Gonzaga University houses a large collection of material relating to 20th Century singer and actor Harry Lillis (Bing) Crosby, a native of Spokane and alumnus of Gonzaga. Crosby began to donate items to Gonzaga University in preparation for the opening of the Crosby Library in 1957, and today the Crosbyana Room in the Crosby Student Center serves as a museum for Bing's many enduring fans.
Items in the Crosby Collection include photographs, audiovisual recordings, paintings and artwork, books, original manuscripts, memorabilia, research material, fan club periodicals, and the entire collection of the Bing Crosby Historical Society of Tacoma, Washington. For a complete inventory of the Crosby Collection, contact the University Archives and Special Collections department at 509-313-3873 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Bing Crosby Collection at University Archives and Special Collections, please contact UASC at (509) 313-3873 or email@example.com.
May 3, 2003, marked the 100th anniversary of Bing's birth, and a major event was planned to celebrate his life. A celebration was held the weekend of May 16-18, 2003, on the campus of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Bing Crosby's home. Gonzaga was not only Bing Crosby's alma mater, but his boyhood home is located on the campus.
Celebrities and Crosby family members were in attendence, along with a multitude of fans from all over the world. Activities included a Saturday evening banquet , film festival, music, and displays from the Crosby Collection, which houses many of Bing's cherished items, including his Academy Award.
508 E. Sharp Ave. Spokane, WA
Bing Crosby's father Harry and two uncles built Bing's childhood home in 1911 and it has remained in its original location for more than a century. The main floor houses the Bing Crosby Collection, which contains more than 200 items including gold records, trophies, awards, and an official Academy Award given for his performance in Going My Way (1944).
The house is open free of charge to the public. Free parking behind the house and handicap parking and ramp on east side of house.
Bing Crosby House Hours
Weekdays 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Gonzaga University holidays. Upcoming closures include:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Closed all Saturdays in January
** Large group tours available weekday mornings by appointment
For information please call: 509-313-4064
Materials such as some correspondence by Crosby, his family; friends and contemporaries such as Bob Hope, Al Rinker, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra. Also includes materials relating to the Bing Crosby Historical Society.
A few collections have been processed. Click on the titles to see the inventory.
Bing, his family, friends, and contemporaries, and places associated with him: such as his boyhood home in Tacoma.
Books and other Secondary Material:
Books in various editions by Crosby; and other books either about him, his family, friends, and contemporaries. Also, includes books owned by him.
Newsclippings about Crosby and his family, sheet music, Bing Crosby Pro-Am Golf Programs, scrapbooks about Crosby created by his fans.
The Library receives gift subscriptions of periodicals donated by the various Bing Crosby fan clubs, such as Club Crosby and the International Crosby Circle.
Materials gathered by scholars and fans about him. This includes correspondence, research notes and manuscripts
Includes three dimensional objects such as: ice cream cartons, coloring books, buttons, clothing, etc.
The holdings for the book collection is available on the on-line catalog.
Bing Crosby Fan Club Periodicals The Bing Crosby Fan Club Periodicals lists the holdings of various periodicals of Crosby fan clubs from throughout the world.
Gonzaga University has a large collection of Bing Crosby radio discs including:
For a complete inventory, please contact UASC.