Finding Aid for the Frances Long Holt Journal, 1872
Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, August 2004; machine-readable finding aid
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Title: Frances Long Holt Journal
Date (inclusive): 1872
Collection number: 170/135
Holt, Frances Long
88 leaves : ruled paper ; 155 x 100 mm. bound to 162 x 109 mm.
Abstract: Journal documenting Frances Long Holt's pleasure trip to North America in 1872. The author also describes a weeklong stay
in Havana, Cuba and a brief stop in Quebec.
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Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Ex libris C. K. Ogden, his bookplate on upper pastedown.
[Identification of item], Frances Long Holt Journal (Collection Number 170/135). Department of Special Collections, Charles
E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Cataloged by Jonathan Naito, with assistance from Jain Fletcher and Laurel McPhee, August 2004,in the Center For Primary Research
and Training (CFPRT).
Little is known about Frances (Long) Holt other than that she was the second wife of Alfred Holt (1829-1911), an entrepreneur
and engineer who helped to introduce and advance steamship technology in the late nineteenth century. The company that he
founded, Ocean Steam Ship Company (later Alfred Holt & Co.), first rose to prominence by sending steam-powered ships on Asian
trade routes. The Holts resided in Liverpool, England.
Scope and Content
Frances Long Holt's journal entries describe tourist spots such as New Orleans, San Francisco's Chinatown, Yosemite Valley,
Niagara Falls, and New York's Central Park, as well as a number of less prominent tourist destinations including the growing
cities of Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Mormon community in Salt Lake City. Daily events within her family, as well as
her personal impressions, are also recorded. She discusses the manufacture of cigars in Cuba, a journey up the Mississippi
on a riverboat, a Chinese opera in San Francisco's Chinatown, and a trip on horseback through Yosemite Valley. Then, traveling
east, she observes Niagara Falls and tours New York City's Central Park, happening upon Fredrick Law Olmstead in the park
that he designed. Other notable experiences include a brief visit with Brigham Young during a stopover in Salt Lake City,
a trip to the mills in Lowell, Massachusetts (which gives her the opportunity to compare working conditions in America with
those in England), and a short stay in Quebec. The journal ends upon the family's return to Liverpool. Throughout the journal,
she offers the perspective of a wealthy woman from Victorian England.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Holt, Frances Long --Travel --North America --Diaries.
Transatlantic voyages --Diaries.
ff. 2r-2v: list of hotels visited
ff. 23r-25r: traveling up the Mississippi River
ff. 25r-30v: St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver, Colorado Springs
ff. 30v-33v: by train from Denver to California
ff. 33v-39r: San Francisco; Chinatown and Chinese Opera; geysers outside of
ff. 39r-49r: Yosemite Valley
ff. 49v-53r: Salt Lake City
ff. 56r-57v: Niagara Falls
ff. 58r-63v: New York City, Brooklyn
ff. 64r-70r: Boston, Lowell
ff. 70v-75v: Montreal, Kingston, Quebec City.