A Guide to the Croy Family Papers 1859-1938 Croy Family Papers, 1859-1938 Ms2001-018

A Guide to the Croy Family Papers 1859-1938

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2001-018


Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections Staff

Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collection number
Croy Family Papers 1859-1938
Physical Characteristics
2 containers; 0.5 cu. ft.
Papers of the Croy and related families (especially the Dawson and Pepper families) of Montgomery County, Virginia. Includes correspondence, financial records, diaries, artifacts and photographs.

Administrative Information


Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Croy Family Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Croy Family Papers, Ms2001-018 - Special Collections, University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Alternative Form

The Special Collections Imagebase contains digital images of each photograph and selected other items in the collection.

Biographical/Historical Information

Wilbur Alexander Croy, son of Andrew Jackson Croy, worked as a carpenter and house painter in the Blacksburg area. In 1901, Croy married Ellen Pauline (Ella) Dawson (1863-1938), the daughter of William and Rose Ann (Roseanna) Croy Dawson. The couple lived on the corner of Blacksburg's Roanoke and Wharton streets and had one child, Georgia (1902-2000). Ella's sister, Mary Dawson, married John Pepper, of Elliston, Virginia, in 1879.

For more on the Croy and related families, see 1889 Diary of Rosanna Croy Dawson, Blacksburg, Va. (F234.B5 D25 1972 Spec/Genealogy); 1890 Diary (F234.B5 D26 1979 Spec/Large); The Year of 1893 in the Life of Rosanna Croy Dawson of Blacksburg, Virginia (F234.B5 D28 1980 Spec/Large); and Blacksburg in 1898 (F234.B5 D3 Spec/Large).

Scope and Content Information

This collection contains the papers of the Croy family of Blacksburg, Virginia, together with materials from other related families in Montgomery County--particularly the Dawson and Pepper families.

The collection includes a small selection of correspondence and greeting cards, largely addressed to either Ella Dawson Croy or her daughter Georgia, together with a few of the family's financial records (tax receipts, account statements, etc.).

The collection also contains six diaries kept by Mary Croy Pepper from 1900 to 1904. The diary entries concern day-to-day activities in Roanoke, weather conditions, family and friends, and accounts of extended trips to Washington D.C. and the Virginia coast.

Among the small set of period artifacts in the collection are a pair of spectacles, a straight razor, baby shoes and a cigar box.

Perhaps most significantly, the collection holds more than one hundred family photographs--mostly unidentified--dating from the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and including a number of tintypes and cartes-de-visite. Represented in the photographs are works by a number of Southwest Virginia studio photographers, including C. A. Pugh (Blacksburg); Jewell (Christiansburg); G. N. Wertz (Abingdon); and Carbon, W. E. Eutsler, Kidd, H. V. Lineback, and W. C. Woolwine (Roanoke). Among the photos of scenery are images of Lovers' Lane on the Virginia Tech campus, P. Metzger's harness shop (in Blacksburg?) and Balanced Rock at Garden of the Gods, Colorado.

The collection also contains such disparate general materials as a handwritten poem entitled "Farewell," genealogical notes on the Dawson and Croy families, an IOOF membership certificate for Harvey Black, and a small oil painting (believed to portray the house at the corner of Roanoke and Wharton streets and possibly painted by Robert M. Dawson).


The collection is arranged by material type.

Related Material

In 2015, a CD of Croy, Dawson, and related family photographs was donated to Special Collections. These images are ONLY available in digital format. They can be viewed online: http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/CroyFamilyPhotographs

Index Terms

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Contents List

Correspondence and greeting cards 1896-1938
Box-folder 1-1
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Financial records 1920-1937
Box-folder 1-2
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Mary Croy Pepper diaries 1900-1904
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Artifacts n.d.
Box-folder 1-9
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Photographs 1876-1903
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General materials 1859-1938
Box-folder 2-7
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