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Guide to the John J. Vrooman Photograph Collection
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Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 05, 2012
Description is in English.

Biographical Note

John J. Vrooman was an author and historian, born in 1882 in Schenectady, New York, a town founded by his ancestors. He graduated from the University of Arizona, attended Union College and received an honorary PhD from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Although Vrooman traveled throughout the country, working at a variety of jobs, such as managing a ranch in Iowa, taking part in an investment business in Missouri and operating a real estate business in Mississippi, he eventually returned to Schenectady. In 1944, he accepted the position of Supervisor of Historic Sites for the New York State Education Department, a job he held until 1951.

John Vrooman's continued interest in New York State is evident in his photographs and writing. He wrote several works of fiction and non-fiction; his books all deal with historic locations and events in upstate New York. His photographs of historic sites illustrate many of his books, and were also used to illustrate material produced for the New York State Education Department. After his retirement from the Education Department, John Vrooman lectured about historic New York State, including a talk given at the New-York Historical Society in 1956 and remained active in historic studies until his death in 1960, at age 78.