This collection comprises three scrapbooks and a manuscript journal of Esther Smith, a 23-year-old high school teacher, documenting
her three-month bus tour of the American West in 1935. The scrapbooks contain 62 pamphlets, 76 photographs (many with descriptive
captions), and 85 postcards, as well as other items such as newspaper clippings, dried flowers, tokens, and tickets. The California
portion of the tour included stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, Los Angeles, and San Juan Capistrano.
In the summer of 1935, Esther Smith, a 23-year-old high school teacher, was a member of a group of young, professional, single
women on a bus tour of the American West. The tour was offered by the summer travel program, "University of Tours." The group
was chaperoned by a male college professor, a principal driver, and a back-up driver. The University of Tours was described
as "an educational institution on wheels." The California portion of the tour included stops in San Francisco, Yosemite, Los
Angeles, and San Juan Capistrano.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
The collection is open for research.