The papers document the history of the Smith family of Greenville, Virginia and the academic and military career of Earl LaVerne Crum (1891-1961), professor of classics at Lehigh, who retired to the Smith family home in Augusta County, Virginia in 1957.
Smith family papers include correspondence, deeds, wills, plats, slave sales, and other financial papers. Included is material from the Randolph, Brooks, Wilson, and Price families.
The Earl Crum papers include correspondence between Crum and his wife; Crum’s publications; and military records, including the controversy over the de-Nazification of Heidelberg University after WW II. There are also numerous photographs of the postwar period.