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Crosby (Dixie Hammond) Family Papers

(Mss. 4805)

Inventory

 

 

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

 

Compiled by

Christopher S. Freeman

2005

 



CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

 

 

Summary

3

Biographical/Historical Note                  

4

Scope and Content Note

4

List of Series and Subseries

5

Series and Subseries Descriptions

5-6

Index Terms

7

Container List                                   

8

 

 

SUMMARY

 

 

Size

 

159 items; 3 volumes

Geographic Locations

 

Louisiana, Mississippi, Japan

Inclusive Dates

 

ca. 1890-1992

Bulk Dates

 

1937-1965

Languages

 

English

Summary

 

Family papers of the Crosby family primarily includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and, newspaper clippings relating to family affairs, work, military service, and life in Depression era Baton Rouge, La. and Natchez, Miss.

 

Access Restrictions

 

None

Reproduction Note

 

Duplication is allowed

Copyright

 

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

 

Citation

 

Dixie Hammond Crosby Family Papers, Mss. 4805, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Stack Location(s)

 

Range 34:, OS:C

 


 

 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

 

This collection contains the family papers of Mack Gerald Crosby (d. January 15, 1992), Dixie Lillie Myrtle Hammond Crosby (September 15, 1917-July 17, 2000), and their daughter Dixie Lee “Dee” Crosby Brown (August 11, 1938-May, 7, 1967).  Gerald Crosby and Dixie Hammond were both from Baton Rouge, LA. and attended Louisiana State University in the 1930’s.  Dixie Hammond was the great-granddaughter of Baton Rouge photographer A.D. Lytle.  Dixie Hammond parents were Mamie Sue Lytle (b. December 12, 1891) and Myrle Hammond and they had two children, Howard L. Hammond and Dixie.  Dixie Hammond married Mack Gerald Crosby on March 4, 1937 in the Episcopal Student Center on the LSU campus.  Dixie and Mack had a daughter on August 11, 1938, Dixie Lee “Dee” Crosby.  Gerald Crosby joined the United States Army Air Force and served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, eventually earning the rank of major. Dee Crosby married ca. 1965 but died in an accident on May 7, 1967.

 

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

 

The family papers and photographs of the Crosby family concern family matters, personal and professional activities, life in Depression era Louisiana and Mississippi, Louisiana State University, and service in the United States Air Force.  The bulk of the correspondence in the collection was written between Dixie Hammond Crosby and Gerald Crosby in March 1937 just after they were married while he worked in Natchez, Mississippi and between April and June 1965 when Gerald was stationed in Japan and San Francisco.  Ena Florence Hammond Lovell, Dixie Hammond Crosby’s father’s sister, wrote two of the notebooks—one on wild flowers in Texas and the other about the life of Dixie’s grandmother—and the other notebook with entries on family events was likely written by Dixie’s mother Mamie Sue Hammond.  The photographs are mainly of family members and some of them were taken in the late 19th century.  The majority of them are of Gerald, Dixie Hammond, and Dee Crosby.

 

LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES

 

I. Correspondence, 1932-1965, undated (Box 1)

 

II. Printed Items, 1937-1992, undated (Box 1)

 

III. Writings, ca. 1950 (Box 1-2)

 

IV. Photographs, ca. 1890-1965 (Box 3)

 

 

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

 

I.  Correspondence, 1932-1965, undated

 

This series contains the correspondence of Gerald Mack Crosby and Dixie Hammond Crosby with a few letters from their daughter Dixie Lee “Dee” Crosby and other family members. The majority of the letters were written within two short periods.  The first was in March of 1937—right after the Gerald and Dixie were married—when Gerald moved to Natchez, Mississippi to work and from       March to July 1965 when Gerald was stationed in Japan.  The first group of letters discuss Gerald’s and Dixie Hammond’s first days of married life and Gerald’s search for a new job.  The second set of letters is mostly from Gerald to his wife and describes his service in Japan and his efforts to return home.

 

II. Printed Items, 1937-1992, undated

 

There are two pamphlets in this collection: one is titled “Wing Tips” written by           the Army Air Force Officer Candidate School and the other is a program for a reunion of the United States Air Force 1631st SQD/Group.  The newspaper clippings mostly are connected to the immediate family or were clippings sent by Gerald Crosby to his wife.  Amongst the ephemera are certificates of Dixie Lee Crosby from the American Red Cross, a poem by Gerald Crosby, and Dixie Hammond’s application for acceptance in the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

 

III. Writings, 1947-ca. 1950

 

There are four volumes in this series.  Three of them around 1950 while Gerald, Dixie Hammond and Dee were living in Scotland and were written by Dixie    Hammond Crosby’s aunt Ena Florence Lovell and are mostly about her family history. The fourth volume is a sparsely used journal most likely that of Gerald Crosby.  The journal includes short entries about work and appointments from May 29, 1947 until January 27, 1949.

 

IV. Photographs, ca. 1890-1965

 

Most of the photographs in this series are of Gerald, Dixie Hammond, and Dixie Lee Crosby. Gerald Crosby’s photographs cover the expanse of his military career with pictures from World War II to the end of his career many of them taken during a ceremony.  Includes a panoramic photograph of US Army Air Forces Officer Candidate School, Squadron 17 class, 1944, Miami Beach, Florida.  Most of those picture are identified by Gerald Crosby.  Dixie Hammond Crosby’s photographs span her adult life and include some studio portraits. Among the pictures of Dixie Lee Crosby are pictures of her from her early childhood until she was an adult at her wedding.  Also, there are several photographs of extended family members. Among these are some from the late 19th century and one carte-de-visite taken by Dixie Hammond’s great grandfather A.D. Lytle. 

 

INDEX TERMS

 

Materials relating to these people, places, and things can be found in the series indicated, as represented by their numbers.

 

 

Terms

Series

 

 

Baton Rouge (La.)—History—20th century

I, II, IV

Brown, Dixie Lee “Dee” Crosby, 1938-1967

I, II, IV

Crosby, Dixie Lillie Myrtle Hammond, 1917-2000

I, II, III, IV

Crosby, Mack Gerald, d. 1992

I, II, III, IV

Depression—1929—Louisiana

I

Letters (correspondence)

I

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

I, IV

Love Letters

I

Lytle, A.D.

IV

Natchez (Miss.)—History—20th century

I

Photographs

IV

Poetry

II

Powell, Ena Florence

III

Printed Material—Newspaper clippings

II

Soldiers—Louisiana

I, II, IV

United States. Air Force.

I, IV

United States Air Force.  Tactical Airlift Squadron (Provisional), 1639th

II

United States. Army Air Corp

I, IV

Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975

I, IV

World War II, 1939-1945

I, IV

 

 


 

CONTAINER LIST

 

Stack

Location

 

Box

 

Folder(s)

 

Contents (with dates)

 

 

 

 

Series I. Correspondence 1932-1965, undated

34

1

1

Correspondence, 1932-March 8, 1937

34

1

2

Correspondence, March 9, 1937-March 10, 1937

34

1

3

Correspondence, March 11, 1937-July 6, 1937

34

1

4

Correspondence, July 9, 1937-March 31, 1940

34

1

5

Correspondence, April, 1940-June, 1963

34

1

6

Correspondence, December, 1963-April, 1965

34

1

7

Correspondence, May 2, 1965-May 25, 1965

34

1

8

Correspondence, May 26, 1965-July 20, 1965

34

1

9

Correspondence, undated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series II. Printed Items, 1937-1992, undated

34

1

10

Newspaper Clippings, 1938-1992

34

1

11

Pamphlets, 1942, 1980

34

1

12

Ephemera, 1942, 1947, 1965

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series III. Writings, 1947-ca. 1950

34

1

13

Vol. 1 Narrative “Down Memory Lane of Reynold’s Clan” by Ena Florence Lovell

34

2

 

Vol. 2. Narrative “Down Memory Lane to My Only Niece: Dixie (Hammond) Crosby by Ena Florence (Hammond) Lovell

34

2

 

Vol. 3. Manuscript “My Summer Holiday, 1945-49” by Ena Florence Lovell

34

2

 

Vol. 4. Diary “Record”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series IV. Photographs, ca. 1890-1965

34

3

1

Buildings/cars, 1960

34

3

2

WWII aviator, ca. 1945

34

3

3

Family photographs, ca. 1890-1965

34

3

4

Album pages, ca. 1940-1965

34

3

5

Dixie Lee “Dee” Crosby, ca. 1940-1965

34

3

6

Dixie Hammond Crosby, ca. 1940-1965

34

3

7

 

Gerald Mack Crosby, ca. 1940-1965

OS:C

 

1

Panoramic photograph of US Army Air Forces Officer Candidate School, Squadron 17 class, 1944