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General information for the motorist visitor to Mexico

Petróleos Mexicanos

General information for the motorist visitor to Mexico

Mexico: Pemex Travel Club, 1943

Guidebook providing description of travel via motor from Laredo, Texas to Mexico City. On the cover of the guide is a car with a man and woman surveying a Mexican vista. The guide provides general information regarding seasons, clothing, food and drink, hotels, money, customs, and travel itineraries.

DeGolyer Library, Pamphlet Collection, F1209.G46 1943


Yucatan Guatemala adventure: typescript manuscript

Lillian Prewitt Goodnight (1887-1972)

Yucatan Guatemala adventure: typescript manuscript

This spiral bound typescript travel diary begins with 10 pages of travel guidance by the Commander Scott Travel Service. The author is only identified as Mrs. C.S. Goodnight. It is possible that Mrs. C.S. Goodnight is Lillian Prewitt Goodnight (1887-1972), widow of Clifton Shealy Goodnight (1878-1944). The typescript pages begin on March 25, 1950, in Pasadena, California. She writes vivid descriptions about Commander Scott and the rest of the tourists, airplane travel, Mexican monuments and people, and Guatemala City.

DeGolyer Library, Manuscript Collection, A2018.0055c

Gift, David Farmer, 2018


Mexico and I

Amy Prouty

Mexico and I

Philadelphia: Dorrance, [1951]

A quick decision led author Amy Prouty to catch a train from San Francisco to Mexico with three friends. Despite fearing the “heat, dust and dirt,” Prouty “went with an open mind.” Her work depicts the color, beauty, and romance of “that delightful country.” She recounts the sights and sounds of the streets, the scenery of the drives passing through mountains and valleys. It illustrates “the never failing courtesy of these charming people. From the highest to the lowest,” which won her admiration and endeared Mexico to her.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, F1215 .P88


Agnes J. Ryan papers, 1954

Agnes J. Ryan

Agnes J. Ryan papers, 1954

Agnes Ryan, Martha and Frank Pokorny, and Ronald Pokorny traveled to Mexico in 1954. This collection of mostly ephemera includes their travel itinerary, a typed account of the vacation written by Miss Ryan, tickets, maps, postcards, photographs, travel and sightseeing leaflets, hotel brochures and envelopes. Cities visited included: Monterrey, Mexico City, Xochimilco, Taxco, Acapulco, and San Luis Potosi. The group enjoyed touring historic sites, churches and cathedrals, museums, parks, and pyramids; sampling a variety of Mexican food and drink; shopping for handicrafts; and deep-sea fishing.

DeGolyer Library, Manuscript Collection, A2007.0005c

Purchase, 2007


30,000 miles in Mexico: adventures of two women and a pickup-camper in twenty-eight Mexican states

Nell Murbarger (1909-1991)

30,000 miles in Mexico: adventures of two women and a pickup-camper in twenty-eight Mexican states

Palm Desert, CA: Desert Magazine Press, [c1961]

Nell Murbarger was an American author and reporter for the Globe-Herald, the Costa Mesa weekly paper. She retired from the newspaper business and devoted her efforts to freelance writing. Murbarger is perhaps best known for her many articles in Desert Magazine, where she popularized the hobby of “ghost-towning.” Nell and her mother began a winter-long camping jaunt to Mexico’s southern tip. Despite warnings of the dangers for two American women traveling and camping alone in remote Mexico, the two embarked in 1960 in their Ford Truck. Their trip took them through 28 Mexican states, and across 30,000 miles. Camping in open country, the two visited many sights seldom seen by tourists.

Nell was inducted in to the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame in 1996.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, F1216 .M8


Viajeras anglosajonas en México; memorias.

Alicia Diadiuk

Viajeras anglosajonas en México; memorias.

México: Secretaría de Educación Pública, 1973

Reviews the works of seven British or American women travelers in Mexico in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the writings depict travel in Mexico, social life and customs. “Comprender los puntos de vista ajenos es ampliar los propios.” [Understanding other people’s points of view is expanding your own] -Leopolda Zea

Accounts included in the work are: Frances “Fanny” Erskine Inglis (1804-1882), later the Marquesa of Calderón de la Barca, a 19th-century travel writer best known for her 1843 account, Life in Mexico, which is widely regarded by historians as one of the most influential Latin American travel narratives of the 19th century; Fanny Chambers Gooch (1849-1931) an American author who spent most of her life in Texas; Ethel Brilliana Tweedie F.R.G.S. (1862–1940) a prolific English author, travel writer, biographer, historian, editor, journalist, photographer and illustrator; Edith O’Shaughnessy (1876-1939) a journalist, biographer, film screenwriter who was the wife of United States Chargé d’Affaires in Mexico, Nelson O’Shaughnessy during the early years of the Mexican Revolution; Alice-Leone Moats (1908–1989) an American journalist and author who was born in Mexico to wealthy and socially prominent American parents; Rosa E Cummins King (b.1865) who owned The Bella Vista Hotel in Cuernavaca, Mexico and was a cousin of the world famous Victorian stage Actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, F1215 .D5


Women through women’s eyes: Latin American women in nineteenth-century travel accounts

June Edith Hahner (1940- )

Women through women’s eyes: Latin American women in nineteenth-century travel accounts

Wilmington, Del.: SR Books, c1998

The nineteenth century was a period of peak popularity for travel to Latin America. Women through Women’s Eyes comprises ten firsthand accounts firsthand by female visitors to Latin America in the nineteenth century including a Swedish novelist, a Parisian, a naturalist’s wife and educator, a German school teacher, a Wellesley Graduate and a Naval Captain’s wife.

DeGolyer Library, General Collection, HQ1460.5 .W65

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