Travel guide and ephemera collection Edit


MSS 351 large


  • 1880-2007 (Creation)


  • 5.8 Linear Feet (Whole)
    7 boxes



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Travel Guide and Ephemera collection, MSS 351, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Initial accession information unknown, but materials are continuously being added to the collection.

  • Processing Information

    The Travel guide and ephemera collection was processed by Kassy Fineout in June-July of 2008, with the finding aid updated by Kristin Lawless in 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    A travel guidebook is a book for tourists or travelers that provides details about a geographic location, tourist destination, or itinerary. It is the written equivalent of a tour guide. It will usually include details, such as phone numbers, addresses, prices, and reviews of hotels and other lodgings, restaurants, and activities. Maps of varying detail are often included. Sometimes historical and cultural information is also provided. Different guide books may focus on different aspects of travel, from adventure travel to relaxation, or be aimed at travelers with larger or smaller travel budgets, or focus on the particular interests and concerns of certain groups, such as lesbian and gay singles or couples. Guidebooks are generally intended to be used in conjunction with actual travel, although simply enjoying a guidebook with no intention of visiting may be referred to as “armchair tourism”.

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains travel guides and ephemera from 1880-2007 covering regions, countries and cities from all over the world. It includes maps, sample itineraries, pocket guides, and picture books with text in several languages including Japanese, French, German, Swedish, Finnish and English.

  • Arrangement

    The Travel guide and ephemera is arranged alphabetically by country.