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Travel journal through the Mid-Atlantic


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The writer of this journal was a woman who lived in New York City in 1935. It cannot be discerned if she lived in New York permanently or, if not, how long she planned to stay there. The author went on several excursions, but did not say with whom she traveled. In Elkton, Maryland, she and her party stayed in a three-bedroom suite. The other occupants of the suite may have been "Fran" and "Emma," with whom she went shopping in New York.

Information derived from the collection.

This journal of an early twentieth-century woman contains autograph entries describing eating, drinking, sightseeing, and shopping in New York City and several excursions within the Mid-Atlantic region in the 1930s. The entries are accompanied by numerous black and white photographs of locations visited during her trips.

The account begins on Saturday, May 4, 1935, when the writer arrived at her apartment in New York City. Nine photographs of the apartment and its view of the East River are pasted in. On May 5, the writer took an impromptu trip to Washington, D.C. A map of "Main Routes to Newcastle-Pennsville Ferry" (Newcastle, Delaware, and Pennsville, New Jersey) was inserted. The next day’s entry describes sightseeing in Washington. Printed photographs of the Smithsonian Museum, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument are pasted in. That night, the party traveled through Annapolis (four pictures are included) to stay in Elkton, Maryland. On Tuesday, May 7, the writer visited New Castle, Delaware. Thirteen pictures of New Castle are pasted in. The party returned to New York the same night. Their route is described and an advertisement for "The Rainbow Room" with a humorous verse written on it in pencil is inlaid. The entry for Wednesday described shopping and a play. It is followed by photographs of skyscrapers which appear to be professional. Under the original writer’s heading "Thursday," an entry was written in a different hand and ink. On Friday, the first writer noted social visits and two photographs of Broadway at night are inserted. On Saturday, she traveled to Northampton via the George Washington Bridge (three photographs are inserted). On Sunday, the party toured the countryside. The journal ends with thirteen photographs from this excursion.

  1. Item 0142: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Purchase, 1999.

Processed by Kate Hand, September 2007. Encoded by E. Evan Echols, October 2014.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2014 October 10
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Collection Inventory

Travel journal through the Mid-Atlantic, approximately 1935 May 5-May 12. 1 volume.
Item 0142
Physical Description

1 volume

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