John Cromer Family Papers

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John Cromer family papers
Creator: Cromer (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.150
Dates: 1838-1948
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Processing Information
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: John Cromer family papers
Creator: Cromer (Family : Rochester, N.Y.)
Call Number: D.150
Dates: 1838-1948
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
George Cromer was born in 1841 and served in the 91st New York Infantry in Key West, Florida. Cromer was killed in action on May 25, 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana. His brother, Phalon L. Cromer was born in 1839 and also served in the Union Army. He was part of the 5th Regular Infantry in the New Mexico Territory. In 1885, Phalon L. Cromer was murdered in Taos, New Mexico Territory. A third brother in the family, William Cromer was born in 1846.

Scope and Content
The main part of the John Cromer Family Papers consist of forty-three letters, most of which were written by George Cromer to his parents in Rochester, while he was serving with the 91st New York Infantry in Key West, Florida in 1862. The letters chronicle daily camp life and describe the local inhabitants and economy, as well as several skirmishes with Confederate troops in the area. There are also a few letters by his brother, Phalon L. Cromer, who was serving with the 5th Regular Infantry in New Mexico Territory, and one letter by a third brother, William Cromer. There is a typescript of the letters with the collection.

Also included in the papers are miscellaneous correspondence and documents relating to other members of the family, and to a Mauder family of Rochester. One group of correspondence relates to the murder of Phalon L. Cromer in Taos, New Mexico Territory, in 1885, and the efforts of his family in Rochester to determine the circumstances of his death and the disposition of his estate. Numerous legal instruments, such as birth certificates, baptismal records, deeds, indentures, wills, and receipts are in the papers, including an 1853 indenture of an apprentice to a ship-builder in Rochester.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Murder
Correspondence
Legal instruments
Cromer, George, 1841-1863
Cromer, Phalon L., 1839-1885
United States. Army. New York Infantry Regiment, 91st (1861-1865)
Processing Information
This collection was processed by Karl Kabelac and Ken Hawkins in 1980 and 1985. Finding aid written by Karl Kabelac and Ken Hawkins in 1980 and 1985. It was encoded in 2014 by Lori Birrell.Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers were the gift of Mrs. Stanhope Ficke, June 19, 1980.Access
The John Cromer family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], John Cromer family papers, D.150, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
General note: Transcriptions of the letters in this collections can be accessed here .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1Civil War letters, [1861?]
Box 1, Folder 2Civil War letters, January-March 1862
Box 1, Folder 3Civil War letters, April-June 1862
Box 1, Folder 4Civil War letters, July-September 1862
Box 1, Folder 5Civil War letters, October-December 1862
Box 1, Folder 6Typescript of above letters, bound
Box 1, Folder 7New era photocopies, Army camp newspaper, Key West, Florida, 1862
Box 1, Folder 8Correspondence and miscellaneous documents relating to Joseph Cromer
Box 1, Folder 9Miscellaneous birth certificates, deeds, wills and receipts, 1830s-1880s
Box 1, Folder 10Letters relating to murder of Phalon L. Cromer in Taos, New Mexico, 1885-1897
Box 1, Folder 11Letters certifying baptisms in 1857 and 1860, 1935-1937
Box 1, Folder 12Cromer family legal papers, 1849-1893
Box 1, Folder 13Mauder family mortgages, 1850s-1870s
Box 1, Folder 14Mauder family legal papers and correspondence, 1850s-1860s
Box 1, Folder 15Memorandum, circa 1862, and correspondence, 1948 relating to George Cromer's enlistment in the Civil War


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