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Register of the Crocker (Henry R. & May Hall) Collection, 1863-1936
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Access Points
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Crocker (Henry R. & May Hall) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1863-1936
    Collection number: Ms4
    Creator: Celia Crocker Thompson
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: San Joaquin County Museum.
    Lodi, CA 95241
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research by appointment only.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Crocker (Henry R. & May Hall) Collection, Ms4, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum.

    Access Points

    Personal Names

    Clark, Galen (1814-1910) -Correspondence
    Bade, William Frederic (1871-1936) -Correspondence
    Crocker, Henry R. (d. 1904)
    Thompson, Celia Crocker (1874-1965)
    Crocker, May Hall (d. 1936)

    Corporate Names

    Sierra Club. San Francisco Bay Chapter
    Crocker's Station (Sequoia, Calif.)


    Hotelkeepers -California -Sequoia
    Women conservationists -California
    Photographs -California -Yosemite Valley
    Hotels -California -Sequoia
    Yosemite Valley (Calif.) -Social life and customs
    Europe -Description and travel
    California Federation of Women's Clubs. San Joaquin Chapter


    Henry R. Crocker, who came to California from Michigan in 1853, operated a hotel on the Big Oak Flat route to Yosemite at Sequoia, Tuolumne County (ca 1870-1904). May Hall, a school teacher from Michigan, married Crocker early in the 1870s. Following Henry Crocker's death (1904), May Hall Crocker attempted briefly to run Crocker's Station hotel alone, but, finding the task too difficult, she sold out and moved to Lodi where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law until her death (1935). Perhaps the major event of Mrs. Crocker's final thirty years was a lengthy tripto Europe, financed by her daughter and son-in-law (1922).
    The Crockers' daughter, Celia May (1874-1965), was raised at Crocker Station and subsequently educated at San Joaquin Valley College in Woodbridge (1894-96). There she met her future husband (1903), Wilson Henry Thompson (1868-1953), subsequently Vice President of the Citizens National Bank of Lodi and one of the founders of the Pacific Fruit Exchange. The Thompsons had one son, Henry Allen. Celia Crocker Thompson earned modest renown as a photographer through pictures she took while still a child of the Yosemite region (1890-1904). She subsequently gave the bulk of her work to the Lodi Public Library, where her husband served on the Board of Directors for over fifty years. In addition, Mrs. Thompson gave personal diaries and scrapbooks on local history to the Lodi Library. The San Joaquin County Historical Museum also holds approximately 600 of Thompson's original negatives.

    Scope and Content

    Mrs. Crocker was friendly with many notables associated with Yosemite, including Galen Clark, John Muir and William F. Badé. Her devotion to conservationist causes is represented by a substantial correspondence---most notably with Sierra Club President, William F. Badé. Mrs. Crocker's European Grand Tour (1922) is represented by much descriptive correspondence from Mrs. Crocker to her Lodi friends and family. The Crocker Collection also contains legal documents pertaining to the Crocker Yosemite property, conservationist publications and ephemera.