Ashley and Ruth Larkin Collection Description

ASHLEY P. (1904-1998) AND RUTH W. LARKIN (1905-2005). Tourist Scrapbooks; 1968, 1973. .6 cu. ft.

Ashley P. and Ruth W. Larkin were from Rochester, New York. In the summer of 1968, the couple toured the western United States, Canada and Alaska with their friends Don and Janette Hennekey. Their round trip by car included the following stops: Winnipeg, Manitoba; Calgary, Jasper and Banff, Alberta; Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; Port Angeles, Seattle and Ellensburg, Washington; Missoula and West Yellowstone, Montana; Gillette, Wyoming; and Watt, South Dakota. Their trip also included a cruise from Vancouver to Skagway aboard the S.S. Princess Patricia with stops in Prince Rupert, Juneau, Skagway, Wrangell and Alert Bay.  In January and February 1973, they took a cruise of the Caribbean aboard the M.S. Southward of the Norwegian Caribbean Lines. Their cruise included stops in Curacao, Caracas, Grenada, Martinique, St. Croix, San Juan, Saint Thomas, and Nassau.

The collection consists of the tourist scrapbooks of Ashley and Ruth Larkin from 1968 and 1973. The collection contains the original scrapbooks and their contents from the Larkins’ western trip in 1968 and their Caribbean cruise in 1973. The 1968 scrapbook contains: Ruth’s typed journal and mileage and expense list, ship’s passenger list (S.S. Princess Patricia), and trip map; 114 color prints; travel maps, brochures, programs, menus, publications and matchbooks; and scrapbook pages containing clippings and photo post cards. The 1973 scrapbook contains: Ruth’s typed journal; ship’s passenger list and newsletters; menus and brochures; 16 original color prints; and scrapbook pages containing travel receipts, tags, tickets, clippings and color photo post cards. Subjects of the photographs of their western trip include: the Calgary Stampede; Banff National Park; Lake Louise; Jasper National Park; Columbia Icefields; Skagway; Carcross; Lake Bennett; Wrangell; Alert Bay; Victoria; Port Angeles; Yellowstone National Park; and Mount Rushmore. Subjects of the photographs of their Caribbean cruise include: Caracas, Venezuela; the M.S. Southward; Grenada; Barbados; and Nassau, Bahamas.

The collection was acquired by the archives in 2005.


JAS (11/2006)

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