Mary Alletta Crump papers
Scope and Contents
The Mary Alletta Crump Papers include guest books from the Crumperie Tea Room (including sketches, poems and letters). Entries include notable patrons such as Laura and William Rose Benet, Charles Coburn, Dorothy Dix, Jessie Beals, Theodore Dreiser, Fannie Hurst and Christopher Morley. There are also materials from the Grenfell Mission and the American Women's Voluntary Service. The collection includes programs, certificates, correspondence, a diary of her 1958-59 trip to Germany, photographs, and a wide variety of memorabilia. The Papers document Crump's life, in part, as well as life in Greenwich Village circa 1920's.
Dates of Materials
- Creation: 1916-1970
- Crump, Mary Alletta, 1887-1970 (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright to Mary Alletta Crump 's unpublished works is unknown. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.
Biographical / Historical
Mary Alletta Crump ("Crumpy") was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1887 to Annie L. Hulst Crump and Leonard Crawford Crump. With her mother, she owned and operated the Crumperie Tea Room in Greenwich Village, New York from 1916 to 1926. The Tea Room was "characteristic of the best days of the Village," attracting devotees from the theatrical and literary worlds. Crump was a YMCA entertainer in London and France during World War I and appeared in two Cherry Lane revues. She was active in the suffrage movement in the 1920s, and she later volunteered for the Red Cross' Grenfell Mission, Labrador as a summer teacher and nurse. Crump was one of the first members of the American Women's Voluntary Service and designed the organization's flag. In 1946, she participated in International Assembly of Women in New York City. In 1958 she was a contestant for 5 weeks on the "$64,000 Question." Mary Alletta Crump died in July of 1970.
1.104 linear feet (3 containers)
Owner, Crumperie Tea Room; Red Cross volunteer; YWCA volunteer; Suffragist. Collection includes guest books and memorabilia from the Crumperie Tea Room (Greenwich Village, N.Y., 1916-26) with entries from theatrical and literary personalities; and materials from Mary Alletta Crump's volunteer work with the Grenfell Mission (Labrador) and American Women's Voluntary Service in World War I.
This collection is organized into four series:
- SERIES I. CRUMPERIE TEA ROOM
- SERIES II. GRENFELL MISSION
- SERIES III. WAR WORK
- SERIES IV. MISCELLANEOUS
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Mary Alletta Crump Papers were presented to the Sophia Smith Collection in 1970 as a gift of Susan E. Lyman.
Further processing done and finding aid revised by Annie-Sage Whitehurst, Fraenkel intern, 2009
- Grenfell Association of America (Organization)
- Grenfell Labrador Medical Mission (Organization)
- International Grenfell Association (Organization)
- Grenfell, Joyce, 1910- (Person)
- Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940 (Person)
- Crump, Mary Alletta, 1887-1970 (Person)
- American Women Voluntary Services (Organization)
- Lyman, Susan (Person)
- Lyman, Susan (Donor, Person)
Genre / Form
- Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) -- 20th century
- New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
- Mary Alletta Crump papers
- Finding Aid
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2009-07-30: Finding aid revised after further processing by Annie-Sage Whitehurst, July 2009
- 2017-07-26T17:48:14-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
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