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Automobile Travel Collection

Identifier: Automobile Travel Collection

Scope and Contents

This composite collection contains four scrapbooks and one photographic album. The scrapbooks contain various ephemera such as travel books, and pamphlets, as well as photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, and typed manuscripts. They include material depicting landscapes in the United States such as cities, gas stations, factories, outdoor festivals and special events, as well as general travel brochures and information on travel in the Northeast and California, as well as portions of the south such as Virginia and the Carolinas. Elsa Ehresman’s materials also contain a record of a sightseeing tour by two women across northern New England originating in Utica, New York, along with a travel journal and scrapbook of her tour through the Berkshires and White Mountains in 1922.


  • 1922 - 1940


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

The materials contained in this composite collection were created by Doris Bascom of her travels in California between 1933-1940, Waldo F. Dodge of his travels throughout New England in 1929, Elsa Ehresman’s travels through the Berkshires (Mass.) and White Mountains (New Hamp.) in 1922, and Charles P. Staubach’s photographic album from 1925-1928 of tours through Connecticut, Washington D.C., New York state, Maryland, and New Jersey, as well as an unidentified creator (Anonymous) who possessed a touring scrapbook in 1933.


1 Cubic Feet (Five records of automobile trips; four scrapbooks, and one photographic album. )

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically by creator.

Guide to the Automobile Travel Collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106