Carr, Mildred E. Journal, 1907-1908 | Illinois History and Lincoln Collections
Mildred E. Carr, a British native, visited the United States between July 31, 1907, and Feb. 28, 1908. Her journal of this trip includes her observations on American people and places. She traveled across the country and into Canada in the company of her friend, Mary Eldridge, of Needham, Mass. Their stops included New York City, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Chicago; Duluth, Minn.; and Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, Port Arthur, Winnipeg, Banff, and Lake Louise, Canada. They also visited several places in California, including San Francisco, Stanford University, Mt. Tamalpais, Vallecito, Sierre Madre, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. In addition, they saw the Grand Canyon and Painted Desert in Arizona; and visited Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mount Vernon, before sailing from New York. Some of Carr's observations are particularly enlightening. She described Chicago, for instance, as "a hazy, smoky, Birmingham."
Carr's journal contains a 111-page diary, 198 photographs, and 33 postcards. One photograph depicts a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators on Aug. 16, 1907. Also included are two letters to Carr, including one from Eldridge in which they plan their trip; a folding map of the Nipigon River in the province of Ontario; a table of railroads rates; a playbill for "The Jesters," performed at the Empire Theater in New York; and an envelope of Balsam Pine Needles from Nipigon.
This volume was purchased in 1976 from Henry Stevens, Son and Stiles.