The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. ~St. Augustine
The John G. White and Special Collections Department is currently displaying items on travelers, travel, exploration, and adventure. Included are materials from collections of souvenir booklets from various locations in the United States and abroad. These collections of souvenir pamphlets (see this collection of items from Pennsylvania) are part of the Charles Frederick Schweinfurth Memorial Library and were purchased with funds donated to the John G. White and Special Collections Department. Schweinfurth was a Cleveland architect who designed some of the areas finest residences, churches, and buildings. Since 1991, the Cleveland Public Library has been the beneficiary of the Anna M. Schweinfurth Trust, an architectural trust fund providing revenues for developing a strong 20th century architectural collection, reference resources pertaining to architecture in general, along with rare and out-of-print publications. Anna M. Schweinfurth was the widow of Charles F. Schweinfurth. The trust became available in 1989 -- in accordance to the will, a committee of 3 members of the Cleveland AIA and the Special Collections librarian guide the selection of materials. The Schweinfurth Memorial Library is among the most important architectural collections in the United States. In addition to rare and out-of-print books about architecture, it includes trade catalogs, treatises, architectural drawings, and other ephemera. The souvenir booklets on display are part of this collection and they offer views of architectural detail from buildings and structures in the United States and abroad. Furthermore, souvenir booklets captured the views of an area and served as a memento of a visit to a city or place of natural beauty before photography was available to the average traveler. Kodak introduced the Brownie camera in 1900. It sold for $1 and used film that sold for 15 cents a roll. For the first time, the hobby of photography was within the financial reach of virtually everyone. Over time, souvenir booklets were replaced by pictures taken by the traveler. Today it seems like almost everyone has either a digital camera or phone to record the memories of a trip. Visit the Cleveland Public Library Special Collections Department on the 3rd Floor of the Main Library Building to view the display of books, photographs, and souvenir pamphlets related to travelers, travel, exploration, and adventure.