"Wing Ding for the Bing": Spokane's Met Theater to be Renamed the Bing Crosby Theater on December 8, 2006
On December 8th, there will be day long events to celebrate the name change. Starting at noon, there will be a free Bing Crosby Film Festival at the theater. Going My Way, The Road to Morocco, and White Christmas will be shown. At 7:00 p.m. the theater will be dedicated and the new sign unveiled. Civic dignitaries will be invited and participate in the event. At 8:00 p.m., Kathryn Crosby will perform her cabaret act as a fundraising event. Tickets for the fundraising show are available at the Met 227-7638 or Tickets West 1-800-325-7328.
Bing Crosby and Gonzaga
Crosby Collection at Gonzaga
Materials such as correspondence by Crosby, his family; friends and contemporaries such as Bob Hope, Al Rinker, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra. Also includes materials relating to Crosby organizations, such as the Bing Crosby Historical Society.
Bing, his family, friends, and contemporaries, and places associated with him: such as his boyhood home in Tacoma.
Recordings of his music, including phonograph records (33 1/3s and 78s), Compact disks, and cassettes; radio show broadcasts. Commercial copies of his movies on video tapes or laser disks;
Paintings and artwork:
Artwork of Bing;
Books and other Secondary Material:
Books in various editions by Crosby; and other books either about Crosby, his family, friends, and contemporary entertainers, or giving background information, such as places associated with him. Contemporaries to Crosby include Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, etc. Also, includes books owned by Crosby.
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, manuscripts and galleys for books or other publications.
Includes three dimensional objects relating to Crosby, such as: Bing Crosby ice cream cartons, Crosby coloring books, buttons, Crosby clothing, etc.
The University collects donations of Crosby material. Books and audio-visual formats, such as compact disks and videos, about Crosby are purchased. These materials are cataloged and are housed in the Special Collections area. Manuscript materials, periodicals of Crosby fan clubs, and realia are only received as donations. Some manuscript material is located in the University Archives as it relates to Crosby's relationship with the University.
The holdings for the book and media collection are available on the on-line catalog. The inventory to the Bing Crosby Collection is being processed. Please contact the Special Collections Department for more information.
The Bing Crosby Fan Club Periodicals lists the holdings of various periodicals of Crosby fan clubs from throughout the world. The library continues to receive subscriptions for two periodicals.
In 1993 Gonzaga University received the entire collection of the Bing Crosby Historical Society (BCHS) of Tacoma, Washington. This collection includes materials relating to the life and career of Bing Crosby, business files of the Bing Crosby Historical Society, as well as correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and Crosby memorabilia. The inventory to this collection is available to researchers. Please contact the Special Collections Department.
Bing Crosby Radio Shows
Gonzaga University has a large collection of Bing Crosby radio discs including:
- The Bing Crosby Show : 1949 - 1954
- Kraft Music Hall: 1943 - 1946
- Minute Maid Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice: 1949 - 1950
- Philco Radio Time: 1946 - 1949
- Miscellaneous: 1936 - 1960
For a complete inventory, please contact the Special Collections Department.
For more information on Bing Crosby,
please visit the Bing Crosby Internet Museum. This site also contains a bulletin board to post queries regarding appraisal information and questions.
Special Collections Department
Foley Center Library
Spokane, WA 99258
Call (509) 323-3847 or 323-3814
Crosby's Oscar for "Going My Way," 1944