Special Collections and Archives
researched by Music Librarian Christopher Popa
For several reasons, Martin Memorial Medical Center in Stuart, FL has a special significance in the story of Vaughn Monroe.
First, that was the facility where he passed away in 1973.
Second, it's where his widow, Marian, volunteered 15,000 service hours, becoming a member of its Board of Directors from 1977 to 1986, including Board President in 1984-85 and 1985-86.
And third, in a first floor visiting room for family and friends of patients in the intensive care unit, the Center displays an exhibit case with a special grouping of Monroe artifacts. They are a large portrait of Monroe; two of his gold records (There, I've Said It Again and Riders in the Sky); the red jacket he wore as RCA's spokesman (with a color photo of him wearing it); his first trumpet; and some souvenir coins with his signature engraved on them.
The nearby Elliott Museum, operated by the Historical Society of Martin County, also has a few unusual items which were donated by Mrs. Monroe. Among them are his 1959 Mercedes roadster; an Indian headdress presented to him in 1960; and his motorcycle.
More recently, scans of a large number of scripts from Monroe's "Camel Caravan" radio show was placed online at the website TobbacoDocuments.org.
Other Monroe memorabilia, such as the photo of him with songwriter Hoagy Carmichael, taken at the Stork Club in New York City, is in the hands of private collectors.