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Guide to the Esther Smith Scrapbooks of a Bus Tour of the American West MS.M.051
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary

  • Title: Esther Smith scrapbooks of a bus tour of the American West
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.M.051
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.8 Linear feet
    Date: 1935
    Abstract: This collection comprises three scrapbooks and a manuscript journal of Esther Smith, a 23-year-old high school teacher, documenting her three-month bus tour of the American West in 1935. The scrapbooks contain 62 pamphlets, 76 photographs (many with descriptive captions), and 85 postcards, as well as other items such as newspaper clippings, dried flowers, tokens, and tickets. The California portion of the tour included stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and San Juan Capistrano.
    General Physical Description note: (2 boxes)
    Creator: Smith, Esther.

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Esther Smith Scrapbooks of a Bus Tour of the American West. MS-M051. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 2005.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2008.

    Historical Background

    In the summer of 1935, Esther Smith, a 23-year-old high school teacher, was a member of a group of young, professional, single women on a bus tour of the American West. The tour was offered by the summer travel program, "University of Tours." The group was chaperoned by a male college professor, a principal driver, and a back-up driver. The University of Tours was described as "an educational institution on wheels." The California portion of the tour included stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and San Juan Capistrano.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises three scrapbooks and a manuscript journal of Esther Smith, a 23-year-old high school teacher, documenting a three-month bus tour of the American West in 1935. The scrapbooks contain 62 pamphlets, 76 photographs (many with descriptive captions), and 85 postcards, as well as other items such as newspaper clippings, dried flowers, tokens, and tickets. The 56-page journal recounts the trip in daily entries and includes descriptions of towns and interactions with Native Americans.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Smith, Esther -- Archives
    Yosemite National Park (Calif.) -- Archives.
    Bus travel -- United States -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
    California -- Description and travel
    Diaries -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Ephemera -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Indians of North America -- West (U.S.) -- Anecdotes
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Photographic prints -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Postcards -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Promotional materials -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel
    Scrapbooks -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Tickets -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    Tokens -- West (U.S.) -- 20th century.
    West (U.S.) -- Description and travel