Finding aid created by: MK
Date: Feb 1978
|8 Jul 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Vrooman, John J.|
|Title:||John J. Vrooman Papers|
|Quantity:||7.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American historian, novelist, president of the Schenectady County Historical Society (1884-1963). Correspondence, research, book manuscripts, book reviews, lectures, clippings, and photographs of New York State landmarks.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
John J. Vrooman (1882-1960) was an American historian and novelist, and president of the Schenectady County Historical Society. Born in Schenectady, New York, he graduated from the University of Arizona, attended Union College, and received an honorary PhD from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.
Vrooman held a variety of jobs across the country, including ranch management in Iowa, an investment business in Missouri and a real estate business in Mississippi. He eventually returned to Schenectady and in 1944 accepted the position of Supervisor of Historic Sites for the New York State Education Department, a job he held until 1951. After his retirement, Vrooman lectured in various venues (including the New-York Historical Society) about historic New York State, and remained active in historic studies until his death.
Vrooman wrote several works of historical fiction and non-fiction about upstate New York, including Council Fire and Cannon , a collection of stories about early New York; The Promised Land, concerning the Palatines who settled in the Schoharie valley; and Clarissa Putman of Tribes Hill, a historical novel. An accomplished amateur photographer, his pictures of historic sites illustrate many of his books, and were also used to illustrate material produced for the New York State Education Department.
The John J. Vrooman Papers consist of subject files, memorabilia, and writings.
General subject files contains artwork, clippings, correspondence, a few legal papers, photographs, research material, and assorted other topics.
The majority of Memorabilia is in fact negatives of photographs taken by Vrooman; there is also material relating to awards and a few personal papers. There is also a scrapbook.
Writings consists of drafts, reviews, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other items relating to Vrooman's books, lectures, pamphlets, reports, stories, and unfinished works.
All series are arranged alphabetically.
Vrooman, John J. -- Archives.
Historians -- United States.
Historic buildings -- New York (State)
Historic sites -- New York (State)
Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.) -- History -- Fiction.
New York (State) -- History -- Pictorial views.
New York (State) -- History.
Schenectady (N.Y.) -- History -- Fiction.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
John J. Vrooman Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Mrs. John J. Vrooman.
General subject files
|General subject files|
|Box 1||Hartwick College|
|Oversize 3||New York|
|Box 1||Research material (3 folders)|
|Box 1||Awards 1958 (3 items)|
|Oversize 2||Awards (oversize)|
|Box 1||Historic buildings|
|Box 1||Public buildings|
|Box 1||City scenes|
|Box 2||Farm scenes|
|Box 2||Garden scenes|
|Box 2||Industrial scenes|
|Box 2||Landscape scenes|
|Box 2||Pictures copied (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Women (4 folders)|
|Box 3||Roads and bridges|
|Box 3||Personal Papers|
|Oversize 4||Photographs (oversize)|
|Oversize 5||Photographs (oversize)|
|Box 3||Publications, miscellaneous (4 folders)|
|Clarissa Putman of Tribes Hill 1950|
|Box 3||Drafts, first (3 folders)|
|Box 4||Drafts, final (3 folders)|
|Council Fire and Cannon 1962|
|Box 4||Page proofs|
|Forts and Firesides of the Mohawk Country 1943, 1951 (3 volumes)|
|Box 4||Final draft 1943 (3 folders)|
|Box 5||Glossy pages, 2d edition 1957 (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Non-glossy pages 1951|
|Oversize 7||Scrapbooks (2 volumes)|
|The Massacre 1954|
|Box 5||First draft|
|The Promised Land 1958|
|Box 5||Stories of Early New York 1960|
|Box 5||Historic sites on Long Island|
|Box 5||The markers speak|
|Box 5||Period furniture|
|Box 5||The promised land|
|Box 5||Special reports|
|Box 5||Unfinished works|