The Alan Crockwell digital collection contains a selection of correspondence, writings, brochures, and photographs documenting the daily life of Coconut Grove pioneer, Ralph M. Munroe and his family. Included are brochures advertising The Commodore’s Story by Ralph Munroe, as well as correspondence highlighting the friendship between the Munroe and Gilpin families between 1908 and 1933.
Alan Crockwell, a science teacher at The Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, moved to Miami from Buffalo, New York, in 1977. Crockwell co-founded the Miami Memorabilia Collectors Club in 1991, and he has published numerous articles on Miami history and its collectibles.
Additional materials from the Alan Crockwell Collection are available for research upon request at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections, including photographs and documents related to the Munroe family from the 1870s to the 1970s; 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; the history of Coral Gables; and the early settling of Miami-Dade County. Visit the Alan Crockwell Collection finding aid for more information.
To see additional digitized materials about the Munroe family and life in early Coconut Grove, visit the Ralph M. Munroe Family Papers digital collection and the Lillian Frow Peacock & Eunice Peacock Merrick digital collection.