Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Bill Groneman Production Papers, 1988-1993



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Groneman, Bill, 1952-
Title: Bill Groneman Production Papers
Dates: 1988-1993
Creator Abstract: A retired member of the New York City Fire Department, Bill Groneman (1952- ) is an author whose works explore the history of the American West. He has written extensively on the Battle of the Alamo and the life and death of defender David Crockett.
Content Abstract: The collection contains typescripts, galley copies, and other material related to the production of three books by Bill Groneman: Roll Call at the Alamo (co-authored by Phil Rosenthal); Alamo Defenders: A Genealogy, the People and Their Words; and Defense of a Legend: Crockett and the de la Peña Diary. Some typescripts include annotations and attached editorial lists.
Identification: Col 7644
Extent: 1.04 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

William (Bill) Groneman was born in Rockaway Beach, New York, in 1952 and grew up in Howard Beach, a neighborhood in New York City. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in history. After working for three years as a Uniformed Court Officer in New York City Criminal Court, Groneman entered the New York City Fire Department in 1977, retiring in 2002 to pursue his writing career.

Groneman’s research and writing explore the history of the American West. He has written extensively on the Battle of the Alamo and David Crockett, focusing specifically on the conflicting stories surrounding both.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains typescripts, galley copies, and other material related to the production of three books by Bill Groneman: Roll Call at the Alamo (co-authored by Phil Rosenthal); Alamo Defenders: A Genealogy, the People and Their Words; and Defense of a Legend: Crockett and the de la Peña Diary. Some typescripts include annotations and attached editorial lists.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Groneman, Bill.
Crockett, Davy, 1786-1836.
Peña, José Enrique de la, 1807-1841 or 2.
Rosenthal, Phil.
Subjects
Alamo defenders.
Authors, American.
Forgery of manuscripts.
Locations
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--Siege, 1836.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Professional papers.
Manuscripts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bill Groneman Production Papers, 1988-1993, Col 7644, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bill Groneman, 1994 June.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1998 July.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 December.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Bill Groneman Production Papers, 1988-1993

Box Folder
1 Roll Call at the Alamo
1 “Roll Call at the Alamo,” typescript, 95 pages
Alamo Defenders: A Genealogy, the People and Their Words
2 “The Alamo Defenders: A Biographical Guide," typescript, 309 pages, 1988
3 Galley proof [photocopy]
4 “Evolution of Alamo Defenders”
5 Illustrations
Defense of a Legend: Crockett and the de la Peña Diary
6 “Death of a Legend: An Investigation of Crockett’s Death at the Alamo,” typescript, 134 pages, 1989
7 “Death of a Legend: An Investigation of Crockett’s Death at the Alamo," typescript, 134 pages, synopsis, 1989
Box Folder
2 8 “Alamo Hoax,” typescript, 1991
9 “Alamo Hoax,” typescript, 283 pages, 1991
10 “Death of a Legend,” typescript, 312 pages, 1991
Box Folder
3 11 “Death of a Legend,” typescript, 312 pages, 1991
12 “Defense of a Legend: Crockett and the de la Peña Diary,” typescript, 195 pages