Howard E. Crawford moved to Jacksonville, Florida from Ohio in 1925 to manage the S. Ernest Philpitt Co. music store. To advertise the Steinway pianos and other instruments Philpitt Co. had for sale, Crawford produced concerts in Jacksonville featuring pianist Ignacy Paderewski, the Sousa Band, and others. In 1930 Crawford became Weights and Measures Inspector for the city of Jacksonville, retiring in 1970.
Sources: Longhurst, Tom. "Paderewski, Sousa Visits Here Left Indelible Mark." Florida Times-Union, February 14, 1972, Section B, 1.
Description: Consists of the personal papers of Howard E. Crawford, including a scrapbook of press clippings and programs related to products sold and events produced by the S. Ernest Philpitt Co. music store in Jacksonville, Florida, and a photograph of the Jacksonville Police Band with John Philip Sousa and Crawford.