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Norman Croom-Johnson diaries

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 886

Scope and Contents

The Norman Croom-Johnson Diaries consist of 217 autograph manuscript volumes, including 211 diaries with daily entries, 1905 January 1-1962 August 7; three volumes containing lists of theater, concerts, and other events attended by Croom-Johnson, 1901-1960; and three volumes containing a daily log of his residences and travels, 1886-1962. Early volumes are copies made by Croom-Johnson from his original diaries, with additional notes made at the time of copying. Entries concern Croom-Johnson's personal and professional life, travel, political events, the Savile Club, and interests in literature, theater and music. Each volume ends with a list of events attended by Croom-Johnson, noting dates, venues, and performers. Affixed to pages are materials relating to the diary entries, including newspaper clippings concerning legal cases, political events, and sports events; newspaper clippings of theater and music reviews; theater and concert programs; illustrated postcards from his travels; letters to Croom-Johnson; and photographs of him, his family, and friends.

Dates

  • 1886 - 1962

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Norman Croom-Johnson Diaries is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Yale University purchased literary rights, including copyright, from Maggs Brothers in 2003, when the Diaries were acquired by the Library. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly owned by Clarissa Bell, 1962-1963, and the Savile Club, 1963-2003. Purchased from Maggs Brothers on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2003.

Extent

34.41 Linear Feet (89 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.croom

Overview

The Norman Croom-Johnson Diaries consist of 217 autograph manuscript volumes, including 211 diaries with daily entries, 1905 January 1-1962 August 7; three volumes containing lists of theater, concerts, and other events attended by Croom-Johnson, 1901-1960; and three volumes containing a daily log of his residences and travels, 1886-1962. Early volumes are copies made by Croom-Johnson from his original diaries, with additional notes made at the time of copying. Entries concern Croom-Johnson's personal and professional life, travel, political events, the Savile Club, and interests in literature, theater and music. Each volume ends with a list of events attended by Croom-Johnson, noting dates, venues, and performers. Affixed to pages are materials relating to the diary entries, including newspaper clippings concerning legal cases, political events, and sports events; newspaper clippings of theater and music reviews; theater and concert programs; illustrated postcards from his travels; letters to Croom-Johnson; and photographs of him, his family, and friends.

Norman Croom-Johnson (1886-1962)

Norman Croom-Johnson, British solicitor. Croom-Johnson practiced law in London and was a member of the Savile Club, 1920-1962. He began his diary in Wrexham, Wales, on 1905 January 1, and continued writing daily entries until several weeks before his death in London on 1962 September 13.

Processing Information

This collection was formerly classed as Uncat Mss 540 and was formerly titled Norman Croom-Johnson Diaries, Scrapbooks, Travelogues. In 2005, the collection received a preliminary level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. A preliminary finding aid was compiled from lists created at the time of receipt by the Library. Folder titles were based on information provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles were not verified against the contents of folders.

In 2012, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and reorganization. The collection was reclassed, folder titles were revised, and containers were renumbered.
Title
Guide to the Norman Croom-Johnson Diaries
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2007-05-15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.