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Guide to the Jane Bannerman Travel Sketchbooks Collection
1929, 1955-2011
 PR 297

New-York Historical Society
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on June 20, 2013
Description is in English

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 74 sketchbooks recording the travels of Jane Bannerman ("Jane's jaunts"). Places visited include the Caribbean, Japan, China, Russia, Hungary, Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt, and many European destinations. Domestic destinations include Martha's Vineyard, Long Island, Irvington, VA, and Bethlehem, PA. There are also several sketchbooks depicting New York City.

The sketchbooks are arranged chronologically. The earliest sketchbook is from Bannerman's 1929 trip to Italy as a Parsons' student. The remainder of the sketchbooks span the period from 1955 to 2010, providing a pictorial diary of Bannerman's travels in those years. The sketches are mainly pen and ink drawings with watercolor, and depict, with verve and humor, scenes and people Bannerman encountered on her numerous trips. In addition to local attractions and scenery, there are many sketches of airport scenes, cruise ship entertainments, and Bannerman's fellow travelers.

A few of the sketchbooks also include photographs and/or postcards and other travel ephemera. Bannerman also composed short written accounts of several of her journeys.

Arrangement note

The sketchbooks are arranged chronologically.