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Beulah Groehn Croxford Papers

 Collection
Identifier: UP002603

Scope and Content

The Beulah Groehn Croxford Papers contain correspondence, meeting minutes, restoration blueprints and court documents related to the Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association and to the Historic Preservation Committee. Additionally, this collection holds event information and information about crime statistics and public housing initiatives in the Cass Corridor in the 1970s and 1980s. The papers also include documents from numerous other Detroit neighborhood associations including Cityscape Detroit, Inc., the Historic Sites Committee and Detroit Landmarks, Inc. as well as newspaper clippings pertaining to Detroit crime rates, neighborhood associations, the city government, and community institutions.

Important Subjects: Cass Corridor (Detroit, Mich.). Detroit (Mich.). Historic preservation. Urban renewal.

Important Names: Anderson’s Garden Bar. Blessing, Charles A. Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association. Detroit Renaissance (Firm).

Dates

  • 1964 - 2002
  • Majority of material found within 1970 - 1985

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

From the 1960s to the early 2000s, Beulah Groehn Croxford (1914-2001), a Detroit native, was a resident of West Canfield Street, located between Second and Third Avenues in Detroit, Michigan. Croxford lived in a historic home, actively working for the preservation of both her block and neighborhood. In 1969, Croxford organized the Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association, created to enable the restoration and preservation of the block’s homes. Additionally, she succeeded in creating Detroit’s first historic district in 1970, and the West Canfield Historic District was listed on the National Register in 1971. A notable aspect of the West Canfield Historic District is that the street is made up of brick pavers, which were uncovered during the construction of the Renaissance Center. Croxford is credited with organizing the preservation of the pavers and arranging for their new location on West Canfield. In 1995 the Michigan Historic Preservation Network granted Croxford its President’s Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement for her preservation efforts.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (5 SB, 1 OS)

Abstract

From the 1960s to the early 2000s, Beulah Groehn Croxford was a resident of West Canfield Street, located between Second and Third Avenues in Detroit, Michigan. Croxford lived in a historic home, actively working for the preservation of both her block and neighborhood. In 1969, Croxford organized the Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association, created to enable the restoration and preservation of the block’s homes. Additionally, she succeeded in creating Detroit’s first historic district in 1970, and the West Canfield Historic District was listed on the National Register in 1971. In 1995 the Michigan Historic Preservation Network granted Croxford its President’s Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement for her preservation efforts.

The Beulah Groehn Croxford Papers contains correspondence, meeting minutes, restoration blueprints and court documents related to the Canfield West-Wayne Preservation Association and to the Historic Preservation Committee. Additionally, this collection holds events information and information about crime statistics and public housing initiatives in the Cass Corridor in the 1970s and 1980s. The papers also include documents from numerous other Detroit neighborhood associations including Cityscape Detroit, Inc., the Historic Sites Committee and Detroit Landmarks, Inc., as well as newspaper clippings pertaining to Detroit crime rates, neighborhood associations, the city government and community institutions.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in original order. Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

This collection was donated to the Reuther by Kim Schroeder on February 10, 2015.

Related Materials

Detroit Renaissance Records, Rosedale Park News Collection, Preservation Wayne Records, Wayne State University Historic Advisory Committee Records.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on March 17, 2015.
Title
Guide to the Beulah Groehn Croxford Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
Date
2015-03-17
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA