This “Traveling” Souvenir is sent to a few friends, and I hope it may give enough pleasure to offset cost of postage. (Preface, 1897 Photo Album)
As described in an earlier blog post: Frederick Winthrop Faxon (1866-1936) was the early bard of the American Library Association. Although he was not a librarian, he was memorialized as someone who “for almost forty years,[…] devoted himself to serving librarians and promoting the library idea.” Attending 43 annual conferences throughout his lifetime, Faxon’s humorous reports enliven several years of the American Library Association Papers and Proceedings.
In the Conference Photographs, 1876-1976 Record Series 99/1/14, the ALA Archives has several of his traveling conference photo albums. An avid photographer, Faxon documented the entire conference, from austere portraits of ALA Presidents to informal swimming excursions. After the conference, he annotated and bound the photographs into pocket-sized volumes and circulated them amongst his friends. Similar to a chain letter, the recipient was encouraged to forward it to the next person on the list after 24 hours. Among the intended recipients included Melvil Dewey, Katherine L. Sharp, Mary Ahern, John Cotton Dana, Mary Wright Plummer, C. A. Cutter, and Herbert Putnam.
Many of Faxon’s photographs have been digitized and are available for browsing here.
 Cveljo, Katherine. “Frederick Winthrop Faxon.” Dictionary of American Library Biography. 1978.
 Featured images from F. W. Faxon’s 1897 Photo Album, Conference Photographs, 1876-1986 Record Series 99/1/14, Box 2, American Library Association Archives.