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W. Melvin Crook papers

Identifier: c-00536

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the diary and published writing of W. Melvin Crook on hydroplane racing and boat maintenance. This scrapbook collection contains monthly columns and photographs following the gold Cup race and other races from February 1937 to December 1965 in Yachting and Rudder magazines.


  • Creation: 1936 - 1965


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

W. Melvin Crook devoted his life to the sport of hydroplane boat racing. A participant in the sport for over 30 years, he became prominent journalist after involvement as driver, owner and operator. As driver, he became a leading powerboat racer in the 1930's with Betty V, winning the American Speedboat Championship in 1934, 1935, and 1936. His winning career began with his column, "More R.P.M." in Rudder magazine in 1937, and he later wrote a monthly column, "More Power to You" in Yachting magazine. He eventually became Associate Editor of Yachting, and retired in 1978.


0.1 Cubic Feet (, 3 folders, oversized materials)

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Custodial History

Gift of the Estate of W. Melvin Crook, 1985-10-16.

Legal Status

Copyright: Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Property Rights: Michigan State University

W. Melvin Crook Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US