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LESTER SPONG PAPERS
MS 92-1

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Box 1 FF 1 Contains journal of Lester Spong's Omnibus Western Trip, 7/12/1932 - 9/1/1932. Stops include: Shamrock, Texas; Tucumcari and Albuquerque, New Mexico; Phoenix, Arizona; Tijuana, Mexico; San Diego, California; Catalina Island, California; Hollywood, California; Yosemite National Park, California; San Francisco, California; Crater Lake, Oregon; Longview, Washington; Mt. Ranier National Park, Washington; Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming; and Denver, Colorado.
Box 1 FF 2 Photocopy of FF 1.
Box 1 FF 3 Photocopy of FF 1.
Box 1 FF 4 July 25, 1932 (postmark) Letter to parents about the sights of his journey. Begins with an explanation of his travel expenses and the price of souvenirs. Comments on the weather and altitude, then an inquiry about agriculture at home. Describes the experience of the death of a participant. Wrote of the sightseeing in Santa Fe, Petrified Forest, Lowell Observatory and especially the Grand Canyon (description, formation, tourist trips).
Box 1 FF 5 July 19, 1932 (postmark) Postcard to parents from Taos, New Mexico. Describes the sights around Taos (pueblos, church), and the production of adobe bricks.
Box 1 FF 6 July 31, 1932 (postmark) Postcard to parents from Los Angeles, California. Describes the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games. Writes of a swim in the ocean, a visit to Tijuana and Agua Caliente and the consumption of alcohol.
Box 1 FF 7 August 2, 1932 (postmark) Postcard to parents from Los Angeles, California. Describes the Olympic Games, attendance at church and a city tour.
Box 1 FF 8 August 4, 1932 (postmark) Postcard to parents from Merced, California. Berates parents for not sending a letter. Writes about the Sierra Nevada drive and the sights at Yosemite National Park.
Box 1 FF 9 September 1, 1932 (postmark) Postcard to parents from Winfield, Kansas. Describes the route that will be taken home from Winfield.
Box 1 FF 10 Picture postcard of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Box 1 FF 11 Photocopy of FF 4.
Box 1 FF 12 Contains six photographed copies of original photographs: (1) Photo of Gladys Sedwick and Edna Circle seated on a bumper of an omnibus. Two photos of the omnibus caravan on a mountain road; (2) Photo of a cafeteria bus; (3) Photo of the Omnibus College Tour participants at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California; (4) Photo of tents of camp no. 1 Shamrock, Texas; (5) Photo of 16 women (tent no. 2 second autocade) at a campsite; (6) Photo of four men (baggage truck drivers) standing at a campsite.
Box 1 FF 13 Magazine Reviews of the Omnibus College Tours Literary Digest. August 27, 1932. "Rah! Rah! Rah! "Omnibus!" Describes where the tours visit, the studies entailed and the typical tour participant. Also included are the number of overall trips and participants.
Box 1 FF 14 School Life. Vol. 20: p.186. May 1934. "Omnibus College." Describes the origin and history of the college. Depicts a typical itinerary and daily trip life.
Box 1 FF 15 Popular Science. Vol. 125. October 1934. A history of the college origin, the list of participating colleges, a physical description of the tour autocade hierarchy, synopsis of daily life and subjects studied.
Box 1 FF 16 American Magazine. Vol. 110. July 30, 19?. Describes camp set up, a history of the college, the itinerary of a typical tour and the reason for the success of the tours.
Box 1 FF 17 School and Society. Vol. 38: p.267. August 26, 1933. A synopsis of one summer tour in Canada. Describes criteria necessary for college credit.
Box 1 FF 18 Photocopy of Lester's Omnibus Tour, 1932. Contains copies of photo album. Also contains list of contents in file.
Box 1 FF 19 Photocopy of FF 8.


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