William J. and Pearl Peed Croom Collection, 1900-1983, undated (bulk 1936-1940)

(Manuscript Collection #434)

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Series 1 :
Manuscript Materials
  • Box 1
    • Folder a
      Collection (1936 - 1940) including: You're A Police Man, Poem by W. H. Drane Lester, Inspector, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Autographed with Sentiment by Drane Lester, 10 May 1939, Broadside; Memorial Record, Webbs Chapel Cemetery, Kinston, North Carolina, In Memory of William Jesse Croom, including family record, services, music, bearers, societies attending, relatives attending, record of visitors, biographical notes & Pearl P. Croom wearing schedule, Notebook, 19 May 1940; Memorial Service, Durham Lodge, No. 456, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Trinity Methodist Church, 1 Dec. 1940, Program; Croom Biographical clippings (1936 - 1940) Photocopies. 15 items. 35 p.
    • Folder b
      Highway Patrolmen (1930 - 1936) Photographic prints. Black & White. 12 items. 12 p. Note: Prints cataloged as: P-434/1 - P-434/14
    • Folder c
      Croom family Christmas card & Color Postcards (ca. 1931 - 1940): Atlantic City Auditorium and Convention Hall; Boardwalk Winter Scene; Marlborough - Blenheim Hotel and Boardwalk; Merry-Go-Round Bar, Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey; Doster Hall, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa; Rockne Memorial, Notre Dame University, Notre Dame, Indiana, includes letter from "Ruth" to Mrs. J. Walter Long & Family, 26 Oct. 1940, on verso. 7 items. 7 p.
    • Folder d
      Printed Forms (1931 - 1940) related William Croom's career as Director of Public Safety in Durham, NC, including American National Red Cross First Aid Certificate, 28 Nov. 1931; Southern Traffic Officer's Training School Certificate, 20 - 31 July 1936; U. S. Federal Communications Commission, Radio Telephone Operator License, 21 July 1938; Internal Association for Identification, North Carolina Division Membership Certificate, 1 June 1939; Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Kinston, North Carolina, Resolutions of Respect in Memory of William J. Croom, 13 May 1940. 5 items. 5 p. Note: Torn; needs conservation.
    • Folder e
      Excerpts from letters actually received at Home Owners Corp., Photocopy typescript; Beware the Deadly Sitting Habit, Poem, Photocopy typescript; Our Friend, by R. L. Cannady, Poem, Typescript; You Have Been Here, Poem, Holograph (undated). 4 items. 5 p.
    • Folder f
      Membership Cards & Business Cards (1930 - 1940) Ephemera & Printed forms. 10 items. 10 p.
    • Folder g
      Correspondence & Envelopes (1935 - 1940, undated) 11 items. 14 p. Note: includes letter from J. Edgar Hoover, dated 30 April 1940.
    • Folder h
      Croom Family Genealogical Information, 1790 - 1983 (ca. 1900 - 1983, undated) 4 items. 14 p.
    • Folder i
      Clippings (1936 - 1938) relating to William J. Croom's career as Durham's Director of Public Safety. 11 items. 11 p. Note: Deacidified.
    • Folder j
      Clippings (1938) relating to William J. Croom's career as Durham's Director of Public Safety. 28 items. 28 p. Note: Deacidified.
    • Folder k
      Clippings (1940 1956, undated) relating to William J. Croom's disappearance and death. 23 items. 23 p. Note: Deacidified.
    • Folder l
      Pearl Peed Croom Obituary Service; A Little Mixed Up, Poem; & List of Hymns Sung at Pearl's Funeral (ca. 1983) Photocopy typescript. 1 item. 1 p.
  • Box 2
    • Folder a
      The Philathea Class, Christian Church, Year Book, 1929 - 1930. Pamphlet. 1 item. 10 p.
Series 2 :
Manuscript Volumes
  • Box 2
    • Folder b
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1932) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 p.
    • Folder c
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1933) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 p.
    • Folder d
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1934) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 p.
    • Folder e
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1935) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 p. Note: Copy 1
    • Folder f
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1935) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 p. Note: Copy 2
    • Folder g
      William J. Croom Engagement Diary (1936) with record of travels, addresses, and notes. 1 vol. 110 P.
Series 3 :
Printed Materials
  • Box 2
    • Folder h
      North Carolina State Highway Patrol Guide Containing Official Map of the State Highway Commission State and Municipal Traffic Laws and General Information. Approved by the North Carolina State Highway Commission (1930) 1 vol. 148 p.
    • Folder i
      North Carolina From a Police Standpoint, The Police Review (Official publication of National Association of Policemen), Vol. 2, no. 4 (April 1926) 1 vol. 332 p. Note: contains biographical notes and photographs of policemen throughout North Carolina.
Series 4 :
Oversized Materials
  • Oversize Folder os1
    • University of Alabama Southern Traffic Officers' Training School Certificate. Sponsored by the Alabama Highway Patrol, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Safety Council, and the University of Alabama, Held at the University of Alabama, July 20-31, 1936. (31 July 1936) Printed form. 10.75" x 16.75" 1 item. 1 p.  (item #1)
    • Harold Nathan Portrait (undated) Photographic print. 11" x 13.25" Black & White. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Inscribed "To my friend, William J. Croom with every good wish, Harold Nathan." Cataloged: P-434/1.  (item #2)
    • The State Law Enforcement Journal, Durham, N. C. Edition, Vol. 1, no. 2 (April 1940) Periodical. 1 item. 3 p. Note: Includes front page article on Croom, entitled Director W. J. Croom Has Seen Much Growth in Department and Croom in Hospital with Pneumonia; has been deacidified.  (item #3)
    • North Carolina State Highway Commission Personnel Portraits (ca. 1921 - 1922) including lieutenants of the patrol, patrolmen, district secretaries; portrait proof sheet. Photographic print. Black & White. 21.75" x 23.75" Note: Brittle, fragile, torn; needs conservation; Cataloged: P-434/2.  (item #4)
    • The Durham Sun, 50th Anniversary Edition, Durham, North Carolina (1939) Newspaper. 1 item. 6 p. Note: Croom cited in article on Durham Police Department on page 6; photograph included; fragile, brittle, acidic; needs conservation.  (item #5)

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