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Blume Library Special Collections number SC 5


The collection includes rare books, serial publications, nineteenth century original newspapers, historical documents both original and in facsimile, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, and the personal papers and articles authored by Crimmins. The books concern mostly military subjects from the era of Napoleon to World War II with an emphasis on the Southwestern US and on biography of soldiers. The serial publications include herpetology, Southwest history and agriculture; military history and biography. The documents in facsimile include papers of historic figures such as Robert E Lee, Sam Houston, and Joseph Smith and the muster rolls of US Army frontier units. The architectural drawings were those of Walter Lilly, the city engineer of San Antonio including the River Walk (1939-1945), the Medina Lake Water Project, Alamo Heights streets and sewers, and the San Antonio Master Plan of 1950. Photos, maps and clippings focus on the historic military outposts of the Southwest and political issues of the early 20th century. The extensive collection of maps focuses primarily on Texas with a lesser number on Mexico and a few on Europe and other continents. While the holdings include items from the nineteenth century, all the materials written by Colonel Crimmins date from his retirement from the Army in 1925 to his death in 1955. There are no papers from his years of service in the US Army.


Robert Wood, SM

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During the last twenty-five years of his career, Crimmins published more than two hundred articles and presented many public lectures on military history, herpetology, anthropology of indigenous peoples, and exploration of prehistoric sites mostly with a focus on the Southwestern US. In support of this writing he collected a large library of books, periodicals and pamphlets, hundreds of historical maps, newspapers, photographs, and documents. Most of the historical materials are in facsimile but some are originals.