Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History: Women’s Travel Diaries and Correspondence from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History includes unique manuscripts, diaries, travel journals, correspondence, photographs, postcards and ephemera created by American women travelers. Their narratives offer first-hand accounts on how they witnessed major historical events and how they perceived women’s lives and cultures around the world, anticipating the rise of modern tourism and travel industry. All items in the database are indexed, and the metadata includes regions, countries and places visited. The purpose of the travel, and the travelers’ biographical information and a photograph are included when available. All the printed and typescript items are full text searchable. Topics covered include:

  • Emigration and daily life
  • Missionary work
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Boxer War in China
  • Frontier Life in America
  • Personal enlightenment through travel
  • Education and Finishing School
  • Sightseeing, Holidays and Tourism
  • Customs, culture and leisure


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Dates covered

c. 1835 to 1976.

Updating frequency

The database is complete.

Type of coverage

Full text essays in HTML format. Full-text primary documents in PDF format.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Not applicable.

Producer/content provider

The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Adam Matthew Digital

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