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Melvin Crump fonds

[ca. 1918-2005]

Physical Description:
2 cm of textual records. -- 5 sound recordings. -- 1 video cassette. -- ca. 140 photographs

Melvin Crump, 1916-2009, was born in Edmonton, Alberta. His parents were Robert and Ester Crump, African-American settlers from Oklahoma, USA. In 1936 he began working for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) as a porter, a position he held until 1960. He then worked for Eric Harvie as a chauffeur, and then as a courier for the Glenbow Museum, a position he held until 1981. He was active as a musician (drummer) throughout his life and played particularly with the Harlem Knights in Edmonton, the Proctor family in Calgary, and with Kashmir Akimbey. He married Beatrice and they had two children, Marvin and Maureen. For further information see "Melvin Crump" in Rogues and Rebels : Unforgettable Characters from Western Canada's Past / Brian Brennan. -- Regina : University of Regina Press, 2015.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, newspaper clippings and other material related to his genealogy, work as a railway porter, and musical career as jazz musician; sound recordings of his music; an interview about his life; and photographs of his family, personal life and work.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Melvin Crump, 1981-2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-9556, NA-4210, PA-3439, RCT-478

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