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Harriet S. Crothers travel diary


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Harriet S. Crothers was possibly a native of Philadelphia; in the fall of 1846, she and her husband Willy traveled to continental Europe for their honeymoon.

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The Harriet S. Crothers travel diary documents the honeymoon tour of continental Europe taken by American Harriet S. Crothers and her husband in the fall of 1846. Entries describe tourist activities the couple undertook while visiting major cities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, and Czechoslovakia.

Crothers wrote lengthy entries describing tourist activities such as visiting churches, galleries, and museums. The diary offers rich detail concerning local attractions, including music, paintings, and flora, as well as clothing styles and modes of transportation. She regularly quoted dates, dimensions, populations, and distances, as if she were consulting the details of a travel guide such as Baedeker.

Locations mentioned include the following: Hague, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Cologne, Bonn, Collentz [Koblenz], Frankfurt-on-the-Hayne, Baden-Baden, Strasburg, Neuchatel, Geneva, Shannessy, Berne, Interlachen, Thume, Lucerne, Munich, Augsburg, Nunemburg, Constance, Potzdam, Wittenburg, Dresden, Prague, Cilli, Venice, Florence, Leipsic, and Neurenburg.

This leather-bound volume is completely filled with autograph notes in ink.

University of Delaware. Library.

Self works : diaries, scrapbooks, and other autobiographical efforts : catalog of an exhibition, August 19, 1997-December 18, 1997 : guide to selected sources. Newark, Del. : Special Collections, Hugh M. Morris Library, University of Delaware Library, 1997.

  1. Item 0117: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Unknown [before June 11, 1997].

Processed and encoded by Lynda Gillow, August 2007. Updated by E. Evan Echols, August 2015

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 August 28
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Harriet S. Crothers travel diary, 1846 August 18-November 22. 1 volume.
Item 0117
Physical Description

1 volume

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