopes, Government records, Letters, Maps, Miami (Florida) - Pictorial works, Negatives, Pamphlets, Patches (costume accessories), Periodicals, Photocopies, Photograph albums, Photographs, Scrapbooks, Telegraphs, Tintypes

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Barnacle (Miami, Fla.)
Biscayne Bay Yacht Club
Coconut Grove (Miami, Fla.) - History
Coral Gables (Fla.) - History
Crime - Florida - Miami-Dade County
Florida - History - 20th century
Herreshoff, Nathanael Greene, 1848-1938
Miami-Dade County (Fla.) - History
Miami High School (Miami, Fla.)
Munroe, Ralph, 1851-1933
Munroe, Ralph, 1851-1933 - Family
University of Miami - History
University of Miami - Pictorial works

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

Related Materials: See also Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers (ASM0015). For more information please see

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

Finding Aid Revision History: Container list by Marcia Evanson.

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[Series 1: Assorted materials],
[Series 2: Scrapbooks],
[Series 3: Photograph albums],
[Series 4: Sheriff receipt books],

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

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