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Mary Alletta Crump Papers, 1916-1970
3 boxes (.75 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 37

Abstract:
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.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on 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Copyright to Mary Alletta Crump 's unpublished works is unknown.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.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note
Mary Alletta Crump in her "Crumperie" tea room, Greenwich Village, New York, circa 1916-1920

Mary Alletta Crump in her "Crumperie" tea room,
Greenwich Village, New York, circa 1916-1920

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

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

Restrictions on 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.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Mary Alletta Crump Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

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


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
SERIES I. CRUMPERIE TEA ROOM



Obituaries of Crump and May Singhi Breen
1970

Box 1: folder 1
Guest books (photocopies) and summary by Susan E. Lyman
1916-27, 1966

Box 1: folder 2-2a
Sketch of Crump
n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs and postcards
1916-27

Box 1: folder 4
Clippings, advertisements, apron fabric and memorabilia
1916-27

Box 1: folder 5
SERIES II. GRENFELL MISSION



Photographs and printed material about the Grenfells and the Mission
n.d.

Box 1: folder 6
Audio recordings



Recording by Crump for Joyce Grenfell (reel-to-reel audio tape) and insert: Christmas card with song by May Singhi Breen
1958

Box 1: folder 7
"Garden book" (phonograph record)
1943

Box 1: folder 7
SERIES III. WAR WORK



Correspondence to Crump


Box 1
AWVS
1942-46

Box 1: folder 8
Reid, Whitelaw
1948

Box 1: folder 9
Mrs. E. Rickenbacher
1942

Box 1: folder 10
Clippings, memoranda, and periodicals
1941-45

Box 2: folder 11
Photographs


Box 2: folder 11a
Color Guard: articles, photographs, and clippings
1942-44

Box 2: folder 12
Civilian Protection School: certificate, memorabilia, and letters to May Singhi Breem
1943

Box 2: folder 13
International Assembly of Women: clippings and photographs
1942-46

Box 2: folder 14
SERIES IV. MISCELLANEOUS



"$64,000 Question" and trip to Europe: photographs, clippings, and journal
1958

Box 2: folder 15
Miscellaneous correspondence
1913-64, n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
Miscellaneous photographs
1902-58

Box 2: folder 17
Memorabilia and AWVS sketches
1940-45, n.d.

Box 2: folder 18
Crumperie Tea Room guest books (originals)

[Please use copies in box 1 for research]



Box 3

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Subjects
  • American Women Voluntary Services--History--Sources
  • Businesswomen--United States--Biography--Sources
  • Crump, Mary Alletta, 1887-1970
  • Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.)--History--20th century--Sources
  • Grenfell Association of America--History--Sources
  • Grenfell Labrador Medical Mission--History--Sources
  • Grenfell, Joyce, 1910-
  • Grenfell, Wilfred Thomason, Sir, 1865-1940
  • International Grenfell Association--History--Sources
  • Labrador (Nfld.)--History--Sources
  • Missionaries--Newfoundland--Labrador--Biography--Sources
  • New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Sources
  • Women-owned business enterprises--United States--History--Sources


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