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Mary Alletta Crump papers

Identifier: SSC-MS-00037

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

  • 1916-1970


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections ( at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

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Copyright to Mary Alletta Crump 's unpublished works is unknown.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. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use" must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

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.


3 boxes (.75 linear feet)


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:

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. The Papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection with the following exception: audiovisual materials will need to have copies made before they can be used.

Processing Information

Further processing done and finding aid revised by Annie-Sage Whitehurst, Fraenkel intern, 2009
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 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.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton MA 01063