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Anthony Stanonis Travel Scrapbook and Diary Collection

Identifier: Collection 65

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, daily calendars, diaries, journals, pocket notebooks, photograph albums and scrapbooks related to travel, tourism and daily life as recorded by the creators of the items. The correspondence is mainly letters sent by active military from World War II to a fiancé or significant other. Albums and scrapbooks related to travel cover regional and cross-country trips in the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe by automobile, train, plane and boat. The date range of the collection spans from 1890 to 1987, but the bulk of the traveling ranges from the 1930s to the 1960s. All items were bought by Anthony J. Stanonis from eBay for academic research related to travel and tourism.


  • Created: 1890-1987
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1930-1960
  • Other: Date acquired: 08/11/2013


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the J. Edgar & Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. Copyright Laws.

Biographical or Historical Information

Anthony J. Stanonis received a B.A. in history from Loyola University New Orleans in 1997, then an M.A. in 1998 and a Ph.D. in 2003, both in history, from Vanderbilt University. In 2007 he began teaching Modern United States History at Queen’s University in Belfast where he continues to teach and reside. Stanonis' research interests have centered on the cultural and economic implications of urban tourism. Around 2004, in an effort to collect primary sources related to tourism from the perspective of the tourist, Stanonis began purchasing travel diaries, scrapbooks and correspondence from eBay. While originally focusing on the South and regional travel, the scope of this collection widened to encompass the rest of the United States. A portion of the diaries and scrapbooks were referenced by Stanonis in his forthcoming publication entitled Faith in Bikinis: Politics and Leisure in the Coastal South Since the Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2015). Stanonis also gathered ephemera related to the tourism industry in New Orleans for his dissertation, which resulted in the publication of his book, Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans and the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945 (University of Georgia Press, 2006). He donated his ephemera collection (Collection 21) to the Monroe Library Special Collections & Archives.


19.72 Linear Feet (25 boxes)

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Arrangement Note

For this collection, the arrangement scheme was imposed during processing for preservation purposes. Items have been placed in order appropriate for long-term storage according to size and/or condition.

Source of Acquisition

Stanonis, Anthony J.

Accruals and Additions

Not anticipated

Archon Finding Aid Title
Waxman, Jennifer
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Repository Details

Part of the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Special Collections & Archives Repository

6363 St Charles Ave
New Orleans 70118 US